Rank (0) Views 6076 On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 7:17 AM, 760 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run until March 1, 2013. 

While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.  

Hatchery-supported trout waters, marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked from March until August every year, depending on the individual stream. A list of numbers and species stocked by month and county can be found on the Commission’s website. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently.   

Balsam Lake, which was drained by the U.S. Forest Service to repair a leak in the spillway, remains closed and will not receive stockings this year. 

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Rank (0) Views 5011 On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 11:08 AM, 764 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday, March 15 seized and euthanized four adult white-tailed deer being held without permit or license in Iredell County.

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers obtained a search warrant, and biologists from the Wildlife Management Division used immobilization drugs to remove the captive deer safely from the property.

According to North Carolina law, it is illegal to hold or confine deer, elk or other cervid animals in the state without a permit or license, with strict requirements necessary to safeguard the health and safety of wildlife resources, livestock and humans.

Further, since 2002, except for fawns taken to licensed rehabilitators, it has been illegal to transfer deer between facilities. These measures have been in place to prevent introduction and spread of wildlife diseases including chronic wasting disease.

CWD is a contagious and progressive disease that typically induces chronic wei


Rank (0) Views 4463 On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 1:33 PM, 765 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 15, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a Kayak Fish and Float workshop on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  

The inaugural workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics:
•  Kayak Safety and Rigging,
•   Inshore Kayak Fishing,
•   Kayak Fishing for Mackerel,
•   Kayak Fishing for Bass, and
•  Kayak Basics for Panfish.
The Wildlife Resources Commission partnered with the Great Outdoor Provision Company and Get Outdoors of Greensboro to organize the workshop. Both companies will provide their demo fleets of popular kayak bran


Rank (0) Views 2993 On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 7:49 AM, 767 days ago



NEW BERN, N.C. (March 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians of North Carolina” workshop in Craven County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads and salamanders. 

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on April 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of frogs, toads and salamanders, as well as the effects that people can have on these environmentally sensitive animals.  

In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the center, which sits on approximately 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern. 

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, will be one of the wo


Rank (0) Views 2666 On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 9:32 AM, 768 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (March 12, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled Camp-Outdoor-Rageous, a free summer program for teens, for July 9-13 at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

Open to youth ages 13 to 17, the weeklong day camp (see a short video clip) builds self-reliance while teaching outdoor skills and conservation.

Activities take place on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University and Lake Raleigh. The daily camp times are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Teens must apply in advance. Admission is based on their response to a wildlife questionnaire.

Campers will build a fire without matches, learn to follow a wild animal trail, catch and cook fish, and practice archery. Additionally, campers will:
- Identify animal tracks and signs
- Tie flies and practice fly casting
- Cook and taste game meat
- Build a shelter in the woods
- Use a map and compass
- Trap and release small mammals
- Practice knot tying


Rank (0) Views 6946 On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 4:36 PM, 772 days ago



WELDON, N.C. (March 8, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s first Roanoke River fishing report of the 2012 shad and striped bass fishing season will be posted on the Commission’s Conserve & Protect blog starting March 15. 

Fishing reports will be posted each week on Thursday mornings until sometime in mid-May, which is around the time the last striper stragglers have headed back downriver to Albemarle Sound and the ocean.

As in years past, Jeremy McCargo, the biologist who leads the agency’s striped bass sampling effort on the Roanoke River, will be providing most of the information for the weekly reports, although creel clerks will be providing information as well.

McCargo gave blog readers a preview of what Roanoke River anglers are catching now as well as a “fishing forecast” of what anglers can expect this season. Check it out here.

In the meantime, mark March 15 on your calendar a


Rank (0) Views 2891 On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 2:46 PM, 772 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2011) — Just in time for shad and striped bass spawning runs, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Gaston Boating Access Area in Northampton County.

With that, the Commission has renovated 9 of its 10 sites along the Roanoke River, known for its premier striped bass fishing and equally enjoyable shad fishing, in the past decade. See an interactive, clickable map of the Roanoke and the renovated sites here, and on the boating page.

“Come March, anglers flock to the Roanoke River for great shad fishing, followed closely by arm-wrenching striper fishing,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Some of our access areas along the river have lines of up to 100 cars waiting to launch. With newer, better lots, more launch lanes and more accessible sites, our ramps along the Roanoke are better than ever.”

Most recently, th


Rank (0) Views 2333 On Wed, Mar 07, 2012 2:11 PM, 773 days ago



The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free outdoor photography program on March 24, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The program is being coordinated by the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.  

The informative program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife educators will cover the basics of outdoor photography, including how to compose shots effectively. 

The outdoor photography program coincides with a turkey hunting program also hosted by the Pisgah Center on March 24. 

“We intentionally scheduled the photography and turkey hunting programs to overlap to appeal to families with diverse outdoor interests,” said Lee Sherrill, wildlife education program coordinator for the Pisgah Center. “Whether people want to take on the challenge of turkey hunting or learn to shoot photos in a variety of outdoor situations, they all will learn about safely and responsibly enjo


Rank (0) Views 3903 On Tue, Mar 06, 2012 10:54 AM, 774 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (March 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free “Talkin’ Turkey” program March 24, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The program is being coordinated by the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

The informative program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife enforcement officers will discuss the history of wild turkey in North Carolina, hunting methods and equipment, calling techniques, safety concerns, and other helpful hunting strategies and tips. Pre-registration is required by calling 828-877-4423 or registering online.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning facilities operated by the Commission. Located south of Asheville off U.S. 276 and next to the Davidson River, the Pisgah Center offers free admission, daily showings of an award-winning documentary, and online schedules of upcoming events and conservation activities.

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Rank (0) Views 3539 On Mon, Mar 05, 2012 8:46 AM, 775 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 5, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a free weeklong day camp for young women ages 13-17 at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on June 25-29. Becoming an Outdoors Diva is modeled on the popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program for adults.

“Teen girls can learn some of the same skills found in The Hunger Games, only in a fun, relaxed setting,” said Ann May, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “Campers will build self-confidence and self-reliance while learning more about survival skills, wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation — without the distraction of having boys around.”

Becoming an Outdoors Diva will take place on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, including  Lake Raleigh. The daily camp times are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Teens must apply in advance. Admission is based on their response to a wildlife


Rank (0) Views 4156 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 12:24 PM, 778 days ago



LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — Build it and they will come. At least that’s the hope of fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission after placing an experimental reef in Lake Waccamaw last summer to attract a tiny, gray catfish. 

Biologists placed the reef, or “madtom hotel” as they call it, into Lake Waccamaw to help assess the population status of the broadtail madtom, a small species in the catfish family. Twenty years ago, this native fish, which measures a mere 2 ½ inches, was more common in the Columbus County lake. Today, it is difficult to find. So difficult, in fact, that the fish is state listed as a species of special concern.  Broadtail madtoms are only known from a handful of locations in the Coastal Plain of North and South Carolina. 

Ryan Heise, an aquatic wildlife diversity biologist with the Commission, and Chris Helms with North Carolina State Parks, hope th


Rank (0) Views 3580 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 10:43 AM, 778 days ago



LEXINGTON, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission placed 20 fish attractors into Lake Thom-a-Lex in February to enhance habitat and improve fishing opportunities in the 650-acre reservoir, which is located in Davidson County. 

Fisheries technician Keith Hendrickson, along with other agency staff, placed 20 Mossback fish attractors throughout the lake on Feb. 1, sinking several near the fishing piers, which should help anglers fishing from the bank and piers catch more fish. Fish attractors are marked by white buoys with orange stripes. 

GPS coordinates for the fish attractors are:

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