Rank (0) Views 6247 On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 9:15 AM, 916 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 7320 On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 7:38 AM, 917 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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Rank (0) Views 2436 On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 4:29 PM, 918 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 27, 2012) — The phone number given to register for the Kayak Fish and Float workshop scheduled for April 14 at the John  E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center was incorrect.

The correct phone number is 910-868-5003, ext. 15.  

Participants also may register for the workshop by emailing Thomas Carpenter at thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org.


Rank (0) Views 5092 On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 12:19 PM, 919 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 27) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has confirmed white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in eastern North America, in a fifth county in North Carolina.

The disease was confirmed this month in bats collected from an abandoned mine in Haywood County. It was previously discovered in a retired Avery County mine, a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, a McDowell County cave, an abandoned mine in Yancey County, and near the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County.

In March 2010, the Commission took necessary steps to get ahead of the disease by adopting the “White-Nose Syndrome Surveillance and Response Plan for North Carolina” in concert with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners. The plan outlines steps to protect bats while allowing biologists to pinpoint and investigate a possible outbreak as quickly as possib


Rank (0) Views 2760 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:37 AM, 920 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (March 26) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Haven’s Garden Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located at the intersection of N.C. 32 and Runyon Creek, will be maintained by the city of Washington. The Commission replaced its two-lane ramp, and installed a floating dock to replace an old fixed dock. In addition, an auxiliary dock was replaced with a sturdier dock.

The Commission also replaced off-road grass parking with a new, 17-space paved lot with an ADA-accessible site and a paved walkway. The renovations were paid for through revenue from motorboat registration receipts.

Runyon Creek feeds into the Pamlico River.

“This site is very popular with boaters,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This partnership with the city of Washington will allow us to operate the site free to t


Rank (0) Views 4952 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:06 AM, 920 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold its 34th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports, on April 28 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe.

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events (see video). The Wildlife Commission conducted nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students participating.

The championship represents an opportunity for competitors who advanced from district events to showcase outdoor skills learned through the Commission’s Hunter Education Program (see video). The competition includes segments in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife knowledge test.

Teams are organized w


Rank (0) Views 4344 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:52 AM, 920 days ago



CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina” workshop in New Hanover County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, alligators, snakes and lizards across the state. 

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Carolina Beach State Park on April 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of reptiles and amphibians, as well as the effects people can have on these often-maligned but ecologically important animals.  

In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the park, which has forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak, and many small ponds — habitat favored by a va


Rank (0) Views 4094 On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 1:13 PM, 922 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 23) — The address previously given for the public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. March 28 at Pitt Community College on the proposed rules to allow night hunting of feral swine (hogs) and coyotes was incorrect.

 

The correct address is:

1986 Pitt Tech Road

Winterville, N.C. 28590

 

The hearing will be held in room 153 of the Fulford building. For more information on the hearings, or to comment online, view the regulations at www.ncwildlife.org.


Rank (0) Views 3382 On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 2:07 PM, 925 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 20, 2012) — Master Officer Steve Bullins with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been named by the North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation as the state’s 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

This award honors top wildlife officers for their dedication to conserving wildlife and upholding the law. All wildlife officers who were chosen for their state were recognized in February during the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 36th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. Bullins received his award on March 2 at the North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meeting during the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.

“Steve Bullins embodies what a wildlife officer should be,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Law Enforcement Division. “Steve is not only an exemplary officer; he is an active member of his c


Rank (0) Views 6698 On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 7:17 AM, 926 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run until March 1, 2013. 

While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.  

Hatchery-supported trout waters, marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked from March until August every year, depending on the individual stream. A list of numbers and species stocked by month and county can be found on the Commission’s website. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently.   

Balsam Lake, which was drained by the U.S. Forest Service to repair a leak in the spillway, remains closed and will not receive stockings this year. 

Commission


Rank (0) Views 5527 On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 11:08 AM, 930 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday, March 15 seized and euthanized four adult white-tailed deer being held without permit or license in Iredell County.

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers obtained a search warrant, and biologists from the Wildlife Management Division used immobilization drugs to remove the captive deer safely from the property.

According to North Carolina law, it is illegal to hold or confine deer, elk or other cervid animals in the state without a permit or license, with strict requirements necessary to safeguard the health and safety of wildlife resources, livestock and humans.

Further, since 2002, except for fawns taken to licensed rehabilitators, it has been illegal to transfer deer between facilities. These measures have been in place to prevent introduction and spread of wildlife diseases including chronic wasting disease.

CWD is a contagious and progressive disease that typically induces chronic wei


Rank (0) Views 5135 On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 1:33 PM, 930 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 15, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a Kayak Fish and Float workshop on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  

The inaugural workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics:
•  Kayak Safety and Rigging,
•   Inshore Kayak Fishing,
•   Kayak Fishing for Mackerel,
•   Kayak Fishing for Bass, and
•  Kayak Basics for Panfish.
The Wildlife Resources Commission partnered with the Great Outdoor Provision Company and Get Outdoors of Greensboro to organize the workshop. Both companies will provide their demo fleets of popular kayak bran

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