Rank (0) Views 2692 On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 8:48 AM, 1006 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2012) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with the Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School, will hold a free Shooting Sports 101 clinic at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m.

There will be a learning session taught in an auditorium, but with no live firing practice.

“This free clinic is ideal for anyone wanting to take up sporting clay competition or hunters who want to improve their skills,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “While participants will not be firing live rounds, the educational and safety components of the clinic will benefit everyone who attends.”

Experienced staff from the Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School will provide instruction on safety, equipment, ammo and firearms, as well as the various types of shooting sports, including trap, skeet and sportin


Rank (0) Views 3555 On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 1:42 PM, 1008 days ago



NEW BERN, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2012) — Chris Kent has joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the hunter education specialist for a southeastern region. His duties include providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety. Kent will serve in the Wildlife Commission’s District 2, which is made up of Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.

“I want to reach out to a broader audience in the community to get them involved in the outdoors,” Kent said. “I would like to see more people — folks from all backgrounds — being a part of hunting. Everyone should practice hunting safety.”

Kent, from Danville, Va., and now living in New Bern, enjoys family activities, backpacking, wildlife photo


Rank (0) Views 5653 On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 12:12 PM, 1008 days ago



WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA (Jan. 20, 2012) — Winter fishing in western North Carolina can be as action-packed as skiing, as long as you know where to fish and what to target.  

Trout anglers who enjoy catch-and-release fishing can cast a line in one of 26 Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters, while anglers who prefer fishing for walleye can try their luck in many of North Carolina’s mountain reservoirs, where this coolwater species is typically found.  

Trout Fishing

Kin Hodges, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, recommends a newly designated Delayed-Harvest Trout Water located in Surry County — the Ararat River in Mt. Airy, between the N.C. 103 bridge and Hwy. 52.  

This 2-mile section of the river was designated as delayed-harvest in August, and opened to the public this fall. Delayed-harvest waters, posted with black-and-white signs, create high-quality fishing oppo


Rank (0) Views 5797 On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 2:24 PM, 1009 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 4221 On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 10:10 AM, 1010 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 5092 On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 12:00 PM, 1010 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 4905 On Fri, Jan 06, 2012 10:10 AM, 1023 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


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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.


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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 5347 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:37 PM, 1039 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 3776 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:09 PM, 1039 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.


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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

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