Rank (0) Views 4095 On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 10:24 AM, 765 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2012) — Wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be reaching out to as many people as possible this weekend about the hazards of boating while impaired as part of Operation Dry Water 2012.

The annual nationwide campaign will have law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies out in force June 22-24 to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In North Carolina, penalties upon conviction include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

Recreational boating fatalities last year jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and operating while impaired was the leading contributing factor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.

“We intend to reach out to as many people as possible about the hazards of boating while impaired,” said Sgt. Jeremy Harrill, a wildlif


Rank (0) Views 7191 On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 7:25 AM, 765 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2012) — July 4 is your one chance a year to get hooked on fishing — for free! From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, from mountain trout waters to coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. 

Although no fishing license is required to fish on July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers that all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides free access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. A list of more than 500 fishing areas open to the public is on the Comm


Rank (0) Views 4587 On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 3:43 PM, 767 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (June 15, 2012) — For people who are interested in learning more about snakes native to North Carolina, space is available still for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop, which is being conducted on June 29 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County.

 

The free workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with classroom presentations on snake conservation, biology and habitats in the morning and a field excursion in the afternoon to search for snakes.

Among the species participants might find during the afternoon are Eastern kingsnakes, southeastern crowned snakes, black racers, redbelly water snakes, banded water snakes, corn snakes, and, with a little luck, the secretive and rarely encountered mud snake.

The workshop is open to anyone 16 years and older and is limited to 20 registrants. It qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental


Rank (0) Views 2602 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 4:11 PM, 769 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, on June 18 and 19 to begin repairs on the fishing pier. 

The fishing area will reopen at 7 a.m. on June 20; however, Commission personnel will close the area again sometime during the week of June 25 to finish repairs to the pier. The agency will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve & Protect blog and a follow up news release the exact days the pier will close and reopen that week. 

Over the past year, the Commission closed the public fishing area twice in order to repair the pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents. In an effort to prevent similar damage and associated repairs in the future, large pilings will be placed along either side of the pier to stabilize it during high-wind events.

“We know that the Bells


Rank (0) Views 2266 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 1:24 PM, 769 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close access to the public fishing area on Blewett Falls Reservoir in Anson County from 12:01 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21 for a special event.

Progress Energy is celebrating its 100th year of operating the Blewett Hydroelectric Plant. The company plans to erect tents, tables and chairs for the event so parking and fishing access will need to close until after the event.

Anglers who would like to fish nearby on June 21can visit the Commission’s Public Fishing Area at Arrowhead Lake and Sullivan's Pond located on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge or a number of public fishing areas near Hoffman, N.C.

A list of all areas available for public fishing can be found on the Commission’s Where to Fish webpage. For general information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.


Rank (0) Views 2310 On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 9:35 AM, 771 days ago



SWANNANOA, N.C. (June 12, 2012) — Anglers visiting Charles Owen Park who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment now can fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Department.

Charles Owen Park, located at 875 Warren Wilson Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers can register at Charles Owen Park to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 26 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-t


Rank (0) Views 1856 On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 10:28 AM, 772 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2012) Download the PDF below for the July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice. July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 5721 On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 10:30 AM, 777 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6) — Due to recent reports of alligator sightings, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents and visitors that feeding and harassing alligators is both illegal and dangerous.

Alligators are common in the coastal regions of southeast North Carolina, and, in most cases, it is not necessary to do anything if you see one. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission typically will not relocate alligators unless there is a threat to the animal or nearby humans.

As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing — and sometimes feeding — alligators.

The American alligator is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, under North Carolina law, it is illegal to feed them in the wild. Feeding these animals can cause them to lose their fear of people, making them more likely to approach and possibly attack. 

For information on alligators and wildlife conservation i


Rank (0) Views 3609 On Tue, Jun 05, 2012 8:34 AM, 778 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 5, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will lead statewide efforts for Operation Dry Water, the fourth annual national campaign to prevent alcohol-related boating accidents.

Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies will be out in force June 22-24 to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

In North Carolina, penalties for boating while impaired can include fines up to $1,000 and jail.

“But the greater peril is having an accident,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, operations supervisor with the Wildlife Commission and the state boating safety coordinator. “North Carolina ranks 7th nationally for fatal boating accidents and 9th for boating accidents and boating injuries.”

Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard. In North Caroli


Rank (0) Views 1956 On Mon, Jun 04, 2012 12:33 PM, 778 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2012) Download the PDF below for meeting actions. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 2692 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 4:05 PM, 781 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The fishing platform at the Blewett Falls Reservoir  public fishing area will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on June 4 through 4 p.m. on June 8.

The platform will reopen at 4 p.m. that Friday for fishing over the weekend, but will be closed again from 7 a.m. on June 11 through 4 p.m. on June 15.

Progress Energy will be performing required maintenance on the dam during this closure.

While the platform is closed, anglers can fish from the bank below the parking area. Alternately, anglers can visit the Commission’s public fishing areas at Arrowhead Lake and Sullivan’s Pond located on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge or a number of public fishing areas near Hoffman.

A list of all areas available for public fishing can be found on the Commission’s Where to Fish webpage. For general information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.


Rank (0) Views 5401 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 2:07 PM, 781 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available on its mobile website, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx, a map outlining the joint and coastal water boundaries along the coast.

Data for the maps were produced using the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Geographic Information System Program. These maps were produced for illustrative purposes as a general guide, and anglers should be aware that the accuracy of GPS locators on mobile devices varies. The exact location of the boundary lines between all of the Inland, Joint and Coastal waters are defined by points of latitude and longitude in rules of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and are prominently marked by metal signs adjacent to the affected waters.

Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website, www.ncwildlife.org, will be redirected automatically to the mobile site, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx. The map is located under the “Map

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