Rank (0) Views 2998 On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 2:08 PM, 661 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C.  (Aug. 2, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting registration for “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” seminars to be held in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. 

The popular and free seminars are scheduled for Sept. 10, Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, from 6:30-9 p.m. with each covering the same material. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructors Guy Gardner and Howard Walters, III, both from the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), will provide information on field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy. They also will have a taste testing to show different ways to cook and serve venison.

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation


Rank (0) Views 10400 On Thu, Aug 01, 2013 10:19 AM, 662 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to help document observations of nine-banded armadillos, as the bony-plated mammals expand their range in this state.

The public may report observations of armadillos by contacting Extension Wildlife Biologist Ann May at 919-707-0068 or ann.may@ncwildlife.org.

The nine-banded armadillo is about the size of a house cat or opossum and it has a gray to brownish-gray body with narrow, jointed armor bands on its midsection.  It feeds primarily on invertebrates, including insects, snails and earthworms. Depending on temperatures, the armadillo can be nocturnal, crepuscular or even active during the day.

The first confirmed armadillo sighting in North Carolina occurred in 2008. The Wildlife Resources Commission allows armadillos to be hunted year-round with no bag limit. Armadillos can be trapped during the regulated trapping season.

“Whether armadillos continue


Rank (0) Views 3956 On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 4:15 PM, 663 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (July 31, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting in Denton on Monday, Aug. 5, to hear comments on a proposal to convert 60 acres of Alcoa Game Land to archery-only hunting in the vicinity of Tuckertown Reservoir on either side of Lick Creek. This block of land is currently accessible by water only and is located just north of the intersection of Cole Road and Lick Creek Church Road in southern Davidson County. 

The meeting is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Denton branch of the Davidson County Public Library, located at 310 W. Salisbury Street, Denton.   

For more information, call the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management at (919) 707-0150. For more information on game lands, visit the interactive game land map at www.ncwildlife.org.


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TROY, N.C. (July 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Forest Service are partnering to host an informational meeting on Saturday, Aug. 3, to discuss future management of the Flintlock Valley shooting range in the Uwharrie National Forest.

The meeting, which is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., will be held at the Garner Center, located at 210 Burnette Street in Troy, Montgomery County.

The Flintlock Valley shooting range has been closed since 2010. The cooperative venture to re-open the public shooting range will include Wildlife Commission personnel to staff the range and funding support from the Forest Service. Prior to re-opening the range, the Wildlife Commission is redesigning and upgrading the facility as well as incorporating additional safeguards.

Safety improvements planned for the Flintlock Valley shooting range include moving the berm for the pistol range closer to the firing line, raising the height of the berm for the rifle range, and


Rank (0) Views 1780 On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 3:30 PM, 664 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2013) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


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BREVARD, N.C. (July 29, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoor-related events, clinics and workshops this month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard in Transylvania County.

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: Amphibians – Aug. 3, Aug. 13 and Aug. 24, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Spend the morning with staff and learn about amphibians. Activities will include story time, making a craft, and an outside hike in search of amphibians.

Eco Explorers: Salamanders – Aug. 3 and Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Learn about these fascinating amphibians. Learn to identify local species of salamanders, their habitat requirements and why they are so important to ecosystems.

Fly-Tying for the Beginner, Level II – Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. For


Rank (0) Views 3279 On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 8:59 AM, 670 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the Quality Deer Management Association, will hold a free deer hunting seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on Sept. 5.

The seminar, which was developed for novice hunters, is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. While there is no registration fee, space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Participants will gain practical knowledge and learn skills to improve their hunting abilities in the field. Topics to be covered include:
Deer behavior and habitat
Scouting techniques
Firearms and archery equipment
North Carolina hunting license and regulations requirements
Tree stand safety

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildl


Rank (0) Views 2994 On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 8:11 AM, 671 days ago



MARSHALL, N.C. (July 23, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 30, at 7 p.m., in Marshall to seek input in developing a management plan for Sandy Mush Game Land. The meeting will be held at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Madison Campus.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Sandy Mush Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land is located approximately 12 miles northwest of the city of Asheville in northern Buncombe and southern Madison counties.  It comprises 2,832 acres and is a popular destination for hunters, hikers and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts.  One of its most popular attractions is the unique habitat types that provide good hunting opportunities as well as opportunities for birding and wildlife watching.          

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Rank (0) Views 3727 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 4:25 PM, 675 days ago



RANDLEMAN, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority to enhance aquatic vegetation in Randleman Reservoir, a 3,000-acre reservoir located in Randolph and Guilford counties.

In June, Commission staff helped build 13 fenced-in, protected areas in the reservoir and planted them with aquatic vegetation. The protected areas are located in shallow areas near the shore and will help shield the young plants from turtles, carp and other predators that eat aquatic vegetation.

Mark Fowlkes, an aquatic habitat coordinator for the Commission, hopes the groups of plants, known as “founder colonies,” will grow outside of the fenced areas and spread to other parts of the reservoir.

“We planted emergent, rooted-floating leaf and submerged plant species, such as lizard tail, arrowhead, soft-stem bulrush, pickerelweed, white-water lily and eelgrass, to provide nursery


Rank (0) Views 19746 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 1:53 PM, 675 days ago



YANCEYVILLE, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 24, at 7 p.m., in Yanceyville to seek input in developing a management plan for R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land. The meeting will be held at the Caswell County Center in the Agriculture Building.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land for the next 10 years. The game land comprises 17,788 acres in Caswell County and is a popular destination for big and small game hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The area may be best known for its wild turkey hunting opportunities.  Trapping and relocation of wild turkeys from this game land were pivotal in the successful restoration of the species across North Carolina.

“We are seeking input from all users of R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land and others who are interested in how the prope


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DUBLIN, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 24, at 7 p.m., in Dublin to seek input in developing a management plan for Suggs Mill Pond Game Land. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Bladen Community College.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on Suggs Mill Pond Game Land for the next 10 years. The 11,044-acre game land, which is located in Bladen and Cumberland counties, is one of four game lands in the CURE Program and is managed primarily for early successional habitat. It is a permit-hunt only gameland and some of the most popular game species are deer, turkey and waterfowl, as well as small game species, such as rabbit and squirrel. Suggs Mill Pond Game Land is also a black bear sanctuary, protecting core areas of habitat that encompass the relatively small home ranges of breeding females.

“We are seeking input fr


Rank (0) Views 2961 On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 7:49 AM, 675 days ago



WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (July 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting July 23, at 7 p.m., in Williamston to seek input in developing a management plan for Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land. The meeting will be held in Building 1, Room 14, at Martin Community College.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the State-owned portions of Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land for the next 10 years. The state-owned portion comprises nearly 10,200 acres in Martin and Bertie counties and is a popular destination for deer, turkey and waterfowl hunters, anglers and birdwatchers.

“We are seeking input from all users of the Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land and others who are interested in how the property is managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “This meeting is not just for hunters and anglers. It is for wildlife watche

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