Rank (0) Views 4406 On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 3:06 PM, 643 days ago

MORGANTON, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is bringing more fishing opportunities to anglers in Burke County with the recent completion of  three piers at the Broughton Pond Public Fishing Area.

The fishing area, which is located on the South Mountain Game Land, comprises two ponds. Commission staff constructed two piers on the first pond — a floating, universally accessible pier, which is 59 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-shaped section at the end,and a 12-by-16 fixed pier. The universally accessible pier has benches and alternating high and low handrails with bait shelves that can accommodate children and anglers in wheelchairs.

On the smaller pond, which is located approximately 50 yards from the larger pond, Commission staff built another 12-by-16 fixed pier.

Anglers fishing in the ponds can expect to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.  Commission staff stocks both ponds with about 700

Rank (0) Views 5109 On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:48 PM, 643 days ago

BANNER ELK, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Grandfather Mountain Home for Children and Edgar Tufts Memorial Association, is bringing more fishing opportunities to anglers of all abilities with the recent construction of a universally accessible, floating fishing pier on Wildcat Lake in Avery County.

The pier, which was completed in May, is 59-feet long with a 48-foot wide T-section at the end. Benches and alternating high and low handrails with bait shelves on the fishing pier help accommodate children and anglers in wheelchairs. In addition to the pier, staff created a paved path from the parking lot to the pier and erected a kiosk that provides information on fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits, as well as information about the lake’s fisheries.    

Wildcat Lake is part of the Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters program and is operated as a hatchery

Rank (0) Views 3472 On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 10:50 AM, 647 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free, fishing-related workshops this fall at the John E.Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  Sept. 7 – Fly-Fishing Discovery Course from 9-11 a.m. This new class is designed as a fun and easy way for beginner fly anglers to give fly casting a try. Participants will learn the basic overhead cast and roll cast through personal instruction and casting aids that emphasize the fundamentals of fly casting. Class size is limited to six participants because of one-on-one instruction, and pre-registration is required. Oct. 15, 16, 17 – Basic Rod-Building Course from 6:30-9 p.m. This 3-day course covers the basic techniques for building a 6-foot, medium-action spinning rod. All tools and supplies are provided. Due to space constraints, the class is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is recommended. Dec. 4, 5, 6 – Basic Fly-Tyi

Rank (0) Views 3135 On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 10:26 AM, 647 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Sisk to captain for District 9, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Capt. Sisk will supervise 23 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe and Henderson counties. A 26-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, he was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Greg Daniels, recently retired.

“This region has a rich heritage of hunting and fishing, boating and wildlife watching,” said Sisk. “We have numerous game lands, state and national forests and parks, rivers and lakes that are world-renowned for outdoor recreation. I look forward to my new position and continuing role in serving conservation and public safety in these

Rank (0) Views 5290 On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 4:35 PM, 649 days ago

WILKESBORO, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake, Inc., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Forest Service B.R.I.D.G.E. Crew on a pilot project to stabilize the shoreline and enhance aquatic habitat in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.

The Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and beautification of the lake, hired a local contractor earlier this spring to reshape approximately 150 linear feet of shoreline adjacent to the Visitor Assistance/Environmental Education Center to create a more stable slope.

To help the shoreline hold its new shape, personnel with the Wildlife Commission, Corps and Forest Service installed a brush mattress, a 4- to 6-inch layer of willows and other woody vegetation, and planted native trees, shrubs and herbaceous ground cover along the shoreline, creating a riparian buffer to filter sediment and pollutants from sur

Rank (0) Views 39128 On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 9:50 AM, 650 days ago

Commission Encourages Sharing the Experience

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds the public that dove hunting season opening day is Labor Day, Sept. 2.

“This season’s opening has a couple of differences from previous years,” said Kate Pipkin, the Commission’s rules biologist. “Opening day is a Monday, not the traditional first Saturday of September. That’s because the first Saturday of the month this year is Sept. 7. Rather than wait, the Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin a half-hour before sunrise. Prior to 2012, shooting hours for opening day began at noon.

This also is the first year that the Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit will be in effect, allowing newcomers a convenient and safe way to try the sport, in t

Rank (0) Views 5081 On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 4:19 PM, 650 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is extending the deadline to register for a special Labor Day youth dove hunting opportunity at Mountain Island Educational State Forest until Aug. 21, to make available a limited number of unsold permits.

The special hunt opportunity requires a minimum of two per party, which has to consist of at least one youth, younger than 16, and one properly licensed adult. Permits can only be purchased by phone at 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

“This is a special opportunity because the dove hunt is being held in the Charlotte area where these types of hunts are very limited,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “With all of the development and urban sprawl in that area, there are not a whole lot of hunting opportunities around Charlotte. We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Rank (0) Views 3565 On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 2:45 PM, 650 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2013) — North Carolina teams captured first place honors in junior and senior divisions at the 27th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a demanding week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition in Raton, N.M., sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Gray Stone Day School Marksmanship Team, of Misenheimer, N.C., took first place in senior standings, while Park Ridge Christian School Sharpshooters, of Albemarle, took first place in junior standings. Also, Hunter Efird, of Gray Stone Day School, was the senior individual overall winner. Complete results here.

This duplicated the results from the 2013 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the pre-collegiate shooting sports state championship held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in April at Millstone 4-H Center in Richmond County. Teams and individuals qualify for YHEC through the Wildlife Commission’s district and state Youth Hunter E

Rank (0) Views 5923 On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 3:30 PM, 653 days ago

CLEMMONS, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2013) — Village Point Lake in Clemmons is now open to public fishing, although construction of access facilities is still under way.  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently began stocking catchable-sized catfish in the 7-acre lake in Forsyth County.

The monthly stocking of several hundred catfish, which began in April, is one of the final parts of a multi-year effort between the Commission and the Village of Clemmons to provide public fishing opportunities at the lake. 

After being drained for renovations, Village Point Lake was refilled in 2011, creating an opportunity for a fisheries partnership between the Wildlife Commission and Clemmons. Commission staff stocked bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass fingerlings into the lake in 2011-12 to begin establishing a fishery in the refilled lake. Commission and Clemmons staff has since constructed a universally accessible fishing pier on the lake, installed a fis

Rank (0) Views 4605 On Fri, Aug 09, 2013 10:53 AM, 657 days ago

MARION, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently constructed two large boulder reefs and deployed 40 fish attractors in Lake James to enhance fish habitat and attract fish for anglers.

Each boulder reef contains approximately 130 tons of boulders and covers an area that measures 30 feet by 80 feet. Commission staff constructed the reefs to add complex habitat to an otherwise habitat-poor section of Lake James, a 6,812-acre reservoir located in Burke and McDowell counties. 

The reefs were positioned off key lake points that lacked quality habitat but tend to receive high levels of fishing pressure. The first site is near Camp Lake James on the Catawba side of the reservoir and the second is in Mill Creek, also known as “Long Arm,” on the Linville side of the reservoir.

“The two rock reefs should be excellent locations for anglers to target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye,” sai

Rank (0) Views 3583 On Thu, Aug 08, 2013 12:16 PM, 658 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”

Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place.

“This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury,” he said. “And always select a healthy, straight tree for placement.”

Other Home From The Hunt™ recommendations:
Never carry anythi

Rank (0) Views 27515 On Wed, Aug 07, 2013 8:07 AM, 659 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2013) — North Carolina will allow the use of suppressors on firearms while legally taking wildlife, effective Oct. 1. A suppressor, sometimes referred to as a “silencer,” muffles or minimizes the report of a firearm when it is fired.

This statutory change is not reflected in the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which was published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prior to the legislation being passed.

A hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a suppressor, which includes registering the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence.

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a firearms suppressor,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of

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