Rank (0) Views 5785 On Thu, May 24, 2012 4:14 PM, 829 days ago



WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2012) — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers testified last week before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs to share the perspectives of state fish and wildlife agencies on the importance of providing safe places for recreational shooting, and marksmanship training for our military and law enforcement officers.  Myers testified in support of HR 3065 on behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which represents the collective voice of all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies.

H.R. 3065, named “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act,” promotes construction and maintenance of public shooting ranges. The bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) as a companion bill to a similar piece of legislation introduced in the Senate




BREVARD, N.C. (May 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting three free fishing events in early June at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. 

 “Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners” will be held at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The class, which is open to participants 12 and older, is ideal for novice anglers who will learn a variety of casting techniques taught by experienced instructors. All equipment and materials are provided. 

“Introduction to Fly Fishing: Lake Fishing” will be held at Lake Julia in DuPont State Forest on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knowledgeable instructors will teach the basics of fly-fishing on the lake and will cover topics such as equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic insects. The class, which is limited to six people, is open to


Rank (0) Views 3988 On Wed, May 23, 2012 1:07 PM, 831 days ago



HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (May 23) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission celebrated the opening of the Hampstead Boating Access Area in Pender County Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by state and county officials.

The Commission had long been searching for a site in the Hampstead area, which is popular with both anglers and recreational boaters, said Mark Hamlett, design services chief with the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. Coastal land is both expensive and scarce, and the closest Commission-managed ramps are in Wrightsville, which is 17 miles away, and the busiest ramp in the state, and Surf City, which is 5 miles away.

“We are certain this site will be popular, and have wanted a boating access in this area for a long time,” Hamlett said. “This is a great example of how partnerships and cooperation can make a project happen.”

The 6.6-acre Hampstead site provides access to the Intracoastal Wat


Rank (0) Views 5721 On Mon, May 21, 2012 2:43 PM, 832 days ago



 

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina photo competition, with entries accepted from June 1 until Sept. 1, 2012.

This year, rules require entrants to be either a current magazine subscriber or younger than 18.

“Last year, nearly 1,000 photographers entered more than 4,000 outdoor images,” said Jim Wilson, editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “To have the budget to hold such a large-scale photo competition necessitated implementing the new entry policy. Considering a one-year subscription is only $12, entering the competition is still quite reasonable.”

Photos will be judged in 10 categories:

- Birds

- Mammals

- Reptiles and Amphibians

- Invertebrates

- Wild Landscapes

- Youth Photographer, 12 and younger

- Youth Photographer, 13-17

- Wild Plants 

- Outdoor Recreation

- Animal Be


Rank (0) Views 4313 On Fri, May 18, 2012 2:46 PM, 835 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 18, 2012) — With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding beach-bound anglers to purchase their saltwater fishing licenses before leaving home.

Anglers can purchase licenses online, www.ncwildlife.org, or they can visit a local wildlife service agent, most of which are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores. They also can call the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anglers with smartphones, tablets or other portable devices can now purchase licenses using the Commission’s new mobile site, which is designed specifically for small screens and touch technology. Users simply access the Commission’s full website, which then re-directs them automatically to the mobile site where they can purchase licenses, view size and creel limits of saltwater fishes, find a nearby wild


Rank (0) Views 4869 On Thu, May 17, 2012 12:54 PM, 837 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 64 miles of trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 2.

From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m., waters are open only to anglers 15 years old and younger. At noon, waters open to all anglers. Delayed-harvest waters will stay open under hatchery-supported regulations through Sept. 30. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day — with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching trout. Once summer arrives, waters become too warm for trout to survive so the Commission opens delayed-harvest streams and lakes to harvest. Delayed-harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. 

The youth-o


Rank (0) Views 3433 On Thu, May 17, 2012 12:43 PM, 837 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering 11 fishing-related events, clinics and workshops this summer at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

All are free and open to the public. For fishing events and clinics, loaner rods and reels are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis and bait is provided.

- June 2 – Youth Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This fishing event is open to children and their families as part of National Fishing and Boating Week. Register onsite the day of event. -  June 6, 7, 8 – Three-Day Basic Rod-Building Course from 6:30-9 p.m. each night. This course, open to the first 15 registrants ages 14 and older, will cover the basics of building a fishing rod. Participants will make a rod to take home with them. Pre-registration is required. - June 13 – Wounded Warriors Fly-Fishing Clinic from 1-5 p.m


Rank (0) Views 3541 On Tue, May 15, 2012 12:41 PM, 839 days ago



HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (May 15) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Pender County have scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Hampstead Boating Access Area in Pender County.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday at the boating access area, which is located at 613 Lewis Road in Hampstead. The new access area, which will be open to boaters after the ceremony, allows boaters to launch onto the Intracoastal Waterway.

The 6.6-acre Hampstead site has three launch lanes, along with floating and fixed docks. The gravel lot has about 70 parking spaces, including those for trailered and single vehicles. Pender County purchased the property with a $2.8 million grant from the North Carolina Waterfront Access and Marine Industry (WAMI) fund. The site was built using the WAMI grant, money from sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License and motorboat registration receipts.

“We are so grateful for the partnership with Pender


Rank (0) Views 4136 On Fri, May 11, 2012 10:34 AM, 843 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 11) — As the weather warms, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering advice on avoiding conflicts with black bears emerging from hibernation.  

The Commission is cautioning people to take care not to feed bears that wander into camp sites, yards, parks, sidewalks or other residential areas. Feeding a bear rewards it for coming close to people and their homes, and makes it more likely to approach again.

While black bears are rarely aggressive toward people, they can become bold when they become accustomed to feeding on human-provided foods, such as garbage and bird seed. Often, they may lose their fear of people.

Contrary to popular belief, wildlife employees will not trap and relocate bears, because this would simply relocate the problem, rather than solve it. The solution is to modify habits, such as how you feed your pets or where you store your garbage, before a problem begins.

Residents can prevent problems by:

-Securin


Rank (0) Views 4472 On Wed, May 09, 2012 11:24 AM, 845 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public that they should not approach, touch, feed or move fawns seen hiding in the grass, brush or other vegetation. This time of year — during the first several weeks of a fawn’s life — the female will hide her fawn in vegetation while she feeds elsewhere.

Though white-tailed deer fawns may look abandoned and alone, they often are just waiting for the female deer to return from foraging for food. Contact with a human may do more harm than good.

“White-tailed deer are a ‘hider species,’” said Evin Stanford, deer biologist for the Commission. “Spotted and lacking scent, fawns are well camouflaged and usually remain undetected by predators. The doe will return to the fawn several times a day to nurse and clean it, staying only a few minutes each time before leaving again to seek food.”

An otherwis


Rank (0) Views 4705 On Tue, May 08, 2012 11:57 AM, 846 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2012) — Pups, cubs, chicks, kits and other young wildlife are an important —and welcome — harbinger of spring in North Carolina. But the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that feeding them can hurt the wildlife and jeopardize the health of humans. It also can harm the ecosystem.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “Wild animals never totally lose their wild instincts, even if the animal seems tame. Those instincts can show up anytime and the results can be harmful to people and the animal.”

Capturing and handling a young animal can stress it, sometimes fatally. In addition, young animals that look abandoned often are not. Many species do not stay with their young constantly and only return to feed them. The parent may return an


Rank (0) Views 4429 On Mon, May 07, 2012 3:20 PM, 846 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 7, 2012) – Take a kid fishing and help instill a lifelong love of the sport at one 40 free kids’ fishing events held in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.  

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these fishing events, which are scheduled from late May through early June throughout the state.

Young anglers registered at any fishing event are eligible to enter a statewide drawing for prizes.  The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-

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