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PITTSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has temporarily closed the Bells Church Public Fishing Area located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, until further notice.

 

Commission personnel closed the public fishing area this morning after being notified that a hinge on the pier had broken, due to damage most likely sustained from Tuesday’s high winds.  Commission staff was onsite this morning to assess the pier and is working on a solution to prevent this from occurring again. 

 

The pier is expected to remain closed through at least early next week. The Commission will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve and Protect blog and news release when the pier reopens.  For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.


Rank (0) Views 8206 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 11:23 AM, 988 days ago



FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting an “Amphibians in North Carolina” workshop in Wake County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning more about frogs, toads and salamanders. 

The workshop, which costs $15, will be held at Camp Agape in Fuquay-Varina on Feb. 29 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 people can have on these environment-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 624 acres of rolling hills, streams and ephemeral ponds — prime habitat for moisture-loving amphibians.   

Despite the cooler weather typical of late-February, participa


Rank (0) Views 5693 On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 12:28 PM, 989 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2012)  — The 2012 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, “Redheads in Needlerush,” is now available for purchase at the N.C. Wild Store.

 

The acrylic painting by Delaware artist Richard Clifton was unveiled Feb. 10 at the 17th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.

 

This is the first year the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps at a special reduced price of $120, which is good through June 30. On July 1, the price reverts to the normal $145. Additional stamps are $10 each. The Commission will begin shipping pre-ordered prints with stamps on July 1. 

 

Representing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at Friday night’s unveiling were Wildlife Commissioners, Mitch St. Clair, R


Rank (0) Views 5175 On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 10:01 AM, 989 days ago



LITTLETON, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2012) — Lake Gaston, a 20,300-acre reservoir located in Halifax, Warren and Northampton counties, has long been a favorite fishing spot among striped bass and largemouth bass anglers.

 

But what may be a surprise to many anglers is that the lake also contains a little-known and rather robust fishery for walleye, a coolwater species found mainly in larger reservoirs in western North Carolina.

 

Kirk Rundle, a district biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, says that walleye, also known as pike and jackfish, do well in Lake Gaston mainly because of the lake’s multiple refuges of cool, deep water and substantial rocky areas that provide good spawning habitat.

 

Since 2000, Commission biologists have surveyed the lake each spring, during the fish’s spawning run just downstream from the John H. Kerr Dam. From these surveys, they collect data on walleye abundance, length-and-we


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be among the exhibitors at the Fourth Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo in downtown Wilmington, March 16-18, bringing fish and game exhibits and activities with a youth- and family-oriented theme.

 

Held again this year at the Coastline Convention Center and adjoining Wilmington Convention Center, the expo offers outdoor exhibits and demonstrations on hunting, fishing and boating, as well as camping, wildlife art and more.

 

The Commission’s mobile aquarium, a staple at many fishing and hunting events, will feature a selection of both warmwater and coldwater fishes found in North Carolina’s waters. The Sensory Safari, a kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give expo visitors the chance to learn about North Carolina’s wildlife by listening to the sounds of birds, seeing animal mounts and handling pelts of some common North Carolina mammals


Rank (0) Views 3277 On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 10:34 AM, 990 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (February 14, 2012) Download the PDF below for the March Committee meetings schedule. March 2012 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 2092 On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 10:15 AM, 990 days ago



FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is calling all folks with two good ears, one free evening, and an interest in learning more about frogs and toads to participate in a Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop.   

The workshop, which is $15, will be held at Camp Agape in Fuquay-Varina on Feb. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. Participants will start the workshop by learning frog and toad call identification techniques and CASP protocols before heading outdoors to put their newly acquired listening skills to the test.

 Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, will lead the workshop. Hall is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats.

 

Hall said that participants will hear several species of frogs and toads, based on past workshops conducted at the par


Rank (0) Views 2238 On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 10:11 AM, 990 days ago



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is calling all folks with two good ears, one free evening, and an interest in learning more about frogs and toads to participate in a Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop.

 

The workshop, which is free, will be held at Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve in Charlotte on March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will begin the workshop by learning frog and toad call identification techniques and CASP protocols before heading outdoors to put their newly acquired listening skills to the test.   

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, will lead the workshop. Hall is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats.

 

“Early spring is a really good time to hear many of our frogs and toads calling,&r


Rank (0) Views 3444 On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 3:14 PM, 991 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is raising awareness of the benefits of prescribed burn during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, Feb. 13-19, 2012.

 

Gov. Bev. Perdue has signed a proclamation declaring the second full week in February a time for citizens to “learn more about prescribed burning and the essential role fire plays.”

 

The Commission is one of several agencies and groups teaching the importance of prescribed fire in North Carolina ecosystems.

 

 “Prescribed fire is one of our key tools in forestry and wildlife habitat management,” said N.C. Prescribed Fire board member Dean Simon, a wildlife forester with the Commission. “Many plants and animals need prescribed fire to survive and thrive, and burns also reduce the threat of large, dangerous wildfires.”

 

Fire once occurred naturally across North Carolina. L


Rank (0) Views 4493 On Thu, Feb 09, 2012 8:47 AM, 995 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has published its Spring Outdoors Guide, a seasonal bonus issue for subscribers to Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

The special issue highlights fishing, turkey hunting and warmer-weather recreational opportunities across the state. It includes a full-color fish identification feature on species found in North Carolina waters, a comprehensive list of marinas and boatyards and an easy-to-use chart showing the location of public boating access areas across the state.

With spring fishing always a favorite activity, respected outdoors writer and now Wildlife in North Carolina associate editor Mike Zlotnicki contributes a couple of angling articles, “Spring Into Bass Fishing” and “Springtime Slabs Beckon” on crappie fishing. Fly-fishing isn’t overlooked, with “Less is More: Adventures in Small Stream Fly Fishing,” an article on the c


Rank (0) Views 14519 On Mon, Feb 06, 2012 12:15 PM, 998 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (February 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to comment on proposed rules that will allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes at night with a light. The proposed seasons would be year-round, and would allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes on Sundays on private lands with archery equipment. Night hunting is one means of controlling the population of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina. The public can comment online, email regulations@ncwildlife.org or attend one of the following five public hearings across the state, which will begin at 7 p.m.
March 20, Iredell County Agricultural Extension Center, 444 Bristol Dr. Statesville, N.C.
March 21, District Court #1, Buncombe County Courthouse, 60 Court Plaza Asheville, N.C.
March 26, Bladen County Courthouse, 106 W. Broad Street, Elizabethtown, N.C.
March 28, Room 153, Fulford Building, Pitt Community College, 4381 County Hom


Rank (0) Views 6529 On Thu, Feb 02, 2012 9:42 AM, 1002 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the 2012 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 34th year for the popular statewide shooting sports events.

The Commission will conduct nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part:
March 3, Alamance Wildlife Club near Graham, Alamance County (District 5)
March 10, New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County (District 2)
March 17, Camp John J. Barnhardt in New London, Stanly County (District 6)
March 17, Catawba Valley Wildlife Club in Hickory, Catawba County (District 8)
March 17, Polk County Gun Club near Columbus, Polk County (District 9)
March 24, Rose Hill Farms near Nashville, Nash County (District 3)
March 24, Hunting Creek Preserve in Harmony, Iredell County (District 7)
March 28, Coharrie Shooting Range near Clinton,

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