Rank (0) Views 3640 On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 12:54 PM, 797 days ago

SNEADS FERRY, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2012) — With simultaneous snips from five pairs of scissors, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Onslow County cut the ribbon today to celebrate the new Sneads Ferry Boating Access Area. The boating access area is located at 302 Fulchers Landing Road in Sneads Ferry. It allows boating anglers to launch onto the New River, providing access to both fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities. “The Snead’s Ferry Boating Access Area is popular with fishermen headed out to the inlet to fish offshore, but many also stay inshore to fish for speckled trout, flounder, puppy drum and other species,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for the partnerships that allowed us to renovate this popular site on the New River.” The partnership between Onslow County and the Wildlife Commission came up with the $2.68 million


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2012) — Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, coinciding with National Hunting and Fishing Day.

National Hunting and Fishing Day is set aside to recognize the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit everyone who appreciates wildlife and the outdoors.

“This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, one of the most significant and successful partnerships to benefit conservation in American history,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator. “Thanks to hunters and anglers, all species can benefit from the increased protection of habitat and natural resources, and everyone can appreciate those contributions.”

In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will support eight special events across the state. Par


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RALEIGH,N.C. (Sept. 18, 2012) — Looking something fun to do this Saturday that the whole family can enjoy? If so, make plans to attend one of eight, free* outdoor events hosted or supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Interactive activities and demonstrations vary for each event, but all provide unique opportunities for participants of all ages and abilities to connect with nature and test their outdoors skills. A few of the activities include:
Fishing
Archery
Air rifle marksmanship
Cooking over an outdoor fire
Kayaking
Seeing live animals, like snakes, frogs, hawks, eagles and other birds of prey

Check out our  National Hunting and Fishing Day in NorthCarolina page for more details on each event, including a list of activities and demonstrations planned, times and directions.

The Wildlife Commission celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day annually on the fourth Saturday in Septe


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2012) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 29 trout waters in 16 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.

Under delayed-harvest regulations,no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2012,and one half-hour after sunset on May 31, 2013. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching fish. Delayed-harvest trout waters, posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs, are popular fishing destinations for anglers who enjoy catch-and-re


Rank (0) Views 4439 On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 3:55 PM, 803 days ago



SNEADS FERRY, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Onslow County have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Sneads Ferry Boating Access Area.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11a.m. on Sept. 21 at the boating access area, which is located at 302 Fulchers Landing Road in Sneads Ferry. The new access area, which has been open to boaters since June, allows boaters to launch onto the New River.

The 1.8-acre boating access area has two launch lanes, along with three floating docks. The paved main parking lot and gravel overflow parking area feature 37 vehicle-trailer spaces and 11single-car spaces, including three handicapped-accessible parking spaces.

The joint ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the culmination of a two-phase renovation project involving a partnership between the Onslow County Board of Commissioners and the Wildlife Commission. Phase one included removal of underground storage tanks and contaminated s


Rank (0) Views 3124 On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 1:05 PM, 805 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Federation presented the 49th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards on Sept. 8, with current and former staff of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission receiving honors.

Lt. Todd Radabaugh, of Pender County, was recognized as the Wildlife Officer of the Year. A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Radabaugh chairs the governing committee for the multi-agency “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign. He organizes special hunting opportunities for youth and disabled veterans and is nationally recognized as a training officer for law enforcement agencies.

“What impressed the awards committee so much about Radabaugh was his willingness to pitch in on tasks large and small,” said T. Edward Nickens, a long-time outdoors writer and the master of ceremonies for the awards banquet. “After more than two decades as an enfo


Rank (0) Views 4474 On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 10:45 AM, 807 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 11, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Matthew Long to captain for District 3, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

He will supervise a jurisdiction that includes Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Franklin, Nash, Wilson, Edgecombe, Vance, Warren, Halifax and Northampton counties. His predecessor, John Reams, recently retired. Capt. Long was previously a lieutenant in District 4 in southeastern North Carolina. 

Capt. Long said he looks forward to his new assignment. He and his family plan to relocate to the northern Johnston County area.

“This area is rich in wildlife resources and outdoor recreational opportunities,” Capt. Long said. “My goals are to build on our conservation efforts and to provide our citizens the safe opportunity to enjoy the woods, fields and


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission during its Aug. 30   meeting recognized Kim Tavasso, of Winterville, for his induction into the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) Hall of Fame.

A 20-year volunteer with the North Carolina Hunter Education Program, Tavasso was inducted into the IHEA Hall of Fame on May 30, during the association’s annual conference, held this year in Kansas City, Mo. The Wildlife Commission heard a special presentation by the Hunter Education Program about Tavasso’s achievement as part of its August business meeting.

The IHEA is a professional association for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies, and the 70,000 volunteers who teach hunter education in North America. The association sets performance guidelines for basic hunter education and the standards used internationally by hunter education administrators.

“This is quite the honor


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RALEIGH,N.C. (Sept. 7, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by hosting or supporting eight family-oriented outdoor events across the state on Sept. 22.

Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and test their outdoor skills. Some of the activities, which vary for eachevent, include:
Fishing(with bait and tackle provided),
Shooting a bow and arrow and pellet guns with a qualified instructor,
Seeing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and raptors,
Outdoor cooking over a fire — and tasting the results, and
Learning about North Carolina’s hunting heritage.

The Wildlife Commission, in conjunction with conservation partners such as the N.C.Wildlife Federation, Wake County Wildlife Club, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited,National Wild Turkey Federation, N.C. Bowhunters Association and others,will hold free National Hunting and Fishing Day eve


Rank (0) Views 7011 On Fri, Sep 07, 2012 1:29 PM, 811 days ago



WILKESBORO,N.C. (Sept. 7) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a meeting to present information to the public about the scope and impact of an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) on deer in Western North Carolina.

The meeting is scheduled for 6-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, before the Commission’s annual public hearing on proposed regulations.

“We plan to present information about HD in general, as well as discuss expectations that hunters, landowners, farmers and others can have for this season and future years,” said Chris Kreh, a biologist with the Commission. “This is mainly an informational meeting, though we may provide some recommendations for hunters with specific management goals for deer on their property.”

Biologists are observing an increasing number of hemorrhagic disease cases in white-tailed deer in the western part of the state, especially in Caldwell


Rank (0) Views 5757 On Thu, Sep 06, 2012 3:42 PM, 811 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding public hearings on 68 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2013-2014 seasons starting Sept. 11. An online comment form is also available.

The wildlife management proposals include creating a one-week Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird. In addition, the Commission is proposing allowing an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season.

The proposals also include removing restrictions on carrying firearms during the archery season  for deer and pistols during the muzzleloader season in accordance with state law, and allowing hunting with muzzleloading pistols. Proposed changes to holding cervids (deer) in captivity also will be presented.

Fishing proposals include recla


Rank (0) Views 5794 On Thu, Sep 06, 2012 8:26 AM, 812 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

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