Rank (0) Views 2045 On Tue, May 06, 2014 9:41 AM, 645 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering fishing camps this summer for youths ages 9 to 17 at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

Three one-week camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon in June, July and August. A registration fee of $20 is required for each week of camp. Loaner rods and reels, as well as bait and other materials, are included in the registration price.

The first and second camps, open to youths ages 9 to 13, will be held June 16-20 and July 14-18. The third camp will be held Aug. 11-15 and will be open to youth ages 14 to 17. Each day, camp participants will learn new fishing skills and fish in one of several ponds at the center. The tentative schedule is:

·         Monday – lanyard making and fishing for catfish

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Rank (0) Views 1430 On Tue, May 06, 2014 9:32 AM, 645 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today in Scotland County.

WHAT:  Prescribed burns to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: May 6.

WHERE: One location:

·         406 acres on Sandhills Game Land at Whisky Still and Hoffman Roads 

Rank (0) Views 2832 On Fri, May 02, 2014 11:03 AM, 649 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 1, 2014) — More than 35 free kids’ fishing events across North Carolina are scheduled from mid-May through mid-June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these annual fishing events. The Commission has a list of events, as of April 30, posted on its website. People interested in attending an event should check the list frequently as more events are added.

Young anglers registered at any fishing event can enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. N

Rank (0) Views 1396 On Thu, May 01, 2014 11:22 AM, 650 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 1, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today in Richmond County.

WHAT:  Prescribed burns to reduce pine litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife.

WHEN: May 1.


·         76 acres on Sandhills Game Land Ellerbe Tower East in Richmond County



·         Chris Jordan (Richmond County): 910-638-3984

Rank (0) Views 1809 On Wed, Apr 30, 2014 4:20 PM, 651 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free Family Fishing Workshop on May 31 at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

The workshop, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, is designed to teach all family members the basic skills of fishing.

“If you have never gone fishing before, this event will help you get comfortable with a rod and reel,” said Pechmann Center Director Kristopher Smith. “Touch a worm, bait a hook, tie a knot, cast a line and catch a fish. By getting folks comfortable with the basics of fishing, we hope to inspire in them a love of fishing for years to come.”

This is the first time the Pechmann Center has offered this event, and Smith expects a good turnout for the inaugural event.

“We’ll start out the morning with learning how to tie on your hook and rig your pole, followed by what we call &lsq

Rank (0) Views 3243 On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 3:35 PM, 652 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (April 29, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related clinics and classes in May through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis:
Nature Nuts: Reptiles – May 10, May 16, May 24; 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Learn the difference between a reptile and an amphibian, and more. 
Eco Explorers: Archery – May 16, May 24; 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Topics covered will include safety, varieties of bows and arrows, and lots of time spent shooting at targets. Equipment and materials are provided.     
On the Water – May 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For ages 12 and older. Practice fly-fishing skills under the supervision of experienced instructors on the Delayed Harvest section of the West Fork Pigeon River. Learn about wading, reading the water, fly selection,

Rank (0) Views 2485 On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 11:56 AM, 652 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. State University Police Department are investigating a dead black bear found on campus this morning.

Investigators said the carcass had been deliberately placed on a bench at University Plaza near Hillsborough Street — an area commonly known as “The Brickyard.”

The male bear appeared to have been in good health at the time of death. Investigators were not releasing a cause of death or estimated time of death, pending further examination by the Wildlife Commission.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Wildlife Commission hotline at 1-800-662-7137.

Rank (0) Views 3348 On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 1:40 PM, 653 days ago

ELLERBE, N.C. (April 28, 2014) — Teams from Gray Stone Day School and Park Ridge Christian School emerged as champions at the 2014 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the pre-collegiate shooting sports state championship, held Saturday by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at Millstone 4-H Center in Richmond County.

Youth competed in team and individual categories for rifle, shotgun, archery and compass on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events.

The Gray Stone “Gray” team won the senior division with an overall score of 3,856 out of a possible 4,000, while Park Ridge Christian won the junior division with an overall score of 3,610. Both schools are in Stanly County. Team and individual winners available here.

There were 554 students from 54 teams participating in this year’s tournament, having advanced f

Rank (0) Views 1540 On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 5:39 PM, 656 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (April 25, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the parking lot for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery from 7 p.m. on May 3 to 8 a.m. on May 5, to renovate the parking lot.

From May 5-10, limited parking will be available during the day, but no overnight parking will be allowed so that the blacktop can be re-sealed and the lines re-painted.

Visitors who are planning a hike originating from the center on Sunday will need to park along Forest Service Road 475 and walk across the bridge to get to the Forest Service trails, Cat Gap and John Rock. The center is closed on Sundays.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. The center features nature trails and five large aquariums representing different aquatic habitats. Visitors to the center also can walk next door to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish

Rank (0) Views 4396 On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 5:00 PM, 656 days ago

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 25, 2014) — White-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States, continues its deadly toll on North Carolina bat populations.

The cold-weather disease, which can kill up to 100 percent of bats in a colony, was first detected in North Carolina in February 2011, in a bat from Avery County. Since that time, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have confirmed the disease in five bat species in eight counties in western North Carolina, with an additional two counties considered suspect for WNS.

During winter cave surveys conducted in January and February 2014, biologists found that some previously WNS-infected locations showed up to a 99 percent decline in hibernating bats over the last two to three years.

At a mine in Avery County, the number of hibernating bats was down from approximately 1,000 in 2011 to 65 bats last year to just 17 th

Rank (0) Views 6619 On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 1:48 PM, 657 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 24, 2014) — Black bear sightings throughout North Carolina are becoming more common as the bear population increases and bears expand their home range. While black bears are not inherently dangerous and are rarely aggressive toward people, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises caution to reduce potential conflicts.

In spring, juvenile bears from 1-2 years old disperse beyond their previous home range, while adult bears can roam extensively searching for food and mates. This can include roaming into residential areas. If left alone, most transient bears will find their way quickly out of town and back to natural habitat. People are urged not to approach or follow bears, or put themselves between bears and possible escape routes.

“Sometimes when a bear is seen, crowds may gather. This seemingly harmless situation can become dangerous for both humans and bear,” said Ann May, the Commission’s extension wildlife bi

Rank (0) Views 1616 On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 3:48 PM, 658 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 23, 2014) — Recognize someone who is considered a leader in nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina with a nomination for the 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 April 30.

Anyone interested in submitting an award nomination 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.

Download the nomination form at ncwildlife.org. Click on the “Thomas L. Quay Award” scrolling icon located at the bottom of the home page. Submit nominations by: E-mail to susan.bunn@ncwildlife.org Mail to N.

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