Rank (0) Views 2168 On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 4:27 PM, 808 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 14, 2013) Download the PDF's below for the June 19, 2013 committee meeting agendas. 

June 19, 2013 
Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Habitat, Nongame & Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Migratory Bird / Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Boating Safety Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 10259 On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 10:01 AM, 808 days ago

The Sentences Are the Result of a Four-Year, Multi-Agency Operation Targeting Illegal Hunting of Wildlife in North Carolina and Georgia

BRYSON CITY, N.C. – Ten defendants were sentenced on Monday, June 10, 2013, in U.S. District Court for illegal hunting activities involving black bears and other wildlife and related offenses, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The sentences are the result of “Operation Something Bruin,” a multi-agency initiative focused on the illegal poaching of bears and other wildlife in North Carolina and Georgia.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Steve Ruppert, Special Agent in Charge for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service and Col. Dave Caveny, Chief of the Division of Law Enforcement for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

In February 2013, state and federal wildlife officials in North Carolina and Georgi

Rank (0) Views 4346 On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 9:00 AM, 809 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2013) — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel met with anglers concerned about the crappie population in Jordan Reservoir on June 1 at the Farrington Point Boating Access Area in Chatham County.

Fisheries Biologists Jessica Baumann and Corey Oakley, along with Wildlife Officer Bryan Scruggs, met with approximately 20 members of crappie.com, an online discussion forum about crappie, to discuss preliminary results from the 2012 Jordan Reservoir Black Crappie Survey.

Biologists conducted the survey in October and November 2012, collecting 2,247 fish using trap nets and gill nets.Trap nets collect fish that are schooling along the shoreline and are the traditional gear biologists use to sample crappie in Piedmont reservoirs.  Gill nets are used to collect fish that are schooling offshore in deeper water, but tend to only collect the larger black crappie in a population.  

 “One of our concerns prior t

Rank (0) Views 2130 On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 4:41 PM, 811 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2013) Download the agenda PDF below. 

June 20, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 9735 On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 11:38 AM, 811 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2013) — Largemouth bass anglers who practice catch-and-release fishing this summer can follow a few simple steps to ensure the fish they catch today will survive to bite another lure tomorrow.

Summertime heat brings with it higher temperatures and lower dissolved oxygen levels in reservoirs and rivers — conditions that are tough on largemouth bass, which can become more stressed when caught. 

To minimize stress on fish, an angler who plans to catch and release the fish should land the fish quickly and handle it as little as possible.

“Try not to remove the fish from the water, even when you’re removing the hook from the fish’s mouth,” said Christian Waters, a fisheries program manager for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Handle the fish as little as possible to help reduce the loss of slime coat, which is the fish’s main defense against infection and disea

Rank (0) Views 10743 On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 2:41 PM, 815 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2013) — With a rash of media reports of bear sightings across North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents not to panic and to remain calm if they see a black bear. Bears are not inherently dangerous and seeing a bear can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for residents to appreciate from a safe distance.

It is not uncommon to see a black bear in spring in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.  Juvenile bears (1-2 yrs. old) are dispersing from their den’s home area, while adult bears can roam extensively searching for food and mates. 

Juvenile bears may look small — in fact, some people refer to them as cubs — but they are not cubs and are well-equipped to live on their own. Sometimes a young bear finds its way accidentaly into a town when the natural corridor, river or drainage ditch it is traveling on leads into a town.  This often happens at night, when

Rank (0) Views 2257 On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 2:37 PM, 815 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2013) Download the PDF below for the June 19 Committee Meeting Notice.

June 19, 2013 Committee Meeting Notice (PDF) 

Rank (0) Views 3633 On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 2:36 PM, 815 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (June 7, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a free Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop for anyone ages 16 and older who has an interest in learning more about frogs and toads and how to identify their calls.

The workshop will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden on June 20 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.

The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is located at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. It encompasses 78 acres of pine and hardwood forest with several ponds that make ideal habitat for many frog and toad species, such as green treefrogs, green frogs and southern leopard frogs.

Mike Campbell, an educator with the Commission, and Jeff Hall, the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation biologist for the Commission,will conduct the workshop. Hall

Rank (0) Views 2899 On Tue, Jun 04, 2013 11:24 AM, 818 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2013) — Starting June 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and thos waterfowl seasons beginning before October 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species will also be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Comments” at the bottom of the page.

Comments will be accepted from June 3 through June 20.

Every 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.  Season dates will be selected at the July 11 Commission meeting.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.

Rank (0) Views 3992 On Tue, Jun 04, 2013 9:58 AM, 818 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched two webpages dedicated to the Safe Harbor Program and red-cockaded woodpeckers, also known as RCWs.

The Safe Harbor Program web page (www.ncwildlife.org/rcwsafeharbor) provides an overview and outlines the benefits of the voluntary program, which was created in 2006 to encourage private landowners to undertake voluntary land conservation measures that benefit RCWs. The page explains in greater detail the process of enrolling private land into a Safe Harbor Agreement and also provides information on the various land-management activities that can be done to make properties more suitable for RCWs and other wildlife species while protecting landowners from any additional encumbrances of having a listed species on their property.

The Red-cockaded Woodpecker web page (www.ncwildlife.org/rcw) provides a wealth of information on the federally endangered bird, including its life history, h

Rank (0) Views 9357 On Fri, May 31, 2013 4:10 PM, 822 days ago

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (May 31, 2013) — Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission discovered the first swallow-tailed kite nest in North Carolina on May 7 while conducting aerial surveys in Bladen County.

They located the nest in the top of a bald cypress along the Cape Fear River, north of Lock and Dam 1 and east of Hwy. 87, outside of Riegelwood. The discovery is welcome news to biologists because it is definitive proof that this N.C. Wildlife Action Plan priority species is breeding in the state.

“There have been many sightings of the swallow-tailed kite in this same vicinity for several years in the spring and summer so we strongly suspected that they were nesting, but we continued to consider them a ‘probable breeder’ because we lacked evidence of successful breeding,” said John Carpenter, a wildlife diversity biologist with the Commission. “Because swallow-tailed kites nest in remote swamps, it was difficu

Rank (0) Views 3621 On Fri, May 31, 2013 8:47 AM, 822 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a variety of free fishing-related events and workshops in June at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

On June 1, the “Take A Kid Fishing” event will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., and is open to all ages, although only participants 15 years old and younger are eligible to enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 153 fishing-related prizes. The “Take A Kid Fishing event” is one of 31 that gets under way this Saturday to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2013. Registration is on site the day of the event.

At the Fishing Lanyard Crafting Workshop, which is scheduled for June 14 starting at 7 p.m., participants will create their own fishing lanyard to take home.

“A fishing lanyard is a great alternative to a fishing vest because you can hang it around your neck and have

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