Rank (0) Views 4136 On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 2:38 PM, 935 days ago

Licenses Were Biggest Catches in National Fishing and Boating Week Prize Drawing

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 16, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented two young anglers with lifetime licenses and certificates at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh on July 11.

Corey Buchanan, 9, received a lifetime sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license, and Jaimee Yankow, 9, received a freshwater fishing license. Both licenses were given away as part of a statewide 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.

Corey, who is from Spruce Pine, is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish, which is a good thing because his lifetime license, which was donated by Neuse Sport Shop and is valued at $450, gives him statewide hunting privileges, includ

Rank (0) Views 9632 On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 12:12 PM, 936 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Hunters should note several important changes to this year’s seasons and regulations: Dove season opening day is Sept. 2, a Monday. Seasons for rails, gallinules and moorhens have been split into two segments.  There is a closed period for rail hunting in late September/early October. The daily bag limit for teal in the September teal season has been increased from four teal to six teal. Possession limits for all species are now 3 times the daily bag limit. Previously, it had been 2 times the daily bag.

Shooting hours for all species are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset unless otherwisenoted.  Dove hunters should note that shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin at ½ hour before sunrise.

Rank (0) Views 3922 On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 3:53 PM, 939 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 12, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public  hearing to take comments on proposed changes to game fish rules and a boating safety  rule at 10 a.m. on July 17 at its headquarters in Raleigh. The meeting will be held in the auditorium on the first floor.

The Commission proposes to amend the rule containing game fish creel and size limits and seasons, which currently includes all game fish species, so that it applies only to black bass. Amending the rule so it applies only to black bass gives the Commission an opportunity to pull existing information out of the complicated, multi-fish rule and create 15 new and simple fish rules — one for each species of game fish — except flounder, sea trout and red drum. These three species will be contained in one rule. The proposed changes, which are administrative only, would have no effect on existing creel and size limits and seasons.


Rank (0) Views 7632 On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 2:43 PM, 939 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 12, 2013) — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding seven public meetings in July and August to seek input in developing management plans for Commission-managed gamelands across the state.

Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meetings to help guide management and user activities on game lands for the next 10 years. Through its N.C. Game Lands Program, the Commission manages more than 2 million acres of public and private lands for hunters, anglers, trappers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

“We are seeking input from all users of our game lands and others who are interested in how the properties are managed,” said Lands Program Manager Isaac Harrold. “These meetings are not just for hunters and anglers. They are for wildlife watchers and photographers, birding groups, hikers, kayakers and others who have interest in our game lands. Everyone is encouraged to provide input.”

Rank (0) Views 3840 On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 9:33 AM, 939 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 3539 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 4:03 PM, 940 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 3893 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 4:17 PM, 940 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 3552 On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:55 AM, 940 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 3460 On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 4:18 PM, 941 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 2518 On Mon, Jul 08, 2013 4:35 PM, 943 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 2199 On Mon, Jul 08, 2013 12:29 PM, 943 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 2151 On Fri, Jul 05, 2013 11:34 AM, 946 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)


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