MARION, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has postponed trout stockings in East Prong Roaring River and Stone Mountain Creek in Stone Mountain State Park and Little River near Sparta until Oct. 14 due to an ongoing research project being conducted on these waters. 

The original stockings had been scheduled for the first week of October as part of the Commission’s Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters Program.

The Commission is collaborating with N.C. State University to research stocked trout in these and other delayed-harvest trout waters to improve trout-stocking practices and trout stream management for the benefit of anglers. This is a continuation of research efforts that began on North Toe River and Cane Creek in Mitchell County last October.

“By delaying the trout stocking, we are allowing N.C. State University researchers to finish installation of some trout-monitoring equipment that could not be installed ea

Rank (0) Views 5794 On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 9:26 AM, 862 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 26, 2013) — In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday (Sept. 28), the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is highlighting results from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau survey to show the importance of sportsmen to North Carolina’s economy.

The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation measured public participation in hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and other wildlife-dependent recreation, as well as how much money was spent pursuing these activities. For North Carolina results, click here.

North Carolina highlights:

$3.3 billion total spent on wildlife-related recreation in North Carolina.

$1.5 billion spent in North Carolina from fishing-related activities.

$525 million spent in North Carolina on hunting-related activities.

$930 million spent in North Carolina on wildlife-watching activities.

The Wildlife Commission is hosting four family-orient

Rank (0) Views 6265 On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:55 AM, 863 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a hunter education course for women in Raleigh on Nov. 1-2.

The free course is offered on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space available and pre-registration required. The course’s two segments will be conducted in the auditorium of the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, located 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh. The Nov. 1 segment is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. The Nov. 2 segment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The women-only course is the Wildlife Commission’s first attempt at such a class through its Hunter Education Program and Home From The Hunt™ campaign.

“There is an increase in female participation in hunting, shooting sports and outdoor recreation, especially here in North Carolina,” said Carissa Shelton, a Commission hunter education specialist who will lead the course. “This session will pr

Rank (0) Views 13219 On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 3:11 PM, 864 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 33 trout waters in18 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.

Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2013,and one half-hour after sunset on June 6, 2014. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching fish. Delayed-harvest trout waters, posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs, are popular fishing destinations for anglers who enjoy catch-and-re

Rank (0) Views 14834 On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 12:28 PM, 864 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2013) – Fee increases and changes in vessel registration and titling resulting from the N.C. General Assembly’s passage of Senate Bill 402 will go into effect Oct. 1, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today.

The new fees for registering and titling a vessel in North Carolina will be: 1-Year Registration Fees:

Vessels less than 26 feet                    $30    

Vessels 26 feet or greater                   $50 3-Year Registration Fees:

Vessels less than 26 feet             &

Rank (0) Views 21318 On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 9:39 AM, 864 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a series of public meetings in October to discuss the 2012-2022 Black Bear Management Plan, including possibly creating a Piedmont bear hunting season, extending the length of bear hunting seasons, increasing the bag limit in some areas, and receiving public comments on inequities between bear hunting with aid of bait that currently exist between hunters with hounds and still hunters.

The Wildlife Commission’s 10-year Black Bear Management Plan creates a structured decision-making process for recommendations regarding bear hunting regulations. The management plan will assist the Wildlife Commission in managing bear hunting to maintain healthy bear populations consistent with habitat where bears occur, and balance the consideration of citizens.

Currently, bear hunters can release hounds at or near sites containing unprocessed food products, but still hunters are prohibited from ta

Rank (0) Views 25751 On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 8:52 AM, 865 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to follow blaze orange requirements.

In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment 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 are also required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the muzzleloader or gun season.

Blaze orange, sometimes known as hunter orange or fluorescent orange, is instantly recognizable and signals caution to the viewer. 

Home From The Hunt™ recommends anyone spending time outdoors in areas shared with hunters wear 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 also can be helpful in lo

Rank (0) Views 6744 On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:00 AM, 868 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2013) — Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are assuring the public that the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in western North Carolina in 2012 will not result in a long-term decline in the area’s deer population, even in areas affected the most severely last year — Caldwell, Surry and Wilkes counties.

The deer herd in western North Carolina experienced a substantial outbreak of hemorrhagic disease last year, but the Wildlife Commission has not changed deer hunting regulations as a result of the disease outbreak. Hunters and landowners should consider the effects of the disease outbreak to be relatively short-lived and plan their harvest this fall accordingly, according to Chris Kreh, a wildlife biologist for the Commission.

“It is certainly okay for hunters to resume doe harvest as they have in the past,especially in areas where their objective is to control a robust and sometimes overabundant d

Rank (0) Views 4195 On Wed, Sep 18, 2013 1:18 PM, 870 days ago

COROLLA, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 with family activities at a pair of events — one at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and the other at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.

All activities at the Wildlife Education Center’s event are free, with giveaways for all participants. The schedule of events:
9 a.m. archery for kids with expert supervision and instruction.
11 a.m. fish feeding.
1 p.m.  laser shot target range.
2:30 p.m. family fishing.

“National Hunting and Fishing Day gives us a date on the calendar to recognize the role of sportsmen in conservation, and for the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education to show-off some of the many fun opportunities available outdoors,” said Sharon Meade, the center’s community services coordinator.

The Outer Banks Center for Wildl

Rank (0) Views 7878 On Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:01 PM, 870 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking whitetail hunters to allow staff to sample their deer harvests this fall for the agency’s statewide Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance effort.

CWD is a fatal disease, although deer may not show symptoms for five years or more. No treatment or cure for CWD exists. Direct, animal-to-animal contact is a means of transmission, but evidence also suggests that contaminated environments present risks. Humans are not known to contract CWD.

Although CWD has not been detected in North Carolina, deer populations have tested positive for the disease in Virginia, West Virginia and 20 other states, as well as two Canadian provinces. The Wildlife Commission conducts surveillance of the white-tailed deer population to monitor for the presence of the disease and prevent its spread if it were detected in the state’s deer population.

The Commission has been conducting CWD sur

Rank (0) Views 3690 On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 9:09 AM, 871 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

A variety of free, family-oriented activities and exhibits have been scheduled, including demonstrations of outdoor cooking, hands-on archery lessons, learning fishing skills, and marksmanship and safety on an air rifle range.

“Come enjoy a fun-filled, hands-on day full of activities for the whole family learning about conservation in North Carolina,” said Lee Sherrill, program coordinator at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. “Free and informative, this one-day event shows off what the center and the Commission are all about, all the time.”

Other events and demonstrations include:

GPS skills station
Backyard Bass
Huntmaster blind
Wild game taste samples
Outdoor cookin

Rank (0) Views 4091 On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 10:21 AM, 872 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with Raleigh Parks and Recreation to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at Lake Wheeler Park on Sept. 28, with numerous free, family activities.

Scheduled activities include demonstrations of outdoor cooking, hands-on archery lessons, learning fishing skills, marksmanship and safety on an air rifle range, and various live animal exhibits. It is one of seven events hosted or supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina 2013.

All activities are free, including:          

Air rifle range
Outdoor cooking
Birds of prey
Mountain man camp
Tree stand safety
Face painting
Outdoor survival
Indian hunting and fishing heritage

Lake Wheeler Park is located at 6404 Lake Whe

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