Rank (0) Views 3348 On Thu, Aug 09, 2012 3:27 PM, 959 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting registration for a “Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” clinic on Sept. 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The clinic is free, but space is limited, with advance registration required.

“Deer Processing, From Field to Freezer” is primarily designed to help novice deer hunters, but experienced hunters may pick up some new tips as well. This clinic will provide practical instruction on proper field dressing and handling technique, preparing a deer for taxidermy, basic home-processing equipment needs, step-by-step butchering, wrapping and storage, as well as recipes.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four wildlife education centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The Centennial Center is located on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headquarters at 1

Rank (0) Views 5854 On Tue, Aug 07, 2012 5:01 PM, 961 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission re-opened the Bells Church Public Fishing Area pier today.

Commission personnel closed the fishing pier, which is located at 1126 Farrington Road in Apex, on July 30 so that ongoing repairs to the pier could be completed.

The pier is the Wildlife Commission’s largest fishing pier, extending 139 feet into the lake and measuring 80 feet across at the end of the pier. It is also the only Wildlife Commission pier with LED nighttime fishing lights, which attract insects and baitfish to the pier.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s fishing page or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.

Rank (0) Views 3001 On Tue, Aug 07, 2012 8:40 AM, 961 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 7, 2012) — Limited space is still available in two outdoor skills sessions for women in September, offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

Registration is open to women ages 18 and older, on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a nominal fee to cover costs of materials and accommodations. Partial scholarships are available.

On Sept. 8-9, an overnight Outdoors Skills session for the mountain region will be held at Fort Hamby campground, W. Kerr Scott Lake near North Wilkesboro. This two-day workshop will help participants master skills and gain confidence in archery, basic fishing, wildlife tracking and wildlife identification. Saturday lunch and Sunday continental breakfast will be provided, with campers responsible for their own supper on Saturday. Participants must bring their own tent and sleeping gear. Workshop staff will be on hand to assist in setting up camp. Fort Hamby campg

Rank (0) Views 4402 On Fri, Aug 03, 2012 11:15 AM, 965 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a new black bass regulation for two Piedmont lakes effective Aug. 1.

Anglers fishing for largemouth bass at Lake Cammack in Alamance County and Lake Holt in Granville County can now keep up to 10 fish per day with no minimum size limit. But only two bass may be greater than 14 inches.

The previous regulation at lakes Cammack and Holt allowed anglers to harvest five fish 14 inches or larger daily with the exception that two fish could be less than 14 inches. Fisheries biologists proposed eliminating the minimum size limit and increasing the daily creel limit for largemouth bass in these lakes to encourage harvest of fish less than 14 inches.

Harvesting more bass less than 14 inches reduces competition among fish and allows the remaining fish to grow bigger, faster. 

“Both Lake Cammack and Lake Holt largemouth bass populations are overcrowded, so increasing har

Rank (0) Views 10611 On Fri, Aug 03, 2012 8:21 AM, 965 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed into its ranks 19 new wildlife officers who now have a sworn duty to enforce conservation laws and protect the public.

Graduation ceremonies took place Aug. 2 at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, culminating 19 weeks — more than 800 hours — of rigorous and intensive training for the Class of 2012.

The wildlife officers and their hometowns:

·         Tanner K. Baldwin, Asheville, Buncombe County

·         Jarret C. Culbreth, Tryon, Polk County

·         Joshua L. Freeborn, Salisbury, Rowan County

·         Brian C. Gillespi

Rank (0) Views 6843 On Thu, Aug 02, 2012 4:44 PM, 966 days ago

RALEIGH (Aug. 2) — State officials are looking for ideas from the public on how three different agencies can cooperatively provide more efficient, productive and enjoyable uses of the state's fisheries resources.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will accept comments on this subject at its August meeting in Raleigh on behalf of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Legislation passed and signed into law this summer directs these agencies to study the current organization of the state’s fisheries management agencies and whether these agencies should be reorganized.

Currently, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries manages coastal fish species while the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages inland fish species.

The commission will take public comment at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Brownstone Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleig

Rank (0) Views 4784 On Thu, Aug 02, 2012 2:00 PM, 966 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is requesting input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on the Commission’s website. Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans. Beginning this week, citizens can comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Regular Waterfowl Season Comments.” Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted until Aug. 20.

Comments can also be mailed to:

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701


The Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org, will list the federal frameworks from which seasons may be selected, a direct link to a map of North Carolina’s Canada goose hunt zones, and a link to the U.S. Fish an

Rank (0) Views 6023 On Wed, Aug 01, 2012 7:43 AM, 967 days ago

TROY, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with The LandTrust for Central North Carolina to provide anglers fishing the Uwharrie River with a new public fishing access area.

The Low Water Bridge Fishing Access Area, which is located on Low Water Bridge Road in Montgomery County north of Troy, opened in May. The access area has two ramps — one upstream of the bridge and another downstream — and a parking lot with space for nine vehicles and one designated handicapped parking space.

GPS coordinates for the access area, which can accommodate small boats, canoes and kayaks, are: Latitude: 35.488435°, Longitude -80.005840°. While boats are not restricted to length, they must be able to be launched and retrieved without the use of a trailer. The ramps are configured so that only watercraft that can be carried to and from the water can be launched and retrieved.

Anglers launching their boats at

Rank (0) Views 7156 On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 11:34 AM, 968 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 31, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement a new 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in most western North Carolina waters effective Aug. 1.

The daily creel limit, which is five black bass in any combination with two under the minimum length limit, will remain in effect.

The new minimum length limit will apply to all western North Carolina waters except for small portions of the New River in Alleghany County, where a special regulation conforms to Virginia regulations. The New River in that area meanders back and forth across the border of North Carolina and Virginia.

The new length limit will replace the statewide general length limit of smallmouth and spotted bass, which were managed under a 12-inch limit previously. In addition, largemouth bass in waters in and west of Madison, Buncombe, Henderson and Polk counties, as well as in Public Mountain Trout Waters, will have the same 14-inch

Rank (0) Views 2398 On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 1:02 PM, 969 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2012) Download the PDF below for the July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice.

August 30, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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

Rank (0) Views 3296 On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 3:58 PM, 972 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 27, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, from 7 a.m. on July 30 to 5 p.m. on August 1, to continue repairs to the fishing pier. 

Work crews will be driving pilings deeper into the lake bottom on the sides of the pier to stabilize it. The pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents over the past year, is the Wildlife Commission’s largest fishing pier, extending 139 feet into the lake and measuring 80 feet across at the end of the pier.

“We think the repairs will be completed by mid-week,” said Kyle Briggs, who is a program manager with the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “After these large pilings are installed and the pier has been secured to them, we hope anglers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted, 24/7 fishing access on this pier for years to come.”


Rank (0) Views 8243 On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 2:42 PM, 973 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July 12 to take to statewide public hearings 68 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2013-2014 seasons. An online comment form also will be available in early August.

The wildlife management proposals include creating a one-week Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird. In addition, the Commission is proposing allowing an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season.

The proposals also include removing restrictions on carrying firearms during the deer bow-and-arrow season and pistols during the muzzleloader season in accordance with state law, and allowing hunting with muzzleloading pistols.

Fishing proposals include reclassifying 2.2 miles of Fires Creek in Clay County and

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