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RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 7, 2012) — Bennett Wynne, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies at its 66thannual conference on Oct. 9, in Hot Springs, AR.

Wynne received the honor for his outstanding work in both aquatic habitat conservation and fisheries management. 

As the agency’s Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator, Wynne coordinates the management of coastal migratory stocks of shad, herring, striped bass and Atlantic sturgeon. He has developed critical working relationships with numerous stakeholders concerning enhancement of aquatic habitats for the benefit of these populations. 

“Bennett works diligently to assure adequate spawning flows for migratory fish in North Carolina’s coastal rivers,continually looking for opportunities to increase access to upstream habitats,” said Robert Cu


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RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 7) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received the State Boating Access Program Excellence Award from a national organization devoted to the acquisition, development and administration of public recreational boating facilities.

The States Organization for Boating Access awarded the Wildlife Resources Commission with the honor during a conference in Alabama this fall. The Wildlife Commission maintains more than 200 free, public boating areas for close to350,000 registered North Carolina vessels and a multitude of vessels trailered from other states.

“This award reflects a concerted effort among partners, such as local governments, the Division of Marine Fisheries, and the state legislature,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Outcomes of these partnerships have allowed us to build and improve boating access and keep open the doors to North Carolina&am


Rank (0) Views 9540 On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 3:30 PM, 965 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C.(Nov. 6) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters that only raw products are legal when using peanuts and peanut products for the supplemental feeding of black bears or when being placed in locations where the Commission has established a bear hunting season.

North Carolina law prohibits the placement of “processed food products” in any area where the Wildlife Resources Commission has set an open bear hunting season. However, hunters routinely supplement naturally available food with commercially available products, and the law allows hunters to release dogs in the vicinity of any food product that is not a “processed food product.”

Raw peanuts, shelled or in the shell, do not constitute a processed food product. See here for more information.

Processed peanut products include those that have been blanched, which swells the nut and cracks the skin for easy removal. Byproducts of the blanching (w


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HOT SPRINGS, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has rescheduled trout stockings in Spring Creek from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8 due to snow and ice accumulation on Madison County roads. Spring Creek is classified as a delayed-harvest trout water.

Other scheduled trout stockings are not being affected.

A complete list of delayed-harvest trout waters, along with proposed stocking dates, is available at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Fishing/documents/TROUT_MAP.PDF. For additional information on delayed-harvest regulations, weekly stocking updates and trout fishing maps, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing.aspx.


Rank (0) Views 3664 On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 7:07 AM, 965 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Michael Hatley to captain for District 8, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Capt. Hatley will supervise 23 wildlife enforcement officers and one hunter education specialist in a jurisdiction made up of Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey and Rutherford counties. A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Capt. Hatley was previously a lieutenant in the district. He succeeds Ted Brothers, who recently retired.

“I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad and granddad, so I know the importance of conservation,” Hatley said. “Along with fellow wildlife officers, I will work for conservation in this region and promote the lawful use of resources. And I will continue to promote safety t


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ELKIN, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2012) — A catfish competition in the Yadkin River has two native species fighting for survival in a river where they were once found in abundance.

Snail bullheads and flat bullheads, also known as mudcats or yellow cats, have declined significantly throughout the upper Yadkin River, due to the introduction of the non-native flathead catfish — a voracious predator that has an appetite for bullheads.

Fisheries biologists with the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed a series of electro-fishing surveys in Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes counties and found that bullhead catch rates near Elkin had declined from a high of 120 fish collected per hour in 2005 to less than three fish collected per hour in 2012. Similar collection rates at an upstream site in the Ronda community have decreased from nearly 300 fish per hour in 2005 to 20 fish per hour in 2012.

Biologists have documented an even more extreme decline of bullheads in the Y


Rank (0) Views 2714 On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 12:56 PM, 966 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the November 7, 2012 Committee meeting agendas.
Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2012) Download the agenda package PDF below. November 8, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 16 MB)

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2012) — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission spent this week monitoring coastal rivers to determine the extent of damage the massive storm may have wreaked on fish populations.

As it turns out, Hurricane Sandy, unlike Hurricanes Fran in 1996, Floyd in 1999, Isabel in 2003 and Irene in 2011, left North Carolina’s coastal fisheries relatively unscathed.

Because Hurricane Sandy only brushed North Carolina’s coast, flooding was minimal. Hurricanes like Isabel and, more recently, Irene caused extensive flooding of coastal rivers, which, in turn, resulted in dissolved oxygen crashes and extensive fish kills.

Effects from Hurricane Sandy were actually opposite those of Hurricane Irene, according to Jeremy McCargo, a Wildlife Resources Commission fisheries biologist who works in the Elizabeth City area.

“The strong north and easterly winds from Sa


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RALEIGH, N.C. (November 1, 2012) Download the PDF below for the November 1, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda. November 8, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 31, 2012) Download the PDF below for the November 7, 2012 committee meetings schedule. November 7, 2012 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a special youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Dec. 8 near New Bern. The hunt is limited to 15 youth, between 12 and 16 years old, on a first-come, first-served basis with pre-registration required.

All hunting will take place at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on U.S. 17 between Vanceboro and New Bern.

To be eligible, participants must have completed a hunter education course successfully. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and accompanying adult must attend an orientation session on Dec. 1.

“Guidance and assistance is provided every step of the way,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator who will lead the hunt. “Youth and adults always have fun — and typically are s

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