Rank (0) Views 5069 On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 9:49 AM, 775 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 15, 2013) — A covert investigation and a wildlife officer working undercover garnered prestigious conservation honors for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The N.C.Wildlife Federation named Sgt. Chad Arnold with the Commission’s Special Investigations Unit as Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year, while the Commission was named Natural Resources Agency of the Year for its participation in “Operation Something Bruin” — a multi-agency infiltration into bear poaching circles that led to multiple arrests in North Carolina and Georgia. Arnold played a major role during the 4-year undercover operation.

The honors came earlier this year at the annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet, held at Embassy Suites RTP, Cary. The ceremony recognizes those who have an unwavering commitment to conservation and an uncommon determination to safeguard the state’s natural resources. By

Rank (0) Views 4280 On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 7:39 AM, 779 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open its State Fair exhibit in Raleigh on Oct. 17, with displays highlighting the many diverse outdoor opportunities it offers the public, from hunting and fishing to boating and wildlife watching. 

The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct.17 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 18-27.

Visitors can check out a 12-foot wall map that displays all the places they can hunt, fish, trap, boat and watch wildlife in North Carolina. They can test their wildlife knowledge by identifying bird mounts scattered throughout the tent and by visiting the Sensory Safari, a 24-foot, hands-on exhibit of animal pelts, mounts and bones.

They can also test their fish identification skills at the mobile aquarium — twin 300-gallon fish tanks on wheels that showcase some of the popular game fishes found in North Carolina&rsqu

Rank (0) Views 7332 On Mon, Oct 07, 2013 3:12 PM, 782 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only deer hunt on Dec. 14 near New Bern.

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is close of business, Nov. 22. Permits can be purchased at any Wildlife Service Agent location, online at www.ncwildlife.org or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

The hunt is for youth between 12 to 15 years old. All hunting will take place at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center, located off U.S. 17 between Vanceboro and New Bern.

To be eligible, participating youth must have completed a hunter education course. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and accompanying adult must attend a mandatory orientation session on Dec. 7.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance every step of t

Rank (0) Views 8163 On Mon, Oct 07, 2013 9:25 AM, 783 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters in Beaufort County of a newly enacted local law that prohibits the discharge of firearms or archery equipment on or from public roads or right-of-way.

The new law became effective Oct. 1, making it unlawful to discharge a firearm or bow and arrow from, on, across or over the roadway or right-of-way of any public road in Beaufort County. It is also unlawful to attempt to discharge a firearm or bow and arrow from, on, across or over the roadway or right-of-way of any public road in the county.

The local law is enforceable by wildlife officers with the Wildlife Commission, as well as deputies and other law enforcement officers.

For more information, call Wildlife Officer Parks Moss at 252-558-6661 or Wildlife Officer William Cain at 252-558-6662.

The public can report wildlife violations in North Carolina anytime by calling 1-800-662-7137. Callers can remain anonymous.

Rank (0) Views 3548 On Fri, Oct 04, 2013 3:58 PM, 785 days ago

BREVARD,N.C. (Oct. 4, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related events and clinics in October 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-served basis.

Nature Nuts: Opossums – Oct. 15 and 25; 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7 years old. Enjoy the fascinating world of opossums. Activities include story time, crafts and outside exploring.

Eco Explorers: BB Gun – Oct. 25; 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Learn about marksmanship and gun safety. Instructors will focus on safety and proper shooting techniques, along with marksmanship techniques and tips.

Two Special Rocks – Oct. 12; 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For ages 8 to adult. This program takes advantage of the Pisgah Center’s unique location nestled between prominent features — J

Rank (0) Views 4259 On Thu, Oct 03, 2013 9:09 AM, 787 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 3, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently worked with other state and federal agencies for a crackdown on illegal wildlife trade through the Internet.

Titled “Operation Wild Web,” the ongoing investigation disrupted Internet-based trafficking of wildlife species in violation of state, federal and international laws. Cases involved the unlawful sale of protected species,businesses operating without licenses, and illegal fishing and hunting violations.

In total, among all participating states, the operation resulted in 62 arrests.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission joined together in the investigation.

Legitimate businesses that follow wildlife laws are safe for the public and conservation. However, Operation Wild Web uncovered man

Rank (0) Views 2244 On Tue, Oct 01, 2013 9:59 AM, 789 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 1, 2013) Download the PDF below for the November 7, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.

November 7, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 4890 On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:26 AM, 793 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 27, 2013) — Join the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission tomorrow as we celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by hosting or supporting seven, family-friendly events that highlight our state’s extraordinary hunting and fishing heritage and wildlife conservation efforts throughout the years.

All events are free with the exception of the Greenwing event at Mackay Island, which costs $25 and includes a rod and reel combo, bait, t-shirt and a Greenwing membership.

Activities vary at each event and include:
Fishing, with bait and tackle provided
Shooting a bow and arrow, and pellet rifles with qualified instructors
Observing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey
Cooking over a campfire — and tasting the results
Identifying aquatic insects
And much more

Event times and locations are below. For additional information on each event, including directions and a list of activities, vi

MARION, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed trout stockings in East Prong Roaring River and Stone Mountain Creek in Stone Mountain State Park and Little River near Sparta until Oct. 14 due to an ongoing research project being conducted on these waters. 

The original stockings had been scheduled for the first week of October as part of the Commission’s Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters Program.

The Commission is collaborating with N.C. State University to research stocked trout in these and other delayed-harvest trout waters to improve trout-stocking practices and trout stream management for the benefit of anglers. This is a continuation of research efforts that began on North Toe River and Cane Creek in Mitchell County last October.

“By delaying the trout stocking, we are allowing N.C. State University researchers to finish installation of some trout-monitoring equipment that could not be installed ea

Rank (0) Views 5637 On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 9:26 AM, 794 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2013) — In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday (Sept. 28), the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is highlighting results from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau survey to show the importance of sportsmen to North Carolina’s economy.

The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation measured public participation in hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and other wildlife-dependent recreation, as well as how much money was spent pursuing these activities. For North Carolina results, click here.

North Carolina highlights:

$3.3 billion total spent on wildlife-related recreation in North Carolina.

$1.5 billion spent in North Carolina from fishing-related activities.

$525 million spent in North Carolina on hunting-related activities.

$930 million spent in North Carolina on wildlife-watching activities.

The Wildlife Commission is hosting four family-orient

Rank (0) Views 6136 On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:55 AM, 795 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a hunter education course for women in Raleigh on Nov. 1-2.

The free course is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space available and pre-registration required. The course’s two segments will be conducted in the auditorium of the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, located 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh. The Nov. 1 segment is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. The Nov. 2 segment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The women-only course is the Wildlife Commission’s first attempt at such a class through its Hunter Education Program and Home From The Hunt™ campaign.

“There is an increase in female participation in hunting, shooting sports and outdoor recreation, especially here in North Carolina,” said Carissa Shelton, a Commission hunter education specialist who will lead the course. “This session will pr

Rank (0) Views 12871 On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 3:11 PM, 795 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 33 trout waters in18 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.

Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2013,and one half-hour after sunset on June 6, 2014. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching fish. Delayed-harvest trout waters, posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs, are popular fishing destinations for anglers who enjoy catch-and-re

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