Rank (0) Views 2337 On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 9:35 AM, 780 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 1882 On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 10:28 AM, 781 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 5769 On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 10:30 AM, 786 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 3637 On Tue, Jun 05, 2012 8:34 AM, 787 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 1979 On Mon, Jun 04, 2012 12:33 PM, 788 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 2715 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 4:05 PM, 791 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 5435 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 2:07 PM, 791 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

VALDESE, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The children’s fishing event, Fun Fishing at the Falls at McGalliard Falls Park in Burke County, originally scheduled for June 2, has been rescheduled for June 9 at 9 a.m.

According to event coordinator Joey Lindsay of the Valdese Recreation Department, the fishing event was postponed because of recent storms, which have the creeks overflowing the bank.

The Fun Fishing at the Falls fishing event is one of 35 that get under way tomorrow to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection.

 Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win 152 fishing-related prizes

Rank (0) Views 4818 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 11:14 AM, 791 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1) — Starting June 1, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons beginning prior to Oct. 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species also will be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Comments”

Comments will be accepted June 1-20.  Season dates will be selected at the July 12 Commission meeting.

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons, and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/waterfowl.aspx.

Rank (0) Views 3272 On Thu, May 31, 2012 2:10 PM, 792 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2012) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign saw fewer alcohol-related boating arrests and accidents during Memorial Day weekend than the same holiday period last year.

The 2011 Memorial Day weekend saw 50 operating-while-impaired arrests, compared to 42 this Memorial Day weekend. Total boating violations also were down, 1,568 versus 1,176.

“That makes it a success,” said Wildlife Officer Kim Knight, with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “When people hear the message and heed it, whether at the wheel of a car or at the helm of a boat, it keeps all of us safer when we travel.”

Any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest in North Carolina.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign combi

Rank (0) Views 4455 On Thu, May 31, 2012 8:55 AM, 792 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available online a map and GPS coordinates of nearly 550 fish attractor locations across the state.

Anglers can access the map and download GPS coordinates from the Where to Fish section on the Commission’s website. They can import waypoints (longitude/latitude) using a text file, an Excel file or a GPX (GPS Exchange Format) file and they can use the map to find the approximate locations and types of fish attractors found in each body of water.

Anglers using smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices can access the map using the Commission’s new mobile website, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx, by clicking on the Fish Attractors icon on the Maps tab of the mobile website.

Currently, fish attractor locations are listed for 50 public ponds, reservoirs and lakes throughout the state, although Commission staff updates the map and files as new fish attractors are added.

Rank (0) Views 3592 On Wed, May 30, 2012 3:06 PM, 793 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (May 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop in Craven County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning about snakes found in coastal North Carolina.

The free workshop will be held at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on June 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with a classroom presentation on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of snakes.

In the afternoon, workshop participants will have the opportunity to search for snakes outside the education center, which sits on approximately 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern.

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, and Mike Campbell, an educator with the Commission, will conduct the workshop. Hall is a herpetologist with the Commission, as well as coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptil

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