Rank (0) Views 3605 On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:05 PM, 671 days ago



HOLLY SHELTER, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission coordinated with bass clubs and a private fish hatchery on Nov. 3 to tag and release 153 adult largemouth bass in the Northeast Cape Fear River.

Members of Topsail Bassmasters and Burgaw Hawg Hunters, working with fisheries biologists, released the fish in the river near Holly Shelter in Pender County to help bolster the existing population, which had been hit especially hard by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Club members purchased the fish from Southeast Pond Stocking with money from fundraisers and other donations from Team Bassmasters and Northeast Bass Anglers.

Although recent Commission surveys confirm that most coastal river fish populations appear to be recovering naturally from Hurricane Irene, previous Commission studies suggest that releases of largemouth bass greater than 8 inches may enhance local populations where natural recovery is slow. Biologists hope that this supplemental stockin


Rank (0) Views 3734 On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 4:48 PM, 676 days ago



Go “Wild” this Holiday Season with Gifts that Benefit Wildlife in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2012) — Shop the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wild Store this holiday season where affordable wildlife-related gifts are just a click away.

The N.C. Wild Store offers a wide range of products — from books to calendars to apparel — that make terrific gifts for hunters, anglers, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from several products support projects and programs that benefit wildlife in North Carolina.

Proceeds from the newly created wildlife diversity T-shirt go to the Wildlife Diversity Program, which conducts research, conservation and management projects on behalf of nongame and endangered wildlife in the state. T-shirts feature full-color graphics of all the Commission’s 32 State Fair buttons and are available in adult sizes, $15, and youth sizes, $


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2012) — Shop the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wild Store this holiday season where affordable wildlife-related gifts are just a click away.

The N.C. Wild Store offers a wide range of products — from books to calendars to apparel — that make terrific gifts for hunters, anglers, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. Best of all,a portion of the proceeds from several products support projects and programs that benefit wildlife in North Carolina.

Proceeds from the newly created wildlife diversity T-shirt go to the Wildlife Diversity Program, which conducts research, conservation and management projects on behalf of nongame and endangered wildlife in the state. T-shirts feature full-color graphics of all the Commission’s 32 State Fair buttons and are available in adult sizes, $15,and youth sizes, $12.

Other gifts where a portion of the proceeds benefit the Wildlife Diversity Program are &ldqu


Rank (0) Views 3337 On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 10:49 AM, 676 days ago



BREVARD,N.C. (Nov. 15, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County, has been recognized for excellence in environmental education.

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina named the wildlife education center as its 2012 Exceptional Environmental Education Program. The award was presented in October as a part of an annual conference in Washington, N.C.

The award recognizes a program, education center or organization that exemplifies excellence in environmental education. The recipient must reach beyond the“usual scope and scale” to create a sustainable commitment to environmentaleducation, a more environmentally literate public, a stronger profession for environmental educators and otherwise support the mission and objectives of theEnvironmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC).

“The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education


Rank (0) Views 9727 On Fri, Nov 09, 2012 11:11 AM, 682 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved changes to the state’s hunting, fishing and trapping regulations for 2013-14. These new fishing and hunting regulations will take effect Aug. 1, 2013, with the exception of changes to the Spring Youth-Only Wild Turkey Season that will become effective April 1, 2013.

Following a process of reviewing public comments on the proposed changes, the Commission voted to adopt the regulation changes at its Nov. 8 meeting in Raleigh. 

The proposals were approved as presented at the public hearings with several key exceptions.

The Commission modified a proposal to change restrictions for taking an animal in the act of depredation. The Commission did not adopt the provision that would allow the use of artificial lights without a permit for taking wildlife in the act of depredation.

The language of a proposal regarding Perkins Game Land in Davie County was changed slightly to proh


Rank (0) Views 3098 On Wed, Nov 07, 2012 5:02 PM, 684 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 7, 2012) — Bennett Wynne, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies at its 66thannual conference on Oct. 9, in Hot Springs, AR.

Wynne received the honor for his outstanding work in both aquatic habitat conservation and fisheries management. 

As the agency’s Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator, Wynne coordinates the management of coastal migratory stocks of shad, herring, striped bass and Atlantic sturgeon. He has developed critical working relationships with numerous stakeholders concerning enhancement of aquatic habitats for the benefit of these populations. 

“Bennett works diligently to assure adequate spawning flows for migratory fish in North Carolina’s coastal rivers,continually looking for opportunities to increase access to upstream habitats,” said Robert Cu


Rank (0) Views 2770 On Wed, Nov 07, 2012 10:15 AM, 684 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 7) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received the State Boating Access Program Excellence Award from a national organization devoted to the acquisition, development and administration of public recreational boating facilities.

The States Organization for Boating Access awarded the Wildlife Resources Commission with the honor during a conference in Alabama this fall. The Wildlife Commission maintains more than 200 free, public boating areas for close to350,000 registered North Carolina vessels and a multitude of vessels trailered from other states.

“This award reflects a concerted effort among partners, such as local governments, the Division of Marine Fisheries, and the state legislature,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Outcomes of these partnerships have allowed us to build and improve boating access and keep open the doors to North Carolina&am


Rank (0) Views 8058 On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 3:30 PM, 685 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C.(Nov. 6) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters that only raw products are legal when using peanuts and peanut products for the supplemental feeding of black bears or when being placed in locations where the Commission has established a bear hunting season.

North Carolina law prohibits the placement of “processed food products” in any area where the Wildlife Resources Commission has set an open bear hunting season. However, hunters routinely supplement naturally available food with commercially available products, and the law allows hunters to release dogs in the vicinity of any food product that is not a “processed food product.”

Raw peanuts, shelled or in the shell, do not constitute a processed food product. See here for more information.

Processed peanut products include those that have been blanched, which swells the nut and cracks the skin for easy removal. Byproducts of the blanching (w


Rank (0) Views 2442 On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 1:44 PM, 685 days ago



HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has rescheduled trout stockings in Spring Creek from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8 due to snow and ice accumulation on Madison County roads. Spring Creek is classified as a delayed-harvest trout water.

Other scheduled trout stockings are not being affected.

A complete list of delayed-harvest trout waters, along with proposed stocking dates, is available at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Fishing/documents/TROUT_MAP.PDF. For additional information on delayed-harvest regulations, weekly stocking updates and trout fishing maps, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing.aspx.


Rank (0) Views 2755 On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 7:07 AM, 685 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Michael Hatley to captain for District 8, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Capt. Hatley will supervise 23 wildlife enforcement officers and one hunter education specialist in a jurisdiction made up of Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey and Rutherford counties. A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Capt. Hatley was previously a lieutenant in the district. He succeeds Ted Brothers, who recently retired.

“I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad and granddad, so I know the importance of conservation,” Hatley said. “Along with fellow wildlife officers, I will work for conservation in this region and promote the lawful use of resources. And I will continue to promote safety t


Rank (0) Views 5888 On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 4:15 PM, 686 days ago



ELKIN, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2012) — A catfish competition in the Yadkin River has two native species fighting for survival in a river where they were once found in abundance.

Snail bullheads and flat bullheads, also known as mudcats or yellow cats, have declined significantly throughout the upper Yadkin River, due to the introduction of the non-native flathead catfish — a voracious predator that has an appetite for bullheads.

Fisheries biologists with the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed a series of electro-fishing surveys in Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes counties and found that bullhead catch rates near Elkin had declined from a high of 120 fish collected per hour in 2005 to less than three fish collected per hour in 2012. Similar collection rates at an upstream site in the Ronda community have decreased from nearly 300 fish per hour in 2005 to 20 fish per hour in 2012.

Biologists have documented an even more extreme decline of bullheads in the Y


Rank (0) Views 2031 On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 12:56 PM, 686 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the November 7, 2012 Committee meeting agendas.
Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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