Rank (0) Views 2894 On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



GARNER, N.C. (April 15, 2010) – Garner residents who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can now fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Garner Parks and Recreation Department.

Lake Benson, located at 975 Buffaloe Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers register at the Lake Benson boathouse from Thursday through Sunday to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 20 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-time participan


Rank (0) Views 2818 On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



HOFFMAN, N.C. (April 16, 2010) – U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell toured the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery located in Richmond County on April 8, and talked with N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel about the important role the fish hatchery plays in helping the Commission achieve its fisheries management goals. The McKinney Lake hatchery is the primary source of channel catfish for the Commission’s popular Community Fishing Program.

Congressman Kissell is sponsoring legislation that would transfer ownership of the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the State of North Carolina. This no-cost transfer of property would help the Commission to continue to provide quality fishing opportunities for urban anglers.

The Commission has operated the warmwater fish hatchery under a Memorandum of Agreement since 1996 and produced approximately 150,000 harvestable size (8-12 inches) channel catfish to provide angling opport


Rank (0) Views 2828 On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (April 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to remove 282 acres of archery-only area immediately west of the Hyco Power Plant on Hyco Game Land in Person County, and add 288 acres of new archery-only area in the same general vicinity. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 26 in the W.H. Barker Community Building at Hyco Lake Park. To get there, take Kelly Brewer Road (SR1313) south off of N.C. 57; after approximately 0.65 miles, turn right on Pointer Road; turn left toward the boat ramps and continue around; then, turn left toward campground, the Community Building is on the left. 

For more information, call the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division at (919) 707-0050. For more information on game lands, visit the Commission’s interactive map at www.ncwildlife.org/.

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Rank (0) Views 2850 On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (April 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to convert 86 acres of Jordan Game Land to archery-only hunting in the vicinity of the new Chatham County Northeast District Park, planned for construction off of Big Woods Road near Jordan Lake. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 2 in Building 2, Multipurpose Room of Central Carolina Community College, located at 764 West Street in Pittsboro (approximately 1 mile west of the traffic circle on U.S. 64 Business West). 

For more information, call the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division at (919) 707-0050. For more information on game lands, visit the interactive game land map at www.ncwildlife.org.

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Rank (0) Views 2885 On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased two coastal sites for Boating Access Areas, thanks to grant money from the Waterfront Access Marine Industry Fund.

The Sneads Ferry site, at 302 Fulcher Landing Loop in Sneads Ferry, has an existing ramp that has been opened to the public. It will be renovated to include new docks, ramps, and parking lot.

Design of the Hampstead site — off Route 17 in Pender County — has begun and should be completed in 18 months. The site, when completed, will include new docks, three new launch lanes, a parking lot and bulkhead.

“The funding for these sites, made possible through the leadership of the General Assembly, is allowing us to acquire and protect waterfront land for public use,” said Erik Christofferson, head of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “As a result, boaters in North Carolina will have greater access


Rank (0) Views 2832 On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2010) – The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunting Heritage program is sponsoring a trap and skeet shoot for shooters with a disability.

The shoot is scheduled for 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the Durham County Wildlife Club. Turning Point Carolina will offer two levels of trap shooting for beginners and more advanced mobility-impaired participants. The Commission will demonstrate its Huntmaster handicapped hunting lift.

The Durham County Wildlife Club is also a sponsor, supplying the facility and targets at no cost to participants. 

For more information on the event, or to register, visit www.turningpointnation.org, or e-mail David Kiley at dk@turningpointnation.org.

For more information on the Commission’s programs for disabled hunters, visit NCWRC’s Access Guide for Sportsmen with Disabilities.

For directions to the Durham County Wildlife Club, visit www.dcwc.info.

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Rank (0) Views 2758 On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (April 22, 2010) – Visitors to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can still wet a line, thanks to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located alongside the popular Davidson River in western North Carolina, hosts a rod loaner program that allows individuals or groups to borrow fishing rods and reels for use on area streams or lakes.

To participate, just visit the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and select a rod and reel. Valid identification and a North Carolina fishing license for anglers 16 years of age and older is required. There is also a $20 deposit, which is refundable when the rod and reel are returned in good working order. (The deposit is forfeited if the rod is broken or damaged beyond repair.)

Rods and reels may be borrowed for up to two days, although the loan can be extended at the end of the second day. The loaner program functions yea


Rank (0) Views 2745 On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 12:00 AM, 936 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has launched a new, easier way to find more than 200 free public Boating Access Areas across the state.

The Interactive Boating Access Area Locator lets boaters search for a ramp by address, body of water, or amenities. Once they locate a Boating Access Area, users can zoom in and out of the map, find an address, identify latitude and longitude coordinates, and print directions.

“Providing access to public waters and providing informative, easy-to-use tools to locate that access go hand in hand,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Division of Engineering Services. “This interactive map, along with our more than 200 Boating Access Areas, is another way we are helping boaters across the state get in the water.”

To access the map, visit the Boating and Waterways page on www.ncwildlife.org  and click on Interactive Boating Access Area Locator.

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Rank (0) Views 3035 On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 939 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – Wildlife in North Carolina magazine again welcomes entries for its sixth annual nature and wildlife photo competition.

“Last year, we received more than 8,800 entries—by far our most ever, and almost too many for our staff to handle,” said Greg Jenkins, editor of the national-award-winning monthly. “In response, we are reducing the number of photos that an individual can enter in a single category from three to two.”

Founding partner, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, returns as a co-sponsor, as does the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Great Outdoor Provision Co. returns as a corporate sponsor. Another important co-sponsor returning for the second year is UNC-TV, with entertaining and educational programming about the state’s wonderful natural resources.

“These sponsors are valuable resources on so many levels,” Jenkins said. “The museum i


Rank (0) Views 2916 On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 939 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2010-2011 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

The Commission is no longer mailing reminder notices to lifetime license holders.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards and HIP certification at the same time. Make requests by:
Clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button;
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday;
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

For more information, visit the inland fishing, hunting


Rank (0) Views 2816 On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 939 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – In celebration of 2010 National Fishing and Boating Week, 40-plus free kids’ fishing events are being held across the state.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bayside Marina & Grill, 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 a variety of fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, do


Rank (0) Views 2781 On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 939 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2010) – North Carolina law enforcement agencies will again participate in Operation Dry Water, June 25-27, a national weekend of boating sobriety detection and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol-related accidents and fatalities.

“Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against the law,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Penalties may include fines up to $1,000 and jail. The greater peril is an accident. More than 20 percent of boating-related fatalities are alcohol related.”

Operation Dry Water is organized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, with leadership for the North Carolina campaign by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and assisted by partner law enforcement agencies.

Wildlife officers are charged with enf

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