Rank (0) Views 9372 On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 2:43 PM, 667 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

The state-of-the-art shooting range will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement personnel for practice, training and recreational use for pistol, skeet and trap, rifle and archery.  It will feature a 200-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet and trap shotgun ranges and a 3-D archery course. The Commission will begin construction in late summer.

“The Wildlife Commission is grateful to have the

Rank (0) Views 2756 On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 1:54 PM, 668 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting three prescribed burns today in parts of Halifax, Richmond and Wake Counties.

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

WHEN: April 14.

WHERE: Three locations:
150 acres on Tillery Game Land near community of Tillery in Halifax Co.;
108 acres on Sandhills Game Land near Rockingham in Richmond Co.; and
239 acres on Butner-Falls Game Land near Butner in Wake Co.  

Andrew Mynatt (Tillery Game Land): 252-536-1372
Chris Jordan (Sandhills Game Land): 910-638-3984
 Brandon Minor (Butner-Falls Game Land): 919-928-4223

Rank (0) Views 3327 On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 8:14 AM, 668 days ago

GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro have extended the deadline for their license plate contest to May 15, 2014. The contest, which was conceived by UNC-G’s Academic Think Tank, will produce a new license plate design for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program.

The contest’s original April 15 deadline fell within UNC-G’s academic school year, but was extended to give participants more time to develop compelling images to replace the current image of a northern cardinal sitting on a dogwood blossom.

“The contest has generated a lot of excitement and participation, but we also have been hearing from the public that the original deadline was too constraining,” said Ann Berry Somers, Senior Lecturer in Biology at UNC-G. “Though the students coordinating this project will have finished the semester by the new May 15

Rank (0) Views 4435 On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 3:45 PM, 671 days ago

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened two new boating access areas on Glenville Lake, also known as Thorpe Lake, in Jackson County.

The Powerhouse Boating Access Area and the Pine Creek Boating Access Area both provide access to Glenville Lake, which is popular for its bass fishing.

The Powerhouse Boating Access area, which is located 1371 Pine Creek Road, has a 15-foot boat ramp, a 100-foot floating boat dock and two handicapped-accessible parking spaces shared with the adjacent public fishing area. An additional eight graveled parking spaces are available for the general public.

The Pine Creek Boating Access Area is located at 2799 Pine Creek Road, about 1 mile west of the Powerhouse BAA. It features two 15-foot boat ramps on either end of the access area. The southern end of Pine Creek BAA features a new 80-foot floating boat dock next to a new boat ramp. The northern end of the boating access area features a new 100-

Rank (0) Views 5530 On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:37 PM, 671 days ago

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam 2 in Bladen County.

The wooden pier includes an 8-foot by 90-foot fishing platform that runs parallel to the river and a 7-foot by 93-foot walkway that provides access to the fishing platform. A 7-foot by 7-foot concrete abutment connects the pier to an existing ADA-compliant concrete sidewalk that also provides access to the existing concrete boat ramp.

The Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management designed the pier and oversaw construction of the pier, which was completed by a marine contractor. Unlike many of the piers constructed by the Commission, the pier at Lock and Dam 2, like the pier at Lock and Dam 1, is a fixed pier with driven pilings that enable it to withstand high-water events typical on the Cape Fear River.

An existing porti

Rank (0) Views 1362 On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:56 PM, 672 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (April 10, 2014) Download the PDFs below for the  April 15, 2014 Land Use and Access Committee meeting notice and agenda.
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 5712 On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:38 PM, 672 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people to leave young wildlife alone. Human encounters with young animals often increase in the spring, when many species bear young.

Handling, feeding or moving an animal can harm or ultimately kill the animal, and poses a risk for human health and safety. Also, it is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina.

“Well-meaning people can do tremendous harm,” said Ann May, the Commission’s extension wildlife biologist. “No matter how cute, how cuddly, or lost or scared it may appear, the best thing to do is avoid any human interaction.”

Many species, such as white-tailed deer, do not constantly stay with their young and only return to feed them. So while a fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is often just waiting for the female to return. A fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old it can

Rank (0) Views 2045 On Wed, Apr 09, 2014 1:23 PM, 673 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed burn today on 76 acres of the Sandhills Game Land in Richmond County.

WHAT:  Prescribed burn to reduce pine litter and wiregrass and to stimulate growth of native grasses to benefit wildlife in longleaf pine forest on Wildlife Commission game land.

WHEN: 1 p.m. April 9

WHERE: Sandhills Game Land (Richmond Co.) near Naked Creek Lane. Let/Lon:  -79 35.669 34 54.372

CONTACT: Chris Jordan at 910-638-3984 or chris.jordan@ncwildlife.org

Rank (0) Views 3182 On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 2:14 PM, 674 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 36th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament — the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports — on April 26 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe in Richmond County.

The Wildlife Commission conducted nine regional competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students participating. Fifty-four teams involving more than 550 students advanced to the state championship of the conservation-based tournament, competing in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, map-and-compass orienteering, and a written conservation knowledge test.

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. Teams are organized within public and private schools. Home-schooled students and teams representin

Rank (0) Views 2014 On Fri, Apr 04, 2014 9:41 AM, 678 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 4, 2014) — Tax day is less than two weeks away and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking taxpayers to remember North Carolina’s wildlife this year when completing the state income tax form by making a donation on line 31.

Donations support the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, which helps the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conduct research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits animals not hunted or fished — animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders, frogs, turtles and bats.

The Commission uses donations to match federal and other grants or to pay for educational activities and wildlife-watching projects, such as the N.C. Birding Trail.

Donations made to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund make up the largest and most significant source of non-federal funding to help these animals, so donations are critical to the continuation of many projects.

Current work includes surve

Rank (0) Views 3207 On Thu, Apr 03, 2014 4:24 PM, 679 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 3, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Awards, which recognize an individual and organization whose contributions aid wildlife that depend on early successional habitats. Nominations for this year’s awards are due by close of business, May 2.

The award is given for actions that significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, squirrel and rabbit. These actions also benefit other species, including nongame animals such as songbirds, reptiles and amphibians.

Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at a Wildlife Commission board meeting in appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species.

The awards are named for the late Larry Diedrick, a lawyer and Wildlife Commissioner from Rocky Mount who died in 2002, known as a passionate s

Rank (0) Views 2913 On Wed, Apr 02, 2014 9:18 AM, 680 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2014) — A few openings remain for the 3rd Annual Kayak Fish and Float Workshop, which will be held April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The free workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics: Kayak Safety and Rigging; Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel; Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and, Kayak Fishing for Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and Carp.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on Lake Rim using fishing kayaks provided by Hunt, Fish and Paddle — a full-service fishing, kayak and archery business  in Lake Wylie, S.C.

The annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop has grow

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