Rank (0) Views 3469 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 9:01 AM, 726 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013) — As if reeling in seven trout during the June 1 “Troutacular” fishing event in Spruce Pine weren’t enough, 9-year-old Corey Buchanan also reeled in a unified lifetime sportsman license, courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston, which donated the license.

Corey, of Spruce Pine, was the grand prize winner in a statewide random drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” which were held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2013.           

Jaimee Yankow, of Jacksonville, was the first prize winner of a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. Jaimee, 9, registered for the prize drawing at the Jacksonville Training Academy Youth Fishing Derby on June 8.


Rank (0) Views 1840 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 8:41 AM, 726 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013)  Download the PDF below for the July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda.

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 3100 On Wed, Jul 03, 2013 8:15 AM, 728 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 3, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reported results from this past weekend’s Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide education and enforcement campaign to alert boaters to the dangers of operating a boat while impaired (OWI).

“Arrests for operating while impaired in North Carolina were down this year from previous campaigns,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating law administrator for the Wildlife Commission. “I think the majority of boaters understand the added risks and make the smart choices while on the water. With the upcoming July 4 holiday and the summer months, I hope that continues to be the case.”

The state results from Operation Dry Water in 2013:
Vessels Contacted: 2,361
Boaters Contacted: 6,041
Citations Issued:153
Warnings issued: 326
Non-Boating Violations: 190
OWI arrests: 22
Highest Blood Alcohol Concentration: 0.22 (three times the legal limit)
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Rank (0) Views 3164 On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 10:23 AM, 729 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (July 2, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoors-related events, clinics and workshops in July through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and may require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nature Nuts: Raising Trout - July 5, 10 and 20, 9–11 a.m. For ages 4 through 7 years old. Spend the morning with staff and learn about the Bobby N. Setzer Trout Hatchery operations, participate in an outdoor activity that simulates trout life, and feed the fish.
Eco Explorers: Stream Investigation- July 5 and July 20, 1–3 p.m. For ages 8 through 13 years old. Come explore the Davidson River by looking for aquatic macro-invertebrates, determining the water quality of the river and learning how these little critters help trout by playing an important role in the ecosystem.
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Rank (0) Views 3858 On Mon, Jul 01, 2013 10:46 AM, 730 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 1, 2013) — Birders in North Carolina are flocking to the recently re-designed N.C. Birding Trail website (www.ncbirdingtrail.org), which provides more detailed information on each of the 327 sites statewide that comprise the trail.

The key feature of the new website is a map from which visitors can browse sites by location, using a Google map interface, according to Scott Anderson, the bird conservation biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. When visitors click on a site on the map, they will see a short summary of the site, including a description of the site, birds they might see or hear and the type of habitat surrounding the site.

The map also incorporates a “bird finder,” where birders can search for a particular bird.

“For instance, if you type in ‘American redstart,’ the map will display all of the birding trail sites where redstarts might be seen, as well as any recent sigh


Rank (0) Views 2898 On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 1:09 PM, 733 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2013) — The 2013 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on July 1.

The stamp and print feature a pair of Northern shovelers sitting along the water’s edge, painted by Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter. Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

This is the first year that Klinefelter has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He has won awards in other states, including Ohio, California,Colorado, Delaware, Oregon, South Carolina, Indiana, Nevada and Louisiana, where he placed first in 2012 with his painting of American wigeon at a marsh edge.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for


Rank (0) Views 6700 On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:16 AM, 733 days ago




Virginia Opossum Becomes Official State Marsupial

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2013) — North Carolina’s collection of state symbols got a little wilder yesterday after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation making the Pine Barrens treefrog and the marbled salamander the official state frog and salamander, and the Virginia opossum the official state marsupial.

Gov. McCrory signed the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Marilyn Avila of Wake County, in front of a small, but enthusiastic crowd of amphibian aficionados. Among them was Rachel Hopkins, a 15-year-old from Wake County who spearheaded a year-long effort to get an official state amphibian after successfully lobbying to have then-Gov. Bev Perdue proclaim April 28, 2012 as “Save The Frogs” Day in North Carolina.

The Durham Academy student and self-described “frog lover” has spent the last few years speaking to Wake County Commissioners, conducting radio interviews and p


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MARION, N.C. (June 26, 2013) — Buncombe County native Allison Bryan won a $3,000 scholarship and the privilege to work this summer with fisheries biologists from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest Service after being selected to participate in the 2013 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program sponsored by the American Fisheries Society.

Bryan, who recently completed her senior year at North Buncombe High School, is working with mentors Jacob Rash with the Wildlife Commission and Jason Farmer of the U.S. Forest Service to survey trout populations, monitor water quality and propagate freshwater mussels.

She was one of only 25 students selected from across the country, Mexico and Canada to participate in the Hutton Program, a summer mentoring program for high school students. The program’s goal is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, such as minori


Rank (0) Views 2367 On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 9:57 AM, 735 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 26, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking two individuals with a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise on nongame wildlife to serve on its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. The closing date for nominations is July 15.

The 18-member committee advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state and meets four times per year. The persons selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee.

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the person’s nomination, a résumé, if available, and a cover letter. 

While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copies can be mailed to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, Attn: Diane Renzi, Division of Inland Fisheries, MSC1721, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1721.  Submit electron


Rank (0) Views 5659 On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 11:24 AM, 736 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 25, 2013) — Under a new law that goes into effect July 1, military personnel who are not residents of North Carolina and would like to hunt, fish or trap in the state can purchase a short-term or annual license at resident prices.

Non-resident military personnel must be active duty at the time they purchase their resident licenses. They also must comply with all reporting, regulatory and hunter safety requirements, including registering big game harvests, as mandated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and purchasing any federal migratory waterfowl stamps, as required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“North Carolina has made it a priority to be one of the most military-friendly states in the Union,” said Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County, who introduced the bill. “In a small way, this bill will continue to move our state in that direction on quality–of-life issues for our active duty mil


Rank (0) Views 2897 On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 12:35 PM, 737 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free outdoors-related summer classes through its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The classes are open to the public but have some age restrictions, and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment and materials are provided.

The summer schedule:

Youth Archery - July 17, 8 a.m.-noon, Eco Explorers for ages 8-10. Learn about archery, safety and the history of archery. Come prepared to be outside during the day. Bring rain poncho, water bottle and snack.

Adult Archery - July 19, 8 a.m.-noon, adults; ages 16 and older. Learn about archery, safety and the history of archery. Come prepared to be outside during the day. Bring rain poncho, water bottle and snack.

Geocaching - July 30, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., family, with 1 adult per 2 children. Learn about GPS units and geocaching, and then find “hidden treasures.” Com


Rank (0) Views 5173 On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 8:49 AM, 737 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2013)—The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards and HIP certification at the same time. Make requests by: Clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button; Calling the Commission at 888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

The 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest will be available at agent locations, and on the Commission’s website,

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