Rank (0) Views 5531 On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 4:35 PM, 711 days ago



WILKESBORO, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake, Inc., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Forest Service B.R.I.D.G.E. Crew on a pilot project to stabilize the shoreline and enhance aquatic habitat in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir.

The Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and beautification of the lake, hired a local contractor earlier this spring to reshape approximately 150 linear feet of shoreline adjacent to the Visitor Assistance/Environmental Education Center to create a more stable slope.

To help the shoreline hold its new shape, personnel with the Wildlife Commission, Corps and Forest Service installed a brush mattress, a 4- to 6-inch layer of willows and other woody vegetation, and planted native trees, shrubs and herbaceous ground cover along the shoreline, creating a riparian buffer to filter sediment and pollutants from sur


Rank (0) Views 39474 On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 9:50 AM, 712 days ago



Commission Encourages Sharing the Experience

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds the public that dove hunting season opening day is Labor Day, Sept. 2.

“This season’s opening has a couple of differences from previous years,” said Kate Pipkin, the Commission’s rules biologist. “Opening day is a Monday, not the traditional first Saturday of September. That’s because the first Saturday of the month this year is Sept. 7. Rather than wait, the Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin a half-hour before sunrise. Prior to 2012, shooting hours for opening day began at noon.

This also is the first year that the Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit will be in effect, allowing newcomers a convenient and safe way to try the sport, in t


Rank (0) Views 5184 On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 4:19 PM, 712 days ago



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is extending the deadline to register for a special Labor Day youth dove hunting opportunity at Mountain Island Educational State Forest until Aug. 21, to make available a limited number of unsold permits.

The special hunt opportunity requires a minimum of two per party, which has to consist of at least one youth, younger than 16, and one properly licensed adult. Permits can only be purchased by phone at 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

“This is a special opportunity because the dove hunt is being held in the Charlotte area where these types of hunts are very limited,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “With all of the development and urban sprawl in that area, there are not a whole lot of hunting opportunities around Charlotte. We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity.”


Rank (0) Views 3696 On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 2:45 PM, 712 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2013) — North Carolina teams captured first place honors in junior and senior divisions at the 27th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a demanding week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition in Raton, N.M., sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Gray Stone Day School Marksmanship Team, of Misenheimer, N.C., took first place in senior standings, while Park Ridge Christian School Sharpshooters, of Albemarle, took first place in junior standings. Also, Hunter Efird, of Gray Stone Day School, was the senior individual overall winner. Complete results here.

This duplicated the results from the 2013 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the pre-collegiate shooting sports state championship held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in April at Millstone 4-H Center in Richmond County. Teams and individuals qualify for YHEC through the Wildlife Commission’s district and state Youth Hunter E


Rank (0) Views 6364 On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 3:30 PM, 715 days ago



CLEMMONS, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2013) — Village Point Lake in Clemmons is now open to public fishing, although construction of access facilities is still under way.  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently began stocking catchable-sized catfish in the 7-acre lake in Forsyth County.

The monthly stocking of several hundred catfish, which began in April, is one of the final parts of a multi-year effort between the Commission and the Village of Clemmons to provide public fishing opportunities at the lake. 

After being drained for renovations, Village Point Lake was refilled in 2011, creating an opportunity for a fisheries partnership between the Wildlife Commission and Clemmons. Commission staff stocked bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass fingerlings into the lake in 2011-12 to begin establishing a fishery in the refilled lake. Commission and Clemmons staff has since constructed a universally accessible fishing pier on the lake, installed a fis


Rank (0) Views 5096 On Fri, Aug 09, 2013 10:53 AM, 719 days ago



MARION, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently constructed two large boulder reefs and deployed 40 fish attractors in Lake James to enhance fish habitat and attract fish for anglers.

Each boulder reef contains approximately 130 tons of boulders and covers an area that measures 30 feet by 80 feet. Commission staff constructed the reefs to add complex habitat to an otherwise habitat-poor section of Lake James, a 6,812-acre reservoir located in Burke and McDowell counties. 

The reefs were positioned off key lake points that lacked quality habitat but tend to receive high levels of fishing pressure. The first site is near Camp Lake James on the Catawba side of the reservoir and the second is in Mill Creek, also known as “Long Arm,” on the Linville side of the reservoir.

“The two rock reefs should be excellent locations for anglers to target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye,” sai


Rank (0) Views 3684 On Thu, Aug 08, 2013 12:16 PM, 719 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”

Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place.

“This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury,” he said. “And always select a healthy, straight tree for placement.”

Other Home From The Hunt™ recommendations:
Never carry anythi


Rank (0) Views 28915 On Wed, Aug 07, 2013 8:07 AM, 721 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2013) — North Carolina will allow the use of suppressors on firearms while legally taking wildlife, effective Oct. 1. A suppressor, sometimes referred to as a “silencer,” muffles or minimizes the report of a firearm when it is fired.

This statutory change is not reflected in the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which was published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prior to the legislation being passed.

A hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a suppressor, which includes registering the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence.

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a firearms suppressor,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of


Rank (0) Views 4663 On Mon, Aug 05, 2013 3:55 PM, 722 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 5, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on its website.

Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans.

The public can comment on proposed dates for the seasons by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the scrolling icon, “Regular Waterfowl Proposed Season Comments,” located at the bottom of the page. Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted through Aug. 21.

Comments also can be mailed to:

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

Public input meetings traditionally have been held to receive comments on waterfowl seasons. However, attendance at these meetings had declined over time and public input was minimal at most lo


Rank (0) Views 11359 On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 2:57 PM, 725 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed into its ranks 20 new wildlife officers with a sworn duty to enforce boating and conservation laws, and protect the public.

Graduation ceremonies took place today at Campbell University, culminating 20 weeks of rigorous and intensive training for the class of 2013.

The new wildlife officers now will begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran officer. Upon completion of this field training, they will receive a permanent duty station assignment.

Wildlife officers must meet expanded law enforcement qualification standards in North Carolina. Candidates for training to become an officer are required to pass extensive background, psychological and physical screenings prior to entering the training school. Instruction covers statutory and investigation procedures, defensive tactics, fish and game laws, as well as pursuit driving and boating.

“This is an e


Rank (0) Views 3094 On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 2:08 PM, 725 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C.  (Aug. 2, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting registration for “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” seminars to be held in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. 

The popular and free seminars are scheduled for Sept. 10, Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, from 6:30-9 p.m. with each covering the same material. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructors Guy Gardner and Howard Walters, III, both from the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), will provide information on field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy. They also will have a taste testing to show different ways to cook and serve venison.

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation


Rank (0) Views 11750 On Thu, Aug 01, 2013 10:19 AM, 727 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to help document observations of nine-banded armadillos, as the bony-plated mammals expand their range in this state.

The public may report observations of armadillos by contacting Extension Wildlife Biologist Ann May at 919-707-0068 or ann.may@ncwildlife.org.

The nine-banded armadillo is about the size of a house cat or opossum and it has a gray to brownish-gray body with narrow, jointed armor bands on its midsection.  It feeds primarily on invertebrates, including insects, snails and earthworms. Depending on temperatures, the armadillo can be nocturnal, crepuscular or even active during the day.

The first confirmed armadillo sighting in North Carolina occurred in 2008. The Wildlife Resources Commission allows armadillos to be hunted year-round with no bag limit. Armadillos can be trapped during the regulated trapping season.

“Whether armadillos continue

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