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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 12, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled Camp-Outdoor-Rageous, a free summer program for teens, for July 9-13 at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

Open to youth ages 13 to 17, the weeklong day camp (see a short video clip) builds self-reliance while teaching outdoor skills and conservation.

Activities take place on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University and Lake Raleigh. The daily camp times are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Teens must apply in advance. Admission is based on their response to a wildlife questionnaire.

Campers will build a fire without matches, learn to follow a wild animal trail, catch and cook fish, and practice archery. Additionally, campers will:
- Identify animal tracks and signs
- Tie flies and practice fly casting
- Cook and taste game meat
- Build a shelter in the woods
- Use a map and compass
- Trap and release small mammals
- Practice knot tying


Rank (0) Views 7392 On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 4:36 PM, 907 days ago



WELDON, N.C. (March 8, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s first Roanoke River fishing report of the 2012 shad and striped bass fishing season will be posted on the Commission’s Conserve & Protect blog starting March 15. 

Fishing reports will be posted each week on Thursday mornings until sometime in mid-May, which is around the time the last striper stragglers have headed back downriver to Albemarle Sound and the ocean.

As in years past, Jeremy McCargo, the biologist who leads the agency’s striped bass sampling effort on the Roanoke River, will be providing most of the information for the weekly reports, although creel clerks will be providing information as well.

McCargo gave blog readers a preview of what Roanoke River anglers are catching now as well as a “fishing forecast” of what anglers can expect this season. Check it out here.

In the meantime, mark March 15 on your calendar a


Rank (0) Views 3264 On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 2:46 PM, 907 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2011) — Just in time for shad and striped bass spawning runs, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Gaston Boating Access Area in Northampton County.

With that, the Commission has renovated 9 of its 10 sites along the Roanoke River, known for its premier striped bass fishing and equally enjoyable shad fishing, in the past decade. See an interactive, clickable map of the Roanoke and the renovated sites here, and on the boating page.

“Come March, anglers flock to the Roanoke River for great shad fishing, followed closely by arm-wrenching striper fishing,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Some of our access areas along the river have lines of up to 100 cars waiting to launch. With newer, better lots, more launch lanes and more accessible sites, our ramps along the Roanoke are better than ever.”

Most recently, th


Rank (0) Views 2668 On Wed, Mar 07, 2012 2:11 PM, 908 days ago



The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free outdoor photography program on March 24, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The program is being coordinated by the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.  

The informative program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife educators will cover the basics of outdoor photography, including how to compose shots effectively. 

The outdoor photography program coincides with a turkey hunting program also hosted by the Pisgah Center on March 24. 

“We intentionally scheduled the photography and turkey hunting programs to overlap to appeal to families with diverse outdoor interests,” said Lee Sherrill, wildlife education program coordinator for the Pisgah Center. “Whether people want to take on the challenge of turkey hunting or learn to shoot photos in a variety of outdoor situations, they all will learn about safely and responsibly enjo


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BREVARD, N.C. (March 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free “Talkin’ Turkey” program March 24, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The program is being coordinated by the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

The informative program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife enforcement officers will discuss the history of wild turkey in North Carolina, hunting methods and equipment, calling techniques, safety concerns, and other helpful hunting strategies and tips. Pre-registration is required by calling 828-877-4423 or registering online.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning facilities operated by the Commission. Located south of Asheville off U.S. 276 and next to the Davidson River, the Pisgah Center offers free admission, daily showings of an award-winning documentary, and online schedules of upcoming events and conservation activities.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 5, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a free weeklong day camp for young women ages 13-17 at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on June 25-29. Becoming an Outdoors Diva is modeled on the popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program for adults.

“Teen girls can learn some of the same skills found in The Hunger Games, only in a fun, relaxed setting,” said Ann May, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “Campers will build self-confidence and self-reliance while learning more about survival skills, wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation — without the distraction of having boys around.”

Becoming an Outdoors Diva will take place on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, including  Lake Raleigh. The daily camp times are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Teens must apply in advance. Admission is based on their response to a wildlife


Rank (0) Views 4683 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 12:24 PM, 913 days ago



LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — Build it and they will come. At least that’s the hope of fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission after placing an experimental reef in Lake Waccamaw last summer to attract a tiny, gray catfish. 

Biologists placed the reef, or “madtom hotel” as they call it, into Lake Waccamaw to help assess the population status of the broadtail madtom, a small species in the catfish family. Twenty years ago, this native fish, which measures a mere 2 ½ inches, was more common in the Columbus County lake. Today, it is difficult to find. So difficult, in fact, that the fish is state listed as a species of special concern.  Broadtail madtoms are only known from a handful of locations in the Coastal Plain of North and South Carolina. 

Ryan Heise, an aquatic wildlife diversity biologist with the Commission, and Chris Helms with North Carolina State Parks, hope th


Rank (0) Views 4045 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 10:43 AM, 913 days ago



LEXINGTON, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission placed 20 fish attractors into Lake Thom-a-Lex in February to enhance habitat and improve fishing opportunities in the 650-acre reservoir, which is located in Davidson County. 

Fisheries technician Keith Hendrickson, along with other agency staff, placed 20 Mossback fish attractors throughout the lake on Feb. 1, sinking several near the fishing piers, which should help anglers fishing from the bank and piers catch more fish. Fish attractors are marked by white buoys with orange stripes. 

GPS coordinates for the fish attractors are:

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Rank (0) Views 3736 On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 12:16 PM, 915 days ago



 

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 29, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the March Committee meeting agendas.

Executive Committee Meeting Agenda - March 5 ,2012 (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda - March 7 ,2012 (PDF)

Disabled Sportsmen Subcommittee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Joint Big Game Committee and Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Migratory Birds and Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

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


Rank (0) Views 2827 On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 3:35 PM, 921 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2012) — Visitors to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission exhibit at the 32nd annual Dixie Deer Classic are eligible to win a Leupold scope when they take advantage of a subscription offer to Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

Scheduled for March 2-4, the nationally recognized Dixie Deer Classic is an outdoors and white-tailed deer hunting showcase held at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The Wildlife Commission exhibit will be located in the Exposition Center. Visitors will see the agency’s mobile aquarium, a staple at many fishing and hunting events, featuring both warmwater and coldwater fishes found in North Carolina waters. The Sensory Safari, a kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give 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.

Anyone who subscribes or renews a subscription to


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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 6512 On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 10:00 AM, 922 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

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