Rank (0) Views 4666 On Wed, May 09, 2012 11:24 AM, 898 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public that they should not approach, touch, feed or move fawns seen hiding in the grass, brush or other vegetation. This time of year — during the first several weeks of a fawn’s life — the female will hide her fawn in vegetation while she feeds elsewhere.

Though white-tailed deer fawns may look abandoned and alone, they often are just waiting for the female deer to return from foraging for food. Contact with a human may do more harm than good.

“White-tailed deer are a ‘hider species,’” said Evin Stanford, deer biologist for the Commission. “Spotted and lacking scent, fawns are well camouflaged and usually remain undetected by predators. The doe will return to the fawn several times a day to nurse and clean it, staying only a few minutes each time before leaving again to seek food.”

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Rank (0) Views 4838 On Tue, May 08, 2012 11:57 AM, 899 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2012) — Pups, cubs, chicks, kits and other young wildlife are an important —and welcome — harbinger of spring in North Carolina. But the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that feeding them can hurt the wildlife and jeopardize the health of humans. It also can harm the ecosystem.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “Wild animals never totally lose their wild instincts, even if the animal seems tame. Those instincts can show up anytime and the results can be harmful to people and the animal.”

Capturing and handling a young animal can stress it, sometimes fatally. In addition, young animals that look abandoned often are not. Many species do not stay with their young constantly and only return to feed them. The parent may return an

Rank (0) Views 4575 On Mon, May 07, 2012 3:20 PM, 900 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 7, 2012) – Take a kid fishing and help instill a lifelong love of the sport at one 40 free kids’ fishing events held in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.  

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these fishing events, which are scheduled from late May through early June throughout the state.

Young anglers registered at any fishing event are eligible to enter a statewide drawing for prizes.  The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-

Rank (0) Views 4915 On Mon, May 07, 2012 11:58 AM, 900 days ago

WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 7, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is calling for volunteers with two good ears, one free evening, and an interest in learning more about frogs and toads to participate in a Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop.  

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Halyburton Park in Wilmington on May 15 from 6-9 p.m. Participants will begin the workshop by learning frog and toad call identification techniques and CASP protocols before heading outdoors to put their newly acquired listening skills to the test.  

Wildlife Commission employees Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall will conduct the workshop.  Campbell is an education specialist in southeastern North Carolina and Hall is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats. 

“Spring i

Rank (0) Views 5283 On Thu, May 03, 2012 4:52 PM, 904 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 3, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Onslow County and Jacksonville Thursday morning that will dramatically increase water access on the New River by building a new boat ramp.

Under the agreement, the Wildlife Commission will build a new boating access area across the river from its existing site, using land donated by Onslow County and the City of Jacksonville. The Wildlife Commission will design and construct the boating access area, and Jacksonville will provide day-to-day maintenance.

“This is an especially exciting project in Jacksonville, because we have so much demand for access to the New River and public water in this area of the state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This project is not only hugely beneficial for City of Jacksonville and Onslow County residents, but for anglers and recrea

Rank (0) Views 15062 On Thu, May 03, 2012 3:02 PM, 904 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 3, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission took a step toward implementing a rule Thursday that allows for the taking of coyotes and feral swine by hunting on private lands at night with a light.

The rule would also allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes on public lands from ½ hour after sunset to ½ before sunrise with a light by permit only. 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.

The new regulations are year-round, seven days a week. Hunting on Sundays is allowed only on private lands with archery equipment.

The new regulations are scheduled to take effect August 1, 2012 pending final approval by the Rules Review Commission. Currently, there is no closed season on either species, but hunting them at night is not allowed except by permit for feral swine.  

Rank (0) Views 6506 On Wed, May 02, 2012 11:54 AM, 905 days ago

ELLERBE, N.C. (May 2, 2012) — Gray Stone Day School and Park Ridge Christian School, both from Stanly County, won team championship honors at the 2012 Youth Hunter Skills Tournament State Championship, a pre-collegiate shooting sports competition annually held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The championship was held April 28 at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe.

About 600 students from 54 schools participated in this year’s tournament, which determined state champions in team and individual categories for rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship. Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events.

Gray Stone Day School, in Misenheimer, won the senior division with a score of 3,798. Park Ridge Christian School, in Albemarle, won the junior division with a score of 3,597. Individuals who posted high scores to le

Rank (0) Views 4292 On Tue, May 01, 2012 9:06 AM, 907 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 1, 2012) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign is back. After a successful inaugural effort in 2011, the multi-agency campaign will resume this summer.

A news conference will be held 11 a.m., May 22, at Upper Barton Creek Boating Access Area on Falls Lake, near Raleigh, to kick off the campaign.

North Carolina sets the same limits for vessels and vehicles: Any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest.

But perhaps more than anything, the safety campaign is about education. 

“We can’t arrest our way out of the problem of impaired driving. This is a high visibility campaign, being very much about awareness and personal responsibility,” said Lt. Todd Radabaugh with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “We want drivers to understand and

Rank (0) Views 3570 On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 4:44 PM, 910 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April27, 2012) Download the agenda package PDF below. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 28 MB)

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Rank (0) Views 2986 On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 1:48 PM, 911 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 26, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the May 2, 2012 Committee meeting agendas. 

Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Agenda (PDF)

Land Use and Access Committee Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 2361 On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 2:58 PM, 912 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25, 2012) Download the PDF below for the May 3, 2012  Commission Meeting Agenda. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 5479 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 8:16 AM, 914 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 24, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining with the National Safe Boating Council to promote National Safe Boating Week and the importance of wearing a life vest. This year, National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.

In 2010, drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of all boating fatalities, according to the National Safe Boating Council. Of those, 88 percent were reported as not wearing a personal flotation device, better known as a PFD or life vest.

“Wearing a life vest is one of the most effective and simplest life-saving strategies for safe boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, who is the Wildlife Commission’s state boating safety coordinator. “Life vests are no longer the bulky, cumbersome models of years past.

“Knowing what options are available and what model works best for you — then wearing it — can mean the dif

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