Rank (0) Views 3136 On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 8:41 AM, 729 days ago



FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission highlights North America’s smallest and perhaps most colorful falcon, the American kestrel, at its Mountain State Fair exhibit this year.

The fair, which will be open Sept. 6-15, is located in Fletcher in Henderson County, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The kestrel exhibit will include a nest box with real eggs, as well as mounts of a male and female kestrel.Visitors also can find out more about the latest kestrel research and banding efforts being conducted by Commission staff on the Sandy Mush Game Land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties.

To complement the kestrel exhibit,the Wildlife Commission’s perennially popular button features a beautiful rendition of an American kestrel in flight. The button — a traditional state


Rank (0) Views 3132 On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 9:45 AM, 730 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was awarded more than $554,000 in nationally competitive federal grants on Aug. 16 to fund two projects that will help the agency and its partners conserve aquatic species in the Pee Dee River, as well as identify key habitats across the state that could be vulnerable to environmental impacts.

The Commission was one of 11 states to receive more than $5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through its competitive State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program. All SWG-funded projects implement strategies and actions to conserve and recover priority species and habitats identified in the N.C. Wildlife Action Plan.

Robust Redhorse Research

In North Carolina and South Carolina,a $460,000 grant will fund a collaborative effort between the Wildlife Commission,S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the N.C. Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, and N.C. State University, that focuses on the


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Hardy to captain for District 1, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Hardy will supervise 21 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in the district, which includes Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties. He was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Norman Watts, recently retired.

“The northeastern region of North Carolina with ancient maritime forests, swamps, rivers and out into the sounds, is an ideal place for hunting and fishing, and certainly boating,” said Hardy. “I take great pride in the northeast region of North Carolina and look forward to working with the sportsmen who enjoy the area.”

Hardy is


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2013) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign enters its final holiday period of 2013 with the Labor Day weekend.

This multi-agency initiative is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months. The campaign concentrates on three major holiday periods: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

Leading the campaign are the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, responsible for enforcing boating regulations; the State Highway Patrol, providing for highway safety; and the Alcohol Law Enforcement division, enforcing “Be 21!” underage drinking laws. The campaign is joined by local police and sheriff’s departments and supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“We want to remind everyone to be careful while they enjoy Labor Day weekend,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of t


Rank (0) Views 2460 On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 4:21 PM, 734 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (August 23, 2013) Download the August 29, 2013 commission agenda package below.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 23, 2013) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2013) Download the PDF's below for the August 28, 2013 committee meeting agendas. 

August 28, 2013
Joint Big Game/Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee (PDF)
Fisheries Committee (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee (PDF)
Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee (PDF)
Boating Safety Committee (PDF)
Committee of the Whole Meeting (PDF)

 


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Raleigh, N.C. (August 22, 2013) Download the PDF below for the August 28, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice. 

August 28, 2013 Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 5136 On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 3:15 PM, 735 days ago



DALLAS, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, working cooperatively with Gaston County Parks and Recreation, recently constructed a universally accessible fishing pier on Dallas Park’s large pond, in Dallas. 

The pier is 43-feet long with a 48-foot T-shaped end, benches and alternating high/low hand rails. Commission and parks staffs also created an accessible paved path from the parking lot to the pier and a kiosk that provides information on fishing regulations, such assize and creel limits, as well as information about the local fisheries.

Dallas Park’s large pond is one of three ponds located in the park.  It was recently drained for repairs, and then refilled. Commission staff stocked the pond with bluegill in March. Plans have been made for stockings of largemouth bass in 2014 and channel catfish in 2015, according to Chris Wood, a fisheries biologist with the Wildlife Commission.

“As we


Rank (0) Views 4931 On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 3:06 PM, 735 days ago



MORGANTON, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is bringing more fishing opportunities to anglers in Burke County with the recent completion of  three piers at the Broughton Pond Public Fishing Area.

The fishing area, which is located on the South Mountain Game Land, comprises two ponds. Commission staff constructed two piers on the first pond — a floating, universally accessible pier, which is 59 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-shaped section at the end,and a 12-by-16 fixed pier. The universally accessible pier has benches and alternating high and low handrails with bait shelves that can accommodate children and anglers in wheelchairs.

On the smaller pond, which is located approximately 50 yards from the larger pond, Commission staff built another 12-by-16 fixed pier.

Anglers fishing in the ponds can expect to catch largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.  Commission staff stocks both ponds with about 700


Rank (0) Views 6517 On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:48 PM, 735 days ago



BANNER ELK, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Grandfather Mountain Home for Children and Edgar Tufts Memorial Association, is bringing more fishing opportunities to anglers of all abilities with the recent construction of a universally accessible, floating fishing pier on Wildcat Lake in Avery County.

The pier, which was completed in May, is 59-feet long with a 48-foot wide T-section at the end. Benches and alternating high and low handrails with bait shelves on the fishing pier help accommodate children and anglers in wheelchairs. In addition to the pier, staff created a paved path from the parking lot to the pier and erected a kiosk that provides information on fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits, as well as information about the lake’s fisheries.    

Wildcat Lake is part of the Commission’s Public Mountain Trout Waters program and is operated as a hatchery


Rank (0) Views 3653 On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 10:50 AM, 738 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free, fishing-related workshops this fall at the John E.Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  Sept. 7 – Fly-Fishing Discovery Course from 9-11 a.m. This new class is designed as a fun and easy way for beginner fly anglers to give fly casting a try. Participants will learn the basic overhead cast and roll cast through personal instruction and casting aids that emphasize the fundamentals of fly casting. Class size is limited to six participants because of one-on-one instruction, and pre-registration is required. Oct. 15, 16, 17 – Basic Rod-Building Course from 6:30-9 p.m. This 3-day course covers the basic techniques for building a 6-foot, medium-action spinning rod. All tools and supplies are provided. Due to space constraints, the class is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is recommended. Dec. 4, 5, 6 – Basic Fly-Tyi

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