Rank (0) Views 447 On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 5:00 PM, 789 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 28, 2013) — The N.C. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife Restoration Act, which has provided more than $14 billion in funds for state fish and wildlife research and conservation programs nationwide.

“I was happy to sponsor this resolution and bring awareness to the $3.3 billion annual impact hunters and anglers have on North Carolina’s economy and the multiple successes of our wildlife conservation programs,” said Rep. Tim D. Moffitt, who sponsored the resolution.

The Wildlife Restoration Act, also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, authorized a federal excise tax on sporting arms, ammunition, archery equipment, and handguns. The Department of Treasury collects the excise taxes,and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dispenses money among state fish and wildlife agencies to fund projects that conserve wildlife populations and improve hunter access and hunting

Rank (0) Views 3936 On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 10:02 AM, 791 days ago

RALEIGH,N.C. (March 26, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Diedrick Small Game Award.

Nominations for this year’s award are due May 1, 2013.

The award is given to an individual and anorganization whose actions significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, squirrel and rabbit. These actions also benefit other species, including big game.

Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at a Commission meeting in appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species.  

In the individual category, past award winners were landowners who improved and integrated small game habitat into their forestry or farming operations. In the organization category, past award winners included corporations, government agencies, and non-government organizations whose actions improved small game habi

Rank (0) Views 5630 On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 1:14 PM, 792 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 25, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has selected Chester “Chet” Clark to be the Hunter Education Specialist for Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties.

A resident of Jarvisburg in Currituck County, Clark will be responsible for providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

Clark replaces David Denton, who retired after 29 years of service. Clark was previously a wildlife educator at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla.

“Hunting education is so much more than firearms safety, although that is a key aspect that I will stress,” said Clark. “But these classes and workshops also build support and enthusiasm for conservation. My go

Rank (0) Views 6284 On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 3:11 PM, 795 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 22, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources has available new fisheries reports from four major coastal rivers — the Roanoke, Tar, Neuse and Cape Fear.

The Coastal Rivers Fisheries Reports will replace the Roanoke River Fishing Report, which has been a popular feature on the agency’s website each spring for the last 10 years.

The new fisheries reports will comprise information gleaned from Commission fisheries biologists who conduct electrofishing sampling for striped bass, American shad and hickory shad each spring. The reports will share the results of biologists’ fish-sampling work and creel clerks’ surveys to let anglers know what Wildlife Commission staff is seeing on the water and hearing at the boat ramps.

The reports, which will be posted frequently starting today through mid-May, will provide information on some of the catch, effort and harvest data that the Commission uses to manage these important

Rank (0) Views 2859 On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 4:38 PM, 797 days ago

TROY,N.C. (March 20, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be one of several conservation partners hosting a family-friendly Nature Day at the N.C. Zoo’s Nichols Longleaf Preserve on April 13, from 1-4 p.m. 


Members of the Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership will be on hand to provide guided hikes of the preserve, activities for children and presentations on prescribed fire, local history, wildlife, invasive species and the longleaf pine ecosystem.

The recently protected Nichols Longleaf Preserve has some of the oldest longleafpine in the Piedmont region.  

“This is an opportunity to explore an awesome piece of property and see longleaf pines over 200 years old,” said John Isenhour, technical assistance biologist with the Wildlife Commission. “Most folks don’t realize the historic range of longleaf pines extended into the Piedmont, or that a mature stand of longleaf th

Rank (0) Views 3056 On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 1:32 PM, 798 days ago

WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 19, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to convert approximately 200 acres of Sutton Lake Game Land to archery-only hunting.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 27 in theNew Hanover County Cooperative Extension auditorium at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. 

The proposed change involves a narrow strip of property along the Cape Fear River and does not restrict the use of firearms for waterfowl hunting on the lake. 

For more information about game lands in North Carolina, including an interactive map, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/WheretoHunt/PublicPlaces.aspx.

Rank (0) Views 3040 On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 12:09 PM, 799 days ago

MATTHEWS, N.C. (March 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be one of several exhibitors helping the Town of Matthews and the Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) celebrate the town’s designation as a Community Wildlife Habitat at “A Day at Play,” on Saturday.

The family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Squirrel Lake Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wildlife Commission staff will conduct a Fish-for-Fun event, which is open to everyone — no special skills necessary. In addition to loaning free rods and reels for the day, the Commission is giving away Fish-for-Fun goody bags, filled with fish identification guides, fish stickers and tattoos, pencils and coloring books.

Other activities during the event include a raptor release by the Carolina Raptor Center, a tree identification walk, bird walks, classes on obtaining backyard habitat certi

Rank (0) Views 4612 On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 9:41 AM, 799 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 6. The season will run through Feb. 28, 2014.

While fishing on Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.

Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked from March until August every year, depending on the individual stream. A list of numbers and species stocked by month and county can be found on the Commission’s website. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently. 

Commission personnel will stock nearly 894,000 trout, with 96 percent of the stocked fish averaging 10 inches in length and the other fish exceeding 14 inches.

Stocked trout are produced primarily in two mountain r

Rank (0) Views 18304 On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 12:08 PM, 802 days ago

RALEIGH,N.C. (March 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a resolution supporting a bill that would allow people to hunt on Sundays on private lands.

During the March 14 business meeting, the Commission adopted a resolution in support of Senate Bill 224, which would remove a prohibition against Sunday hunting on private lands with shotgun, rifle or pistol set out in N.C.G.S. 103-2.

The mission of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission includes conserving and managing wildlife resources and enhancing the state’s rich hunting heritage by providing opportunities for hunters to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.

“Allowing Sunday hunting on private lands will provide additional hunting days and additional options for youth and adults whose school and employment responsibilities limit their hunting opportunities to weekends,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Commission.


Rank (0) Views 3367 On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 4:46 PM, 803 days ago

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 14, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is planning a litter pick-up and bird-watching activity at the Sandy Mush Game Land beginning at 9 a.m. on March 23.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking area where Old N.C. 20 crosses Turkey Creek (N35.704637, W082.669082). Staff and volunteers will clean the portion of the game land in Buncombe County about 12 miles north of Asheville along Old N.C. 20 from the Turkey Creek bridge heading west. The Commission will supply bags, gloves and bottled water.

“Bring binoculars, bird guides and notebooks because the group will watch birds and check on kestrel activity near the nest boxes after the litter pick-up ends midday,” said Conservation Technician Joe Tomcho. “Prepare to get dirty, but be ready to have some fun bird watching too.”

For more information or directions, call Tomcho at 828-682-6718.

Rank (0) Views 3274 On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 2:33 PM, 803 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (March 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a three-day fly-fishing weekend for women on April 5-7 through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.

Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground, south of Asheville near Brevard, in Transylvania County. The registration fee is $125, but partial scholarships in amounts up to $90 are available.

“No previous experience is required,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “This weekend is tailored for individuals, so each angler will gain new skills, improve techniques, and learn about the important role of anglers in conservation of mountain streams.”

Fly-fishing equipment will be provided, but participants can bring their own gear. The workshop will be held rain or shine, so bring sunscreen and rain gear. Other needed items include appropriate outdoor clot

Rank (0) Views 2820 On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 1:02 PM, 803 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 14, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a clinic on Practical Wildlife Habitat Management at its wildlife education center in Raleigh on April 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. The clinic is free, but pre-registration is required.

Presented by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), this interactive workshop is designed for landowners and sportsmen who manage 5 to 500 acres and want to improve their properties for conservation.

“This clinic is specifically geared toward the non-professional,” said Guy Gardner, the program presenter with QDMA. “We will discuss techniques to implement a cost-effective, practical habitat-management program allowing anyone to improve the quality of their property for the benefit of wildlife.”

The clinic will consist of:
An overview of wildlife habitat requirements,
Guidance to develop a wildlife habitat management plan,
The wildlife value of native plants a

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