Rank (0) Views 6757 On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:00 AM, 874 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2013) — Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are assuring the public that the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in western North Carolina in 2012 will not result in a long-term decline in the area’s deer population, even in areas affected the most severely last year — Caldwell, Surry and Wilkes counties.

The deer herd in western North Carolina experienced a substantial outbreak of hemorrhagic disease last year, but the Wildlife Commission has not changed deer hunting regulations as a result of the disease outbreak. Hunters and landowners should consider the effects of the disease outbreak to be relatively short-lived and plan their harvest this fall accordingly, according to Chris Kreh, a wildlife biologist for the Commission.

“It is certainly okay for hunters to resume doe harvest as they have in the past,especially in areas where their objective is to control a robust and sometimes overabundant d


Rank (0) Views 4211 On Wed, Sep 18, 2013 1:18 PM, 876 days ago



COROLLA, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 with family activities at a pair of events — one at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and the other at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.

All activities at the Wildlife Education Center’s event are free, with giveaways for all participants. The schedule of events:
9 a.m. archery for kids with expert supervision and instruction.
11 a.m. fish feeding.
1 p.m.  laser shot target range.
2:30 p.m. family fishing.

“National Hunting and Fishing Day gives us a date on the calendar to recognize the role of sportsmen in conservation, and for the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education to show-off some of the many fun opportunities available outdoors,” said Sharon Meade, the center’s community services coordinator.

The Outer Banks Center for Wildl


Rank (0) Views 7893 On Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:01 PM, 876 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking whitetail hunters to allow staff to sample their deer harvests this fall for the agency’s statewide Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance effort.

CWD is a fatal disease, although deer may not show symptoms for five years or more. No treatment or cure for CWD exists. Direct, animal-to-animal contact is a means of transmission, but evidence also suggests that contaminated environments present risks. Humans are not known to contract CWD.

Although CWD has not been detected in North Carolina, deer populations have tested positive for the disease in Virginia, West Virginia and 20 other states, as well as two Canadian provinces. The Wildlife Commission conducts surveillance of the white-tailed deer population to monitor for the presence of the disease and prevent its spread if it were detected in the state’s deer population.

The Commission has been conducting CWD sur


Rank (0) Views 3705 On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 9:09 AM, 877 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

A variety of free, family-oriented activities and exhibits have been scheduled, including demonstrations of outdoor cooking, hands-on archery lessons, learning fishing skills, and marksmanship and safety on an air rifle range.

“Come enjoy a fun-filled, hands-on day full of activities for the whole family learning about conservation in North Carolina,” said Lee Sherrill, program coordinator at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. “Free and informative, this one-day event shows off what the center and the Commission are all about, all the time.”

Other events and demonstrations include:

GPS skills station
Backyard Bass
Huntmaster blind
Fly-casting
Fly-tying 
Wild game taste samples
Outdoor cookin


Rank (0) Views 4097 On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 10:21 AM, 878 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with Raleigh Parks and Recreation to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at Lake Wheeler Park on Sept. 28, with numerous free, family activities.

Scheduled activities include demonstrations of outdoor cooking, hands-on archery lessons, learning fishing skills, marksmanship and safety on an air rifle range, and various live animal exhibits. It is one of seven events hosted or supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina 2013.

All activities are free, including:          

Air rifle range
Archery
Outdoor cooking
Falconry
Reptiles
Birds of prey
Mountain man camp
Tree stand safety
Fishing
Face painting
Outdoor survival
Indian hunting and fishing heritage


Lake Wheeler Park is located at 6404 Lake Whe


Rank (0) Views 4128 On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:07 AM, 883 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 11, 2013) — Families looking for something free and fun to do in the outdoors should head over to the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Sept. 28 for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s sixth annual Wildlife Expo.

The Wildlife Expo, which runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., highlights fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in the Tar Heel state. It is one of seven events hosted or supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina 2013.

The Wildlife Expo will have more than 15 hands-on activities and demonstrations where participants can connect with nature while testing their outdoor skills. Activities include kayaking, archery,air rifle shooting, and fishing for catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill in one of four ponds.  Expo visitors also can learn how to cast a fly-rod, identify aquatic insects and create their own fishing lures.&nb


Rank (0) Views 6113 On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 10:55 AM, 884 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has exempted surfboards, tubes, swimming rafts and inflatable toys from the requirement to carry personal flotation devices (PFDs), also known as life vests.

The action was taken during the August meeting of the Wildlife Commission. It had been demonstrated that requiring PFDs for these types of floating devices did not enhance safety significantly. Prior to the rule change, anyone on such floating devices outside of a designated swimming area was required to carry a PFD.

The Commission also clarified the definition of competitive paddle or rowing vessels under boating safety rules. The definition now reads those manually propelled vessels  “that are recognized by national and international racing associations for use in competitive racing and in which all occupants row, scull, or paddle, with exception of a coxswain, if one is provided, and are not designed to carry any equipmen


Rank (0) Views 3414 On Mon, Sep 09, 2013 8:43 AM, 885 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received a donation from the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation to improve angler access on the Reddies River in Wilkes County and to control invasive, non-native plants in the Wilson Creek watershed in Caldwell County.

NCWHF Executive Director Eddie Bridges presented an $8,000 check to Bob Curry, chief of the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries, at the Commission’s business meeting in Raleigh last month.

The Commission, working with the Yadkin River Greenway Council, will use $3,000 of the donation to construct four sets of angler-access steps on a one-mile reach of the Reddies River, which is classified as Delayed Harvest Trout Waters. The reach, which extends from North Wilkesboro’s water supply dam to the Yadkin River, is bordered by a paved walking trail that is part of the Yadkin River Greenway. The height of the bank, however, prevents many anglers from g


Rank (0) Views 5060 On Fri, Sep 06, 2013 9:28 AM, 888 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 with special events and an urgent message to get more people involved in the outdoors.

The Commission is hosting four family-oriented events and assisting three others that highlight our state’s extraordinary hunting and fishing heritage that has supported remarkable conservation efforts through the years. Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and learn outdoor skills.

Some of the activities, which vary for each event, include:
Fishing, with bait and tackle provided.
Shooting archery and pellet rifles with qualified instructors.
Observing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and raptors.
Cooking over a campfire — and tasting the results.
Learning about North Carolina’s hunting and fishing heritage.

Gov. Pat McCr


Rank (0) Views 3851 On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 3:15 PM, 889 days ago



FLETCHER, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2013) — Make the most out of what promises to be a beautiful weekend by attending the Mountain State Fair, which starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Fletcher, just west of Asheville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have an exhibit featuring the American kestrel, North America’s smallest and most color falcon, as well as several hands-on activities, such as a “Nerf” archery game, a “pond” where kids can test their fishing skills, and the mobile aquarium — a trailer featuring twin 300-gallon aquaria that showcase some of the popular freshwater fishes found in North Carolina.

New for this year is an exhibit designed to encourage visitors of all ages to get outside and experience the diverse wildlife-watching opportunities the Tar Heel state offers. The “Find the Wildlife” game consists of more than 20 animal mounts and models commonly found in western North Carol


Rank (0) Views 3512 On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 1:03 PM, 889 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 5) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received an award last week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, recognizing the Commission for its outstanding work in waterfowl conservation and management in the Southeast.

John Stanton, a supervisory wildlife biologist with the Service’s Southeast Region, Division of Migratory Birds, presented the award to Wildlife Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers during the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

The Commission’s Migratory Bird Program received the award because of its outstanding efforts over the past several years trapping and banding wood ducks during the pre-season period, which runs from July to mid-September. 

“The Wildlife Commission stands out among the states in the Atlantic Flyway for banding, on average, 1,600 wood ducks a year over the past three years,” Stanton said. “In the last 10 yea


Rank (0) Views 9259 On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 3:13 PM, 895 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30) – Beginning Sept. 1, the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission will have permit waterfowl hunts available online at www.ncwildlife.org/permithunt, by calling(888) 248-6834, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. The deadline for most permit hunts is Oct. 1.

In response to suggestions from waterfowl hunters, the Commission has created a system of blinds on North River, J. Morgan Futch and Spring Creek impoundments. Staff has constructed high-quality floating blinds that will be in place throughout the late waterfowl season. The blinds, which accommodate up to three hunters and feature a dog porch, are located in areas hunters typically have used in the past. 

While the application process for these three impoundments will remain the same, applicants must select a blind in their hunt choice(s).

“The implementation of blinds on these selected areas should address several comments and suggesti

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