Rank (0) Views 3362 On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 2:45 PM, 744 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold introduction and advanced turkey hunting seminars at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in March.

The introductory seminars for novice turkey hunters will be held on March 4 and March 18. These sessions will provide the basics for beginners, including wild turkey biology, habits and habitats, as well as scouting and hunting techniques. Instructors will review equipment, ammo and firearms needs.

The advanced seminars will be held on March 5 and March 19. These sessions will focus on strategies and tactics for experienced hunters wanting to hone their skills.  

The statewide season for male or bearded turkey is April 12 through May 10. Regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, is available in the Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, av

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 24, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Notice of New Commissioner Orientation Meetings on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 and Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

New Commissioner Orientation Meetings Notice (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (January 24, 2014) Download the PDF below for the Wednesday, January 29, 2014 and Thursday, January 30, 2014 Committee Meetings Notice. January 29, 2014 and  January 30, 2014 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (January 24, 2014) Download the PDF below for the January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice. January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Raleigh, N.C. (January 23, 2014)  Download the PDF below for the January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda. January 30, 2014 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 3670 On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 4:50 PM, 747 days ago

MARION, N.C. (Jan. 21 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will not stock a section of the North Mills River in Henderson County this spring due to the U.S. Forest Service temporarily closing public access.

The section of the river that will not be stocked in March, April and May is classified as a Delayed Harvest Trout Water and includes the upper 2.7 miles of the North Mills River between the lowest ford and the Henderson watershed dam. The Commission will continue its spring stockings as planned within delayed-harvest section unaffected by the closure. Normal stockings in the 2.7-mile section will resume after the U.S. Forest Service restores public access to the river.  

The Commission will notify anglers when the area reopens.

The Forest Service is closing an area in the Pisgah National Forest to all public access to protect forest visitors during an upcoming timber harvest. Forest Service officials expect the closure to last approximately s

Rank (0) Views 3306 On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 9:02 AM, 747 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering Becoming an Outdoors-Woman gift certificates that are perfect for the female outdoors enthusiast or would-be adventurer for Valentine’s Day.

“If she wants, she can learn to shoot a bow better than Cupid,” said BB Gillen, director of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program in North Carolina.

The gift certificate entitles the recipient to attend the three-day 2014 BOW weekend workshop, scheduled for April 11–13 at Eastern 4-H Center, located in Tyrrell County on the Albemarle Sound. Activities include expert instruction in boating, archery, fishing, target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and more.

Cost is $225 per person and includes all lodging, meals and choice of four outdoor skill sessions, plus all program materials and use of equipment. Order gift certificates online at www.ncwildstore.com or by phone at 1-866-945-3

Rank (0) Views 2392 On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 4:17 PM, 751 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2014) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed two changes to no-wake zones located in Pamlico and Pitt counties. The proposed changes, which would remove no-wake zones in sections of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pamlico County and the Tar River in Pitt County, will be presented for public comment at the beginning of the Jan. 22 public hearing in New Bern.

The Wildlife Commission made the proposal to remove a no-wake zone in the Intracoastal Waterway because the current no-wake zone is not marked with buoys and is not enforceable. No-wake zones in the Intracoastal Waterway must have approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has determined a no-wake zone is not needed in that location.

The Wildlife Commission also has proposed to remove a no-wake zone in a section of the Tar River in Pitt County near Seine Beach and the Grimesland bridge. This no-wake zone was established originally to address safety concerns at a nearby

Rank (0) Views 5004 On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 4:29 PM, 754 days ago

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2014) — Through a partnership with the Cole Foundation, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed improvements on the Diggs tract, a 1,665-acre portion of the Pee Dee River Game Land in southern Richmond County.

The improvements to roads, structures and habitat have opened up additional public access to the tract and created the only public boating access to the Pee Dee River between Hwy. 74 and Cheraw, S.C., making it an outdoors destination for hunters, anglers, boaters and wildlife watchers.

Commission staff upgraded a 2-mile road from Old Cheraw Highway to the Pee Dee River that was previously impassable during wet weather to a road that can be utilized by all vehicles in any weather conditions. Staff also constructed a handicapped-accessible concrete boat ramp and floating dock, which give boaters additional options for excursions on the Pee Dee River.  The ramp provides an additional destination point for the Ci

Rank (0) Views 2646 On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 4:26 PM, 758 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (Jan. 10, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two fly-tying clinics in January through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.

Both events are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Fly-Tying: Level I – Jan. 15, 9 a.m.- noon. For ages 12 to adult. Spend a relaxing morning with experienced fly-tiers who teach the fundamentals of fly-tying. Work at your own pace to tie a basic pattern. Equipment and materials provided. Fly-Tying: Level II – Jan. 17, 9 a.m. - noon. For ages 12 to adult. If you have learned the basics of fly tying and feel ready to take the next step, then come spend a day with experienced fly-tiers who will teach advanced patterns and techniques. Equipment and materials provided.

For more information, call 828-877-4423 or sign up online.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, alongside the Davidso

Rank (0) Views 3665 On Thu, Jan 09, 2014 10:25 AM, 759 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2014) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the ninth annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition.

Paul Malcolm, of Garner, won the grand prize for his image of live oak trees at Fort Fisher historic site near Wilmington. Malcolm plays viola with the North Carolina Symphony and is a previous photo competition winner, having taken first place in the Wild Landscapes category in 2010.

“When I take a picture, I am not documenting a scene; I am capturing a mood or a feeling,” he said. “I am looking for some creative way to express what I see and feel about the subject. Music and photography are both creative passions. In concert I get involved emotionally. In photography, I get involved simply because I enjoy taking pictures.”

All winners were published in the January/February 2014 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with Malcolm’s grand prize image

Rank (0) Views 3299 On Wed, Jan 08, 2014 3:11 PM, 760 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is among several state agencies that will manage vital natural heritage areas acquired through recent grants of $16.26 million from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund board made 30 awards at its December meeting, including $2.55 million to the Wildlife Commission for acquisition of additional lands in Columbus, Randolph and Ashe counties.

Approved funding includes $1.5 million toward acquiring the Riverstone Project, an 18,000-acre property south of Lake Waccamaw, in Columbus County. The Commission is attempting to obtain the property in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The Riverstone Project supports several nationally significant natural areas and multiple endemic species. 

A request of $192,000 was approved for the Birkhead tract in Randolph County. Acquisition of this property, in partnership with the Land Trust for C

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