Rank (0) Views 5548 On Thu, Sep 06, 2012 8:26 AM, 775 days ago



MARION, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2012) — Breeding Eastern hellbenders in captivity isn’t for the faint of heart.

For one thing, these odd-looking animals, also called “water dogs” or “snot otters,” are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. For another, they’re relatively hard to find in the wild, including North Carolina where they’re protected and listed as a species of special concern, so obtaining animals for captive breeding can be quite difficult.

But those factors aren’t deterring biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Working cooperatively with the N.C. Zoo, the Wildlife Commission is trying to raise to sexual maturity 10 juvenile hellbenders that it received from a Texas zoo in June,with the ultimate goal of breeding them in captivity to create more hellbenders. 

Biologists are not interested in propagating hellbenders to augment wild populations, but rathe


Rank (0) Views 2911 On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 3:08 PM, 776 days ago



FLETCHER, N.C. (Sept. 5)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a family-friendly and fun presence at the 2012 North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Sept. 7–16. 

This year’s exhibit celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program. Through this program, hunters, anglers and boaters support fish and wildlife management, restoration of species, education and hunter safety and public access on the water and the land. WSFR is the most successful conservation program in history, having pumped more than $258 million into North Carolina projects.

The exhibit will feature some hands-on activities, such as the Commission’s popular laser target range and a “pond” where kids can try their casting skills, as well as the Mobile Aquarium and other exhibits on how money from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Fund is used to conserve wildlife in North Carolina.

Wildli


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends some guidelines when hunting with archery equipment, including crossbows.

“The safety considerations for using a crossbow, longbow or compound bow are similar to other hunting methods,” said Travis Casper, state hunting education coordinator. “Hunting safety is exercising caution, following manufacturers’ instructions, obeying regulations and putting into practice what you’ve learned in hunter education, no matter what type of equipment you’re using.

“As with any method of hunting, always point your crossbow, longbow, compound bow in a safe direction,” Casper said. “Only release an arrow after positively identifying your target and what’s beyond it. Know your equipment’s capabilities and limitations.”

The statew


Rank (0) Views 46602 On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 4:14 PM, 781 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31) — The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2012-13 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen and women can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent, or calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, is now available on the agency’s website, www.ncwildlife.org. Click on 2012-13 Permit Hunting Opportunities.

Of particular note this year is the increase in bag limit or scaup, which doubled from 2 last year to 4 this year to accommodate an increase in the breeding population.

The following are the 2012-13 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limit


Rank (0) Views 3701 On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 4:53 PM, 782 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has awarded Dr. Harry E. LeGrand, Jr., a zoologist with the N.C.Natural Heritage Program, with one of its most prestigious awards, the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, presented LeGrand with the award, along with a plaque and framed wildlife print at the Commission’s business meeting today.

“Dr. Harry LeGrand, Jr., is one of the most precise and exacting scholars in the wildlife conservation science community today,” Myers said. “His dedication, focus and expertise as a wildlife biologist and natural resources inventory specialist are just a few of the many reasons why he is so deserving of this honor.”

LeGrand, a vertebrate biologist with the N.C. Natural Heritage Program, is the program’s authority on the conservation of rare vertebrate animals and their habitats. He


Rank (0) Views 4134 On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 4:10 PM, 782 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today welcomed two new members to its19-member governing board and honored a former Commissioner for his years of service and leadership.

James Garry Spence of Charlotte and V. Ray Clifton, Jr., of Clarkton were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Douglas Parsons during the agency’s business meeting today. A former Wildlife Commissioner,Parsons resigned from the Commission earlier this year when Gov. Bev Perdue appointed him to the Superior Court bench for the 4-A Judicial District.

Spence will serve as an at-large Commissioner, appointed by President Pro Tempore of the N.C. Senate PhilBerger. Spence replaced Doc Thurston, who resigned in January. Spence will serve the remainder of Thurston’s two-year term, which will end on June 30, 2013.

Clifton was appointed by Gov. Perdue as District 4 Commissioner to replace Judge Parsons.  District 4 represents Bladen,Brunswick, Co


Rank (0) Views 17810 On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 1:57 PM, 784 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2012) — Dove hunters can get an early start on their hunts this year because the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set new hours for the 2012-13 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.

This is a significant change from previous seasons, when shooting began at noon. 

The Home From The HuntTM safety campaign is also reminding hunters to be safe in the field.

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.
Alert others when a bird is too low to allow a safe shot.
Handle firearms properly at all times, not just while hunting.


Be Responsible
Never place decoys on utility l


Rank (0) Views 2172 On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 8:27 AM, 784 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (August 28, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the August 29, 2012 Committee meeting agendas. 
Executive Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 2028 On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 1:52 PM, 785 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (August 27, 2012) Download the agenda package PDF below. August 30, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 17 MB)

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Rank (0) Views 3413 On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 9:16 AM, 785 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 14535 On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 2:43 PM, 789 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 2026 On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM, 789 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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