Rank (0) Views 3252 On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 9:16 AM, 736 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding recreational boaters to be safe while having fun this Labor Day weekend, especially if alcohol is involved.

“Labor Day weekend is always a busy time on the water,” said Sgt. Tim Lominac, a wildlife officer who patrols Lake Fontana and other western North Carolina waterways. “We see more night boating, more congregating of boats and more boats in general. We want boaters to enjoy their experience and that means staying safe. A boat operator must be attentive and cautious at all times.

“Operating a vessel while impaired is against the law, subject to fines up to $1,000 and possible jail. It also puts you at greater risk for an accident, with 20 percent of boating fatalities being alcohol related.”

Throughout the holiday weekend, wildlife officers will remind boaters of various safety campaigns and regulations:
Boat Safe, Boat Sober &

Rank (0) Views 13691 On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 2:43 PM, 740 days ago

RALEIGH,N.C. (August 23) — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists are observing an increasing number of hemorrhagic disease (HD) cases in white-tailed deer in the western part of the state, especially in Caldwell, Wilkes and Surry counties.

The disease has no human health implications, but is one of the most significant endemic viral and sometimes fatal diseases of white-tailed deer in the southeastern U.S.

Transported by a biting midge (or gnat), the virus enters deer through the blood stream. Common symptoms of sick animals include emaciation, loss of motor control, fever, lameness, and swelling of the neck and head. Feverish deer often seek relief near cool bodies of water, resulting in a higher frequency of dead deer near water than on adjacent uplands. Investigations of dead deer usually reveal ulcerations on the tongue, dental pad and palate of the mouth. The mouth may also be bluish in color and the skin flush or reddish, particularly noticeable on the i

Rank (0) Views 1906 On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM, 740 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 23, 2012) Download the PDF below for the August 30, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda. August 30, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 3552 On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 9:43 AM, 740 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey, with strict state and federal requirements in place for ownership of a raptor and hunting with it.

“Everyone practicing falconry in North Carolina has to go through an apprenticeship and earn a license,” said Daron Barnes, permits supervisor with the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “We give a presentation at this workshop on the rules and regulations that govern falconers, and talk to attendees about the application and permitting process.”

Participants at the workshop also learn the history of falconry, about bird training, equipment and care, raptor anatomy and identification. Live birds will be on hand.

Rank (0) Views 2646 On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 10:49 AM, 741 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering five fishing-related events, clinics and workshops thisfall at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

Each one is free and open to the public. For fishing events and clinics, loaner rods and reels are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free bait also is provided.

 - Sept. 5, 6, 7 – Three-Day Basic Rod-Building Course from 6:30-9 p.m. each night. This course, open to the first 15 registrants ages 14 and older, will cover the basics of building a fishing rod. Participants will make a rod to take home with them. Pre-registration is required. - Sept. 22 – 5th Annual Wildlife Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-oriented event highlighting fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in North Carolina offers more than 15 interactive and hands-on activities, including kayaking, archery and fi

Rank (0) Views 3767 On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 10:00 AM, 742 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 21) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding citizens they must follow special guidelines when hunting in states that have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

North Carolina hunters cannot transport into this state full heads from the 21 states or two Canadian provinces that have tested positive; nor can taxidermists accept them.Taxidermists should inform wildlife officers if they receive a deer, elk or moose head from one of those states or provinces.

Hunters must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations for the following states and provinces: Iowa, Texas, North Dakota, Colorado,Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota,Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Virginia,Maryland and Missouri. The regulations also apply to Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.

CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spo

Rank (0) Views 7004 On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 8:48 AM, 742 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 21, 2012) — The Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds everyone enjoying dove hunting to think before they pull the trigger this hunting season.

The 2012-13 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 6; Nov. 19 – 24; and Dec. 15 – Jan. 11. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 30. Shooting hours are from a half hour before sunrise until sunset, including opening day.

“Before you pull the trigger, positively identify your target and what is beyond it,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator. “Know your zone of fire and be cautious. Don’t pepper people, buildings or vehicles with falling shot.”

Home From The Hunt recommendations include:

Be Safe
When hunting in a group, know where others are and communicate.
Never shoot at low-flying birds, and alert others when

Rank (0) Views 1690 On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 4:49 PM, 743 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 20, 2012) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2012 Public Comments meeting notice. August 29, 2012 Accept Public Comments about Senate Bill 821 Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 4458 On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 10:00 AM, 746 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a free Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop for anyone ages 16 and older who has an interest in learning more about frogs and toads and how to identify their calls.

The workshop will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens on Sept. 4 from 6-9 p.m. Participants will begin the workshop by learning frog and toad call identification techniques and CASP protocols before heading outdoors to put their newly acquired listening skills to the test.

Cape Fear Botanical Gardens is located at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. It encompasses77 acres of pine and hardwood forest with several ponds that make ideal habitat for many frog and toad species, such as green treefrogs, green frogs and southern leopard frogs.

Jeff Hall, the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation biologist for the Commission, will conduct the workshop.  Hall conducts the majority of CASP workshops thr

Rank (0) Views 1813 On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 4:00 PM, 748 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 15, 2012) Download the PDF below for the meeting actions. July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1717 On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 3:13 PM, 748 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 15, 2012) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2012 committee meetings schedule. August 29, 2012 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 4456 On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 3:28 PM, 753 days ago

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Yadkin River Greenway Council and Wilkes County to construct a universally accessible pier on the Yadkin River in North Wilkesboro.

The fixed pier, which is built on pilings, is approximately 8 feet above normal water level and measures 12 feet 5 inches wide by 16 feet long, with an 8-foot wide, 20-foot long accessible boardwalk that connects it to the greenway path. The pier has one low handrail in the front, center section of the pier to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast.

It is located adjacent to the footbridge spanning the Yadkin River that connects the Yadkin River Greenway in North Wilkesboro to Wilkesboro on the south side of the river.

A two-car parking area designated for use by handicapped anglers only is adjacent to the greenway on the North Wilkesboro side of the river a short distance upstream of the pier. Other angle

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