RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 26, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will participate in two premier outdoor shows starting this Friday at the Dixie Deer Classic at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

On March 14-16, Wildlife Commission staff will participate in the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, held on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington.

At the Dixie Deer Classic, one of the most popular white-tailed deer shows in the country, Commission biologists and Wildlife Enforcement Officers will answer questions about white-tailed deer,other game animals and regulations. They also will be staffing the Sensory Safari — a 22-foot trailer filled with animal mounts, pelts and skulls. Staff with the Commission’s Wildlife in North Carolina magazine will be selling 2014 wildlife calendars at a discount of $5, as well as magazine subscriptions. Attendees who purchase a 1- or 3-year magazine subscription will get a free hat.

Women who are interested

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will offer a basic fly-fishing skills workshop on March 22, at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

This provides a thorough overview of fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing and plenty of hands-on learning.  Experienced instructors emphasize the importance of basic casting techniques and offer one-on-one instruction. After classroom instruction, participants use their new skills on two trout ponds. A $20 fee covers instruction, equipment, lunch, drinks and snacks.

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 20 participants. BOW is an international program for women, 18 and older, conducted in North Carolina through the Wildlife Commission.

“Fly fishing tends to be associated with mountain streams, but this workshop and its setting in Fayetteville shows the range and diversity of t

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MORGANTON, N. C. (Feb. 25, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a prescribed burn today on 100 acres of the Johns River Game Land in north Burke County. The prescribed burn will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduce brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires.

“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 Commission. “However, people will see smoke while we are conducting this burn and we want to make sure they know it is a prescribed fire on the game land with Wildlife Commission personnel and equipment on site.  Prescribed fire is one of our essential, key tools in wildlife management, and many of our species and habitats need it to not only survive, but thrive.”

A system of regular prescribed burns is advantageous to the habitat of early succes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the 2014 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 36th year for the popular statewide pre-collegiate shooting sports events.

The Commission will conduct nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. There are segments in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife quiz.

The 2014 schedule:
March 1, Chatham Wildlife Club near Bear Creek, Chatham County (District 5)
March 8, New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County (District 2)
March 8, Rose Hill Farms near Nashville, Nash County (District 3)
March 15, Camp John J. Barnhardt in New London, Stanly County (District 6)
March 15, Catawba Valley Wildlife Club near Vale, Catawba County (District 8)
March 15, Polk County Gun Club near Columbus,

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 5. 

While fishing is closed, Commission personnel will stock all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters in preparation for opening day. They stock Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, which are marked by green-and-white signs, at frequent intervals in the spring and early summer every year.

This year, Commission personnel will stock approximately 907,000 trout — 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.

While fishing on Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limit or bait restriction. Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after sunset on th

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Raleigh, N.C. (February 24, 2014) Download the PDF's below for the February 26 and 27, 2014 committee meeting agendas.

February 26, 2014
Fisheries Committee Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Agenda (PDF)
Land and Use Committee Agenda (PDF)
Committee of the Whole Agenda (PDF)

February 27, 2014
Joint meeting of Migratory Birds and Education and Outreach (PDF)

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WELDON, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per angler. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S. Highway 258

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Raleigh, N.C. (February 21, 2013) Download the February 27, 2014 commission agenda package below.  

February 27, 2014 Commission Agenda Package (PDF - 20.2MB) 

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2014) — With the click of a mouse or the stroke of a pen, people can help keep North Carolina wild by donating on line 31 on their N.C. State Income tax form.

Donations support the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, which helps the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conduct research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits animals not hunted or fished — animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders, frogs, turtles and bats.

“Any amount helps. Whether it’s $1or $100, the Wildlife Commission can use your donation to match federal ando ther grants, or to pay for educational activities and wildlife-watching projects like the N.C. Birding Trail and research that could prevent species from becoming endangered,” said Perry Sumner, program manager for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program. “We can double donated dollars with these matching grants. So, for instance

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Raleigh, N.C. (February 21, 2014) Download the PDF below for the public notice cancellation of the Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee meeting scheduled Wednesday, February 26 at 1p.m.

Public Notice Cancellation of Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting (PDF)

Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.

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WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2014) — Minnesota wildlife artist Scot Storm took top honors in the 2014 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of hooded mergansers.

The acrylic painting will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled earlier this month at the 19th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store, on July 1 for $145.

Storm is no stranger to the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition. He has won the competition twice, in 2010 and 2008,and placed third in 2009. He was one of 35 wildlife artists from 20 states to submit entries into this year’s competition, which

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CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2014)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a free hunter education course for women on March 28-29 at Bass Pro Shops in Concord, Cabarrus County.

The two-day course will provide an atmosphere conducive to learning for women of all ages, with no experience required. This specialized course will be held at Bass Pro Shops, located at 8181 Concord Mills Boulevard, through the Wildlife Commission’s Hunter Education Program and Home From The Hunt™ campaign.

The course is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space available and pre-registration required. The first session will be conducted on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. with the final session held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“There is an increase in female participation in hunting, shooting sports and outdoor recreation, and we want that trend to continue,” said Carissa Shelton, the Commission hunter education specialis

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