Rank (0) Views 5742 On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 2:24 PM, 985 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 19, 2012) — Hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts now have more ways than ever to receive the most up-to-date information about the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Constituents can now “like” the Commission on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see the latest news releases, view photos, get updates on fishing and boating, learn of new regulations or just find out about wildlife and the outdoors in North Carolina. “For some people, social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are a first stop to find information,” said Carolyn Rickard, the Commission’s public information officer leading the agency’s social media efforts. “Providing information through these sites is just one more way we can keep people informed and up to date.” The Commission also recently started a blog in December and made plans to expand its videos on its YouTube channel later this y

Rank (0) Views 4149 On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 10:10 AM, 986 days ago

PISGAH FOREST, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on March 9-11 in the mountains.

Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground, south of Asheville near Brevard in Transylvania County. The registration fee is $125, with partial scholarships available.

“It doesn’t matter what skill level or previous experience you have,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “This weekend is tailored for individuals, so each angler will gain new skills and improve techniques, and learn about an angler’s important role in conservation on mountain streams.”

The workshop will be held rain or shine. March can be cool or even cold, so appropriate dress is advised. Fly-fishing equipment will be provided, but participant

Rank (0) Views 5019 On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 12:00 PM, 986 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2012) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced the winners of the seventh annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition.

Gene Furr, of Raleigh, won the grand prize for his image of an egret carrying nesting material near Southport. All winners are published in the January/February 2012 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image appearing on the cover. The exhibition sponsor, JW Photo Labs of Raleigh, made it possible for the photographs to be exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and other science museums and wildlife education centers across the state.

“There were photos from every corner of the state, reflecting the diverse habitats of our natural resources that are covered in every issue of the magazine,” said Jim Wilson, editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “The photo competition fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of North Carolina&a

Rank (0) Views 4770 On Fri, Jan 06, 2012 10:10 AM, 999 days ago

SWANSBORO, N.C. (Jan. 6, 2012) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has replaced two pedestrian bridges, allowing for an easier, safer walk for hunters traveling to the waterfowl impoundment on the White Oak River Game Land in Onslow County. Two old wooden bridges, which had been in active use, have been replaced with aluminum floating bridges, allowing them to rise and fall with the water in the impoundment. The new bridges were strategically placed to allow hunters — who mainly arrive by boat — to cross the canals surrounding the impoundment and access prime waterfowl hunting areas. “The new bridges that we installed are a great improvement over the old wood structures.  These bridges are able to float up and down along with the water level, and will improve access for hunters using the impoundment,” said Chesley Ward, a technician with the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “Because the

Rank (0) Views 4398 On Thu, Jan 05, 2012 5:42 PM, 999 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 5, 2012) Download the agenda package PDF below. January 12, 2012 Meeting Agenda Package (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 16073 On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 3:33 PM, 1006 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will allow hunting of feral swine at night with the aid of light, by special permit, beginning Dec. 29, 2011. Under this policy, archery and firearm hunters with a Commission-issued permit in addition to a hunting license may hunt feral swine after normal shooting hours (½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour past sunset) where local law allows; except by firearms on Sundays. The permits are valid through March 31. Free permits to hunt feral swine at night with aid of light are available through the Commission’s online services at www.ncwildlife.org.   The permit does not grant access to any property. Landholders must grant permission to enter private or public property lawfully. The permit does not grant access to take feral swine on state game land. 

As of Oct. 1, 2011, all hogs in the wild became classified and managed as feral swine, with no

Rank (0) Views 5272 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:37 PM, 1015 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct four fly-fishing clinics open to the public starting in January.  

The clinics will be held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Raeford Road and will begin with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instruction.

Three basic fly-fishing clinics are scheduled for Jan. 7, 21 and Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited or no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate proper fly-fishing techniques, such as casting, rigging and knot tying.  

An advanced fly-fishing class, scheduled for Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., targets anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience and will cover more complex techniques, such as advanced casting, fly

Rank (0) Views 3718 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:09 PM, 1015 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 20, 2011) Download the PDFs below for the commission and committee meeting agendas. January 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF) January 11, 2012 Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) January 11, 2012 Big Game Committee and Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Joint Meeting (PDF) January 11, 2012 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) January 11, 2012 Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 4893 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 10:49 AM, 1015 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 20, 2011) – It may seem counterintuitive to start a fire to prevent a fire, but that’s exactly what the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is doing on some of its game lands in eastern North Carolina. The Wildlife Commission, working with the N.C. Forest Service, recently burned about 60 acres on the Pettiford Creek tract of the Croatan Game Land in Carteret County. The area sits close to homes and neighborhoods, and abuts the Croatan National Forest. While it might seem dangerous to burn land near houses, a carefully started and monitored prescribed fire has multiple benefits to plants, animals — and the people living in the neighborhoods. Regular controlled burning reduces the fuel load — or build-up of grass, leaves, pine straw and other forest debris — preventing wildfire and allowing firefighters to suppress a wildfire much quicker than they would have otherwise. “We have protected the houses in t

Rank (0) Views 7377 On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 8:41 AM, 1020 days ago

MATTHEWS, N.C. (Dec. 16, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department to construct a new handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Squirrel Lake Park. 


Personnel from Matthews and the Wildlife Commission constructed the floating, T-shaped pier on the lake this fall. The pier is 43 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-section at the end and incorporates low, angled handrail sections that allow easy access for children and anglers confined to wheelchairs.  


To enhance fishing opportunities, Commission staff installed a fish feeder within casting distance of the new pier. Staff also stocks the lake with 400 catchable-sized channel catfish in April, June and September of each year, to supplement the existing bass and sunfish fisheries. 


The fish stockings, pier and feeder are features of the Community Fishing Program,

Rank (0) Views 9296 On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 10:27 AM, 1020 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 6037 On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 1:57 PM, 1022 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.

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