Rank (0) Views 4900 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 12:24 PM, 972 days ago



LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — Build it and they will come. At least that’s the hope of fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission after placing an experimental reef in Lake Waccamaw last summer to attract a tiny, gray catfish. 

Biologists placed the reef, or “madtom hotel” as they call it, into Lake Waccamaw to help assess the population status of the broadtail madtom, a small species in the catfish family. Twenty years ago, this native fish, which measures a mere 2 ½ inches, was more common in the Columbus County lake. Today, it is difficult to find. So difficult, in fact, that the fish is state listed as a species of special concern.  Broadtail madtoms are only known from a handful of locations in the Coastal Plain of North and South Carolina. 

Ryan Heise, an aquatic wildlife diversity biologist with the Commission, and Chris Helms with North Carolina State Parks, hope th


Rank (0) Views 4193 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 10:43 AM, 972 days ago



LEXINGTON, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission placed 20 fish attractors into Lake Thom-a-Lex in February to enhance habitat and improve fishing opportunities in the 650-acre reservoir, which is located in Davidson County. 

Fisheries technician Keith Hendrickson, along with other agency staff, placed 20 Mossback fish attractors throughout the lake on Feb. 1, sinking several near the fishing piers, which should help anglers fishing from the bank and piers catch more fish. Fish attractors are marked by white buoys with orange stripes. 

GPS coordinates for the fish attractors are:

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Rank (0) Views 3871 On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 12:16 PM, 974 days ago



 

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 29, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the March Committee meeting agendas.

Executive Committee Meeting Agenda - March 5 ,2012 (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda - March 7 ,2012 (PDF)

Disabled Sportsmen Subcommittee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Joint Big Game Committee and Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Migratory Birds and Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 2936 On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 3:35 PM, 980 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2012) — Visitors to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission exhibit at the 32nd annual Dixie Deer Classic are eligible to win a Leupold scope when they take advantage of a subscription offer to Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

Scheduled for March 2-4, the nationally recognized Dixie Deer Classic is an outdoors and white-tailed deer hunting showcase held at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The Wildlife Commission exhibit will be located in the Exposition Center. Visitors will see the agency’s mobile aquarium, a staple at many fishing and hunting events, featuring both warmwater and coldwater fishes found in North Carolina waters. The Sensory Safari, a kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give visitors the chance to learn about North Carolina’s wildlife by listening to the sounds of birds, seeing animal mounts and handling pelts of some common North Carolina mammals.

Anyone who subscribes or renews a subscription to


Rank (0) Views 4926 On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 2:46 PM, 980 days ago



CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2012) — Assisted by a N.C. Forest Service BRIDGE program, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn of some 1,600 acres in Burke and Rutherford counties during the month of March when appropriate weather conditions occur. 

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

The prescribed burn of 631 acres on South Mountains State Park and 1,007 acres 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. The carefully planned and maintained fire could last two to three days.

“We will do everything we can to reduce the amount of smoke to nearby residents and neighborhoods,” said Dean Simon, a forester with the Wildlife Commission. “However, people will see smoke while we are burning. Prescribed fire, though,


Rank (0) Views 6671 On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 10:00 AM, 981 days ago



RANDLEMAN, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement new largemouth bass regulations for Randleman Reservoir effective March 1.

 

The minimum size limit will continue to be 14 inches; however, the daily creel limit of five fish will include two exceptions: two of the five fish can be less than 14 inches and only one of the five fish can be greater than 20 inches. The current statewide largemouth bass regulation allows anglers to harvest five fish 14 inches or larger daily with the exception that two fish can be less than 14 inches.

 

The Wildlife Commission took the proposed largemouth bass regulations for Randleman Reservoir to public hearings in September 2011 and the Wildlife Commissioners approved them at their November business meeting.

 

“Randleman Reservoir is a great place to fish as fish continue to grow rapidly in the newly formed reservoir,” said Corey Oakley, a fisheri


Rank (0) Views 2792 On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 10:47 AM, 982 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2011) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the pier at Bells Church Public Fishing Area after staff completed repairs to a broken hinge yesterday.

 

Commission personnel closed the public fishing area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, last week after being notified that the hinge connecting the first and second sections of the pier had broken, due to damage most likely sustained from high winds earlier in the week. 

 

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.


Rank (0) Views 11351 On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 3:56 PM, 983 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30.  The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per person. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S. Highway 258 Bridge near Scotland Neck to Roanoke Ra


Rank (0) Views 3010 On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 1:55 PM, 983 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering an outdoor skills weekend workshop for women, April 13-15, at the Eastern 4-H Conference Center in Columbia, N.C.

 

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop will provide expert instruction on a wide array of activities on the water, in the field and by the campfire. Cost is $225 per person and covers a choice of four outdoor skills sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging. Space is limited, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

“This weekend is as comprehensive as it gets, when it comes to an opportunity to learn and participate in outdoors recreation,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “It’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere, tailored for a fulfilling experience for each participant.”

 

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Rank (0) Views 3168 On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 2:52 PM, 986 days ago



GASTON, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its newly revamped Gaston Boating Access Area on the Roanoke River, downstream of Roanoke Rapids dam, in Northampton County.

 

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 24 at the access area on N.C. 48, at the north side of the Roanoke River Bridge. The renovated site features a new ramp with a floating dock and a paved parking lot. Single vehicle spaces are also available for bank anglers, and solar lights have been installed.

 

“This site provides a great option for anglers looking for an alternative to some of our busier spots during striper season,” said Dean Barbee, Piedmont regional supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “It also provides great fishing and boating opportunities throughout the year, and the renovations make the site even mor


Rank (0) Views 4385 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 2:26 PM, 987 days ago



 

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the  National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold two free turkey hunting clinics at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education,  just in time for the spring turkey hunting season.

 

The first clinic, an introductory session for novice turkey hunters, will be held March 15. More experienced hunters will have their own clinic on March 22.  Both are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the center’s auditorium.

 

 “These free clinics offer excellent preparation for the upcoming spring turkey season in April,” said Ann May, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “While participants will not be firing live rounds, there will be plenty of practice with turkey calls. And the educational and safety components of the clinics will benefit everyone who at


Rank (0) Views 2725 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 11:50 AM, 987 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has temporarily closed the Bells Church Public Fishing Area located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, until further notice.

 

Commission personnel closed the public fishing area this morning after being notified that a hinge on the pier had broken, due to damage most likely sustained from Tuesday’s high winds.  Commission staff was onsite this morning to assess the pier and is working on a solution to prevent this from occurring again. 

 

The pier is expected to remain closed through at least early next week. The Commission will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve and Protect blog and news release when the pier reopens.  For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.

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