Rank (0) Views 2900 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:37 AM, 977 days ago



WASHINGTON, N.C. (March 26) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Haven’s Garden Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The site, located at the intersection of N.C. 32 and Runyon Creek, will be maintained by the city of Washington. The Commission replaced its two-lane ramp, and installed a floating dock to replace an old fixed dock. In addition, an auxiliary dock was replaced with a sturdier dock.

The Commission also replaced off-road grass parking with a new, 17-space paved lot with an ADA-accessible site and a paved walkway. The renovations were paid for through revenue from motorboat registration receipts.

Runyon Creek feeds into the Pamlico River.

“This site is very popular with boaters,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This partnership with the city of Washington will allow us to operate the site free to t


Rank (0) Views 5139 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:06 AM, 977 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold its 34th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports, on April 28 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe.

Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and overall individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events (see video). The Wildlife Commission conducted nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students participating.

The championship represents an opportunity for competitors who advanced from district events to showcase outdoor skills learned through the Commission’s Hunter Education Program (see video). The competition includes segments in rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge and a wildlife knowledge test.

Teams are organized w


Rank (0) Views 4641 On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 10:52 AM, 977 days ago



CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina” workshop in New Hanover County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, alligators, snakes and lizards across the state. 

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Carolina Beach State Park on April 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of reptiles and amphibians, as well as the effects people can have on these often-maligned but ecologically important animals.  

In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the park, which has forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak, and many small ponds — habitat favored by a va


Rank (0) Views 4272 On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 1:13 PM, 980 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 23) — The address previously given for the public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. March 28 at Pitt Community College on the proposed rules to allow night hunting of feral swine (hogs) and coyotes was incorrect.

 

The correct address is:

1986 Pitt Tech Road

Winterville, N.C. 28590

 

The hearing will be held in room 153 of the Fulford building. For more information on the hearings, or to comment online, view the regulations at www.ncwildlife.org.


Rank (0) Views 3548 On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 2:07 PM, 983 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 20, 2012) — Master Officer Steve Bullins with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been named by the North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation as the state’s 2012 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

This award honors top wildlife officers for their dedication to conserving wildlife and upholding the law. All wildlife officers who were chosen for their state were recognized in February during the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 36th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. Bullins received his award on March 2 at the North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meeting during the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh.

“Steve Bullins embodies what a wildlife officer should be,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Law Enforcement Division. “Steve is not only an exemplary officer; he is an active member of his c


Rank (0) Views 6932 On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 7:17 AM, 983 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 7. The season will run until March 1, 2013. 

While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.  

Hatchery-supported trout waters, marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked from March until August every year, depending on the individual stream. A list of numbers and species stocked by month and county can be found on the Commission’s website. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently.   

Balsam Lake, which was drained by the U.S. Forest Service to repair a leak in the spillway, remains closed and will not receive stockings this year. 

Commission


Rank (0) Views 5741 On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 11:08 AM, 987 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 15) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday, March 15 seized and euthanized four adult white-tailed deer being held without permit or license in Iredell County.

Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers obtained a search warrant, and biologists from the Wildlife Management Division used immobilization drugs to remove the captive deer safely from the property.

According to North Carolina law, it is illegal to hold or confine deer, elk or other cervid animals in the state without a permit or license, with strict requirements necessary to safeguard the health and safety of wildlife resources, livestock and humans.

Further, since 2002, except for fawns taken to licensed rehabilitators, it has been illegal to transfer deer between facilities. These measures have been in place to prevent introduction and spread of wildlife diseases including chronic wasting disease.

CWD is a contagious and progressive disease that typically induces chronic wei


Rank (0) Views 5399 On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 1:33 PM, 988 days ago



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 15, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a Kayak Fish and Float workshop on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  

The inaugural workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics:
•  Kayak Safety and Rigging,
•   Inshore Kayak Fishing,
•   Kayak Fishing for Mackerel,
•   Kayak Fishing for Bass, and
•  Kayak Basics for Panfish.
The Wildlife Resources Commission partnered with the Great Outdoor Provision Company and Get Outdoors of Greensboro to organize the workshop. Both companies will provide their demo fleets of popular kayak bran


Rank (0) Views 3757 On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 7:49 AM, 990 days ago



NEW BERN, N.C. (March 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians of North Carolina” workshop in Craven County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads and salamanders. 

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on April 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with classroom presentations on the conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of frogs, toads and salamanders, as well as the effects that people can have on these environmentally sensitive animals.  

In the afternoon, workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the center, which sits on approximately 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern. 

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, will be one of the wo


Rank (0) Views 3222 On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 9:32 AM, 991 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (March 12, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled Camp-Outdoor-Rageous, a free summer program for teens, for July 9-13 at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

Open to youth ages 13 to 17, the weeklong day camp (see a short video clip) builds self-reliance while teaching outdoor skills and conservation.

Activities take place on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University and Lake Raleigh. The daily camp times are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Teens must apply in advance. Admission is based on their response to a wildlife questionnaire.

Campers will build a fire without matches, learn to follow a wild animal trail, catch and cook fish, and practice archery. Additionally, campers will:
- Identify animal tracks and signs
- Tie flies and practice fly casting
- Cook and taste game meat
- Build a shelter in the woods
- Use a map and compass
- Trap and release small mammals
- Practice knot tying


Rank (0) Views 7671 On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 4:36 PM, 995 days ago



WELDON, N.C. (March 8, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s first Roanoke River fishing report of the 2012 shad and striped bass fishing season will be posted on the Commission’s Conserve & Protect blog starting March 15. 

Fishing reports will be posted each week on Thursday mornings until sometime in mid-May, which is around the time the last striper stragglers have headed back downriver to Albemarle Sound and the ocean.

As in years past, Jeremy McCargo, the biologist who leads the agency’s striped bass sampling effort on the Roanoke River, will be providing most of the information for the weekly reports, although creel clerks will be providing information as well.

McCargo gave blog readers a preview of what Roanoke River anglers are catching now as well as a “fishing forecast” of what anglers can expect this season. Check it out here.

In the meantime, mark March 15 on your calendar a


Rank (0) Views 3500 On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 2:46 PM, 995 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2011) — Just in time for shad and striped bass spawning runs, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Gaston Boating Access Area in Northampton County.

With that, the Commission has renovated 9 of its 10 sites along the Roanoke River, known for its premier striped bass fishing and equally enjoyable shad fishing, in the past decade. See an interactive, clickable map of the Roanoke and the renovated sites here, and on the boating page.

“Come March, anglers flock to the Roanoke River for great shad fishing, followed closely by arm-wrenching striper fishing,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Some of our access areas along the river have lines of up to 100 cars waiting to launch. With newer, better lots, more launch lanes and more accessible sites, our ramps along the Roanoke are better than ever.”

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