RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with other state fish and wildlife agencies, joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this year in celebrating the 75thanniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), one of the most successful and enduring conservation partnerships ever undertaken.

The “WSFR 75 – It’s Your Nature” celebration marked the 75thanniversary of the passage of the Wildlife Restoration Act, also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, which authorized an 11 percent federal excise tax on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment, and a 10 percent tax on handguns. The Department of Treasury collects the excise taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dispenses money among state fish and wildlife agencies to fund projects that improve hunter access and hunting opportunities.

A similar funding mechanism to increase fishing and boating opportunities w

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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 16, 2012) Download the PDF below for the November 8, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice.

November 8, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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POPLAR BRANCH, N.C. (Oct 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Poplar Branch Boating Access Area and it is now open to the public.

The site, which gives boaters access to the Currituck Sound, has two new ramps, floating and fixed docks, a new bulkhead wall and a newly paved parking area. It was paid for through Sportfish Restoration Fund and motorboat registration receipts.

“We get folks fishing for bass and white perch, but we mainly get duck hunters in Currituck County at this site,” said Ric Wright, a construction project manager with the Commission. “We also get a lot of boaters here, vacationing in this area of the state.”

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages more than 200 free boating access areas across the state. Go online for an interactive map of all the sites. 

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RALEIGH, N.C.(Oct. 11, 2012)— It’s not deep fried. It’s not caked with powdered sugar either. But the new wildlife diversity T-shirt making its debut at the N.C. State Fair makes for a pretty sweet collectible.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission partnered with Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston to develop a new Wildlife Commission T-shirt for sale in the agency’s Wild Store at this year’s State Fair. The T-shirt’s front features the smallmouth bass art from this year’s State Fair button leaping over the agency’s wildlife logo,while the back features all 32 previous State Fair buttons dating back to the original squirrel button in 1981.

T-shirts are available in youth and adult sizes. Prices are $12 for youth shirts, $15 for adult shirts.

Fabrication of 700 T-shirts was paid entirely by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, which also agreed to donate all proceeds from T-shirts sold at the State Fair to the Comm

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a family-friendly presence at the 2012 North Carolina State Fair, with plenty of interactive opportunities for all ages.

This year’s exhibit celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program.

Visitors to the Wildlife Commission’s State Fair tent can experience hands-on activities, such as the Hunter Education Program’s popular air rifle target range, wild turkey calling with box calls, a “picture yourself as a sportsman” photo booth, and the Sensory Safari. The Commission’s mobile aquarium also will be on display, featuring largemouth bass, bluegill and longnose gar in a “coastal river” tank, and smallmouth bass, brook trout and brown trout in a “mountain reservoir” tank.

The exhibit highlights dynamic conservation activities, such as the sta

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public input meeting at Lake Norman High School on Oct.16 from 7 to 9 p.m., to discuss the Lake Norman striped bass fishery.

Commission biologists will present an overview of the lake’s striped bass fishery, provide information on the status of the population, and discuss the current management of the fishery, as well as potential future strategies to improve the fishery. 

They also will review the striped bass kills that have occurred over the last few summers and outline options that can be implemented to reduce the frequency and magnitude of fish kills.

During the meeting, anglers will be encouraged to ask questions and provide comments. 

“While the meeting will focus on the lake’s striped bass fishery, we encourage all anglers who fish on Lake Norman to attend the meeting and provide input,” said Brian McRae, Piedmon

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 4, 2012) — More people are hurt falling from tree stands than any other type of hunting accidents, yet tree stand-related injuries are almost always avoidable.

Last deer hunting season, officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission investigated two fatalities and seven injuries that were related to tree stand use. There have been two fatalities related to tree stand use so far this season.

The Wildlife Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign has made tree stand safety a top priority in North Carolina for the 2012-13 hunting season. Hunter Education Program instructors are emphasizing proper use of tree stands and elevated hunting platforms in workshops, programs and events across the state.

“Following some basic guidelines can prevent injuries and won’t interfere with a successful hunt,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator. “Maintain three points o

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SPRUCE PINE, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed a trout stocking in the North Toe River in Spruce Pine until Oct. 12 so it will coincide with the start of a research project being conducted on the river.

The original stocking had been scheduled for this week as part of the Commission’s Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Program.

The Commission is collaborating with N.C. State University to research stocked trout in the North Toe River and other Delayed Harvest Trout Waters to improve management of stocked-trout resources. Biologists expect to initiate the research on the North Toe early next week.

“By delaying the trout stocking until next week, N.C. State University researchers will be able to finish installation of some trout-monitoring equipment that could not be installed due to recent heavy rains,” said Doug Besler, mountain region fisheries supervisor.“We recognize the temporary inconve

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting registrations for a “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” clinic to be held on Nov. 8, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. This will be a repeat of the standing-room only deer-processing clinic held on Sept. 11.

Guy Gardner and Howard Walters, 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.

“Registration for the first deer processing clinic that QDMA held at Wildlife Commission headquarters last month was at capacity,” said Kimberly Burge, a wildlife educator with the Commission. “The bacon-wrapped jalapeno venison bites and venison chili were very popular.”

Burge said that req

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BOONE, N.C. (Sept. 28, 2012)  — A popular section of Delayed Harvest trout water on the Watauga River west of Boone in Watauga County where private landowners have allowed anglers to access the river in the past has closed to public access due to landowner concerns about activities other than fishing.

Anglers no longer have access to the upper mile of Delayed Harvest water running from Shulls Mill Road downstream to the parking area near the intersection of N.C. 105 and Old Shulls Mill Road,where the caboose was formerly located. Landowners have posted “no trespass” signs at all parking areas along the upper end of the Delayed Harvest water, including the roadside pull-offs along Old Shulls Mill Road and the main parking area on N.C. 105 near the Old Shulls Mill Road intersection.  Visitors who park in these areas will be towed. Because this section of the river is no longer accessible to the public, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commi

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to follow blaze orange requirements.

In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment in blaze orange that is visible from all sides when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Hunters are also required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the muzzleloader or gun season.

“Blaze orange, sometimes known as hunter orange, fluorescent orange or, by some old-timers, as 10-mile cloth, is instantly recognizable and signals caution to the viewer,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator.

The Wildlife Commission recommends everyone wear blaze orange if they are going to be outdoors in areas shared with hunters. Blaze orange clothing stands out against an outdoor background and studies

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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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