Rank (0) Views 4690 On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 2:46 PM, 889 days ago



CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2012) — Assisted by a N.C. Forest Service BRIDGE program, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn of some 1,600 acres in Burke and Rutherford counties during the month of March when appropriate weather conditions occur. 

The morning of the burn, a media alert will be issued.

The prescribed burn of 631 acres on South Mountains State Park and 1,007 acres on South Mountains Game Land will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement and reduce brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires. The carefully planned and maintained fire could last two to three days.

“We will do everything we can to reduce the amount of smoke to nearby residents and neighborhoods,” said Dean Simon, a forester with the Wildlife Commission. “However, people will see smoke while we are burning. Prescribed fire, though,


Rank (0) Views 6405 On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 10:00 AM, 890 days ago



RANDLEMAN, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement new largemouth bass regulations for Randleman Reservoir effective March 1.

 

The minimum size limit will continue to be 14 inches; however, the daily creel limit of five fish will include two exceptions: two of the five fish can be less than 14 inches and only one of the five fish can be greater than 20 inches. The current statewide largemouth bass regulation allows anglers to harvest five fish 14 inches or larger daily with the exception that two fish can be less than 14 inches.

 

The Wildlife Commission took the proposed largemouth bass regulations for Randleman Reservoir to public hearings in September 2011 and the Wildlife Commissioners approved them at their November business meeting.

 

“Randleman Reservoir is a great place to fish as fish continue to grow rapidly in the newly formed reservoir,” said Corey Oakley, a fisheri


Rank (0) Views 2589 On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 10:47 AM, 891 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2011) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the pier at Bells Church Public Fishing Area after staff completed repairs to a broken hinge yesterday.

 

Commission personnel closed the public fishing area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, last week after being notified that the hinge connecting the first and second sections of the pier had broken, due to damage most likely sustained from high winds earlier in the week. 

 

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.


Rank (0) Views 10616 On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 3:56 PM, 892 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30.  The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per person. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S. Highway 258 Bridge near Scotland Neck to Roanoke Ra


Rank (0) Views 2772 On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 1:55 PM, 892 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering an outdoor skills weekend workshop for women, April 13-15, at the Eastern 4-H Conference Center in Columbia, N.C.

 

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop will provide expert instruction on a wide array of activities on the water, in the field and by the campfire. Cost is $225 per person and covers a choice of four outdoor skills sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging. Space is limited, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

“This weekend is as comprehensive as it gets, when it comes to an opportunity to learn and participate in outdoors recreation,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “It’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere, tailored for a fulfilling experience for each participant.”

 

Amenities at the Eastern 4


Rank (0) Views 2891 On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 2:52 PM, 895 days ago



GASTON, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its newly revamped Gaston Boating Access Area on the Roanoke River, downstream of Roanoke Rapids dam, in Northampton County.

 

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 24 at the access area on N.C. 48, at the north side of the Roanoke River Bridge. The renovated site features a new ramp with a floating dock and a paved parking lot. Single vehicle spaces are also available for bank anglers, and solar lights have been installed.

 

“This site provides a great option for anglers looking for an alternative to some of our busier spots during striper season,” said Dean Barbee, Piedmont regional supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “It also provides great fishing and boating opportunities throughout the year, and the renovations make the site even mor


Rank (0) Views 4126 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 2:26 PM, 896 days ago



 

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the  National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold two free turkey hunting clinics at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education,  just in time for the spring turkey hunting season.

 

The first clinic, an introductory session for novice turkey hunters, will be held March 15. More experienced hunters will have their own clinic on March 22.  Both are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the center’s auditorium.

 

 “These free clinics offer excellent preparation for the upcoming spring turkey season in April,” said Ann May, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “While participants will not be firing live rounds, there will be plenty of practice with turkey calls. And the educational and safety components of the clinics will benefit everyone who at


Rank (0) Views 2508 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 11:50 AM, 896 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has temporarily closed the Bells Church Public Fishing Area located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, until further notice.

 

Commission personnel closed the public fishing area this morning after being notified that a hinge on the pier had broken, due to damage most likely sustained from Tuesday’s high winds.  Commission staff was onsite this morning to assess the pier and is working on a solution to prevent this from occurring again. 

 

The pier is expected to remain closed through at least early next week. The Commission will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve and Protect blog and news release when the pier reopens.  For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.


Rank (0) Views 7519 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 11:23 AM, 896 days ago



FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians in North Carolina” workshop in Wake County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads and salamanders. 

The workshop, which costs $15, will be held at Camp Agape in Fuquay-Varina on Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of frogs, toads and salamanders, as well as the effects people can have on these environment-sensitive animals.   

In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the center, which sits on 624 acres of rolling hills, streams and ephemeral ponds — prime habitat for moisture-loving amphibians.   

Despite the cooler weather typical of late-February, participa


Rank (0) Views 5248 On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 12:28 PM, 897 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2012)  — The 2012 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, “Redheads in Needlerush,” is now available for purchase at the N.C. Wild Store.

 

The acrylic painting by Delaware artist Richard Clifton was unveiled Feb. 10 at the 17th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.

 

This is the first year the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps at a special reduced price of $120, which is good through June 30. On July 1, the price reverts to the normal $145. Additional stamps are $10 each. The Commission will begin shipping pre-ordered prints with stamps on July 1. 

 

Representing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at Friday night’s unveiling were Wildlife Commissioners, Mitch St. Clair, R


Rank (0) Views 4853 On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 10:01 AM, 897 days ago



LITTLETON, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2012) — Lake Gaston, a 20,300-acre reservoir located in Halifax, Warren and Northampton counties, has long been a favorite fishing spot among striped bass and largemouth bass anglers.

 

But what may be a surprise to many anglers is that the lake also contains a little-known and rather robust fishery for walleye, a coolwater species found mainly in larger reservoirs in western North Carolina.

 

Kirk Rundle, a district biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, says that walleye, also known as pike and jackfish, do well in Lake Gaston mainly because of the lake’s multiple refuges of cool, deep water and substantial rocky areas that provide good spawning habitat.

 

Since 2000, Commission biologists have surveyed the lake each spring, during the fish’s spawning run just downstream from the John H. Kerr Dam. From these surveys, they collect data on walleye abundance, length-and-we


Rank (0) Views 1987 On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 8:54 AM, 897 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be among the exhibitors at the Fourth Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo in downtown Wilmington, March 16-18, bringing fish and game exhibits and activities with a youth- and family-oriented theme.

 

Held again this year at the Coastline Convention Center and adjoining Wilmington Convention Center, the expo offers outdoor exhibits and demonstrations on hunting, fishing and boating, as well as camping, wildlife art and more.

 

The Commission’s mobile aquarium, a staple at many fishing and hunting events, will feature a selection of both warmwater and coldwater fishes found in North Carolina’s waters. The Sensory Safari, a kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give expo visitors the chance to learn about North Carolina’s wildlife by listening to the sounds of birds, seeing animal mounts and handling pelts of some common North Carolina mammals

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