Rank (0) Views 6465 On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 11:34 AM, 815 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 31, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement a new 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in most western North Carolina waters effective Aug. 1.

The daily creel limit, which is five black bass in any combination with two under the minimum length limit, will remain in effect.

The new minimum length limit will apply to all western North Carolina waters except for small portions of the New River in Alleghany County, where a special regulation conforms to Virginia regulations. The New River in that area meanders back and forth across the border of North Carolina and Virginia.

The new length limit will replace the statewide general length limit of smallmouth and spotted bass, which were managed under a 12-inch limit previously. In addition, largemouth bass in waters in and west of Madison, Buncombe, Henderson and Polk counties, as well as in Public Mountain Trout Waters, will have the same 14-inch


Rank (0) Views 2017 On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 1:02 PM, 816 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2012) Download the PDF below for the July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice.

August 30, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 2809 On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 3:58 PM, 819 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 27, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, from 7 a.m. on July 30 to 5 p.m. on August 1, to continue repairs to the fishing pier. 

Work crews will be driving pilings deeper into the lake bottom on the sides of the pier to stabilize it. The pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents over the past year, is the Wildlife Commission’s largest fishing pier, extending 139 feet into the lake and measuring 80 feet across at the end of the pier.

“We think the repairs will be completed by mid-week,” said Kyle Briggs, who is a program manager with the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “After these large pilings are installed and the pier has been secured to them, we hope anglers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted, 24/7 fishing access on this pier for years to come.”

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Rank (0) Views 7589 On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 2:42 PM, 820 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July 12 to take to statewide public hearings 68 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2013-2014 seasons. An online comment form also will be available in early August.

The wildlife management proposals include creating a one-week Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird. In addition, the Commission is proposing allowing an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season.

The proposals also include removing restrictions on carrying firearms during the deer bow-and-arrow season and pistols during the muzzleloader season in accordance with state law, and allowing hunting with muzzleloading pistols.

Fishing proposals include reclassifying 2.2 miles of Fires Creek in Clay County and


Rank (0) Views 605 On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 2:37 PM, 820 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July 12 to take to statewide public hearings 68 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2013-2014 seasons. An online comment form also will be available in early August.

The wildlife management proposals include creating a one-week Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird. In addition, the Commission is proposing allowing an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season.

The proposals also include removing restrictions on carrying firearms during the deer bow-and-arrow season and pistols during the muzzleloader season in accordance with state law, and allowing hunting with muzzloading pistols.

Fishing proposals include reclassifying 2.2 miles of Fires Creek in Clay County and 2


Rank (0) Views 573 On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 2:10 PM, 820 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July 12 to take to statewide public hearings 68 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2013-2014 seasons. An online comment form also will be available in early August.

The wildlife management proposals include creating a one-week Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird. In addition, the Commission is proposing allowing an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season.

The proposals also include removing restrictions on carrying firearms during the deer bow-and-arrow season and pistols during the muzzleloader season in accordance with state law, and allowing hunting with muzzloading pistols.

Fishing proposals include reclassifying 2.2 miles of Fires Creek in Clay County and 2


Rank (0) Views 21336 On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 11:16 AM, 820 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Shooting hours for all species are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.  Dove hunters should make special note that shooting hours for doves this year will begin ½ hour before sunrise for the entire season, including opening day. This is a significant change from previous seasons, when shooting began at noon.

Each 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. The Commission allowed public input on the seasons throughout June on its website, www.ncwildlife.org.

The 2012–13 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early seasons are:

SPECIES

OPEN DATES

DAILY BAG

POSSESSION


Dove


Rank (0) Views 28873 On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 10:51 AM, 822 days ago



 

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 24, 2012) — Temporary rules that allow hunting coyotes and feral swine at night with a light on private lands will go into effect Aug. 1.

Night hunting is one means of controlling localized populations of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina and destructive to the landscape, livestock and domestic animals.

The feral swine rule will supersede the permit the Commission previously required to hunt swine at night. These rules do not grant access to any property. Landholders must grant permission for anyone to enter private property lawfully.

There is no authorization for night hunting feral swine and coyotes on public lands at this time. 

The N.C. Rules Review Commission approved these temporary rules July 19. They were approved by the Wildlife Commission at its meeting July 12. The temporary rules will remain in effect for up to 270 days during which time the Wildlife Commission will contin




RALEIGH, N.C. (July 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has suspended channel catfish stockings at 30 parks and lakes in the Piedmont Region because of drought conditions and extreme heat. As the weather returns to more seasonable temperatures, the Commission will resume stockings in September.

The recent period of hotter-than-normal temperatures has impacted the harvesting of fish at the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery, the facility responsible for stocking channel catfish in the region.

“The recent heat wave has increased morning water temperatures to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit, which is just too warm for harvesting and stocking fish,” said Rick Bradford, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery superintendent. “Harvesting, transporting, and stocking are extremely stressful for fish during hot weather and can lead to delayed mortality.” 

Piedmont lakes and parks that won’t receive stockings until September


Rank (0) Views 5626 On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 10:20 AM, 826 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has observed an unusually high number of cases of hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer in Wilkes and Surry counties this summer, and is asking the public to report sightings of sick or diseased animals.  

It is unusual to have reports of deer dying from hemorrhagic disease in June and July.  Most hemorrhagic disease cases occur during August and September. Two closely related viruses — epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus and bluetongue virus — cause hemorrhagic disease and both are spread by biting flies, called midges.

The Commission is asking people to report any sightings of the disease, which has no human health implications, but is one of the most significant infectious diseases of white-tailed deer in North Carolina. Hemorrhagic disease should not be confused with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is a distinctly different disease that occurs i


Rank (0) Views 8680 On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 9:47 AM, 826 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched an online interactive map that identifies more than 500 public fishing areas across the state, many of which are owned or managed by the Commission.

The North Carolina Interactive Fishing Map allows users to search for and view information about public fishing areas around geographic areas of interest. Visitors can view the entire state, or search locations by address, by zip code or by county. Once they enter a location, they can then click on a map access point to get additional information about the site, such as the name of the access site, the type of access available, the water body name, the primary fisheries present, directions to the site and the entity that owns and/or manages the site.

They also can select the “zoom to site” button for a closer look at the site’s location. Selecting the “satellite” view enables users to v


Rank (0) Views 3047 On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 11:38 AM, 827 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 19, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is warning citizens that two mule deer in Texas have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). As a result, North Carolina taxidermists can no longer accept full heads for mounts from Texas and must inform wildlife officers if they receive one.

In addition, anyone bringing a deer (mule or white-tailed) from Texas, or the 19 other states or two Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations.

States where CWD has been detected are North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri and, now, Texas. It also has been detected in Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.

CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). It is

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