Rank (0) Views 10404 On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 7:28 AM, 556 days ago

WELDON, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per angler. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S. Highway 258

Rank (0) Views 1646 On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 4:51 PM, 559 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 21, 2013) Download the February 27, 2014 commission agenda package below.  

February 27, 2014 Commission Agenda Package (PDF - 20.2MB) 

Rank (0) Views 3571 On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 3:09 PM, 559 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2014) — With the click of a mouse or the stroke of a pen, people can help keep North Carolina wild by donating on line 31 on their N.C. State Income tax form.

Donations support the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, which helps the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conduct research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits animals not hunted or fished — animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders, frogs, turtles and bats.

“Any amount helps. Whether it’s $1or $100, the Wildlife Commission can use your donation to match federal ando ther grants, or to pay for educational activities and wildlife-watching projects like the N.C. Birding Trail and research that could prevent species from becoming endangered,” said Perry Sumner, program manager for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program. “We can double donated dollars with these matching grants. So, for instance

Rank (0) Views 1430 On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 1:38 PM, 559 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 21, 2014) Download the PDF below for the public notice cancellation of the Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee meeting scheduled Wednesday, February 26 at 1p.m.

Public Notice Cancellation of Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting (PDF)

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WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2014) — Minnesota wildlife artist Scot Storm took top honors in the 2014 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of hooded mergansers.

The acrylic painting will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled earlier this month at the 19th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store, on July 1 for $145.

Storm is no stranger to the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition. He has won the competition twice, in 2010 and 2008,and placed third in 2009. He was one of 35 wildlife artists from 20 states to submit entries into this year’s competition, which

Rank (0) Views 3722 On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 3:14 PM, 560 days ago

CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2014)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a free hunter education course for women on March 28-29 at Bass Pro Shops in Concord, Cabarrus County.

The two-day course will provide an atmosphere conducive to learning for women of all ages, with no experience required. This specialized course will be held at Bass Pro Shops, located at 8181 Concord Mills Boulevard, through the Wildlife Commission’s Hunter Education Program and Home From The Hunt™ campaign.

The course is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space available and pre-registration required. The first session will be conducted on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. with the final session held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“There is an increase in female participation in hunting, shooting sports and outdoor recreation, and we want that trend to continue,” said Carissa Shelton, the Commission hunter education specialis

Rank (0) Views 1350 On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 9:22 AM, 560 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 20, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27, 2014 committee meetings schedule.

February 26-27, 2014 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 1364 On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 8:59 AM, 560 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (February 20, 2014)  Download the PDF below for the February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda.

February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information. 

Rank (0) Views 3679 On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:53 AM, 563 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2014) – Learn about fishing tackle and techniques to catch crappie at a free fishing seminar hosted by the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission on March 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The seminar, which will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, will feature veteran fishing guide Freddie Sinclair. Topics include:  Crappie Facts: Spawning, movement habits of white and black crappie; Locating Fish: Locating structure and submerged terrain features that attract fish; Equipment: Bait/lures; selecting and rigging live bait and artificial lures; rod and reel combinations; explanation of equipment and applications; and, Techniques: Tips for tight light presentation and long-line trolling.

Sinclair has been a guide for crappie anglers on Falls, Jordan and Shearon Harris lakes for more than 17 years, specializing in long-line trolling. He has won several crappie competitions throughout the state and has been f

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2014) — Women interested in learning outdoors skills through hands-on experiences may be eligible for scholarships through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.

Scholarships cover up to 80 percent of registration fees, which range from $10 to $225, depending on the duration and nature of the workshop. Funding assistance is provided through the Mel Porter Scholarship Fund, which is supported by contributions from previous BOW participants. The deadline for scholarship applications is two weeks prior to respective workshop dates.

Preference is given to first-time participants who are full-time students, single parents of young children, and members of low-income households. Eligibility is determined by scholarship application and workshop registration.

BOW is an international program for women, 18 and older, conducted in North Carolina through the Wildlife Commission. Upcoming BOW workshops f

Rank (0) Views 4902 On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 11:36 AM, 576 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has added no-wake zone boundaries for all public water bodies to its online interactive Boating Access Area map.

No-wake zones are areas where vessels are required to travel at a speed that creates no appreciable wake. Although many people associate no-wake zones with coastal waters, these zones can be found on many public bodies of water across the state and at Commission-owned or managed boat ramps. Boaters can find no-wake zones on the map by zooming in on a body of water. The no-wake zones, depicted in tan, can be selected to view more information about them.

“This is the first time we’ve mapped no-wake zones,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “This new feature added to the Boating Access Area map will be useful for boaters who want to know where the zones are, particularly if they&

WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding two public meetings this month to seek input in developing management plans for three of its western North Carolina game lands.

The first meeting,scheduled for Feb. 17, will be held at the Ashe County Arts Council Building, 303 School Ave., in West Jefferson, to hear public input on Pond Mountain and Three Top Mountain game lands. 

If the meeting is postponed due to bad weather, it will be rescheduled for Feb. 24 at the same location. The Commission will post on its website, www.ncwildlife.org, on Feb. 17 if the meeting is cancelled.

The second meeting, scheduled for Feb. 20, will be held at First Presbyterian Church Tartan Hall, 26 Church St., in Franklin to hear public input on Needmore Game Land.

Both meetings will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive early to sign in and receive materials.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from

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