Rank (0) Views 1654 On Wed, Jan 09, 2013 8:54 AM, 659 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (January 9, 2013) Download the PDF below for the January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda. January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (January 7, 2013) Download the PDFs below for the January 16, 2013 Committee Meetings' Notice  and the January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.
January 16, 2013 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)
January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

 

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Rank (0) Views 7594 On Mon, Jan 07, 2013 12:27 PM, 661 days ago



BEAUFORT, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2013) — 2012 was a good year for sea turtle nesting on North Carolina’s coast.

From late April until mid-September,sea turtles laid 1,103 nests along North Carolina’s coast — up from 967 in the previous year and 883 in 2010. This nesting season’s numbers were the second highest since biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission began statewide tracking of nests in the mid-90s, according to Sea Turtle Biologist Matthew Godfrey.

While four species of the giant reptiles are known to nest on North Carolina’s beaches, loggerhead sea turtles’ nests make up the vast majority of nests each year. Green sea turtles, leatherbacks and, on rare occasion, the Kemp’s ridley — the smallest of all sea turtles — also nest on North Carolina’s beaches, but in much smaller numbers. A fifth sea turtle species, the hawksbill, is known to visit North Carolina w


Rank (0) Views 4330 On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 2:39 PM, 665 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2013) — The McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery in Hoffman, N.C., will officially become the property of the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission. 

President Obama on Dec. 28 signed into law a bill that transferred ownership of the hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, as part of a larger bill, S.3687. 

The Commission has operated the warm-water fish hatchery under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1996 and annually produces more than 130,000 harvestable-sized (8-12 inches) channel catfish for stocking into public, inland waters.

“McKinney Lake is an important element of the Commission’s statewide hatchery system. In addition, the forested land associated with the hatchery will be integrated with the Commission’s wildlife management and forest stewardship activities,” said Gordon Myers, e


Rank (0) Views 3447 On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 8:28 AM, 672 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 27, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Robert Sharpe to captain for District 5, where he will manage enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs. He will supervise 18 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Person, Orange, Granville and Durham counties.

Sharpe was previously a lieutenant in District 5 and brings more than 10 years of supervisory experience to his new position. His predecessor, Billy Holland, recently retired.

“These 11 counties have a diversity of wildlife habitats like none other and there are so many outdoor opportunities to be enjoyed,” said Capt. Sharpe. “I look forward to my new role here, and count on the support of my colleagues and my fellow sportsmen.”

Sharpe is a native of Davidson County and holds a


Rank (0) Views 4432 On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 1:56 PM, 678 days ago



SILER CITY, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2012)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has scheduled an open house on Jan. 10 to answer questions about the Cape Fear Shiner Augmentation Project in the Rocky River.

The meeting, which is a “drop-in event” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will be held at the Western Chatham Senior Center in the Holly Brooks Banquet Room. The Senior Center is located at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City, Chatham County.

The Cape Fear Shiner Augmentation Project is a joint effort between the Commission and the Service to help bolster populations of the Cape Fear shiner, a federally endangered minnow, in the Rocky River.  Biologists plan to release shiners into the Rocky River near Pittsboro-Goldston Road in Chatham County this spring. This section of river has been protected for this species since it was listed in 1987, so the release of more shiners will not result in changes to existin


Rank (0) Views 6657 On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 12:59 PM, 678 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2012) —Military personnel home for the holidays can hunt and fish —  in both inland and coastal waters — without obtaining a license as long as they are North Carolina residents and they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

To be exempted from fishing and hunting license requirements, military personnel must:
be a North Carolina resident,
be serving full-time active military duty outside of the state in the Armed  Forces or a reserve component of the Armed Forces, and
be home on leave for 30 days or less.

In addition, 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.

Military personnel also must comply with all reporting, regulatory and hunter safety requirements, including register


Rank (0) Views 4037 On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 2:24 PM, 679 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2012) — 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 hands-on, interactive casting classes and on-the-water instruction.

The four basic fly-fishing clinics are scheduled for Jan. 5 and 19, and Feb. 2 and 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will facilitate casting programs to educate participants on proper fly-fishing techniques.

To make these clinics possible, Commission staff stocked two ponds with 1,000 catchable-sized brook, rainbow and brown trout on Dec. 18. The trout were raised at the agency’s Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hat


Rank (0) Views 3972 On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 10:06 AM, 679 days ago



CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (Dec. 20) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed work on the Blount’s Creek Boating Access Area and Public Fishing Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, which provides access to the Pamlico River via Blount’s Creek, has two launch ramps, a floating dock and a fishing pier. It has 28 trailered vehicle parking spaces and 12 single-vehicle parking spaces. 

“We are so grateful for our partnership with Beaufort County, who purchased the site,which allowed us to develop boating and fishing access to the popular Pamlico,”said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This site will draw anglers and recreational boaters from every part of the state.”

Construction of the site was funded with motorboat registration fees and Sport Fish Restoration funds. Beaufort County purchased the site using money from grants made


Rank (0) Views 3818 On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 8:48 AM, 679 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine outdoor photo competition.

All winners will be published in the January/February 2013 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image appearing on the cover. The photographs also will be exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, along with special showings throughout the year at other museums and wildlife education centers across the state.

“This year, rules required all entrants to be subscribers to the magazine and we were impressed by how talented our readers are,” said Mike Zlotnicki, associate editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “I don’t think anyone appreciates conservation and North Carolina’s wildlife more than they do.”

Photos were judged in 10 categories, including two for youth. First-place winners by category: Birds: R


Rank (0) Views 4474 On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 9:04 AM, 686 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 13, 2012) — The Home from the Hunt™ campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety.

“Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia.”

Wear protective clothing and watch the weather, he said. Let someone know where you are hunting and an approximate return time.

Additional boating safety tips include:

• Always wear a life vest.

• Don't overload the boat, especially with passengers.

• Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat.

• Ne


Rank (0) Views 2737 On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 8:58 AM, 687 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 12, 2012) — Capt. Todd Radabaugh, a wildlife officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been recognized for his work in drug enforcement and boating safety.

He was awarded North Carolina’s 2012 Drug Recognition Expert of the Year, given by the Forensic Tests for Alcohol branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health. He was presented a statuette and a plaque at a recent in-service training in Raleigh. This was the first time the award has gone to a law enforcement officer not assigned to a specialized traffic unit. 

“This award reflects the work done on a daily basis by wildlife officers in our efforts to promote safe and responsible boating,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Capt. Radabaugh has been a leader in training and enforcement efforts, which, coupled with our public awareness campaigns, decreased the number

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