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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering 13 fishing-related events, clinics and workshops in April and May at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.   

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For fishing events and clinics, loaner rods and reels are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis and bait is provided. - April 4 – Senior Trout Fishing Event from 9 a.m. to noon. This fishing event is open to anglers of all skill levels, ages 60 and above. - April 11 – Wounded Warriors Fly-Fishing Clinic from 1-5 p.m. This clinic is open to all soldiers, both active and retired, and their families. - April 12 – Angler Skills Workshop: Bass Jig Lure Making from 6:30-9 p.m. This basic skills workshop for all ages will cover the fundamentals of creating bass jig lures. Pre-registration


Rank (0) Views 2566 On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 11:57 AM, 749 days ago



CEDAR POINT, N.C. (March 30) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Cedar Point Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located on N.C. 24 in Cedar Point east of the White Oak River Bridge, provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Workers added a 70-foot fishing pier, along with a 2-lane boat ramp, which replaces a ramp with one lane. A newly paved lot has eight single-vehicle spaces and 38 spots for vehicles with trailers.

“This site is very popular with anglers and recreational boaters, especially now that we’re into the warmer months,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for the funding we received from sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License that allowed us to renovate this site, as well as a partnership with Carteret County, which allowed us to increase the parking. We are al


Rank (0) Views 5801 On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 9:15 AM, 749 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is making it easier for anglers bound for the beach for the upcoming Easter holiday and spring breaks to purchase their saltwater fishing licenses before leaving home.  

They can purchase licenses online, www.ncwildlife.org, or they can visit a local wildlife service agent, most of which are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores. They also can call the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Anglers with smartphones, tablets or other portable devices can now purchase licenses using the Commission’s new mobile site, which is designed specifically for small screens and touch technology. They simply access the Commission’s full website, which then re-directs them automatically to the mobile site where they can purchase licenses, view size and creel


Rank (0) Views 6683 On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 7:38 AM, 750 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2012)  — With the launch of a new mobile website on April 2, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will put a wealth of information and services at the fingertips of on-the-go hunters, anglers, boaters and other outdoors enthusiasts to get them in the field, in the woods or on the water quickly and easily.  

The new site is designed for small screens and touch technology common in smart phones, tablets and other portable devices. Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website will be redirected automatically to the mobile site where they can purchase licenses, report harvests, check regulations, find a nearby wildlife service agent, and view interactive maps of boating access areas, shooting ranges and game lands.

From the mobile site, they also will be able to access other information, such as:   

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Rank (0) Views 2085 On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 4:29 PM, 752 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 27, 2012) — The phone number given to register for the Kayak Fish and Float workshop scheduled for April 14 at the John  E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center was incorrect.

The correct phone number is 910-868-5003, ext. 15.  

Participants also may register for the workshop by emailing Thomas Carpenter at thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org.


Rank (0) Views 4537 On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 12:19 PM, 752 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 27) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has confirmed white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America, in a fifth county in North Carolina.

The disease was confirmed this month in bats collected from an abandoned mine in Haywood County. It was previously discovered in a retired Avery County mine, a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, a McDowell County cave, an abandoned mine in Yancey County, and near the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

In March 2010, the Commission took necessary steps to get ahead of the disease by adopting the “White-Nose Syndrome Surveillance and Response Plan for North Carolina” in concert with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners. The plan outlines steps to protect bats while allowing biologists to pinpoint and investigate a possible outbreak as quickly as possib


Rank (0) Views 2387 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:37 AM, 753 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (March 26) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Haven’s Garden Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located at the intersection of N.C. 32 and Runyon Creek, will be maintained by the city of Washington. The Commission replaced its two-lane ramp, and installed a floating dock to replace an old fixed dock. In addition, an auxiliary dock was replaced with a sturdier dock.

The Commission also replaced off-road grass parking with a new, 17-space paved lot with an ADA-accessible site and a paved walkway. The renovations were paid for through revenue from motorboat registration receipts.

Runyon Creek feeds into the Pamlico River.

“This site is very popular with boaters,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This partnership with the city of Washington will allow us to operate the site free to t


Rank (0) Views 4439 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:06 AM, 753 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold its 34th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports, on April 28 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe.

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events (see video). The Wildlife Commission conducted nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students participating.

The championship represents an opportunity for competitors who advanced from district events to showcase outdoor skills learned through the Commission’s Hunter Education Program (see video). The competition includes segments in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife knowledge test.

Teams are organized w


Rank (0) Views 3513 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:52 AM, 753 days ago



CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina” workshop in New Hanover County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, alligators, snakes and lizards across the state. 

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Carolina Beach State Park on April 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of reptiles and amphibians, as well as the effects people can have on these often-maligned but ecologically important animals.  

In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the park, which has forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak, and many small ponds — habitat favored by a va


Rank (0) Views 3676 On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 1:13 PM, 756 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 23) — The address previously given for the public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. March 28 at Pitt Community College on the proposed rules to allow night hunting of feral swine (hogs) and coyotes was incorrect.

 

The correct address is:

1986 Pitt Tech Road

Winterville, N.C. 28590

 

The hearing will be held in room 153 of the Fulford building. For more information on the hearings, or to comment online, view the regulations at www.ncwildlife.org.


Rank (0) Views 2873 On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 2:07 PM, 759 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 20, 2012) — Master Officer Steve Bullins with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been named by the North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation as the state’s 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

This award honors top wildlife officers for their dedication to conserving wildlife and upholding the law. All wildlife officers who were chosen for their state were recognized in February during the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 36th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. Bullins received his award on March 2 at the North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meeting during the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.

“Steve Bullins embodies what a wildlife officer should be,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Law Enforcement Division. “Steve is not only an exemplary officer; he is an active member of his c

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