Rank (0) Views 1348 On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 2:59 PM, 672 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (January 23, 2014)  Download the PDF below for the January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda. January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 3566 On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 4:50 PM, 674 days ago

MARION, N.C. (Jan. 21 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will not stock a section of the North Mills River in Henderson County this spring due to the U.S. Forest Service temporarily closing public access.

The section of the river that will not be stocked in March, April and May is classified as a Delayed Harvest Trout Water and includes the upper 2.7 miles of the North Mills River between the lowest ford and the Henderson watershed dam. The Commission will continue its spring stockings as planned within delayed-harvest section unaffected by the closure. Normal stockings in the 2.7-mile section will resume after the U.S. Forest Service restores public access to the river.  

The Commission will notify anglers when the area reopens.

The Forest Service is closing an area in the Pisgah National Forest to all public access to protect forest visitors during an upcoming timber harvest. Forest Service officials expect the closure to last approximately s

Rank (0) Views 3236 On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 9:02 AM, 674 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering Becoming an Outdoors-Woman gift certificates that are perfect for the female outdoors enthusiast or would-be adventurer for Valentine’s Day.

“If she wants, she can learn to shoot a bow better than Cupid,” said BB Gillen, director of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program in North Carolina.

The gift certificate entitles the recipient to attend the three-day 2014 BOW weekend workshop, scheduled for April 11–13 at Eastern 4-H Center, located in Tyrrell County on the Albemarle Sound. Activities include expert instruction in boating, archery, fishing, target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and more.

Cost is $225 per person and includes all lodging, meals and choice of four outdoor skill sessions, plus all program materials and use of equipment. Order gift certificates online at www.ncwildstore.com or by phone at 1-866-945-3

Rank (0) Views 2326 On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 4:17 PM, 678 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed two changes to no-wake zones located in Pamlico and Pitt counties. The proposed changes, which would remove no-wake zones in sections of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pamlico County and the Tar River in Pitt County, will be presented for public comment at the beginning of the Jan. 22 public hearing in New Bern.

The Wildlife Commission made the proposal to remove a no-wake zone in the Intracoastal Waterway because the current no-wake zone is not marked with buoys and is not enforceable. No-wake zones in the Intracoastal Waterway must have approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has determined a no-wake zone is not needed in that location.

The Wildlife Commission also has proposed to remove a no-wake zone in a section of the Tar River in Pitt County near Seine Beach and the Grimesland bridge. This no-wake zone was established originally to address safety concerns at a nearby

Rank (0) Views 4753 On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 4:29 PM, 681 days ago

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2014) — Through a partnership with the Cole Foundation, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed improvements on the Diggs tract, a 1,665-acre portion of the Pee Dee River Game Land in southern Richmond County.

The improvements to roads, structures and habitat have opened up additional public access to the tract and created the only public boating access to the Pee Dee River between Hwy. 74 and Cheraw, S.C., making it an outdoors destination for hunters, anglers, boaters and wildlife watchers.

Commission staff upgraded a 2-mile road from Old Cheraw Highway to the Pee Dee River that was previously impassable during wet weather to a road that can be utilized by all vehicles in any weather conditions. Staff also constructed a handicapped-accessible concrete boat ramp and floating dock, which give boaters additional options for excursions on the Pee Dee River.  The ramp provides an additional destination point for the Ci

Rank (0) Views 2558 On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 4:26 PM, 685 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (Jan. 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two fly-tying clinics in January through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.

Both events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Fly-Tying: Level I – Jan. 15, 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 provided. Fly-Tying: Level II – Jan. 17, 9 a.m. - noon. For ages 12 to adult. If you have learned the basics of fly tying and feel ready to take the next step, then come spend a day with experienced fly-tiers who will teach advanced patterns and techniques. Equipment and materials provided.

For more information, call 828-877-4423 or sign up online.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, alongside the Davidso

Rank (0) Views 3525 On Thu, Jan 09, 2014 10:25 AM, 686 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2014) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the ninth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition.

Paul Malcolm, of Garner, won the grand prize for his image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher historic site near Wilmington. Malcolm plays viola with the North Carolina Symphony and is a previous photo competition winner, having taken first place in the Wild Landscapes category in 2010.

“When I take a picture, I am not documenting a scene; I am capturing a mood or a feeling,” he said. “I am looking for some creative way to express what I see and feel about the subject. Music and photography are both creative passions. In concert I get involved emotionally. In photography, I get involved simply because I enjoy taking pictures.”

All winners were published in the January/February 2014 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with Malcolm’s grand prize image

Rank (0) Views 3166 On Wed, Jan 08, 2014 3:11 PM, 687 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is among several state agencies that will manage vital natural heritage areas acquired through recent grants of $16.26 million from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund board made 30 awards at its December meeting, including $2.55 million to the Wildlife Commission for acquisition of additional lands in Columbus, Randolph and Ashe counties.

Approved funding includes $1.5 million toward acquiring the Riverstone Project, an 18,000-acre property south of Lake Waccamaw, in Columbus County. The Commission is attempting to obtain the property in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The Riverstone Project supports several nationally significant natural areas and multiple endemic species. 

A request of $192,000 was approved for the Birkhead tract in Randolph County. Acquisition of this property, in partnership with the Land Trust for C

Rank (0) Views 3724 On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 12:28 PM, 696 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2013) — A few spaces remain for fourfly-fishing clinics the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting in January and February at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation, will conduct four basic fly-fishing clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1 and 15. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate proper fly-fishing techniques, such as casting, rigging and knot tying.

The clinics will begin with a 30-minute overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instruction.

To make this unique trout-fishing opportunity in eastern North Carolina, Wildlife Commission staff stocked two ponds on Dec. 20 with 1,000 catchable-sized brook, rainbow and brown trout. The trout were raised at the agency&a

Rank (0) Views 8505 On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 10:52 AM, 706 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2014-15 seasons.

Each of the public hearings begins at 7 p.m. The Wildlife Resources Commission also has scheduled a staff presentation 30 minutes before each hearing to discuss statewide black bear management objectives. The 6:30 p.m. presentation and discussion will give background information about rule proposals that further objectives in the North Carolina Black Bear Management Plan, 2012-2022. The plan assists the Wildlife Commission in managing bear hunting to maintain healthy bear populations consistent with habitat where bears occur, and balancing the consideration of stakeholders.

Other hunting proposals make changes to the Western Archery Deer Season, and adjust regulations for black powder firearms and crossbows.

Of interest to angl

Rank (0) Views 4592 On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 4:10 PM, 707 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2013) — Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed three men as district commissioners to the 19-member governing board of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Brian White, of Manteo, will represent District 1, which includes Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties. He is on the board of the Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, and enjoys fishing and boating.

Joseph R. Budd, of Winston-Salem, will represent District 7, which includes Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, Alleghany, Alexander, Iredell, Yadkin, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes and Surry counties. He belongs to the Winston-Salem Rotary Club. He enjoys quail hunting, fishing and sporting clays.

Albert L. Sneed, of Asheville, will represent District 9, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe, Polk and Henderson counties. He is previous chairman of the Buncombe Count

Rank (0) Views 3983 On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 9:11 AM, 707 days ago

LEXINGTON, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2013) — Michael Nye has joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the hunter education specialist for the southern Piedmont. Her duties will include providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

Nye will serve in the Wildlife Commission’s District 6, which is made up of Union, Anson, Richmond, Moore, Montgomery, Stanly, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Davidson counties.

Nye is a Robeson County native and participated in shooting sport competitions in high school. She has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife science from N.C. State University. Most recently, she was with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as a hunting access coordinator and worked with Montana’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

“My goal as a hunter education specialist i

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