Rank (0) Views 2448 On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 11:14 AM, 797 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2013) — Recognize someone who is considered a leader in nongame wildlife conservation in North Carolina with a nomination for the eighth annual Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award.

The nomination period for the award, which recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina, closes Jan. 30.

Nongame wildlife conservation is work that supports research, conservation and management of nongame and endangered wildlife species with the goal of maintaining viable, self-sustaining populations of all native wildlife. An emphasis is placed on priority species and habitats identified in North Carolina’s Wildlife Action Plan.

Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper,with 1-inch margins, singl

Rank (0) Views 3825 On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 12:44 PM, 798 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed Richard Edwards as a wildlife commissioner at large during its business meeting today.

The 35-year-old Wilmington resident joins 18 other wildlife commissioners on the board that establishes policy and regulations governing conservation of fish and wildlife resources and hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced. Appointments are made by the Governor, the Speaker of the State House and the President Pro-Tem of the State Senate.

Edwards was appointed to the post by Gov. Beverly Perdue, with a term expiring June 30, 2013. He replaces Steve Windham, who resigned from the board in November to devote more time to family and business. The oath of office was administered by Bill Rabon, state senator for Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

“It is truly humbling and a huge honor to be part of the N.C. Wildlife

Rank (0) Views 2257 On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 2:55 PM, 801 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 14, 2013) Download the PDFs below for the January 16, 2013 Committee Meeting Agendas.
Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 3864 On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 3:54 PM, 803 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2013) — Help keep North Carolina wild when completing a N.C. State Income tax form this tax season by donating on line 31.

Your donation will go to the Nongameand Endangered Wildlife Fund, which helps the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conduct research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits animals not hunted or fished —animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders,frogs, turtles and bats.

More than 1,000 nongame species call the Tar Heel state home. Many species, such as box turtles, gray treefrogs and cardinals, are common and can be found in your backyard. Others, such as sea turtles, Carolina northern flying squirrels and red-cockaded woodpeckers, are endangered and need conservation to prevent them from disappearing entirely from our state’s landscape.

Over the years, projects conducted by wildlife diversity biologists have led to restoration of animals that were once considered critically

Rank (0) Views 2012 On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 5:08 PM, 804 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 10, 2013) Download the agenda package PDF below. January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 31.5 MB)

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Rank (0) Views 1976 On Wed, Jan 09, 2013 8:54 AM, 806 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 9, 2013) Download the PDF below for the January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda. January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 2023 On Mon, Jan 07, 2013 1:28 PM, 808 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 7, 2013) Download the PDFs below for the January 16, 2013 Committee Meetings' Notice  and the January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.
January 16, 2013 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)
January 17, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)


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Rank (0) Views 8477 On Mon, Jan 07, 2013 12:27 PM, 808 days ago

BEAUFORT, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2013) — 2012 was a good year for sea turtle nesting on North Carolina’s coast.

From late April until mid-September,sea turtles laid 1,103 nests along North Carolina’s coast — up from 967 in the previous year and 883 in 2010. This nesting season’s numbers were the second highest since biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission began statewide tracking of nests in the mid-90s, according to Sea Turtle Biologist Matthew Godfrey.

While four species of the giant reptiles are known to nest on North Carolina’s beaches, loggerhead sea turtles’ nests make up the vast majority of nests each year. Green sea turtles, leatherbacks and, on rare occasion, the Kemp’s ridley — the smallest of all sea turtles — also nest on North Carolina’s beaches, but in much smaller numbers. A fifth sea turtle species, the hawksbill, is known to visit North Carolina w

Rank (0) Views 4753 On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 2:39 PM, 812 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2013) — The McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery in Hoffman, N.C., will officially become the property of the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission. 

President Obama on Dec. 28 signed into law a bill that transferred ownership of the hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, as part of a larger bill, S.3687. 

The Commission has operated the warm-water fish hatchery under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1996 and annually produces more than 130,000 harvestable-sized (8-12 inches) channel catfish for stocking into public, inland waters.

“McKinney Lake is an important element of the Commission’s statewide hatchery system. In addition, the forested land associated with the hatchery will be integrated with the Commission’s wildlife management and forest stewardship activities,” said Gordon Myers, e

Rank (0) Views 3932 On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 8:28 AM, 819 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 27, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Robert Sharpe to captain for District 5, where he will manage enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs. He will supervise 18 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Person, Orange, Granville and Durham counties.

Sharpe was previously a lieutenant in District 5 and brings more than 10 years of supervisory experience to his new position. His predecessor, Billy Holland, recently retired.

“These 11 counties have a diversity of wildlife habitats like none other and there are so many outdoor opportunities to be enjoyed,” said Capt. Sharpe. “I look forward to my new role here, and count on the support of my colleagues and my fellow sportsmen.”

Sharpe is a native of Davidson County and holds a

Rank (0) Views 5084 On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 1:56 PM, 825 days ago

SILER CITY, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2012)— The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has scheduled an open house on Jan. 10 to answer questions about the Cape Fear Shiner Augmentation Project in the Rocky River.

The meeting, which is a “drop-in event” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., will be held at the Western Chatham Senior Center in the Holly Brooks Banquet Room. The Senior Center is located at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City, Chatham County.

The Cape Fear Shiner Augmentation Project is a joint effort between the Commission and the Service to help bolster populations of the Cape Fear shiner, a federally endangered minnow, in the Rocky River.  Biologists plan to release shiners into the Rocky River near Pittsboro-Goldston Road in Chatham County this spring. This section of river has been protected for this species since it was listed in 1987, so the release of more shiners will not result in changes to existin

Rank (0) Views 7200 On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 12:59 PM, 825 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2012) —Military personnel home for the holidays can hunt and fish —  in both inland and coastal waters — without obtaining a license as long as they are North Carolina residents and they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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
be home on leave for 30 days or less.

In addition, when hunting or fishing, they must have with them a military identification card and a copy of the official document issued by their service unit confirming that they are on authorized leave from their duty station outside of North Carolina.

Military personnel also must comply with all reporting, regulatory and hunter safety requirements, including register

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