Rank (0) Views 6099 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 9:10 AM, 652 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) — Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter has taken top honors in the 2013 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of Northern shovelers sitting along the water’s edge.

The painting, which is a mixed media of opaque watercolor and acrylic, will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled Friday at the 18thAnnual 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. The stamp is $10.

Wildlife Commissioner Mitch St. Clair represented the Commission at Friday night’s unveiling.

This is the first year that Klinefelter has won North Caroli


Rank (0) Views 3545 On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 4:17 PM, 652 days ago



TUCKASEGEE, N.C. (Feb. 12) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Bear Creek Boating Access Area and it is now open to the public.

The refurbished site, on Bear Creek Lake in Jackson County, features two 14-foot wide, 90-foot long ramps. The bottom elevation of the ramps is 88 feet, so boaters can launch when the lake levels are low in the winter. A normal full level in the summer for Bear Creek Lake is 100 feet, but in winter it can drop to 91 feet.

A new floating dock with handicapped-accessible handrails was also installed.

“This is the busiest spot on the Nantahala chain of lakes, and the only public access on Bear Creek Lake,” said Jeff Ferguson, an engineer with the Commission. “The lake is quite deep, and offers anglers bass, bluegill, trout and other species.”

The Commission manages the lake as hatchery-supported trout waters, and stocks it with catchable-size rainbow trout. Hatchery s


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MARION, N.C. (Feb. 12) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining other agencies and organizations in supporting the use of prescribed fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area and adjacent National Forest System lands.

The Wildlife Commission supports a proposal the U.S Forest Service is considering to use prescribed fire on nearly 16,000 acres in and near the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on the Grandfather Ranger District.

The prescribed fire on U.S. Forest Service land would greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, such as those that occurred in 2007, and help restore the fire-adapted ecosystem of the area. Prescribed fire will particularly be beneficial to fire-adapted plant species such as the rare Mountain Golden Heather that are at risk of disappearing due to decades of fire suppression. Wildlife species also will benefit from the controlled ignitions and less intense heat of a prescribed fire, as opposed to wildfires, which burn at a much hi


Rank (0) Views 3075 On Fri, Feb 08, 2013 3:31 PM, 656 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today confiscated a white-tailed deer being held illegally at the home of a Burke County resident. Wildlife enforcement officers issued a citation to the person holding the deer.

Because of specific circumstances surrounding this case, the deer was anesthetized and transferred to an educational facility licensed to hold and care for deer in captivity. Those circumstances include verifiable knowledge of the origin of the deer locally within Burke County and no opportunity for the deer to have been in contact with wild deer during its life in captivity. The deer has been held in an approximately 10-foot by 12-foot chain-link pen since it was removed from its natural habitat as a fawn.

Despite well-meaning intentions of the Burke County resident, North Carolina law does not allow the holding of wildlife by individuals without proper training and licenses, and then only under strict rules to safeguard th


Rank (0) Views 1423 On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 11:42 AM, 658 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2013) Download the PDF below for the March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.

March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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RALEIGH,N.C. (Feb. 7) —The 2013 spring turkey season has changed to allow for a longer youth turkey season in which adults can accompany more than one youth.

The youth-only season will be open from the first Saturday in April — April 6 this year — to the following Friday, April 12. An adult can accompany more than one youth during this Spring Youth-Only Wild Turkey Season. The adult must be near the youth. The bag limit for the entire week is one bird.

“With hunter recruitment as a major goal of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,we are continuously looking for ways to bring more youth into the woods,” said David Cobb, chief of wildlife management for the Commission. “Adding these extra days to the youth season will give our newest hunters a better chance of bagging a bird, and get more youths and adults into the field.”

Season information in the Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest do


Rank (0) Views 2574 On Wed, Feb 06, 2013 9:11 AM, 659 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2013) — The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop for 2013 has been rescheduled to May 31-June 2, with the location remaining at YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge in Wilkes County.

“Those dates better accommodate staff and instructors, while allowing us to present the widest selection of activities and instruction,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and event organizer. “This is our big, annual event. Activities will include expert instruction in fishing, trapping and target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and nature photography, in a safe, no-pressure learning environment.

“The scheduling change from the first of May to the end of the month is more appealing for most of our participants too.” 

Limited space is still available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $225 per person and includes a choice of four outdo


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn on Butner-Falls of the Neuse Game Land in the Triangle area today. Wildlife Commission staff will burn 94 acres around Falls Lake in Wake County. Ignition will start midday and the burn will conclude by 5 p.m. 

The prescribed burns will help improve wildlife habitat, restore the natural ecosystem, and reduce brush and debris accumulation to help prevent wildfires. Residents in Wake County may see smoke today from the prescribed burns. 

“Reducing the threat of wildfires is important in North Carolina because our state ranks fifth nationally in the number of homes in wooded areas susceptible to wildfires,” said Chris Dawes,the Wildlife Commission’s piedmont eco-region supervisor. “Periodic fire is essential to North Carolina’s natural ecosystems because the fire consumes plant matter that releases nutr


Rank (0) Views 4907 On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 9:45 AM, 665 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2013) — A Marine Recreational Fishing Forum will be held Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at N.C. State University's McKimmon Center in Raleigh. N.C. Sea Grant organized the free event, which is designed for recreational anglers, fisheries scientists, resource managers, elected and appointed officials, and others interested in North Carolina’s marine recreational fishing.

Speakers include Chad Thomas,coastal fisheries supervisor for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, who will discuss catch-and-release fishing for striped bass on the Roanoke River,and Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, who will hold an hour-long “Ask-a-Director” session.

N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists work closely with the Division of Marine Fisheries in management of migratory sport fish. The forum gives the public an opportunity to learn how government agencies partner with university researcher


Rank (0) Views 5896 On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 4:08 PM, 667 days ago



WINNABOW, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2013) — The red-cockaded woodpecker is a relatively small member of the woodpecker family but its habitat requirements are anything but small. The federally endangered bird prefers vast acres of longleaf pine forests — habitat that has declined by about 97 percent since European settlement.

Thanks to a Safe Harbor Agreement entered into by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Orton Plantation Holdings, LLC, in November, more than 8,400 acres of open pine forest in Brunswick County will be managed and enhanced to benefit many native wildlife species, with an emphasis on the red-cockaded woodpecker. Orton Plantation is owned by conservationist Louis Moore Bacon.

As part of the agreement, Orton Plantation will manage the property to make the habitat more suitable for red-cockaded woodpeckers. Orton Plantation Property Manager Dillon Epp will conduct prescribed burns on a regular basis to control hardwood encroachment, create an op


Rank (0) Views 2120 On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 11:14 AM, 678 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2013) — Recognize someone who is considered a leader in nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina with a nomination for the eighth annual Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

The nomination period for the award, which recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina, closes Jan. 30.

Nongame wildlife conservation is work that supports research, conservation and management of nongame and endangered wildlife species with the goal of maintaining viable, self-sustaining populations of all native wildlife. An emphasis is placed on priority species and habitats identified in North Carolina’s Wildlife Action Plan.

Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper,with 1-inch margins, singl


Rank (0) Views 3369 On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 12:44 PM, 678 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed Richard Edwards as a wildlife commissioner at large during its business meeting today.

The 35-year-old Wilmington resident joins 18 other wildlife commissioners on the board that establishes policy and regulations governing conservation of fish and wildlife resources and hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced. Appointments are made by the Governor, the Speaker of the State House and the President Pro-Tem of the State Senate.

Edwards was appointed to the post by Gov. Beverly Perdue, with a term expiring June 30, 2013. He replaces Steve Windham, who resigned from the board in November to devote more time to family and business. The oath of office was administered by Bill Rabon, state senator for Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

“It is truly humbling and a huge honor to be part of the N.C. Wildlife

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