Rank (0) Views 2960 On Wed, Jan 08, 2014 3:11 PM, 567 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is among several state agencies that will manage vital natural heritage areas acquired through recent grants of $16.26 million from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund board made 30 awards at its December meeting, including $2.55 million to the Wildlife Commission for acquisition of additional lands in Columbus, Randolph and Ashe counties.

Approved funding includes $1.5 million toward acquiring the Riverstone Project, an 18,000-acre property south of Lake Waccamaw, in Columbus County. The Commission is attempting to obtain the property in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The Riverstone Project supports several nationally significant natural areas and multiple endemic species. 

A request of $192,000 was approved for the Birkhead tract in Randolph County. Acquisition of this property, in partnership with the Land Trust for C


Rank (0) Views 3489 On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 12:28 PM, 576 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2013) — A few spaces remain for fourfly-fishing clinics the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting in January and February at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation, will conduct four basic fly-fishing clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1 and 15. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate proper fly-fishing techniques, such as casting, rigging and knot tying.

The clinics will begin with a 30-minute overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instruction.

To make this unique trout-fishing opportunity in eastern North Carolina, Wildlife Commission staff stocked two ponds on Dec. 20 with 1,000 catchable-sized brook, rainbow and brown trout. The trout were raised at the agency&a


Rank (0) Views 8203 On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 10:52 AM, 586 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2014-15 seasons.

Each of the public hearings begins at 7 p.m. The Wildlife Resources Commission also has scheduled a staff presentation 30 minutes before each hearing to discuss statewide black bear management objectives. The 6:30 p.m. presentation and discussion will give background information about rule proposals that further objectives in the North Carolina Black Bear Management Plan, 2012-2022. The plan assists the Wildlife Commission in managing bear hunting to maintain healthy bear populations consistent with habitat where bears occur, and balancing the consideration of stakeholders.

Other hunting proposals make changes to the Western Archery Deer Season, and adjust regulations for black powder firearms and crossbows.

Of interest to angl


Rank (0) Views 4345 On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 4:10 PM, 587 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2013) — Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed three men as district commissioners to the 19-member governing board of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Brian White, of Manteo, will represent District 1, which includes Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties. He is on the board of the Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, and enjoys fishing and boating.

Joseph R. Budd, of Winston-Salem, will represent District 7, which includes Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, Alleghany, Alexander, Iredell, Yadkin, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes and Surry counties. He belongs to the Winston-Salem Rotary Club. He enjoys quail hunting, fishing and sporting clays.

Albert L. Sneed, of Asheville, will represent District 9, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe, Polk and Henderson counties. He is previous chairman of the Buncombe Count


Rank (0) Views 3655 On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 9:11 AM, 588 days ago



LEXINGTON, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2013) — Michael Nye has joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the hunter education specialist for the southern Piedmont. Her duties will include providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

Nye will serve in the Wildlife Commission’s District 6, which is made up of Union, Anson, Richmond, Moore, Montgomery, Stanly, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Davidson counties.

Nye is a Robeson County native and participated in shooting sport competitions in high school. She has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife science from N.C. State University. Most recently, she was with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as a hunting access coordinator and worked with Montana’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

“My goal as a hunter education specialist i


Rank (0) Views 4796 On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:24 AM, 609 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 27, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct four fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January.

The clinics will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Raeford Road and will begin with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instruction.

Four basic fly-fishing clinics are scheduled for Jan.  4, 18 and Feb. 1 and15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate proper fly-fishing techniques, such as casting, rigging and knot tying.

To make this unique fishing opportunity in eastern North Carolina, Wildlife Commission staff will stock two ponds with 1,000 catchable-sized brook, rainbow and brown trout on Dec. 20. The trout were raised at the agency&r


Rank (0) Views 3081 On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 2:37 PM, 610 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 26,2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering gift certificates for its Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, an ideal present for female outdoors enthusiasts and would-be adventurers.

The gift certificate entitles a recipient to attend the three-day 2014 BOW weekend workshop, scheduled for April 11–13, 2014, at Eastern 4-H Center, located in Tyrrell County on the Albemarle Sound. Activities include expert instruction in boating, archery, fishing, target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and more.

Cost is $225 per person and includes all lodging, meals and choice of four outdoor skill sessions, plus all program materials and use of equipment. Order gift certificates online or by phone at 1-866-945-3746.

“A gift certificate is ideal for any woman wanting to explore nature, learn some outdoor skills and have a fun weekend in the company of like-minded women,” said BB Gillen, state director of


Rank (0) Views 3819 On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 2:07 PM, 615 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) — Wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have been honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a state employee. The awards were presented during the annual ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Tuesday.

“These award winners epitomize the best in public service,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “Going the extra mile is something they do every day whether they are in the office, in the field and, when required, when they’re off duty. We’re fortunate they have chosen to work for the people of North Carolina.”

Master Officer Matt Criscoe received the award for innovation and efficiency for designing an alligator trap/transport unit. This unit is being used to move alligators safely. Alligator removal is a dangerous activity and this device helps reduce injuries to staff and anima


Rank (0) Views 9910 On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:35 AM, 615 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) — Military personnel hunting and fishing in North Carolina can enjoy special licensing privileges as long as they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Military personnel who are residents of North Carolina serving full-time active military duty outside of the state in the Armed Forces or a reserve component of the armed services, and who are home on leave for 30 days or less, do not have to purchase a license to hunt or fish. 

When hunting or fishing, they must have with them a military identification card and a copy of the official document issued by their service unit confirming that they are on authorized leave from their duty station outside of North Carolina.

For non-resident, active duty military personnel stationed in North Carolina, a discounted hunting and fishing privilege was created by the N.C. legislature this year. Under a new law that went into effect in July 2013, military personnel who


Rank (0) Views 6986 On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 10:02 AM, 616 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host two free, family-oriented workshops on making soft plastic lures in December at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The first workshop is scheduled for Dec. 3 from 2-4 p.m. but only a few seats remain on a first-come, first-served basis. The second workshop will be held Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. until noon. Both workshops are for participants 8 years old and older, accompanied by an adult.

The workshops cover the fundamentals of creating artificial worms, minnows, lizards, crayfish and other soft plastic baits. Participants will create multiple lures to take home.

“These plastic lures are great for fishing, but you can also customize them to create special holiday-colored lures to add a special touch to your holiday decorating,” said Beth Gunn, an education program coordinator with the Commission.

The lure-making workshops are free, with materi


Rank (0) Views 4722 On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 2:55 PM, 616 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds anyone planning a hunting trip during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. “In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don’t overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful.”

Casper advised:

Go back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions.

Know the rules — read all applicable regulations before going afield.

Inspect all equipment — repair or replace equipment, especially tree stands, before use.

“We recommend a full-body safety harness anytime you use a tree stand,


Rank (0) Views 6622 On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 4:00 PM, 617 days ago

SHALLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission opened a new boating access area in Brunswick County in Shallotte on Nov. 18. The Brick Landing Boating Access Area is located at 1921 Bricklanding Road SW in Shallotte, N.C. The Wildlife Commission constructed two 15-foot wide boat ramps, a floating dock, and a paved parking lot with 23 boat trailer spaces and five single-vehicle spaces, of which two are handicapped accessible.   The boating access area provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway, including the Shallotte River and all of its tributaries. Anglers who launch their watercraft from the area can expect to find red drum, spotted sea trout, croaker, spot and flounder. The boat ramp’s location also gives anglers easy access to  the Shallotte Inlet for near shore and offshore fishing opportunities. Near shore fish in that area usually consist of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and black drum. Offshore species in the ar

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