Rank (0) Views 3761 On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:01 AM, 768 days ago

MARION, N.C. (June 26, 2013) — Buncombe County native Allison Bryan won a $3,000 scholarship and the privilege to work this summer with fisheries biologists from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest Service after being selected to participate in the 2013 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program sponsored by the American Fisheries Society.

Bryan, who recently completed her senior year at North Buncombe High School, is working with mentors Jacob Rash with the Wildlife Commission and Jason Farmer of the U.S. Forest Service to survey trout populations, monitor water quality and propagate freshwater mussels.

She was one of only 25 students selected from across the country, Mexico and Canada to participate in the Hutton Program, a summer mentoring program for high school students. The program’s goal is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, such as minori

Rank (0) Views 2411 On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 9:57 AM, 768 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 26, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking two individuals with a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise on nongame wildlife to serve on its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. The closing date for nominations is July 15.

The 18-member committee advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state and meets four times per year. The persons selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee.

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the person’s nomination, a résumé, if available, and a cover letter. 

While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copies can be mailed to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, Attn: Diane Renzi, Division of Inland Fisheries, MSC1721, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1721.  Submit electron

Rank (0) Views 5809 On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 11:24 AM, 769 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 25, 2013) — Under a new law that goes into effect July 1, military personnel who are not residents of North Carolina and would like to hunt, fish or trap in the state can purchase a short-term or annual license at resident prices.

Non-resident military personnel must be active duty at the time they purchase their resident licenses. They also must comply with all reporting, regulatory and hunter safety requirements, including registering big game harvests, as mandated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and purchasing any federal migratory waterfowl stamps, as required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“North Carolina has made it a priority to be one of the most military-friendly states in the Union,” said Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County, who introduced the bill. “In a small way, this bill will continue to move our state in that direction on quality–of-life issues for our active duty mil

Rank (0) Views 2946 On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 12:35 PM, 770 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free outdoors-related summer classes through its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The classes are open to the public but have some age restrictions, and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment and materials are provided.

The summer schedule:

Youth Archery - July 17, 8 a.m.-noon, Eco Explorers for ages 8-10. Learn about archery, safety and the history of archery. Come prepared to be outside during the day. Bring rain poncho, water bottle and snack.

Adult Archery - July 19, 8 a.m.-noon, adults; ages 16 and older. Learn about archery, safety and the history of archery. Come prepared to be outside during the day. Bring rain poncho, water bottle and snack.

Geocaching - July 30, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., family, with 1 adult per 2 children. Learn about GPS units and geocaching, and then find “hidden treasures.” Com

Rank (0) Views 5227 On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 8:49 AM, 770 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2013)—The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards and HIP certification at the same time. Make requests by: Clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button; Calling the Commission at 888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

The 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest will be available at agent locations, and on the Commission’s website,

Rank (0) Views 3221 On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 4:23 PM, 773 days ago

CEDAR ISLAND, N.C. (June 21, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to a popular coastal Boating Access Area in Carteret County, and it is now open to the public.

The Cedar Island Boating Access Area, on the Pamlico Sound, has been made completely accessible for boaters with disabilities.  It includes two new boat ramps and fixed docks, and one new floating dock. The parking lot and access road have been paved, and include 17 trailered vehicle spots, and 5 single-vehicle spots.

“This site is popular for locals and draws tourists looking to access Pamlico Sound from across the state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “Cedar Island provides important access for coastal anglers,wildlife watchers and recreational boaters, and these renovations are a wonderful enhancement to this beautiful site.”

The renovations were p

Rank (0) Views 7175 On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 11:43 AM, 773 days ago

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (June 21, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam No. 1 in Bladen County.

The wooden pier extends 30 feet out and is 90 feet wide across the T-section. The pier was designed and constructed by staff with the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. Unlike many of the piers constructed by the Commission, the pier at Lock and Dam No. 1 is a fixed pier with driven pilings so that it can withstand high-water events typical on the Cape Fear River.

The pier coincides with the construction of a rock arch ramp — or “fish passage way” that is expected to improve passage of anadromous fish such as striped bass, American shad, river herring and sturgeon, during their spring migrations upriver to reach historical spawning grounds.

“This is a site that we have been

Rank (0) Views 8555 On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 4:58 PM, 774 days ago

Operation Something Bruin Trials at Haywood County Courthouse

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help to determine who and why someone dumped a bear carcass marked in white paint onto a road in Buncombe County.

Anyone with information pertaining to this or other wildlife violations should call 1-800-662-7137. Callers may remain anonymous. A combined reward of $3,000 has been offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The bear was discovered this week with “WHATS BRUIN ?” written across the head and “w-h-a-t-s” across the claws on the right paw and “b-r-u-i-n” across the claws on the left paw.

“This is a blatant disregard for wildlife and we plan to pursue this case vigorously,” said Lt. Tim Sisk with the Wildlife Comm

Rank (0) Views 1860 On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 2:08 PM, 774 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2013) Download the PDF below for the July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 5920 On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 1:34 PM, 775 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 19, 2013)  — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today stocked 162,500 hybrid striped bass into Lake Norman, marking a shift in the agency’s management of the 32,510-acre reservoir from a striped bass fishery to a hybrid striped bass fishery.

Commission staff has traditionally stocked striped bass into the reservoir each year. Over the last 10 years, however, striped bass have routinely suffered from summertime kills related to habitat preferences and feeding habits of this popular sport fish.

“Striped bass follow river herring, their preferred food, to the cold, deep layer of the reservoir to feed,” said Brian McRae, the Commission’s Piedmont Region fisheries supervisor.  “However, as the summer progresses this deep layer eventually turns into a type of ‘oxygen bubble’ that is created when the middle layer of the water column lose

Rank (0) Views 18761 On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 8:49 AM, 775 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 19, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will begin issuing Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits on July 1, allowing new hunters to go afield under the guidance of licensed adult mentors before taking a required hunter education course.

Gov. Pat McCrory recently signed into law the legislation enabling the apprentice permit program in North Carolina.

“Wildlife agencies must recognize the importance of increasing hunting opportunities to maintain relevancy of our conservation heritage,” said Travis Casper, the state Hunter Education Program coordinator. “Apprentice permits have been successfully implemented in other states without a significant increase in hunting-related injuries. We must be more efficient and effective in getting more people engaged in safe and enjoyable experiences with our wildlife resources, to foster support for all conservation issues.”

The Hunter Heritage Apprentice Permit all

Rank (0) Views 3957 On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:57 AM, 776 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have law enforcement officers out in force June 28-30 in support of Operation Dry Water — an annual nationwide campaign to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat while impaired. In North Carolina, penalties include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

“Drinking affects the skills necessary to operate a boat, including coordination, reaction time, balance and rational decision-making,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state’s boating safety coordinator and a wildlife officer with the Wildlife Commission. “We want everyone to enjoy his or her time on the water and do so safely. Having a designated driver, for boating and the drive home, is always a good idea.”

Operation Dry Water is incorporated into North Carolina’s multi-agency “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t

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