Rank (0) Views 3902 On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 8:48 AM, 706 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 4551 On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 9:04 AM, 713 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 2812 On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 8:58 AM, 714 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


Rank (0) Views 3675 On Thu, Dec 06, 2012 3:40 PM, 719 days ago



MANN’S HARBOR, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed work on the Mann’s Harbor Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, off U.S. 64 in Dare County, was renovated to include three new boat ramps, two new floating docks, new bulkhead and shoreline docks and a gravel parking lot. The lot has 49 vehicle/trailer spaces and seven single car spaces. This marks the completion of the first phase of the project. The Commission is currently pursuing local partnerships to complete the final phase which will include additional commercial fishing facilities as well as a kayak and canoe launching area.

“This access area on the Croatan Sound is important to commercial fishermen and recreational boaters and anglers alike,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are so pleased with our partnership with the Division of


Rank (0) Views 14501 On Wed, Dec 05, 2012 3:34 PM, 720 days ago



WILMINGTON, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2012) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed construction of a rock arch ramp — or “fish passage way” — at the Cape Fear River Lock and Dam No. 1, located 32 miles upriver from Wilmington. Completion of the rock arch ramp coincides with the release of the “Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish” by the Cape Fear River Partnership, which includes the Corps of Engineers as a non-member organization playing a role in the development of the action plan.

The partnership, which is a coalition of state and federal natural resources agencies, academic entities and private and non-governmental organizations, released the draft action plan today.Public comments will be taken through Dec. 19.

The rock arch ramp is expected to improve passage of anadromous fish such as striped bass, American shad, river herring and sturgeon during their spring migrations to reach his


Rank (0) Views 5498 On Wed, Dec 05, 2012 2:53 PM, 720 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C.  (Dec. 5, 2012) — A Nov. 26 report of illegal gill netting in Craven County has led to two men being arrested by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, their boat seized and the wrongfully taken fish given to a community food bank.

The investigation began with a late evening report of suspicious activity in the Hancock Creek area near the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. A coordinated response by the Wildlife Commission and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Division of Marine Fisheries, halted the illegal fishing and made the case, but not before 89 spotted sea trout and two mullet had been caught.

Gill nets are vertical panels of netting hung down in the water from a series of floats set in a straight line. Fish trying to swim through gill nets become entangled, which allows gill-net fishermen to retrieve the nets from the water and harvest the entangled fish. The use of gill nets is prohibited in inla


Rank (0) Views 6288 On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 1:01 PM, 722 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) — Benjy Strope, a technical assistance biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been given the Wildlife Management Excellence Award from the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society. The award recognizes his work in establishing and managing early-successional habitat on corporate-owned swine farms and private lands in southeastern North Carolina. Strope, who has worked at the Commission for 11 years, received the award during the recent annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Strope has been instrumental in securing and managing $566,000 in grants to improve more than 1,000 acres of quail habitat. This year, the area in which he worked demonstrated what is likely the highest density of quail populations in North Carolina.  “Integrating natural resource management strategies into the management of large farms will continue to be a challenging but necessary process if


Rank (0) Views 2779 On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 8:27 AM, 723 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) — A great gift idea for women on your shopping list, especially for the outdoors enthusiast, is a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman gift certificate from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The recipient will enjoy a weekend workshop, which will be held at YMCA Camp Harrison Herring Ridge in Wilkes County, May 3-5. Order your gift certificate online or by phone 1-866-945-3746. Cost is $225 per person and includes a choice of four outdoor skill sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging. Activities include expert instruction in fishing, trapping and target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and nature photography.

“This is a fun weekend and a no-pressure learning environment,” Outdoors Skills Coordinator BB Gillen said. “A gift certificate is ideal for any woman wanting to explore nature, learn some outdoor skills and have a weekend designed for her.”

Becoming an Outd


Rank (0) Views 2836 On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 9:02 AM, 727 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 29, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Todd Radabaugh to captain for District 2, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs in Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.

A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Capt. Radabaugh was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Rick Venable, recently retired.

“This region is a community that values outdoor recreational activities like hunting, fishing and boating,” Capt. Radabaugh said. “Along with my fellow wildlife officers, I will continue to work for conservation and public safety, and be accessible to citizens and their concerns.”

Originally from Havelock, Radabaugh and his wife Leanne have lived in Pender County since 2001. T


Rank (0) Views 3382 On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 10:29 AM, 728 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will seek nominations for the eighth annual Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award from Dec. 1 through Jan. 30.

The award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in nongame wildlife resources conservation. 

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, single spaced and 12-point font). Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Submit nominations by:
E-mail to susan.bunn@ncwildlife.org
Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, c/o Susan Bunn, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-17


Rank (0) Views 3909 On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 9:07 AM, 728 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2012) — Sgt. Anthony Sharum, a wildlife officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, received the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Service on Nov. 27.

Sgt. Sharum, who is stationed in Rowan County, received the honor for exhibiting service and initiative far above the normal requirements of his job. He has contributed significantly to promoting the public image of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and of state employees as a whole.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence is the highest honor a state employee may receive. The award acknowledges and expresses appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties. The meritorious service is so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified.

One example of Sgt. Sharum going above and beyond the call of duty happened last December. While charging a hunter for not havin


Rank (0) Views 14455 On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 5:05 PM, 734 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2012) — Coyote hunting at night with the aid of an artificial light will be disallowed temporarily in five counties — Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Washington and Beaufort — pending the outcome of a lawsuit questioning the temporary rule adopted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway issued a preliminary injunction halting coyote hunting at night with the aid of artificial light only in those five counties. The order was issued in response to a complaint filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute.

“While we accept the judge’s decision, it is important to note that this is a decision on a preliminary injunction only. It is not a decision on the lawsuit,” said Wildlife Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers. “We remain confident of our position an

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