Rank (0) Views 6953 On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 3:30 PM, 834 days ago

CLEMMONS, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2013) — Village Point Lake in Clemmons is now open to public fishing, although construction of access facilities is still under way.  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently began stocking catchable-sized catfish in the 7-acre lake in Forsyth County.

The monthly stocking of several hundred catfish, which began in April, is one of the final parts of a multi-year effort between the Commission and the Village of Clemmons to provide public fishing opportunities at the lake. 

After being drained for renovations, Village Point Lake was refilled in 2011, creating an opportunity for a fisheries partnership between the Wildlife Commission and Clemmons. Commission staff stocked bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass fingerlings into the lake in 2011-12 to begin establishing a fishery in the refilled lake. Commission and Clemmons staff has since constructed a universally accessible fishing pier on the lake, installed a fis

Rank (0) Views 5756 On Fri, Aug 09, 2013 10:53 AM, 837 days ago

MARION, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently constructed two large boulder reefs and deployed 40 fish attractors in Lake James to enhance fish habitat and attract fish for anglers.

Each boulder reef contains approximately 130 tons of boulders and covers an area that measures 30 feet by 80 feet. Commission staff constructed the reefs to add complex habitat to an otherwise habitat-poor section of Lake James, a 6,812-acre reservoir located in Burke and McDowell counties. 

The reefs were positioned off key lake points that lacked quality habitat but tend to receive high levels of fishing pressure. The first site is near Camp Lake James on the Catawba side of the reservoir and the second is in Mill Creek, also known as “Long Arm,” on the Linville side of the reservoir.

“The two rock reefs should be excellent locations for anglers to target largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye,” sai

Rank (0) Views 3877 On Thu, Aug 08, 2013 12:16 PM, 838 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 8, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting.

“As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.”

Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place.

“This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury,” he said. “And always select a healthy, straight tree for placement.”

Other Home From The Hunt™ recommendations:
Never carry anythi

Rank (0) Views 33120 On Wed, Aug 07, 2013 8:07 AM, 840 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2013) — North Carolina will allow the use of suppressors on firearms while legally taking wildlife, effective Oct. 1. A suppressor, sometimes referred to as a “silencer,” muffles or minimizes the report of a firearm when it is fired.

This statutory change is not reflected in the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which was published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prior to the legislation being passed.

A hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a suppressor, which includes registering the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence.

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a firearms suppressor,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of

Rank (0) Views 4901 On Mon, Aug 05, 2013 3:55 PM, 841 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 5, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on its website.

Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans.

The public can comment on proposed dates for the seasons by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the scrolling icon, “Regular Waterfowl Proposed Season Comments,” located at the bottom of the page. Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted through Aug. 21.

Comments also can be mailed to:

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

Public input meetings traditionally have been held to receive comments on waterfowl seasons. However, attendance at these meetings had declined over time and public input was minimal at most lo

Rank (0) Views 12136 On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 2:57 PM, 844 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed into its ranks 20 new wildlife officers with a sworn duty to enforce boating and conservation laws, and protect the public.

Graduation ceremonies took place today at Campbell University, culminating 20 weeks of rigorous and intensive training for the class of 2013.

The new wildlife officers now will begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran officer. Upon completion of this field training, they will receive a permanent duty station assignment.

Wildlife officers must meet expanded law enforcement qualification standards in North Carolina. Candidates for training to become an officer are required to pass extensive background, psychological and physical screenings prior to entering the training school. Instruction covers statutory and investigation procedures, defensive tactics, fish and game laws, as well as pursuit driving and boating.

“This is an e

Rank (0) Views 3284 On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 2:08 PM, 844 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C.  (Aug. 2, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting registration for “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” seminars to be held in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. 

The popular and free seminars are scheduled for Sept. 10, Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, from 6:30-9 p.m. with each covering the same material. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructors Guy Gardner and Howard Walters, III, both from the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), will provide information on field dressing, processing techniques and taxidermy. They also will have a taste testing to show different ways to cook and serve venison.

For more information or to register, contact Casey Williams at casey.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0202.

The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation

Rank (0) Views 13510 On Thu, Aug 01, 2013 10:19 AM, 845 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking the public to help document observations of nine-banded armadillos, as the bony-plated mammals expand their range in this state.

The public may report observations of armadillos by contacting Extension Wildlife Biologist Ann May at 919-707-0068 or ann.may@ncwildlife.org.

The nine-banded armadillo is about the size of a house cat or opossum and it has a gray to brownish-gray body with narrow, jointed armor bands on its midsection.  It feeds primarily on invertebrates, including insects, snails and earthworms. Depending on temperatures, the armadillo can be nocturnal, crepuscular or even active during the day.

The first confirmed armadillo sighting in North Carolina occurred in 2008. The Wildlife Resources Commission allows armadillos to be hunted year-round with no bag limit. Armadillos can be trapped during the regulated trapping season.

“Whether armadillos continue

Rank (0) Views 4263 On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 4:15 PM, 846 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 31, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting in Denton on Monday, Aug. 5, to hear comments on a proposal to convert 60 acres of Alcoa Game Land to archery-only hunting in the vicinity of Tuckertown Reservoir on either side of Lick Creek. This block of land is currently accessible by water only and is located just north of the intersection of Cole Road and Lick Creek Church Road in southern Davidson County. 

The meeting is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Denton branch of the Davidson County Public Library, located at 310 W. Salisbury Street, Denton.   

For more information, call the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management at (919) 707-0150. For more information on game lands, visit the interactive game land map at www.ncwildlife.org.

Rank (0) Views 5989 On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 4:01 PM, 846 days ago

TROY, N.C. (July 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and U.S. Forest Service are partnering to host an informational meeting on Saturday, Aug. 3, to discuss future management of the Flintlock Valley shooting range in the Uwharrie National Forest.

The meeting, which is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., will be held at the Garner Center, located at 210 Burnette Street in Troy, Montgomery County.

The Flintlock Valley shooting range has been closed since 2010. The cooperative venture to re-open the public shooting range will include Wildlife Commission personnel to staff the range and funding support from the Forest Service. Prior to re-opening the range, the Wildlife Commission is redesigning and upgrading the facility as well as incorporating additional safeguards.

Safety improvements planned for the Flintlock Valley shooting range include moving the berm for the pistol range closer to the firing line, raising the height of the berm for the rifle range, and

Rank (0) Views 2002 On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 3:30 PM, 847 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2013) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.

August 29, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 3097 On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 1:48 PM, 848 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (July 29, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoor-related events, clinics and workshops this month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard in Transylvania County.

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: Amphibians – Aug. 3, Aug. 13 and Aug. 24, 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7. Spend the morning with staff and learn about amphibians. Activities will include story time, making a craft, and an outside hike in search of amphibians.

Eco Explorers: Salamanders – Aug. 3 and Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Learn about these fascinating amphibians. Learn to identify local species of salamanders, their habitat requirements and why they are so important to ecosystems.

Fly-Tying for the Beginner, Level II – Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. For

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