Rank (0) Views 9209 On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 12:58 PM, 842 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 11, 2013) — The statewide spring season for male or bearded wild turkey begins Saturday, April 13, and the Home From The Hunt™ campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding everyone of some basic safety considerations.

“The main consideration for turkey season — or any hunting season — is to think twice, identify your target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “Assume that every noise, movement or call is another hunter. If there is any doubt, don’t shoot.”  

The daily limit is one male or bearded turkey; possession limit is two. A Big Game Harvest Report Card is required for turkey season. More information on regulations, free hunter education courses and where to hunt is available online at www.ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0031.

The Top 5 Safety Considerations for Tur

Rank (0) Views 3840 On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 8:42 AM, 843 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 10, 2013) — Tim Lemon, a hunter education specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been recognized as the 2013 Hunter Education Professional of the Year by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA), the professional organization for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies and the 70,000 volunteer instructors who teach hunter education in North America.

Lemon, of Roaring River in Wilkes County, was recognized in a ceremony April 4 in San Antonio at the annual IHEA conference.

Lemon coordinates instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety for District 7, made up of Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Surry, Yadkin, Alexander, Iredell, Stokes, Forsyth and Davie counties.

Among Lemon’s many achievements cited for the honor were his dedication to increasing y

Rank (0) Views 6345 On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 11:05 AM, 844 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2013) — The N.C. House of Representatives passed last night House Bill 296 — the Hunter Education/Apprentice Permit — which allows an individual holding a Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit to hunt if accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who holds a hunting license in North Carolina, or if the individual is accompanied by an adult landholder or landholder’s spouse who is exempt from the hunting license requirement if hunting on the landholder’s land.

Hunting with an apprentice license would still require following other licensing requirements and hunting regulations.

The Hunter Heritage Apprentice Permit is a product of the Wildlife Commission’s Strategic Recruitment and Retention Initiative recently organized by Commissioner Dell Murphy.  The bill, successfully introduced by Rep. John Bell, is intended to increase participation in hunting by allowing individuals to hunt under t

Rank (0) Views 3602 On Mon, Apr 08, 2013 10:17 AM, 845 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2013) —Assisted by a N.C. Forest Service youth program, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn of some 500 acres in Burke and Rutherford counties this week if appropriate weather conditions occur.

The morning of the burn, a media alert will be issued.

The 500-acre prescribed burn — approximately half on South Mountains State Park and half on South Mountains Game Land — will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement, and reduce brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires. Although the carefully planned and maintained fire will occur during the youth turkey hunting week,the only closure of game land access will be on the CCC Road along the northern boundary with the State Park, and this closure will only be for the day of the burn.

“We will do everything we can to reduce the amount of smoke to nearby res

Rank (0) Views 3269 On Mon, Apr 08, 2013 9:56 AM, 845 days ago

QUANTICO, Va. (April 8, 2013) — Capt. Todd Radabaugh of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was among 268 law enforcement officers who graduated recently from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Internationally recognized for excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers. FBI Director Robert Mueller was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremonies, while the graduating class was represented by Capt. David Allen of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

“Completion of this training is a personal and professional accomplishment for Capt. Radabaugh,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Just as important, it reflects the high standards and commitment this agency maintains throughout the ranks.”

The 252nd session of the FBI National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states a

Rank (0) Views 4681 On Fri, Apr 05, 2013 3:58 PM, 848 days ago

SYLVA, N.C. (April 5, 2013) – Three Jackson County towns — Sylva, Webster and Dillsboro — recently joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program.

Nearly 9 miles of trout streams in Sylva, Webster and Dillsboro are now classified as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, where anglers can fish with a $5 Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license. This special license is valid for three consecutive days and only for the portions of streams designated as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, which are clearly marked with green and black signs.

Anglers who currently hold a valid resident or non-resident North Carolina fishing license can fish Mountain Heritage Trout Waters without purchasing the special license.

In Sylva, the 3.25-mile section of Scott Creek from HospiĀ­tal Rd. (S.R. 1437) to Hometown Place Rd. (S.R. 1381) is classified as a Mountain Heritage Trout Water and is a Hatchery-Supported Trout Water.

Rank (0) Views 3202 On Fri, Apr 05, 2013 11:09 AM, 848 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 5, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering eight fishing-related events, clinics and workshops in April and May at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For fishing events and clinics, loaner rods and reels are available free of charge on a first-come,first-serve basis and bait is provided. April 10 – Wounded Warriors Fly-Fishing Clinic from 1-5 p.m. This clinic is open to all soldiers, both active and retired, and their families. April 10 – N.C. Wildlife Federation meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is the first meeting of the Wildlife Federation’s newest chapter, Fayetteville Increasing Sustainable Habitat, or  F.I.S.H. April 13 – Kayak Fish and Float Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Pre-registration is required. Contact Thomas Carpenter at 910

Rank (0) Views 2863 On Thu, Apr 04, 2013 4:17 PM, 849 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 4, 2013) — Tax Day is less than two weeks away and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission would like taxpayers to remember North Carolina wildlife this year when completing their state income tax form by making a donation on line 31.

Whether you love to hunt, fish, photograph wildlife, or watch birds in your backyard, you can help conserve the state’s wildlife and their habitats.

More than 1,000 nongame species — from sea turtles to songbirds — call the Tar Heel state home. Many species, such as gray treefrogs and eastern towhees, are common and can be found and heard in your backyard. Others, such as sea turtles, Carolina northern flying squirrels and red-cockaded woodpeckers, are endangered and need conservation to prevent them from disappearing entirely from our state’s landscape.

North Carolina’s income tax donations have helped fund success stories, such as once-endangered species, like per

Rank (0) Views 2830 On Wed, Apr 03, 2013 12:11 PM, 850 days ago

BURGAW, N.C. (April 3, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has renovated the Shelter Creek Boating Access Area in Pender County, and it is now open to the public.

The renovation included the replacement of the boat ramp, installation of a floating dock and improvements to the parking area. The site was also made accessible for the disabled.

“This site is located on Shelter Creek and offers access to anglers, boaters and wildlife watchers,” said Tommy Hughes, coastal area eco-region supervisor.  “Shelter Creek, which empties into the Northeast Cape Fear River, is a great place to boat and fish for largemouth bass, panfish and catfish while wildlife watchers can search for alligators, beavers, waterfowl, songbirds, turkeys and white-tailed deer.”

Construction of the site was funded with motorboat registration fees and Sport Fish Restoration funds.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including a

Rank (0) Views 3539 On Wed, Apr 03, 2013 8:11 AM, 850 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 3, 2013) — A few openings remain for the 2ndAnnual Kayak Fish and Float Workshop, which will be held April 13 from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the free, family-friendly workshop, along with Heroes on the Water and the Great Outdoor Provision Company, which is providing kayaks for participants to use, including smaller, 12-foot fishing kayaks ideal for teens and young adults.

Heroes on the Water, an organization that provides basic kayak fishing instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for injured, wounded or disabled military personnel, will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks, with all proceeds supporting kayak fishing outings for wounded service members and veterans.  

The workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson,of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association,

Rank (0) Views 3604 On Tue, Apr 02, 2013 2:00 PM, 851 days ago

BOARDMAN, N.C. (April 2, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the N.C. Department of Transportation to manage a boating access area on U.S. 74 in Robeson County just outside Boardman, giving the public free, 24-hour access to the Lumber River.

Anglers fishing this section of the Lumber can catch largemouth bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish, channel catfish and redbreast sunfish. Along the river, there are opportunities for hunting deer, squirrel and other game, and it is not uncommon to see raccoon, beaver, mink, turkey and ducks.

The Boardman access area consists of a boat ramp and gravel lot. The Commission plans to renovate it in the future.

The Commission also operates three additional boating access areas along the Lumber: Wagram, McNeils Bridge and High Hill.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 free, publicly accessible boating access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.or

Rank (0) Views 2986 On Mon, Apr 01, 2013 3:40 PM, 852 days ago

HOOKERTON, N.C. (April 1) —Boaters and anglers in Greene County wishing to enter Contentnea Creek now have a new access area. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has just opened a new boating access area and fishing pier in the town of Hookerton.

A ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m., April 5,at 107 N. William Hooker Drive in Hookerton.

The Hookerton Boating Access Area has a new ADA-accessible concrete boat ramp with gravel parking. The 15-by-120-foot boat ramp has an 8-by-60 floating dock to assist with launching and retrieving vessels. The location also has a new ADA-accessible 10-by-30-foot fishing platform on the T-shaped, fixed fishing pier for anglers without boats..

The gravel parking area offers 18 marked spaces for vehicles with trailers and five spaces for single vehicles as well as handicapped-accessible spaces for each.

“We are very excited about the partnership withthe N.C. Wildlife Commission to build a Boating Access Area here in Hook

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