Rank (0) Views 15695 On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 3:33 PM, 938 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will allow hunting of feral swine at night with the aid of light, by special permit, beginning Dec. 29, 2011. Under this policy, archery and firearm hunters with a Commission-issued permit in addition to a hunting license may hunt feral swine after normal shooting hours (½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour past sunset) where local law allows; except by firearms on Sundays. The permits are valid through March 31. Free permits to hunt feral swine at night with aid of light are available through the Commission’s online services at www.ncwildlife.org.   The permit does not grant access to any property. Landholders must grant permission to enter private or public property lawfully. The permit does not grant access to take feral swine on state game land. 

As of Oct. 1, 2011, all hogs in the wild became classified and managed as feral swine, with no


Rank (0) Views 5056 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:37 PM, 947 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct four fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January.  

The clinics will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Raeford Road and will begin with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instruction.

Three basic fly-fishing clinics are scheduled for Jan. 7, 21 and Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate proper fly-fishing techniques, such as casting, rigging and knot tying.  

An advanced fly-fishing class, scheduled for Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., targets anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience and will cover more complex techniques, such as advanced casting, fly


Rank (0) Views 3533 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:09 PM, 947 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 20, 2011) Download the PDFs below for the commission and committee meeting agendas. January 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF) January 11, 2012 Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) January 11, 2012 Big Game Committee and Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Joint Meeting (PDF) January 11, 2012 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) January 11, 2012 Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 4678 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 10:49 AM, 947 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2011) – It may seem counterintuitive to start a fire to prevent a fire, but that’s exactly what the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is doing on some of its game lands in eastern North Carolina. The Wildlife Commission, working with the N.C. Forest Service, recently burned about 60 acres on the Pettiford Creek tract of the Croatan Game Land in Carteret County. The area sits close to homes and neighborhoods, and abuts the Croatan National Forest. While it might seem dangerous to burn land near houses, a carefully started and monitored prescribed fire has multiple benefits to plants, animals — and the people living in the neighborhoods. Regular controlled burning reduces the fuel load — or build-up of grass, leaves, pine straw and other forest debris — preventing wildfire and allowing firefighters to suppress a wildfire much quicker than they would have otherwise. “We have protected the houses in t


Rank (0) Views 7116 On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 8:41 AM, 951 days ago



MATTHEWS, N.C. (Dec. 16, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department to construct a new handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Squirrel Lake Park. 

 

Personnel from Matthews and the Wildlife Commission constructed the floating, T-shaped pier on the lake this fall. The pier is 43 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-section at the end and incorporates low, angled handrail sections that allow easy access for children and anglers confined to wheelchairs.  

 

To enhance fishing opportunities, Commission staff installed a fish feeder within casting distance of the new pier. Staff also stocks the lake with 400 catchable-sized channel catfish in April, June and September of each year, to supplement the existing bass and sunfish fisheries. 

 

The fish stockings, pier and feeder are features of the Community Fishing Program,


Rank (0) Views 9125 On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 10:27 AM, 952 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted temporary rules that allow the trapping of feral hogs with no closed season and no bag limits. Under the new rules, trappers must have a Commission-issued permit (available free at www.ncwildlife.org) in addition to a hunting or trapping license; feral hogs may be live-trapped using only corral or box traps, constructed in such a way that a non-target animal can be easily released or escape without harm; permit numbers must be placed on all traps; and feral swine must be euthanized while in the trap and may not be removed alive from any trap. Self-issued permits will be available at www.ncwildlife.org after Dec. 29, when the rules go into effect. Under previous rules, feral swine could be trapped only under a depredation permit, which requires an economic justification, threat to human safety or documented overabundance. Permanent rules will be adopted at a later date.


Rank (0) Views 5884 On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 1:57 PM, 954 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 13, 2011) Download the PDF below for Commission Meeting Notice. January 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 5616 On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 1:33 PM, 954 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 13, 2011) Download the PDF below for meeting actions. December 12, 2011 Teleconference Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 4067 On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 1:59 PM, 958 days ago



CLEMMONS, N.C. (Dec. 9, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with Clemmons to construct a new handicapped-accessible fishing pier on Village Point Lake in Forsyth County. 

 

Personnel from Clemmons and the Commission constructed the floating, T-shaped pier on the 7-acre lake in mid-October. The pier, which is 59 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-section at the end, incorporates benches and low, angled handrail sections that allow barrier-free access for children and anglers confined to wheelchairs.  

 

Commission staff recently stocked the lake, which was refilled earlier this summer, with bluegill and redear sunfish fingerlings to jumpstart the fishery, and a stocking of largemouth bass fingerlings is planned for summer 2012. In 2013 when the fingerlings have had at least one year to grow, Commission staff will begin stocking harvestable-sized channel catfish in the lake on a monthly b


Rank (0) Views 3807 On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 8:54 AM, 958 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 9, 2011) – The USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today that work is under way on the first wildlife habitat enhancement project in western North Carolina conducted under a unique agreement between a federal agency and state agency.

“The project and master agreement leverage federal and state resources to restore habitat by promoting new forest growth for wildlife,” said Marisue Hilliard, National Forests in North Carolina forest supervisor. “While this project is modest in size, we hope that it is the first of many that will benefit a wide variety of species.”

The National Forests in North Carolina and the Commission signed earlier this year the master stewardship agreement that includes this project. This agreement was the first of its kind between the USFS and a state agency. Subsequent projects will improve wildlife habitat in areas th


Rank (0) Views 2849 On Thu, Dec 08, 2011 1:23 PM, 959 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a great gift idea for women on your Christmas shopping list, by way of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

Give a gift card that covers registration for a weekend workshop on April 13-15, 2012, at the Eastern 4-H Conference Center in Columbia, N.C. The workshop includes expert instruction in activities ranging from fishing and target shooting to outdoor cooking and bird watching.

Cost is $225 per person and will cover her choice of four outdoor skill sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging. Amenities at the Eastern 4-H Conference Center include climate-controlled living quarters, private showers and dining hall. The 250-acre facility boasts a spectacular view of Albemarle Sound and access to nearby woodlands, meadows, pocosin forests, wetlands and tributaries.

“It’s a beautiful setting — perfect for learning these


Rank (0) Views 2706 On Tue, Dec 06, 2011 3:40 PM, 961 days ago



WAGRAM, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Wagram Boating Access Area in Hoke County, which reopened to the public today. . “We replaced a 12-foot wide ramp with a 14-foot ramp that extends into the Lumber River to provide a minimum of 4-foot water depth during low water,” said Bill Johnstone, the coastal region supervisor with the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The site is well used by people with shallow draft boats, recreational boats, anglers and even some duck hunters.” The Commission also built at Wagram an 8-foot wide, 60-foot long floating boat dock with an ADA-accessible handrail, as well as a paved, ADA-compliant parking space. The remainder of the parking lot was graveled, the shoreline was reshaped and erosion control was established. The renovations were funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration rec

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