Rank (0) Views 9148 On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 10:27 AM, 960 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 5905 On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 1:57 PM, 962 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 5633 On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 1:33 PM, 962 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 4091 On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 1:59 PM, 966 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 3826 On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 8:54 AM, 966 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 2867 On Thu, Dec 08, 2011 1:23 PM, 967 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 2723 On Tue, Dec 06, 2011 3:40 PM, 969 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


Rank (0) Views 2593 On Tue, Dec 06, 2011 2:50 PM, 969 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 6, 2011) The meeting will be held Monday, December 12 at 10:30 for the purpose of considering adoption of temporary rules for the trapping of feral swine.

Download the agenda  package PDF below: December 12, 2011 Special Meeting Agenda Package (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 3350 On Mon, Dec 05, 2011 9:22 AM, 970 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2011) –The Home from the Hunt campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding waterfowl hunters who hunt from a boat to practice boating safety and hunting safety. “Statistics show more hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of hypothermia.”

Boating safety tips include: • Always wear a life vest. • Don’t overload the boat, especially with passengers. • Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat. • Never move about the boat with a loaded firearm.

In the event of capsizing or swamping, stay with the boat. It will still provide some flotation and will be the i


Rank (0) Views 3028 On Fri, Dec 02, 2011 4:53 PM, 973 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 2, 2011)The meeting will be held Monday, December 12 at 10:30 for the purpose of considering adoption of temporary rules for the trapping of feral swine.

Download the notice and agenda PDFs below: December 12, 2011 Special Meeting Notice (PDF) December 12, 2011 Special Meeting Agenda (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 2843 On Fri, Dec 02, 2011 4:41 PM, 973 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 2, 2011) Download the PDF below for Commission Meeting Actions. November 10, 2011 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 3719 On Thu, Dec 01, 2011 3:10 PM, 974 days ago



NEWPORT, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Newport Boating Access Area in Carteret County, and it is now open to the public.

An obsolete, 7-foot wide boat ramp at the site was replaced with a 14-foot wide ramp. Renovations also included a new 60-foot long by 8-foot wide floating dock. The site is now ADA compliant with the completion of an accessible parking space and sidewalk.

“With limited access to the Newport River, we are proud to be able to provide this newly renovated access area to the public,” said Brian Watson, a boating technician with the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The river, and Bogue Sound, which is only a few miles away, is a popular destination for recreational boaters, anglers and hunters.”

The renovations were funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts. For more information

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