Rank (0) Views 5087 On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:24 AM, 731 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 27, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct four fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January.

The clinics will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Raeford Road and will begin with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instruction.

Four basic fly-fishing clinics are scheduled for Jan.  4, 18 and Feb. 1 and15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

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

Rank (0) Views 3260 On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 2:37 PM, 732 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 26,2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering gift certificates for its Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, an ideal present for female outdoors enthusiasts and would-be adventurers.

The gift certificate entitles a recipient to attend the three-day 2014 BOW weekend workshop, scheduled for April 11–13, 2014, 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 or by phone at 1-866-945-3746.

“A gift certificate is ideal for any woman wanting to explore nature, learn some outdoor skills and have a fun weekend in the company of like-minded women,” said BB Gillen, state director of

Rank (0) Views 4076 On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 2:07 PM, 737 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) — Wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have been honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a state employee. The awards were presented during the annual ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Tuesday.

“These award winners epitomize the best in public service,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “Going the extra mile is something they do every day whether they are in the office, in the field and, when required, when they’re off duty. We’re fortunate they have chosen to work for the people of North Carolina.”

Master Officer Matt Criscoe received the award for innovation and efficiency for designing an alligator trap/transport unit. This unit is being used to move alligators safely. Alligator removal is a dangerous activity and this device helps reduce injuries to staff and anima

Rank (0) Views 12598 On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:35 AM, 737 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) — Military personnel hunting and fishing in North Carolina can enjoy special licensing privileges as long as they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Military personnel who are residents of North Carolina serving full-time active military duty outside of the state in the Armed Forces or a reserve component of the armed services, and who are home on leave for 30 days or less, do not have to purchase a license to hunt or fish. 

When hunting or fishing, they must have with them a military identification card and a copy of the official document issued by their service unit confirming that they are on authorized leave from their duty station outside of North Carolina.

For non-resident, active duty military personnel stationed in North Carolina, a discounted hunting and fishing privilege was created by the N.C. legislature this year. Under a new law that went into effect in July 2013, military personnel who

Rank (0) Views 7204 On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 10:02 AM, 737 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host two free, family-oriented workshops on making soft plastic lures in December at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The first workshop is scheduled for Dec. 3 from 2-4 p.m. but only a few seats remain on a first-come, first-served basis. The second workshop will be held Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. until noon. Both workshops are for participants 8 years old and older, accompanied by an adult.

The workshops cover the fundamentals of creating artificial worms, minnows, lizards, crayfish and other soft plastic baits. Participants will create multiple lures to take home.

“These plastic lures are great for fishing, but you can also customize them to create special holiday-colored lures to add a special touch to your holiday decorating,” said Beth Gunn, an education program coordinator with the Commission.

The lure-making workshops are free, with materi

Rank (0) Views 4961 On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 2:55 PM, 738 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds anyone planning a hunting trip during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. “In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don’t overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful.”

Casper advised:

Go back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions.

Know the rules — read all applicable regulations before going afield.

Inspect all equipment — repair or replace equipment, especially tree stands, before use.

“We recommend a full-body safety harness anytime you use a tree stand,

Rank (0) Views 7146 On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 4:00 PM, 739 days ago

SHALLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission opened a new boating access area in Brunswick County in Shallotte on Nov. 18. The Brick Landing Boating Access Area is located at 1921 Bricklanding Road SW in Shallotte, N.C. The Wildlife Commission constructed two 15-foot wide boat ramps, a floating dock, and a paved parking lot with 23 boat trailer spaces and five single-vehicle spaces, of which two are handicapped accessible.   The boating access area provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway, including the Shallotte River and all of its tributaries. Anglers who launch their watercraft from the area can expect to find red drum, spotted sea trout, croaker, spot and flounder. The boat ramp’s location also gives anglers easy access to  the Shallotte Inlet for near shore and offshore fishing opportunities. Near shore fish in that area usually consist of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and black drum. Offshore species in the ar

Rank (0) Views 7497 On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 10:28 AM, 744 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 14, 2013) — The Fork Farm and Stables (The Fork), a 1,406-acre regional outdoor recreation, working farm and event facility in Stanly County, will now be conserved forever thanks to a donation to Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) by an ownership group led by Jim Cogdell, chairman of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

A permanent conservation easement on 1,353 acres of the property will allow continued recreational uses of The Fork, but will restrict future commercial, industrial development and other activity that could impact the land and wildlife habitat.

This conservation easement will help further conservation goals held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the regulatory agency for fish and wildlife conservation, and administrator of the state Wildlife Action Plan. The Commission also is responsible for enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws, and conducts statewide hunter education programs.

The Fork is an act

Rank (0) Views 3263 On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 8:46 AM, 744 days ago

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (Nov. 14,2013) — The prescribed burn on 500 acres at South Mountains in south Burke and Rutherford counties, which had been scheduled for today, has been cancelled due to smokemanagement issues and extremely low humidity.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation plan to reschedule the burn for late next week, weather permitting.

The day before the burn, the Commission will issue an alert to local media and post notices on its website, www.ncwildlife.org, Twitter account and Facebook page.

Rank (0) Views 4405 On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 4:05 PM, 745 days ago

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2013) — Assisted by a N.C. Forest Service youth program, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn on 500 acres in south Burke and Rutherford counties tomorrow if the weather is appropriate.

The prescribed burn, on approximately half on South Mountains State Park and half on South Mountains Game Land, will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduce brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires. Although the carefully planned and maintained fire will occur during the open hunting season, the only closure of game land access will be on the CCC Road along the northern boundary with the state park and this closure will only be for the day of the burn.

“We will do everything we can to reduce the amount of smoke to nearby residents and neighborhoods,” said Dean Simon, a forester with the Wildlife Commiss

Rank (0) Views 5186 On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:37 AM, 745 days ago

HOFFMAN, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2013) – If you build it, they will come. That is what N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists are hoping for after creating a wetland on the Sandhills Game Land in Scotland County.

Staff created the 1/3-acre wetland in early October to provide more suitable habitat for the Carolina gopher frog and other imperiled amphibians.

Gopher frogs, which once were found across the Sandhills and Coastal Plain of North Carolina, are now down to seven known populations in the state because of the destruction and alteration of wetlands and upland longleaf pine habitats. For breeding, gopher frogs require large, isolated, grassy, temporary wetlands that fill and dry seasonally. They also require adjacent large tracts of fire-managed longleaf pine woodlands with plenty of tree stumps that provide burrows and allow the frog to spend much of the non-breeding season below ground. 

The Sandhills Game Land is one of the few place

Rank (0) Views 6564 On Fri, Nov 08, 2013 4:52 PM, 750 days ago

SHELBY, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County Board of Commissioners have formed a partnership to build a public shooting range in the county.

On Thursday, the Wildlife Commission chairman and a Cleveland County commissioner signed a memorandum of agreement to build and maintain a state-of-the-art shooting facility at 250 Fielding Road, just outside of Shelby.

The facility will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use for pistol, skeet and trap, rifle and archery.  Future expansion could include a sporting clays range.

Under the terms of the partnership, the Wildlife Commission will construct the range site, performing all grading work, as well as work for berms, roads and parking lots. Cleveland County will provide the property, build a training facility and a separate building with restrooms and concessions, and handle all routine mai

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