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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2011) – Tissue samples from deer seized by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission from an unlicensed Randolph County facility on Sept. 20 tested negative for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

CWD is a highly contagious and devastating disease of cervid species, which include deer, caribou, moose and elk. North Carolina is home to white-tailed deer and elk in the wild, and other cervid species that are held in licensed facilities. CWD was not detected in samples analyzed by National Veterinary Services Laboratories, of Ames, Iowa, a section of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers said, “The State is very fortunate that CWD was not detected in tissue samples taken from these animals. Had these test results been positive, it would have presented significant biological, economical and sociological impacts throughout North Carolina.  Captive deer of unknown origin pose


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 18, 2011) Download the PDF below for the November Commission and Committee meeting schedule. November 2011 Commission and Committee Meetings Notice (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


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BREVARD, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will teach a free, hands-on “Outdoor Cooking with Wild Game” class from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

Wildlife Commission staff has designed the class to be an ideal learning opportunity for hunters, campers and aspiring chefs.  Topics will include equipment, preparation and cooking techniques best suited for the outdoors and wild game. Instructors will share their best recipes and participants will be able to sample the dishes.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 828-877-4423 or by registering online through the Pisgah Calendar.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning facilities operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Located near Brevard off U.S. 276 and next to the Davidson River, the Pisgah Center offers free admission, daily showings of a


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 12, 2011) – Visit the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the N.C. State Fair to learn how the Commission uses science and public involvement to conserve wildlife.

The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open to the public 3-8 p.m. on Oct. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 14-23.

“Fairgoers will learn how Wildlife Commission biologists work with the public to study wildlife across the state. We’ll showcase studies of mourning doves and gopher frogs, black bears and Northern flying squirrels,” said Margaret Martin, field outreach manager for the Commission. “The exhibit has fun, hands-on activities for children and adults alike.”

Visitors to the exhibit can view an electrofishing boat that biologists use to study fish, check out a huge trap used to study bears, and see how scientists determine the age of various animal species.

Visitors also c


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WILKESBORO, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a universally accessible pier and a new parking area at Smithey’s Creek Public Fishing Area, located in Wilkes County.

Located next to the Smithey’s Creek boat ramp, the floating pier extends 75 feet into W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and has a T-shaped section at the end that is 48 feet long and 11 feet wide, ensuring anglers will be within easy casting distance of the fish attractors placed around the perimeter of the pier by Commission staff. The pier features benches and alternating low-high handrails with bait shelves to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast their lines.

The new parking area, which is adjacent to the pier, features two universally accessible parking spaces, with additional angler parking available in the main parking area of the Smithey’s Creek boat ramp.&a


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 7, 2011) Download the PDF below for the meeting agenda package. October 13, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 6, 2011) Download the PDF below for meeting actions. August 25, 2011 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit the Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


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BREVARD, N.C. (October 6, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will teach a free fly-fishing class for children ages 12 and older on Oct. 15 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

The “Kids’ Introduction to Fly Fishing” class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instructors will cover equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic entomology. Equipment and class materials will be provided free of charge. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 828-877-4423.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located near Brevard on the Davidson River, features exhibits that interpret wildlife species and habitats of North Carolina’s mountains, daily showings of an award-winning nature documentary, and a calendar of events and educational courses.

Admission to the center is free, as are most of the educational programs offered. Located south of Asheville, the center is adjacent to the Wildlife Commissio


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 5, 2011) Download the PDFs below for meeting agendas.

Oct. 13, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF) Oct. 13, 2011 Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF) Oct. 13, 2011 Committee of the Whole Closed Session Meeting Agenda (PDF)   Visit the Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information. 


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is celebrating 30 years of giving away its “must-have” state fair button – a collector’s item for the thousands of people who visit the agency’s exhibit at the fair each year.

Many people across the state have complete collections of buttons, and sets can even be found for sale online.

The Commission has given away the button since 1981. The button traditionally features native North Carolina species, such as black bear, brook trout and box turtle.  This year’s button features the gopher frog.

The gopher frog was chosen to draw attention to this threatened species, and to demonstrate how Wildlife Commission biologists use science to make management decisions.

The gopher frog, once common across the lower coastal plain and sandhills, has declined dramatically with the loss of longleaf pine forests. The gopher frog r


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt safety campaign is reminding hunters of blaze orange requirements (also known as hunter orange, fluorescent orange or 10-mile cloth).

In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap or hat of blaze orange color, or wear an outer garment such as a shirt or game vest in blaze orange that is visible from all sides, when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Hunters also are required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the muzzleloader or gun season. 

The campaign also recommends anyone spending time outdoors in areas that see hunting activity to consider wearing blaze orange. Blaze orange clothing stands out against an outdoor background and studies have proven it increases visibility of the wearer in low light situations.

“Blaze orange signals ‘caution&am


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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free, 3-day, Beginning Fly-Tying course at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Oct. 19, 20, and 21 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about fly-tying tools, materials and basic fly-tying techniques. They will use the techniques they’ve learned to tie six fly patterns, such as the San Juan Worm, Green Weenie, Wooly Worm, Wooly bugger, Foam Beetle and Clouser Minnow.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to select the proper tools and materials needed for tying and create a wide variety of flies.

All tools and materials are provided. The course is limited to the first 20 people, and pre-registration is required by Oct. 18.

To pre-register or for additional information, contact Tom Carpenter, the course instructor at 910-868-5003, ext. 15. The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, in Fayette

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