Rank (0) Views 3911 On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 11:23 AM, 923 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 12) — Wildlife Diversity Biologist Christine Kelly of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been awarded a 2011 Recovery Champion Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The award, which was given to nine individuals across the country, honors U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and partners for outstanding efforts to conserve and protect threatened species of fish, wildlife and plants. Kelly was honored for her work with the Carolina northern flying squirrel, an endangered species found isolated in small populations in only the highest mountains in North Carolina.

“Recovery champions are helping listed species get to the point at which they are secure in the wild and no longer need Endangered Species Act protection,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “These groups and individuals have done amazing work in helping to bring dozens of species back from the brink of extinction, while improving habitat that b


Rank (0) Views 22819 On Mon, Apr 09, 2012 12:27 PM, 926 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2012) — When he launched his 17-foot Hydrosport on Hiwassee Reservoir on the morning of March 31, Tyler Shields expected he’d catch a few largemouth bass, maybe a smallmouth bass or two. What he didn’t expect to catch, however, was the new freshwater striped bass state record.

Shortly before noon, the 17-year old from Murphy, N.C., reeled in a massive 66-pound striped bass, using a black zoom trick worm and 10 pound test on a Bass Pro Shops Bionic Blade rod. Shields’ state record striped bass eclipses the previous one, also caught in Hiwassee, by nearly 12 pounds. That fish weighed 54.2 pounds and was caught by Larry Keith Verner, also of Murphy, on June 6, 1991.

When he first hooked the giant fish, Shields, who was who was fishing with his cousin, Logan Howard, 15, and friend, Caleb Davis, 15, thought that it was a catfish. However, when he got the fish to the boat, he saw that it was “a big striper.&


Rank (0) Views 3436 On Mon, Apr 09, 2012 11:34 AM, 926 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 9, 2012) — A few openings remain for the inaugural Kayak Fish and Float Workshop, which will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the free workshop, along with the Great Outdoor Provision Company and Get Outdoors of Greensboro. Both companies will provide their demo fleets of popular kayak brands for participants to use during the day.  

Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, and Capt. Jerry Dilsaver will lead the workshops and how-to seminars on kayak safety and rigging, inshore kayak fishing, and kayak fishing for bass, mackerel and assorted panfishes. 

While the workshop is free, participants must pre-register and pay a refundable fee of $25. The fee is refunded in full after the participant completes the course.

“We’re requiring the p


Rank (0) Views 3109 On Thu, Apr 05, 2012 9:57 AM, 930 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2011) — With Tax Day approaching on April 17, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding taxpayers to help keep North Carolina wild when completing a N.C. State Income tax form this year.

Whether you love to hunt, fish, photograph wildlife, or watch birds in your own backyard, you can help conserve the state’s wildlife and their habitats by making a donation on line 28 of the state tax form.

“When you make a donation to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund through line 28 on the tax form, we call it a ‘tax check-off donation,’” said Chris McGrath, the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program coordinator. “That’s because the old tax form literally used to have a box that you would check to help us conserve wildlife. The check box is gone, but the need is greater than ever.”

Songbirds, fish, bats, salamanders, frogs and turtles all benefit from


Rank (0) Views 11452 On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 4:43 PM, 931 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2012) — Spring is here, which means striper fishing on the Roanoke River is kicking into high gear, speckled trout and drum fishing is heating up along the coast, and the opening day of spring turkey season is right around the corner.

With all that’s going on outdoors, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding military personnel that they can hunt and fish — in both fresh and coastal waters — without obtaining a license as long as they meet certain criteria.

To be exempted from fishing and hunting license requirements, military personnel must:

·         be a North Carolina resident,

·         be serving full-time active military duty outside of the state in the Armed Forces or a reserve component of the Armed Forces, and

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Rank (0) Views 2433 On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 11:28 AM, 931 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (April, 4, 2012) Download the PDF below for the May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 2497 On Tue, Apr 03, 2012 2:24 PM, 932 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 3, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the April 10, 2012 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee meeting notice and agenda.

Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice (PDF) Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (1) Views 10474 On Tue, Apr 03, 2012 1:56 PM, 932 days ago

Download the report.


Rank (0) Views 4973 On Mon, Apr 02, 2012 11:20 AM, 933 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering 13 fishing-related events, clinics and workshops in April and May at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.   

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For fishing events and clinics, loaner rods and reels are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis and bait is provided. - April 4 – Senior Trout Fishing Event from 9 a.m. to noon. This fishing event is open to anglers of all skill levels, ages 60 and above. - April 11 – Wounded Warriors Fly-Fishing Clinic from 1-5 p.m. This clinic is open to all soldiers, both active and retired, and their families. - April 12 – Angler Skills Workshop: Bass Jig Lure Making from 6:30-9 p.m. This basic skills workshop for all ages will cover the fundamentals of creating bass jig lures. Pre-registration


Rank (0) Views 3073 On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 11:57 AM, 936 days ago



CEDAR POINT, N.C. (March 30) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Cedar Point Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located on N.C. 24 in Cedar Point east of the White Oak River Bridge, provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Workers added a 70-foot fishing pier, along with a 2-lane boat ramp, which replaces a ramp with one lane. A newly paved lot has eight single-vehicle spaces and 38 spots for vehicles with trailers.

“This site is very popular with anglers and recreational boaters, especially now that we’re into the warmer months,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for the funding we received from sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License that allowed us to renovate this site, as well as a partnership with Carteret County, which allowed us to increase the parking. We are al


Rank (0) Views 6309 On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 9:15 AM, 936 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is making it easier for anglers bound for the beach for the upcoming Easter holiday and spring breaks to purchase their saltwater fishing licenses before leaving home.  

They can purchase licenses online, www.ncwildlife.org, or they can visit a local wildlife service agent, most of which are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores. They also can call the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Anglers with smartphones, tablets or other portable devices can now purchase licenses using the Commission’s new mobile site, which is designed specifically for small screens and touch technology. They simply access the Commission’s full website, which then re-directs them automatically to the mobile site where they can purchase licenses, view size and creel


Rank (0) Views 7416 On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 7:38 AM, 937 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2012)  — With the launch of a new mobile website on April 2, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will put a wealth of information and services at the fingertips of on-the-go hunters, anglers, boaters and other outdoors enthusiasts to get them in the field, in the woods or on the water quickly and easily.  

The new site is designed for small screens and touch technology common in smart phones, tablets and other portable devices. Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website will be redirected automatically to the mobile site where they can purchase licenses, report harvests, check regulations, find a nearby wildlife service agent, and view interactive maps of boating access areas, shooting ranges and game lands.

From the mobile site, they also will be able to access other information, such as:   

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