Rank (0) Views 10839 On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 4:43 PM, 840 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2012) — Spring is here, which means striper fishing on the Roanoke River is kicking into high gear, speckled trout and drum fishing is heating up along the coast, and the opening day of spring turkey season is right around the corner.

With all that’s going on outdoors, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding military personnel that they can hunt and fish — in both fresh and coastal waters — without obtaining a license as long as they meet certain criteria.

To be exempted from fishing and hunting license requirements, military personnel must:

·         be a North Carolina resident,

·         be serving full-time active military duty outside of the state in the Armed Forces or a reserve component of the Armed Forces, and

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RALEIGH, N.C. (April, 4, 2012) Download the PDF below for the May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (April 3, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the April 10, 2012 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee meeting notice and agenda.

Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice (PDF) Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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


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Download the report.


Rank (0) Views 4559 On Mon, Apr 02, 2012 11:20 AM, 842 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering 13 fishing-related events, clinics and workshops in April and May at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.   

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. 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. - April 4 – Senior Trout Fishing Event from 9 a.m. to noon. This fishing event is open to anglers of all skill levels, ages 60 and above. - April 11 – Wounded Warriors Fly-Fishing Clinic from 1-5 p.m. This clinic is open to all soldiers, both active and retired, and their families. - April 12 – Angler Skills Workshop: Bass Jig Lure Making from 6:30-9 p.m. This basic skills workshop for all ages will cover the fundamentals of creating bass jig lures. Pre-registration


Rank (0) Views 2842 On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 11:57 AM, 845 days ago



CEDAR POINT, N.C. (March 30) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Cedar Point Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located on N.C. 24 in Cedar Point east of the White Oak River Bridge, provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Workers added a 70-foot fishing pier, along with a 2-lane boat ramp, which replaces a ramp with one lane. A newly paved lot has eight single-vehicle spaces and 38 spots for vehicles with trailers.

“This site is very popular with anglers and recreational boaters, especially now that we’re into the warmer months,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for the funding we received from sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License that allowed us to renovate this site, as well as a partnership with Carteret County, which allowed us to increase the parking. We are al


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is making it easier for anglers bound for the beach for the upcoming Easter holiday and spring breaks to purchase their saltwater fishing licenses before leaving home.  

They 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. They 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


Rank (0) Views 7052 On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 7:38 AM, 847 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2012)  — With the launch of a new mobile website on April 2, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will put a wealth of information and services at the fingertips of on-the-go hunters, anglers, boaters and other outdoors enthusiasts to get them in the field, in the woods or on the water quickly and easily.  

The new site is designed for small screens and touch technology common in smart phones, tablets and other portable devices. Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website will be redirected automatically to the mobile site where they can purchase licenses, report harvests, check regulations, find a nearby wildlife service agent, and view interactive maps of boating access areas, shooting ranges and game lands.

From the mobile site, they also will be able to access other information, such as:   

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Rank (0) Views 2298 On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 4:29 PM, 848 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 27, 2012) — The phone number given to register for the Kayak Fish and Float workshop scheduled for April 14 at the John  E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center was incorrect.

The correct phone number is 910-868-5003, ext. 15.  

Participants also may register for the workshop by emailing Thomas Carpenter at thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 27) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has confirmed white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America, in a fifth county in North Carolina.

The disease was confirmed this month in bats collected from an abandoned mine in Haywood County. It was previously discovered in a retired Avery County mine, a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, a McDowell County cave, an abandoned mine in Yancey County, and near the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

In March 2010, the Commission took necessary steps to get ahead of the disease by adopting the “White-Nose Syndrome Surveillance and Response Plan for North Carolina” in concert with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners. The plan outlines steps to protect bats while allowing biologists to pinpoint and investigate a possible outbreak as quickly as possib


Rank (0) Views 2615 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:37 AM, 849 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (March 26) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Haven’s Garden Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located at the intersection of N.C. 32 and Runyon Creek, will be maintained by the city of Washington. The Commission replaced its two-lane ramp, and installed a floating dock to replace an old fixed dock. In addition, an auxiliary dock was replaced with a sturdier dock.

The Commission also replaced off-road grass parking with a new, 17-space paved lot with an ADA-accessible site and a paved walkway. The renovations were paid for through revenue from motorboat registration receipts.

Runyon Creek feeds into the Pamlico River.

“This site is very popular with boaters,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This partnership with the city of Washington will allow us to operate the site free to t


Rank (0) Views 4726 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:06 AM, 849 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold its 34th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports, on April 28 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe.

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events (see video). The Wildlife Commission conducted nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students participating.

The championship represents an opportunity for competitors who advanced from district events to showcase outdoor skills learned through the Commission’s Hunter Education Program (see video). The competition includes segments in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife knowledge test.

Teams are organized w

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