Rank (0) Views 5078 On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 12:00 PM, 1007 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 4892 On Fri, Jan 06, 2012 10:10 AM, 1019 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 4442 On Thu, Jan 05, 2012 5:42 PM, 1020 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 16213 On Thu, Dec 29, 2011 3:33 PM, 1027 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 5336 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:37 PM, 1036 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 3767 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 1:09 PM, 1036 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 4979 On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 10:49 AM, 1036 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 7479 On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 8:41 AM, 1040 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 9358 On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 10:27 AM, 1041 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 6090 On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 1:57 PM, 1043 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.


Rank (0) Views 5793 On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 1:33 PM, 1043 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 13, 2011) Download the PDF below for meeting actions. December 12, 2011 Teleconference Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 4364 On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 1:59 PM, 1047 days ago



CLEMMONS, N.C. (Dec. 9, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with Clemmons to construct a new handicapped-accessible fishing pier on Village Point Lake in Forsyth County. 

 

Personnel from Clemmons and the Commission constructed the floating, T-shaped pier on the 7-acre lake in mid-October. The pier, which is 59 feet long with a 48-foot wide T-section at the end, incorporates benches and low, angled handrail sections that allow barrier-free access for children and anglers confined to wheelchairs.  

 

Commission staff recently stocked the lake, which was refilled earlier this summer, with bluegill and redear sunfish fingerlings to jumpstart the fishery, and a stocking of largemouth bass fingerlings is planned for summer 2012. In 2013 when the fingerlings have had at least one year to grow, Commission staff will begin stocking harvestable-sized channel catfish in the lake on a monthly b

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