Rank (0) Views 3571 On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:07 AM, 617 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 11, 2013) — Families looking for something free and fun to do in the outdoors should head over to the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Sept. 28 for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s sixth annual Wildlife Expo.

The Wildlife Expo, which runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., highlights fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in the Tar Heel state. It is one of seven events hosted or supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina 2013.

The Wildlife Expo will have more than 15 hands-on activities and demonstrations where participants can connect with nature while testing their outdoor skills. Activities include kayaking, archery,air rifle shooting, and fishing for catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill in one of four ponds.  Expo visitors also can learn how to cast a fly-rod, identify aquatic insects and create their own fishing lures.&nb


Rank (0) Views 5536 On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 10:55 AM, 618 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has exempted surfboards, tubes, swimming rafts and inflatable toys from the requirement to carry personal flotation devices (PFDs), also known as life vests.

The action was taken during the August meeting of the Wildlife Commission. It had been demonstrated that requiring PFDs for these types of floating devices did not enhance safety significantly. Prior to the rule change, anyone on such floating devices outside of a designated swimming area was required to carry a PFD.

The Commission also clarified the definition of competitive paddle or rowing vessels under boating safety rules. The definition now reads those manually propelled vessels  “that are recognized by national and international racing associations for use in competitive racing and in which all occupants row, scull, or paddle, with exception of a coxswain, if one is provided, and are not designed to carry any equipmen


Rank (0) Views 2945 On Mon, Sep 09, 2013 8:43 AM, 620 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received a donation from the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation to improve angler access on the Reddies River in Wilkes County and to control invasive, non-native plants in the Wilson Creek watershed in Caldwell County.

NCWHF Executive Director Eddie Bridges presented an $8,000 check to Bob Curry, chief of the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries, at the Commission’s business meeting in Raleigh last month.

The Commission, working with the Yadkin River Greenway Council, will use $3,000 of the donation to construct four sets of angler-access steps on a one-mile reach of the Reddies River, which is classified as Delayed Harvest Trout Waters. The reach, which extends from North Wilkesboro’s water supply dam to the Yadkin River, is bordered by a paved walking trail that is part of the Yadkin River Greenway. The height of the bank, however, prevents many anglers from g


Rank (0) Views 4282 On Fri, Sep 06, 2013 9:28 AM, 622 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 with special events and an urgent message to get more people involved in the outdoors.

The Commission is hosting four family-oriented events and assisting three others that highlight our state’s extraordinary hunting and fishing heritage that has supported remarkable conservation efforts through the years. Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and learn outdoor skills.

Some of the activities, which vary for each event, include:
Fishing, with bait and tackle provided.
Shooting archery and pellet rifles with qualified instructors.
Observing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and raptors.
Cooking over a campfire — and tasting the results.
Learning about North Carolina’s hunting and fishing heritage.

Gov. Pat McCr


Rank (0) Views 3378 On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 3:15 PM, 623 days ago



FLETCHER, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2013) — Make the most out of what promises to be a beautiful weekend by attending the Mountain State Fair, which starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Fletcher, just west of Asheville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have an exhibit featuring the American kestrel, North America’s smallest and most color falcon, as well as several hands-on activities, such as a “Nerf” archery game, a “pond” where kids can test their fishing skills, and the mobile aquarium — a trailer featuring twin 300-gallon aquaria that showcase some of the popular freshwater fishes found in North Carolina.

New for this year is an exhibit designed to encourage visitors of all ages to get outside and experience the diverse wildlife-watching opportunities the Tar Heel state offers. The “Find the Wildlife” game consists of more than 20 animal mounts and models commonly found in western North Carol


Rank (0) Views 2922 On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 1:03 PM, 623 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 5) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received an award last week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, recognizing the Commission for its outstanding work in waterfowl conservation and management in the Southeast.

John Stanton, a supervisory wildlife biologist with the Service’s Southeast Region, Division of Migratory Birds, presented the award to Wildlife Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers during the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

The Commission’s Migratory Bird Program received the award because of its outstanding efforts over the past several years trapping and banding wood ducks during the pre-season period, which runs from July to mid-September. 

“The Wildlife Commission stands out among the states in the Atlantic Flyway for banding, on average, 1,600 wood ducks a year over the past three years,” Stanton said. “In the last 10 yea


Rank (0) Views 8539 On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 3:13 PM, 629 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30) – Beginning Sept. 1, the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission will have permit waterfowl hunts available online at www.ncwildlife.org/permithunt, by calling(888) 248-6834, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. The deadline for most permit hunts is Oct. 1.

In response to suggestions from waterfowl hunters, the Commission has created a system of blinds on North River, J. Morgan Futch and Spring Creek impoundments. Staff has constructed high-quality floating blinds that will be in place throughout the late waterfowl season. The blinds, which accommodate up to three hunters and feature a dog porch, are located in areas hunters typically have used in the past. 

While the application process for these three impoundments will remain the same, applicants must select a blind in their hunt choice(s).

“The implementation of blinds on these selected areas should address several comments and suggesti


Rank (0) Views 77709 On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 2:58 PM, 629 days ago



Apply for Waterfowl Permit Hunts Starting Sept. 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30)— The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2013-14 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent, or calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations,dates and quotas, will be available on the agency’s website, Sept. 1. 

The following are the 2013-14 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise noted.

BAG LIMITS


a)      Conventional bag: 6 ducks with no more than 4scoters,


Rank (0) Views 5242 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 1:56 PM, 630 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission installed 11 commissioners today at its August meeting.

The 19-member board establishes policy and regulations governing statewide conservation efforts, as well as 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.

Gov. Pat McCrory made appointments for a district commissioner and at-large commissioners. Among those appointments was John Litton Clark, of Clinton, as commissioner for District 4, made up of Scotland, Hoke, Harnett, Roberson, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick counties.

McCrory also named John T. Coley, IV, of Holly Springs, and V. Ray Clifton, of Clarkton, to Governor at-large appointments.

Speaker Tom Tillis named Richard Edwards, of Wilmington, Tim Spear, of Creswell, Thomas Fonville, of Ralei


Rank (0) Views 8596 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 8:37 AM, 631 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2013) — The comment period for providing input in how the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission should manage seven of its game lands over the next 10 years ends Aug. 31.

In July and early August, the Commission held seven public meetings seeking input in developing management plans for the following game lands: Sandhills, Holly Shelter, Lower Roanoke River, Suggs Mill Pond, R. Wayne-Bailey Caswell, Sandy Mush and Green River.

Staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on game lands for the next 10 years.

“We are seeking input from all users of our game lands and others who are interested in how the properties are managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “These meetings are not just for hunters and anglers. They are for wildlife watchers and photographers, birding groups, hikers, kayakers and others who have interest in our game lands. Everyone is encouraged


Rank (0) Views 2587 On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 8:58 AM, 632 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a variety of outdoors-related events and clinics in September through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and may require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nature Nuts: Underground Animals – Sept. 10, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Explore the world of animals beneath our feet. Listen to a short presentation, read a story, make crafts, and then head out to the forest for a discovery hike.

Eco Explorers: Stream Stats – Sept. 10, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Take a very hands-on approach to learning about water quality in a local river and its importance to trout.

Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing – Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For ages 12 and older. Enjoy a day of fun as you learn the basics o


Rank (0) Views 2895 On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 8:41 AM, 632 days ago



FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission highlights North America’s smallest and perhaps most colorful falcon, the American kestrel, at its Mountain State Fair exhibit this year.

The fair, which will be open Sept. 6-15, is located in Fletcher in Henderson County, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The kestrel exhibit will include a nest box with real eggs, as well as mounts of a male and female kestrel.Visitors also can find out more about the latest kestrel research and banding efforts being conducted by Commission staff on the Sandy Mush Game Land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties.

To complement the kestrel exhibit,the Wildlife Commission’s perennially popular button features a beautiful rendition of an American kestrel in flight. The button — a traditional state

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