Rank (0) Views 4495 On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 10:00 AM, 764 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 1862 On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 4:00 PM, 766 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 1756 On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 3:13 PM, 766 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)

Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 4552 On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 3:28 PM, 771 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


Rank (0) Views 3841 On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 8:26 AM, 771 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be cautious when setting up tree stands prior to deer season.

“Every year someone is injured in a tree stand-related incident before deer season opens,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “We need hunters to practice tree stand safety at all times, not just during hunting season.”

If you are scouting a location or trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season:
Use a full body safety harness.
Maintain three points of contact when climbing.
Follow manufacturer instructions.
Have an emergency signal.
Tell someone where and when you plan to go.

Use a lineman-style belt in addition to a full body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the cha


Rank (0) Views 2768 On Thu, Aug 09, 2012 4:09 PM, 772 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a free “Hunting 101- Introduction to Deer Hunting” clinic on Sept. 6, from 6-9 p.m., at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The clinic is free, but space is limited, with advance registration required.

The Deer Hunting 101 clinic is designed for the first-time or novice deer hunter. Instructors from the Quality Deer Management Association will provide information on better hunting techniques, along with tips and tactics for safety and success. The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and the hunting heritage.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four wildlife education centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The Centennial Center is located on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headqu


Rank (0) Views 2740 On Thu, Aug 09, 2012 3:27 PM, 772 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting registration for a “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” clinic on Sept. 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The clinic is free, but space is limited, with advance registration required.

“Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” is primarily designed to help novice deer hunters, but experienced hunters may pick up some new tips as well. This clinic will provide practical instruction on proper field dressing and handling technique, preparing a deer for taxidermy, basic home-processing equipment needs, step-by-step butchering, wrapping and storage, as well as recipes.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four wildlife education centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The Centennial Center is located on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headquarters at 1


Rank (0) Views 4637 On Tue, Aug 07, 2012 5:01 PM, 774 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission re-opened the Bells Church Public Fishing Area pier today.

Commission personnel closed the fishing pier, which is located at 1126 Farrington Road in Apex, on July 30 so that ongoing repairs to the pier could be completed.

The pier is the Wildlife Commission’s largest fishing pier, extending 139 feet into the lake and measuring 80 feet across at the end of the pier. It is also the only Wildlife Commission pier with LED nighttime fishing lights, which attract insects and baitfish to the pier.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s fishing page or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.


Rank (0) Views 2477 On Tue, Aug 07, 2012 8:40 AM, 774 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2012) — Limited space is still available in two outdoor skills sessions for women in September, offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

Registration is open to women ages 18 and older, on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a nominal fee to cover costs of materials and accommodations. Partial scholarships are available.

On Sept. 8-9, an overnight Outdoors Skills session for the mountain region will be held at Fort Hamby campground, W. Kerr Scott Lake near North Wilkesboro. This two-day workshop will help participants master skills and gain confidence in archery, basic fishing, wildlife tracking and wildlife identification. Saturday lunch and Sunday continental breakfast will be provided, with campers responsible for their own supper on Saturday. Participants must bring their own tent and sleeping gear. Workshop staff will be on hand to assist in setting up camp. Fort Hamby campg


Rank (0) Views 3714 On Fri, Aug 03, 2012 11:15 AM, 778 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a new black bass regulation for two Piedmont lakes effective Aug. 1.

Anglers fishing for largemouth bass at Lake Cammack in Alamance County and Lake Holt in Granville County can now keep up to 10 fish per day with no minimum size limit. But only two bass may be greater than 14 inches.

The previous regulation at lakes Cammack and Holt allowed anglers to harvest five fish 14 inches or larger daily with the exception that two fish could be less than 14 inches. Fisheries biologists proposed eliminating the minimum size limit and increasing the daily creel limit for largemouth bass in these lakes to encourage harvest of fish less than 14 inches.

Harvesting more bass less than 14 inches reduces competition among fish and allows the remaining fish to grow bigger, faster. 

“Both Lake Cammack and Lake Holt largemouth bass populations are overcrowded, so increasing har


Rank (0) Views 8871 On Fri, Aug 03, 2012 8:21 AM, 778 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed into its ranks 19 new wildlife officers who now have a sworn duty to enforce conservation laws and protect the public.

Graduation ceremonies took place Aug. 2 at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, culminating 19 weeks — more than 800 hours — of rigorous and intensive training for the Class of 2012.

The wildlife officers and their hometowns:

·         Tanner K. Baldwin, Asheville, Buncombe County

·         Jarret C. Culbreth, Tryon, Polk County

·         Joshua L. Freeborn, Salisbury, Rowan County

·         Brian C. Gillespi


Rank (0) Views 6281 On Thu, Aug 02, 2012 4:44 PM, 779 days ago



RALEIGH (Aug. 2) — State officials are looking for ideas from the public on how three different agencies can cooperatively provide more efficient, productive and enjoyable uses of the state's fisheries resources.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will accept comments on this subject at its August meeting in Raleigh on behalf of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Legislation passed and signed into law this summer directs these agencies to study the current organization of the state’s fisheries management agencies and whether these agencies should be reorganized.

Currently, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries manages coastal fish species while the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages inland fish species.

The commission will take public comment at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Brownstone Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleig

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