Rank (0) Views 3727 On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 3:15 PM, 811 days ago

FLETCHER, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2013) — Make the most out of what promises to be a beautiful weekend by attending the Mountain State Fair, which starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Fletcher, just west of Asheville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have an exhibit featuring the American kestrel, North America’s smallest and most color falcon, as well as several hands-on activities, such as a “Nerf” archery game, a “pond” where kids can test their fishing skills, and the mobile aquarium — a trailer featuring twin 300-gallon aquaria that showcase some of the popular freshwater fishes found in North Carolina.

New for this year is an exhibit designed to encourage visitors of all ages to get outside and experience the diverse wildlife-watching opportunities the Tar Heel state offers. The “Find the Wildlife” game consists of more than 20 animal mounts and models commonly found in western North Carol

Rank (0) Views 3358 On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 1:03 PM, 812 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 5) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received an award last week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, recognizing the Commission for its outstanding work in waterfowl conservation and management in the Southeast.

John Stanton, a supervisory wildlife biologist with the Service’s Southeast Region, Division of Migratory Birds, presented the award to Wildlife Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers during the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

The Commission’s Migratory Bird Program received the award because of its outstanding efforts over the past several years trapping and banding wood ducks during the pre-season period, which runs from July to mid-September. 

“The Wildlife Commission stands out among the states in the Atlantic Flyway for banding, on average, 1,600 wood ducks a year over the past three years,” Stanton said. “In the last 10 yea

Rank (0) Views 9086 On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 3:13 PM, 817 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30) – Beginning Sept. 1, the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission will have permit waterfowl hunts available online at www.ncwildlife.org/permithunt, by calling(888) 248-6834, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. The deadline for most permit hunts is Oct. 1.

In response to suggestions from waterfowl hunters, the Commission has created a system of blinds on North River, J. Morgan Futch and Spring Creek impoundments. Staff has constructed high-quality floating blinds that will be in place throughout the late waterfowl season. The blinds, which accommodate up to three hunters and feature a dog porch, are located in areas hunters typically have used in the past. 

While the application process for these three impoundments will remain the same, applicants must select a blind in their hunt choice(s).

“The implementation of blinds on these selected areas should address several comments and suggesti

Rank (0) Views 80970 On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 2:58 PM, 817 days ago

Apply for Waterfowl Permit Hunts Starting Sept. 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30)— The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2013-14 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent, or calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations,dates and quotas, will be available on the agency’s website, Sept. 1. 

The following are the 2013-14 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise noted.


a)      Conventional bag: 6 ducks with no more than 4scoters,

Rank (0) Views 5700 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 1:56 PM, 819 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission installed 11 commissioners today at its August meeting.

The 19-member board establishes policy and regulations governing statewide conservation efforts, as well as 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.

Gov. Pat McCrory made appointments for a district commissioner and at-large commissioners. Among those appointments was John Litton Clark, of Clinton, as commissioner for District 4, made up of Scotland, Hoke, Harnett, Roberson, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick counties.

McCrory also named John T. Coley, IV, of Holly Springs, and V. Ray Clifton, of Clarkton, to Governor at-large appointments.

Speaker Tom Tillis named Richard Edwards, of Wilmington, Tim Spear, of Creswell, Thomas Fonville, of Ralei

Rank (0) Views 8962 On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 8:37 AM, 819 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2013) — The comment period for providing input in how the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission should manage seven of its game lands over the next 10 years ends Aug. 31.

In July and early August, the Commission held seven public meetings seeking input in developing management plans for the following game lands: Sandhills, Holly Shelter, Lower Roanoke River, Suggs Mill Pond, R. Wayne-Bailey Caswell, Sandy Mush and Green River.

Staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on game lands for the next 10 years.

“We are seeking input from all users of our game lands and others who are interested in how the properties are managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “These meetings are not just for hunters and anglers. They are for wildlife watchers and photographers, birding groups, hikers, kayakers and others who have interest in our game lands. Everyone is encouraged

Rank (0) Views 2914 On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 8:58 AM, 820 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a variety of outdoors-related events and clinics in September 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-serve basis.

Nature Nuts: Underground Animals – Sept. 10, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Explore the world of animals beneath our feet. Listen to a short presentation, read a story, make crafts, and then head out to the forest for a discovery hike.

Eco Explorers: Stream Stats – Sept. 10, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Take a very hands-on approach to learning about water quality in a local river and its importance to trout.

Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing – Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For ages 12 and older. Enjoy a day of fun as you learn the basics o

Rank (0) Views 3282 On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 8:41 AM, 820 days ago

FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission highlights North America’s smallest and perhaps most colorful falcon, the American kestrel, at its Mountain State Fair exhibit this year.

The fair, which will be open Sept. 6-15, is located in Fletcher in Henderson County, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The kestrel exhibit will include a nest box with real eggs, as well as mounts of a male and female kestrel.Visitors also can find out more about the latest kestrel research and banding efforts being conducted by Commission staff on the Sandy Mush Game Land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties.

To complement the kestrel exhibit,the Wildlife Commission’s perennially popular button features a beautiful rendition of an American kestrel in flight. The button — a traditional state

Rank (0) Views 3314 On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 9:45 AM, 821 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was awarded more than $554,000 in nationally competitive federal grants on Aug. 16 to fund two projects that will help the agency and its partners conserve aquatic species in the Pee Dee River, as well as identify key habitats across the state that could be vulnerable to environmental impacts.

The Commission was one of 11 states to receive more than $5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through its competitive State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program. All SWG-funded projects implement strategies and actions to conserve and recover priority species and habitats identified in the N.C. Wildlife Action Plan.

Robust Redhorse Research

In North Carolina and South Carolina,a $460,000 grant will fund a collaborative effort between the Wildlife Commission,S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the N.C. Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, and N.C. State University, that focuses on the

Rank (0) Views 3067 On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 8:50 AM, 821 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Hardy to captain for District 1, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Hardy will supervise 21 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in the district, which includes Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties. He was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Norman Watts, recently retired.

“The northeastern region of North Carolina with ancient maritime forests, swamps, rivers and out into the sounds, is an ideal place for hunting and fishing, and certainly boating,” said Hardy. “I take great pride in the northeast region of North Carolina and look forward to working with the sportsmen who enjoy the area.”

Hardy is

Rank (0) Views 4481 On Mon, Aug 26, 2013 8:23 AM, 822 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2013) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign enters its final holiday period of 2013 with the Labor Day weekend.

This multi-agency initiative is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months. The campaign concentrates on three major holiday periods: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

Leading the campaign are the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, responsible for enforcing boating regulations; the State Highway Patrol, providing for highway safety; and the Alcohol Law Enforcement division, enforcing “Be 21!” underage drinking laws. The campaign is joined by local police and sheriff’s departments and supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“We want to remind everyone to be careful while they enjoy Labor Day weekend,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of t

Rank (0) Views 2578 On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 4:21 PM, 824 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (August 23, 2013) Download the August 29, 2013 commission agenda package below.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)

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