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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has added no-wake zone boundaries for all public water bodies to its online interactive Boating Access Area map.

No-wake zones are areas where vessels are required to travel at a speed that creates no appreciable wake. Although many people associate no-wake zones with coastal waters, these zones can be found on many public bodies of water across the state and at Commission-owned or managed boat ramps. Boaters can find no-wake zones on the map by zooming in on a body of water. The no-wake zones, depicted in tan, can be selected to view more information about them.

“This is the first time we’ve mapped no-wake zones,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “This new feature added to the Boating Access Area map will be useful for boaters who want to know where the zones are, particularly if they&

WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding two public meetings this month to seek input in developing management plans for three of its western North Carolina game lands.

The first meeting,scheduled for Feb. 17, will be held at the Ashe County Arts Council Building, 303 School Ave., in West Jefferson, to hear public input on Pond Mountain and Three Top Mountain game lands. 

If the meeting is postponed due to bad weather, it will be rescheduled for Feb. 24 at the same location. The Commission will post on its website, www.ncwildlife.org, on Feb. 17 if the meeting is cancelled.

The second meeting, scheduled for Feb. 20, will be held at First Presbyterian Church Tartan Hall, 26 Church St., in Franklin to hear public input on Needmore Game Land.

Both meetings will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive early to sign in and receive materials.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from

Rank (0) Views 11706 On Mon, Feb 03, 2014 1:52 PM, 660 days ago

Editor's Note: The following is reprinted with permission from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.  

MOREHEAD CITY –North Carolina will close all coastal and inland waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest at noon Wednesday and remain closed until June 15.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation today closing all coastal waters after cold stun events were confirmed on Friday and Saturday in several coastal rivers, bays and creeks. Cold stun events were confirmed in the Pamlico, Alligator, Pungo, Scuppernong, Trent, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers; Chocowinity, Blounts and Chadwick bays; and Slades, Bath, Cahooque, Hancock and Spooners creeks.

Under N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission rules, the spotted seatrout season automatically closes in inland waters when it closes in adjacent coastal waters.

Cold stun is a naturally occurring event. When waters cool during the winter, spotted seatrout move to

Rank (0) Views 1574 On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 8:03 AM, 665 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 29, 2014) Download the PDF below for the February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice. February 27, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has cancelled this week’s Wildlife Commission committee and business meetings, in anticipation of inclement weather.

Wildlife Commissioners had been scheduled to meet as a board on Thursday, with committee and business meetings scheduled for Wednesday. Review of weather forecasts and concern for safety led to the decision.

Wildlife Commissioners are representatives from across the state who help create and maintain laws and regulations governing conservation, hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced.

The next commissioners’ meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27, with committee meetings to be held the day prior. To see the Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting schedule, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/About/documents/2014%20cm%20sch.pdf

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LINVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2014) — Hikers interested in trails near the Blue Ridge Parkway now have three new trails to explore, thanks to a partnership involving private citizens, The Conservation Fund, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission.

The three trails wind through Wildlife Commission game lands in western North Carolina — the Rose Creek Trail and Little Table Rock Mountain Trail on Pisgah Game Land and the Saddle Mountain Trail on Mitchell River Game Land. The Rose Creek Trail is a 1.3-mile loop trail that is rated easy. The Little Table Rock Trail is a straight 2.1-mile trail that provides a moderate hiking challenge, particularly if hikers plan for a 4.2-mile round trip. The Saddle Mountain Trail is a 2-mile loop trail that is rated moderate.

The trails are accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway or nearby access roads on Commission game lands. Wildlife Commission staff marked trail heads with

Rank (0) Views 1479 On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 10:22 AM, 667 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (January 27, 2014) Download the January 30, 2014 commission agenda package below.   January 30, 2014 Commission Agenda Package (PDF - 10 MB)

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BREVARD, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related clinics in February through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

All events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fly Selection 101 – Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-noon.  For ages 12 to adult. Spend the morning with staff learning various types of fly patterns and the “when, where and how” to use them on different rivers and lakes.
Fly-Tying: Level I – Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-noon. For ages 12 to adult. Spend a relaxing morning with experienced fly-tiers who teach the fundamentals of fly-tying. Work at your own pace to tie a basic pattern. Equipment and materials are provided.
Nature Nuts: Fred the Fish – Feb. 12 & 24, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Join staff in exploring the world of “Fred the Fish” to learn how various types of pollution

Rank (0) Views 3254 On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 2:45 PM, 670 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold introduction and advanced turkey hunting seminars at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in March.

The introductory seminars for novice turkey hunters will be held on March 4 and March 18. These sessions will provide the basics for beginners, including wild turkey biology, habits and habitats, as well as scouting and hunting techniques. Instructors will review equipment, ammo and firearms needs.

The advanced seminars will be held on March 5 and March 19. These sessions will focus on strategies and tactics for experienced hunters wanting to hone their skills.  

The statewide season for male or bearded turkey is April 12 through May 10. Regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, is available in the Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, av

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 24, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Notice of New Commissioner Orientation Meetings on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 and Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

New Commissioner Orientation Meetings Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1409 On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 8:14 AM, 670 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 24, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, January 29, 2014 and Thursday, January 30, 2014 Committee Meetings Notice. January 29, 2014 and  January 30, 2014 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 1377 On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 8:09 AM, 670 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 24, 2014) Download the PDF below for the January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice. January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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