Rank (0) Views 3068 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 4:05 PM, 933 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The fishing platform at the Blewett Falls Reservoir  public fishing area will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on June 4 through 4 p.m. on June 8.

The platform will reopen at 4 p.m. that Friday for fishing over the weekend, but will be closed again from 7 a.m. on June 11 through 4 p.m. on June 15.

Progress Energy will be performing required maintenance on the dam during this closure.

While the platform is closed, anglers can fish from the bank below the parking area. Alternately, anglers can visit the Commission’s public fishing areas at Arrowhead Lake and Sullivan’s Pond located on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge or a number of public fishing areas near Hoffman.

A list of all areas available for public fishing can be found on the Commission’s Where to Fish webpage. For general information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.


Rank (0) Views 5939 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 2:07 PM, 933 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available on its mobile website, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx, a map outlining the joint and coastal water boundaries along the coast.

Data for the maps were produced using the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Geographic Information System Program. These maps were produced for illustrative purposes as a general guide, and anglers should be aware that the accuracy of GPS locators on mobile devices varies. The exact location of the boundary lines between all of the Inland, Joint and Coastal waters are defined by points of latitude and longitude in rules of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and are prominently marked by metal signs adjacent to the affected waters.

Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website, www.ncwildlife.org, will be redirected automatically to the mobile site, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx. The map is located under the “Map




VALDESE, N.C. (June 1, 2012) — The children’s fishing event, Fun Fishing at the Falls at McGalliard Falls Park in Burke County, originally scheduled for June 2, has been rescheduled for June 9 at 9 a.m.

According to event coordinator Joey Lindsay of the Valdese Recreation Department, the fishing event was postponed because of recent storms, which have the creeks overflowing the bank.

The Fun Fishing at the Falls fishing event is one of 35 that get under way tomorrow to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection.

 Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win 152 fishing-related prizes


Rank (0) Views 5213 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 11:14 AM, 933 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1) — Starting June 1, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons beginning prior to Oct. 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species also will be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Comments”

Comments will be accepted June 1-20.  Season dates will be selected at the July 12 Commission meeting.

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons, and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/waterfowl.aspx.


Rank (0) Views 3720 On Thu, May 31, 2012 2:10 PM, 934 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2012) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign saw fewer alcohol-related boating arrests and accidents during Memorial Day weekend than the same holiday period last year.

The 2011 Memorial Day weekend saw 50 operating-while-impaired arrests, compared to 42 this Memorial Day weekend. Total boating violations also were down, 1,568 versus 1,176.

“That makes it a success,” said Wildlife Officer Kim Knight, with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “When people hear the message and heed it, whether at the wheel of a car or at the helm of a boat, it keeps all of us safer when we travel.”

Any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest in North Carolina.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign combi


Rank (0) Views 4999 On Thu, May 31, 2012 8:55 AM, 934 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available online a map and GPS coordinates of nearly 550 fish attractor locations across the state.

Anglers can access the map and download GPS coordinates from the Where to Fish section on the Commission’s website. They can import waypoints (longitude/latitude) using a text file, an Excel file or a GPX (GPS Exchange Format) file and they can use the map to find the approximate locations and types of fish attractors found in each body of water.

Anglers using smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices can access the map using the Commission’s new mobile website, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx, by clicking on the Fish Attractors icon on the Maps tab of the mobile website.

Currently, fish attractor locations are listed for 50 public ponds, reservoirs and lakes throughout the state, although Commission staff updates the map and files as new fish attractors are added.


Rank (0) Views 4081 On Wed, May 30, 2012 3:06 PM, 935 days ago



NEW BERN, N.C. (May 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop in Craven County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning about snakes found in coastal North Carolina.

The free workshop will be held at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on June 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with a classroom presentation on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of snakes.

In the afternoon, workshop participants will have the opportunity to search for snakes outside the education center, which sits on approximately 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern.

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, and Mike Campbell, an educator with the Commission, will conduct the workshop. Hall is a herpetologist with the Commission, as well as coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptil


Rank (0) Views 3423 On Tue, May 29, 2012 8:44 AM, 936 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 29, 2012) — Now is a great time to take a kid fishing, as more than 35 free, family-oriented fishing events are scheduled across the state in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish — many of them stocked by the Commission — including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and Coastal regions.

Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win 152 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing privileges in fre


Rank (0) Views 4530 On Fri, May 25, 2012 4:59 PM, 940 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2012) — If you’re fishing along the North Carolina coast this weekend and want to know whether you’re fishing in joint or coastal waters, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available on its mobile website a map of coastal and joint waters.

Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website, www.ncwildlife.org, will be redirected automatically to the mobile site, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx. The map is located under the “Maps” tab on the home page.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.


Rank (0) Views 6258 On Thu, May 24, 2012 4:14 PM, 941 days ago



WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2012) — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers testified last week before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs to share the perspectives of state fish and wildlife agencies on the importance of providing safe places for recreational shooting, and marksmanship training for our military and law enforcement officers.  Myers testified in support of HR 3065 on behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which represents the collective voice of all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies.

H.R. 3065, named “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act,” promotes construction and maintenance of public shooting ranges. The bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) as a companion bill to a similar piece of legislation introduced in the Senate




BREVARD, N.C. (May 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting three free fishing events in early June at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. 

 “Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners” will be held at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The class, which is open to participants 12 and older, is ideal for novice anglers who will learn a variety of casting techniques taught by experienced instructors. All equipment and materials are provided. 

“Introduction to Fly Fishing: Lake Fishing” will be held at Lake Julia in DuPont State Forest on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knowledgeable instructors will teach the basics of fly-fishing on the lake and will cover topics such as equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic insects. The class, which is limited to six people, is open to


Rank (0) Views 4524 On Wed, May 23, 2012 1:07 PM, 942 days ago



HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (May 23) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission celebrated the opening of the Hampstead Boating Access Area in Pender County Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by state and county officials.

The Commission had long been searching for a site in the Hampstead area, which is popular with both anglers and recreational boaters, said Mark Hamlett, design services chief with the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. Coastal land is both expensive and scarce, and the closest Commission-managed ramps are in Wrightsville, which is 17 miles away, and the busiest ramp in the state, and Surf City, which is 5 miles away.

“We are certain this site will be popular, and have wanted a boating access in this area for a long time,” Hamlett said. “This is a great example of how partnerships and cooperation can make a project happen.”

The 6.6-acre Hampstead site provides access to the Intracoastal Wat

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