Rank (0) Views 3307 On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 2:52 PM, 1036 days ago



GASTON, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its newly revamped Gaston Boating Access Area on the Roanoke River, downstream of Roanoke Rapids dam, in Northampton County.

 

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 24 at the access area on N.C. 48, at the north side of the Roanoke River Bridge. The renovated site features a new ramp with a floating dock and a paved parking lot. Single vehicle spaces are also available for bank anglers, and solar lights have been installed.

 

“This site provides a great option for anglers looking for an alternative to some of our busier spots during striper season,” said Dean Barbee, Piedmont regional supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “It also provides great fishing and boating opportunities throughout the year, and the renovations make the site even mor


Rank (0) Views 4533 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 2:26 PM, 1037 days ago



 

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in conjunction with the  National Wild Turkey Federation, will hold two free turkey hunting clinics at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education,  just in time for the spring turkey hunting season.

 

The first clinic, an introductory session for novice turkey hunters, will be held March 15. More experienced hunters will have their own clinic on March 22.  Both are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the center’s auditorium.

 

 “These free clinics offer excellent preparation for the upcoming spring turkey season in April,” said Ann May, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “While participants will not be firing live rounds, there will be plenty of practice with turkey calls. And the educational and safety components of the clinics will benefit everyone who at


Rank (0) Views 2845 On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 11:50 AM, 1037 days ago



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.


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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 5971 On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 12:28 PM, 1038 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 5340 On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 10:01 AM, 1038 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 3407 On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 10:34 AM, 1039 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.


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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 2372 On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 10:11 AM, 1039 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 3579 On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 3:14 PM, 1040 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 4629 On Thu, Feb 09, 2012 8:47 AM, 1044 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

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