Rank (0) Views 3821 On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2010) – As of Aug. 1, there is no longer a minimum size limit for striped bass at Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake from June 1 through Sept. 30, although the four-fish daily creel limit still applies.

From Oct. 1 through May 31, the striped bass regulation will remain a four-fish daily creel limit with a 20-inch minimum size limit.

The new regulation, approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in March, allows anglers fishing Lake Gaston to harvest striped bass that otherwise might not survive if caught and released during the summer. Research indicates catch-and-release mortality of adult striped bass is high when water temperatures exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

In previous years, striped bass anglers on Lake Gaston typically would catch and release many stripers until they caught four that exceeded the 20-inch minimum length limit. The catch-and-release practice had an unintended effect of killing some of the released striped bas

Rank (0) Views 2982 On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved the peregrine season at its Aug. 25 meeting. The season for permitted take begins Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 20, and is restricted to that portion of North Carolina east of U.S. Hwy. 17.

North Carolina resident and nonresident falconers can now apply for a permit for the live take of a peregrine falcon for use in falconry. The application, which includes permit requirements and deadline information, can be downloaded here, or by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Permit Hunting Opportunities.” Then scroll down to the "Peregrine Falcon Permit Application 2010" link. The application is also available for purchase by calling 1-888-248-6834.

Falconers are required to provide their federal falconry permit number at the time of application.

The deadline for mail-in applications is Sept. 2 and for telephone applications, Sept. 6, with the permit draw a

Rank (0) Views 3770 On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

SALEMBURG, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2010) – On August 26, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed 15 new wildlife officers into the ranks of the Division of Law Enforcement, with the mission to enforce game, fish and boating laws and to protect the resources of the state and the safety of its citizens.

The officers and their hometowns and counties are:
Brandon Barbee, Richfield, Stanly County
Tyler Campbell, Catawba, Catawba County
Brandon Coffey, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
Justin Covil, Lynn, Polk County
Dustin Ethridge, Morganton, Burke County
Dee Hubbard, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
Branden Jones, Saluda, Polk County
Michael King, Asheboro, Randolph County
William Parrish, Clinton, Sampson County
Michael Paxinos, Pikeville, Wayne County
Carson Rogers, Hendersonville, Henderson County
Andrew Smith, Lansing, Ashe County
Kyle Van Althuis, Sherburne, N.Y.
Jamie D. Wood, Wallace, Duplin County
Johnny Young Jr., Linwood, Davidson County


Rank (0) Views 2888 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2010) – One of the most popular hunting traditions in North Carolina is dove season, bringing family and friends together afield. The “Home from the Hunt” safety campaign reminds everyone that a rewarding experience happens only when all hunters are safe and responsible.

The 2010–11 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 4 – Oct. 9; Nov. 22 – Nov. 27; and Dec. 18 – Jan. 14. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 30. For doves, shooting hours are from noon until sunset on opening day only and from a half hour before sunrise until sunset thereafter.

Hunter Education Specialists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advise:

Be Safe
When hunting in a group, know where others are and communicate.
Never shoot at low-flying birds.
Alert companions when a bird is too low to safely allow a shot.

Be Responsible
Know your field of fire. Don’t pepper pe

Rank (0) Views 2912 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2010) – Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen can apply for permit waterfowl hunts by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or by calling (888) 248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The deadline for the majority of permit hunts is Oct. 1.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set the late-season waterfowl dates at its August business meeting and information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, can be found here.

Rank (0) Views 3405 On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 1, 2010) –  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting citizens that many access roads to game lands in the coastal region of the state have been closed due to flooding from heavy rains.

Closed roads will be barricaded and marked with signs. The Commission will make every effort to open the roads as soon as they are able to withstand vehicular use.

Learn more about North Carolina’s game lands, and view an interactive, searchable map.

Rank (0) Views 2916 On Thu, Oct 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2010) — “Take It Outside” at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. State Fair exhibit this year to learn more about the many outdoor opportunities offered by the agency.

The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 14, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 15-24.

The ‘Take It Outside’ exhibit provides an indication of the many hunting, fishing, boating, watching and learning opportunities provided to the public by the Commission. Visitors can check out a 12-foot, interactive map to find places to hunt, fish, boat and wildlife watch within 50 miles of where they live.

“We want everyone who visits our tent to know that there are likely several places near their homes where they can wet a line, go hunting or boating, or simply watch wildlife,” said Penny Miller, communications director for the Commission.

Rank (0) Views 3034 On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2010) – Human dimensions in wildlife conservation – the “people aspect” of nature – will be the topic for the Oct. 27th Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education.

The seminar, titled “Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management: What is it and Why Should You Care?” will be presented by Dr. Nils Peterson and Kerry Linehan at 4 p.m. following a networking session with refreshments, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

An assistant professor at N.C. State University, Dr. Peterson researches the relationships of human actions and natural systems. He examines how factors from land use policies to household dynamics affect the environment and endangered wildlife populations. He will relate how this research and its applications can benefit conservation measures.

As a human dimensions biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Linehan conducts and coor

Rank (0) Views 2940 On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 15, 2010) – Fred Rorrer, a longtime hunter education specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission who taught thousands of North Carolinians about respect and enjoyment of the outdoors, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 11. He was 52 years old.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 16th, at the Fair Funeral Home, 432 Boone Road, Eden. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at Fair Funeral Home.

“Fred Rorrer was the caliber of man who, whether personally or professionally, represented conservation and this agency in the best possible way,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement, which administers the state’s Hunter Education Program. “He was an avid outdoorsman and a great ambassador for hunting and fishing. His passing leaves a void and, for those who knew him, a real hurt.”

As a hunter education

Rank (0) Views 2977 On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 15, 2010) – Youth visiting the Wildlife Commission’s exhibit at the State Fair on Monday, Oct.18, can participate in several activities designed to educate and entertain, including interacting with conservation educators and biologists to learn answers to wildlife questions and earn a wildlife sticker.

The day has been designated Youth Day by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and participants can test their shooting skills at a free air rifle range, learn to identify animals by their scat, handle animal pelts and see live amphibians and reptiles.

Through the duration of the fair, visitors can see the Commission’s “Take it Outside” exhibit, which provides an indication of the many hunting, fishing, boating, watching and learning opportunities provided to the public by the Commission. Visitors can check out a 12-foot, interactive map to find places to hunt, fish, boat and wildlife watch within 50 miles of wh

Rank (0) Views 3462 On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 18, 2010) – There is still time to pledge to mentor someone new to hunting during the 2010 hunting season.

Sign-ups for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunting Matters! “Hats On” Mentoring Campaign end Nov. 1. Those who sign up by the Nov. 1 deadline will receive a free hat and bumper sticker.

“We’re asking hunters to join the more than 3,000 people who have already promised to introduce someone new to hunting, a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world we live in that can not be found elsewhere,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s Hunting Heritage biologist. “If you enjoy hunting, consider sharing the experience with someone who is interested in the outdoors and otherwise may not have the opportunity to learn about the activity.”

The Commission’s Hunting Heritage Program is based on the premise th

Rank (0) Views 3288 On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 943 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 21, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that if they harvest a deer in Virginia, they must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations if they want to bring it home.

Since a deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Virginia last year, hunters must take care not to spread CWD to North Carolina. Only the following deer, elk, or moose carcass parts harvested in states or provinces with CWD are allowed into North Carolina:
Meat that is cut and wrapped
Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
Meat that has been boned out
Caped hides
Cleaned skull plates
Cleaned teeth
Finished taxidermy products

States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Virgini

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