Rank (0) Views 3730 On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 9:33 AM, 870 days ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 12, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Duke Energy are asking boaters on the Catawba River chain of lakes to slow down and use caution because of the ongoing high water levels of several lakes. 

In recent weeks, lake levels have been higher than normal due to heavy rainfall and runoff into lakes.

“The high water can create unsafe boating conditions with submerged and floating debris,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of engineering and lands management for the Wildlife Resources Commission. “It also increases shoreline erosion and impacts shoreline property, such as docks and boathouses. We are asking boaters to reduce their speed and exercise extreme caution until conditions return to normal.”

Boaters are liable for wake damage and should be considerate of shoreline impacts. The impacts are especially magnified in smaller and narrow lakes with coves, such as Mountain Island Lake

Rank (0) Views 3414 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 4:03 PM, 871 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously elected a new chairman and vice-chairman during its business meeting today to preside over the governing board of the state regulatory agency.

Jim Cogdell, of Norwood and the District 6 commissioner, will serve as chairman. John Litton Clark, of Clinton and a House Speaker Appointee At Large, will serve as vice chairman.

Cogdell replaces David Hoyle, Jr., of Dallas, who is the District 8 commissioner. Clark replaces Ray White, of Manteo, who is the District 1 commissioner.

The 19-member Commission establishes policies and regulations governing boating, hunting, trapping and inland fishing, and wildlife-conservation activities in North Carolina. Appointments to the Commission are made by the Governor, the Speaker of the State House and the President Pro Tempore of the N.C. Senate, with commissioners serving until reappointed or replaced.

As required by General Statute, at th

Rank (0) Views 3712 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 4:17 PM, 871 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2013) — Eddie Bridges, a long-time conservationist and advocate of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places, today received the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Commission presents the award annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. 

Bridges, of Greensboro, accepted the award, along with plaque and a framed print of a Sandhills longleaf pine forest, from Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh.

“It is an honor and a privilege to present this distinguished award today to Eddie — a true conservationist who has worked tirelessly to ensure that future generations of North Carolinians have opportunities to enjoy the abundance and diversi

Rank (0) Views 3457 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:55 AM, 871 days ago

418 People Charged for Drinking and Driving over July 4th Holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the State Highway Patrol and the Alcohol Law Enforcement division, has released results of the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the July 4 through July 7 holiday period.

Of the 418 people charged with drinking and driving over the July 4 holiday weekend, 50 were charged by Wildlife Enforcement Officers for operating a vessel while impaired. Summary information from the Wildlife Commission, State Highway Patrol and Alcohol Law Enforcement follows:

Wildlife Resources Commission

· Operating While Impaired: 50

· Boating Citations: 451

· Boating Warnings: 850

State Highway Patrol

· Driving While Impaired: 368          &

Rank (0) Views 3365 On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 4:18 PM, 872 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 10, 2013) — A few openings remain for the “Soft Plastic Lure-Making Workshop,” which will be held Saturday, July 13, from 9-11a.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the free workshop for participants ages 8 and older. The workshop covers the fundamentals of creating artificial worms, lizards, crayfish and other soft plastic baits. Participants will create multiple lures to take home. 

Pre-registration is required by contacting Tom Carpenter, a fisheries educator with the Commission, at 910-868-5003, ext. 15, or thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org.

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about t

Rank (0) Views 2446 On Mon, Jul 08, 2013 4:35 PM, 874 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 9, 2013) Download the July 11, 2013 commission agenda package below.   

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 2138 On Mon, Jul 08, 2013 12:29 PM, 874 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (July 8, 2013) Download the PDF below for the July 10, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice. (PDF)

July 10, 2013 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF) 

Rank (0) Views 2089 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 11:34 AM, 877 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013)  Download the PDF's below for the July 10, 2013 committee meeting agendas.

July 10, 2013
Migratory Bird / Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Committee of the Whole (PDF)


Rank (0) Views 3728 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 9:01 AM, 877 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013) — As if reeling in seven trout during the June 1 “Troutacular” fishing event in Spruce Pine weren’t enough, 9-year-old Corey Buchanan also reeled in a unified lifetime sportsman license, courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston, which donated the license.

Corey, of Spruce Pine, was the grand prize winner in a statewide random drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” which were held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2013.           

Jaimee Yankow, of Jacksonville, was the first prize winner of a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited. Jaimee, 9, registered for the prize drawing at the Jacksonville Training Academy Youth Fishing Derby on June 8.

Rank (0) Views 1998 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 8:41 AM, 877 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2013)  Download the PDF below for the July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda.

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 3381 On Wed, Jul 03, 2013 8:15 AM, 879 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 3, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reported results from this past weekend’s Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide education and enforcement campaign to alert boaters to the dangers of operating a boat while impaired (OWI).

“Arrests for operating while impaired in North Carolina were down this year from previous campaigns,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating law administrator for the Wildlife Commission. “I think the majority of boaters understand the added risks and make the smart choices while on the water. With the upcoming July 4 holiday and the summer months, I hope that continues to be the case.”

The state results from Operation Dry Water in 2013:
Vessels Contacted: 2,361
Boaters Contacted: 6,041
Citations Issued:153
Warnings issued: 326
Non-Boating Violations: 190
OWI arrests: 22
Highest Blood Alcohol Concentration: 0.22 (three times the legal limit)

Rank (0) Views 3425 On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 10:23 AM, 880 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (July 2, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoors-related events, clinics and workshops in July through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and may require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nature Nuts: Raising Trout - July 5, 10 and 20, 9–11 a.m. For ages 4 through 7 years old. Spend the morning with staff and learn about the Bobby N. Setzer Trout Hatchery operations, participate in an outdoor activity that simulates trout life, and feed the fish.
Eco Explorers: Stream Investigation- July 5 and July 20, 1–3 p.m. For ages 8 through 13 years old. Come explore the Davidson River by looking for aquatic macro-invertebrates, determining the water quality of the river and learning how these little critters help trout by playing an important role in the ecosystem.

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