Rank (0) Views 21763 On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 11:16 AM, 876 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Shooting hours for all species are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.  Dove hunters should make special note that shooting hours for doves this year will begin ½ hour before sunrise for the entire season, including opening day. This is a significant change from previous seasons, when shooting began at noon.

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines. The Commission allowed public input on the seasons throughout June on its website, www.ncwildlife.org.

The 2012–13 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early seasons are:






Rank (0) Views 30045 On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 10:51 AM, 878 days ago


RALEIGH, N.C. (July 24, 2012) — Temporary rules that allow hunting coyotes and feral swine at night with a light on private lands will go into effect Aug. 1.

Night hunting is one means of controlling localized populations of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina and destructive to the landscape, livestock and domestic animals.

The feral swine rule will supersede the permit the Commission previously required to hunt swine at night. These rules do not grant access to any property. Landholders must grant permission for anyone to enter private property lawfully.

There is no authorization for night hunting feral swine and coyotes on public lands at this time. 

The N.C. Rules Review Commission approved these temporary rules July 19. They were approved by the Wildlife Commission at its meeting July 12. The temporary rules will remain in effect for up to 270 days during which time the Wildlife Commission will contin

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has suspended channel catfish stockings at 30 parks and lakes in the Piedmont Region because of drought conditions and extreme heat. As the weather returns to more seasonable temperatures, the Commission will resume stockings in September.

The recent period of hotter-than-normal temperatures has impacted the harvesting of fish at the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery, the facility responsible for stocking channel catfish in the region.

“The recent heat wave has increased morning water temperatures to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit, which is just too warm for harvesting and stocking fish,” said Rick Bradford, McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery superintendent. “Harvesting, transporting, and stocking are extremely stressful for fish during hot weather and can lead to delayed mortality.” 

Piedmont lakes and parks that won’t receive stockings until September

Rank (0) Views 5880 On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 10:20 AM, 882 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has observed an unusually high number of cases of hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer in Wilkes and Surry counties this summer, and is asking the public to report sightings of sick or diseased animals.  

It is unusual to have reports of deer dying from hemorrhagic disease in June and July.  Most hemorrhagic disease cases occur during August and September. Two closely related viruses — epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus and bluetongue virus — cause hemorrhagic disease and both are spread by biting flies, called midges.

The Commission is asking people to report any sightings of the disease, which has no human health implications, but is one of the most significant infectious diseases of white-tailed deer in North Carolina. Hemorrhagic disease should not be confused with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is a distinctly different disease that occurs i

Rank (0) Views 9566 On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 9:47 AM, 882 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched an online interactive map that identifies more than 500 public fishing areas across the state, many of which are owned or managed by the Commission.

The North Carolina Interactive Fishing Map allows users to search for and view information about public fishing areas around geographic areas of interest. Visitors can view the entire state, or search locations by address, by zip code or by county. Once they enter a location, they can then click on a map access point to get additional information about the site, such as the name of the access site, the type of access available, the water body name, the primary fisheries present, directions to the site and the entity that owns and/or manages the site.

They also can select the “zoom to site” button for a closer look at the site’s location. Selecting the “satellite” view enables users to v

Rank (0) Views 3198 On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 11:38 AM, 883 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 19, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is warning citizens that two mule deer in Texas have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). As a result, North Carolina taxidermists can no longer accept full heads for mounts from Texas and must inform wildlife officers if they receive one.

In addition, anyone bringing a deer (mule or white-tailed) from Texas, or the 19 other states or two Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations.

States where CWD has been detected are North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri and, now, Texas. It also has been detected in Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.

CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). It is

Rank (0) Views 3762 On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 11:05 AM, 889 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 13, 2012) — While many people may describe themselves as lifelong anglers, Tyler Bineham really means it when he says he’s been fishing his whole life. The young angler, who is from Fayetteville, has been fishing steadily over the last 10 years. Quite a feat for an 11–year-old. 

It was Tyler’s good fortune on June 2 when he reeled in a unified lifetime sportsman license — the grand prize in a statewide random drawing for participants in 45 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.

Tyler, along with his parents Lori and Michael and his 8-year-old sister Ashley, traveled to Raleigh on Thursday to receive his lifetime sportsman license and certificate from Wildlife Commission Chairman David Hoyle at a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission business meeting.

Tyler’s license, valued at $450, was donated

Rank (0) Views 2353 On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 1:28 PM, 891 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (July 11, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Craven County are holding a public meeting to gather input on the proposed renovation of the Boating Access Area at Cow Pen Landing Road.

The public also can comment on the potential management agreements with the county for the Cow Pen Landing site and the Spring Garden Boating Access Area.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., July 24, on the second floor of the Craven County Administration Building, 406 Craven St., New Bern.

For more information, contact Eddie Games of Craven County at 252-636-6606, or egames@cravencountync.gov or Tom Covington of the Wildlife Resources Commission at 919-707-0154, or tom.covington@ncwildlife.org.

Rank (0) Views 3083 On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 4:23 PM, 892 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, from 7 a.m. on July 24 to 5 p.m. on July 26, to complete repairs to the fishing pier.  

The pier was closed briefly in June when crews began repairing the pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents over the past year. To finish repairs, crews will place large pilings along either side of the pier to stabilize it during high-wind events to prevent future damage.

While the Bells Church Public Fishing Area is closed, anglers can visit two other public fishing areas on Jordan Lake — Rock Quarry and Weaverville — both located in Chatham County.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s fishing page or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.

Rank (0) Views 8048 On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 3:50 PM, 892 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 10, 2012) — Back by popular demand, the North Carolina Freshwater Fishes poster and the North Carolina Marine Fishes poster are available online through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store.

Each poster is $12 or a set of two is $20. The North Carolina Freshwater Fishes poster, which measures 28”x 22 ½”, colorfully depicts 36 of the state’s most popular game and nongame freshwater fish. The North Carolina Marine Fishes poster measures 35” x 22 ½” and depicts 60 marine species that swim in the state’s coastal waters. 

Rank (0) Views 2715 On Mon, Jul 09, 2012 11:03 AM, 893 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 9, 2012) — Fayetteville angler Tyler Bineham reeled in more than just catfish during the “Take a Kid Fishing” event at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on June 2.

The 11-year-old also reeled in a unified lifetime sportsman license, donated by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston. The lifetime sportsman license was the grand prize in a statewide random drawing for participants in 45 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.

The first-prize winner was Rheannan Parks, 12, of New London, who won a lifetime freshwater fishing license, which was donated by the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. Rheannan registered for the drawing at the Kids’ Fishing Day at Kings Mountain Point Recreation Area at Badin Lake on June 9.

In addition to Tyler and Rheannan, 150 other kids netted prizes — from rods and reels and tackle boxe

Rank (0) Views 2517 On Tue, Jul 03, 2012 3:21 PM, 899 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 3, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the July 11, 2012 Committee meeting agendas. 

Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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