Rank (0) Views 5088 On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 8:31 PM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (September 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has repaired some damages from Hurricane Irene to coastal game lands, and is working to repair others in time for hunting seasons.

Crews have removed fallen trees and debris blocking roads leading into most game lands, so hunters should have access. However, drivers should take caution because some roads may remain excessively wet.

The rainfall provided much-needed moisture to drought-affected waterfowl impoundments, including Catfish Lake, Lantern Acres, Lodge Road and Roanoke River, according Tommy Hughes, a biologist with the Wildlife Commission.

“There were some positives to this storm,” he said. “We suffered some damage, but we’ve also gotten some much needed rainfall on some very dry land, and that will save money by reducing pumping costs, while providing improved habitat conditions on our waterfowl management areas.”

The most signifi


Rank (0) Views 8343 On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 8:12 PM, 1038 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 26 trout waters in 15 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.

Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2011, and one half-hour after sunset on June 1, 2012. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

Four new waters were classified as delayed harvest effective August 1: Spring Creek in Madison County, Ararat River in Surry County, Coffee Lake in Watauga County, and Elk Creek in Wilkes County.  Spring Creek in Madison County is also designated as a Mountain Heritage Trout Water.

Both resident and


Rank (0) Views 3099 On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special introduction to fly-fishing in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains this spring.

 “The Fly-Fishing Weekend” is scheduled for April 9-11 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground in Transylvania County.

Registration is open on a first come, first serve basis for women 18 and older. A one-time fee of $125 covers instruction, equipment, most meals and camping accommodations.

Participants will learn the basics of fly-fishing from experienced anglers, including equipment needs, knots, fly-tying, casting and aquatic entomology. Then, those skills will be put to use fishing the blue ribbon trout waters of the Davidson River in a private session for participants.

Contact BB Gillen at (919) 218-3638 or bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org for more information or to register.

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Rank (0) Views 3917 On Wed, Apr 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 7, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Hope Audubon Society to open a wildlife observation platform – where viewers can spot eagles, ducks and other wildlife – at Jordan Lake.

The Commission and its partners will celebrate the opening with a ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. April 18 at the site, off Martha’s Chapel Road in Chatham County. After that, it will be open to the public for wildlife viewing.

The event will feature a nature hike to the platform, which overlooks the lake. A wetland area – prime habitat for salamanders and frogs – is nearby.

Spotting scopes will be set up to view eagles and other birds, and participants can see songbirds, salamanders and native plants during the brief hike from the parking lot to the viewing platform. Representatives from the Commission, New Hope Audubon Society and Army Corps of Engi


Rank (0) Views 3253 On Thu, Apr 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a few simple steps to avoid most conflicts with black bears, as sightings and conflicts tend to increase in the spring, when bears emerge from hibernation, looking for food.

The Commission is warning people not to feed, either purposely or inadvertently, animals that wander into backyards, city streets and other residential areas. Feeding a bear rewards it for coming close to people and their homes and makes it more likely to approach again.

While black bears are rarely aggressive toward people, they can become bold when they become accustomed to feeding on human-provided foods, such as garbage and bird seed. Oftentimes, they lose their fear of people.

Contrary to popular belief, wildlife employees will not trap and relocate bears, because this would simply relocate the problem, rather than solve it. The solution is to modify habits, such as how you feed your pet(s) or where you stor


Rank (0) Views 3370 On Thu, Apr 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2010) – The 32nd annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, presented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will be held April 24 to determine team and individual championships in this popular marksmanship and outdoor skills competition.

The tournament begins at 8 a.m. at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe, with events in rifle, shotgun and archery, along with an orienteering challenge and a conservation test. The tournament typically draws several hundred spectators and supporters. Last year’s event had an overall attendance of nearly 3,000. Admission for spectators is free.

“The degree of the skills exhibited by these young people at the state championships is incredible,” said Travis Casper, the assistant hunter education programs coordinator for North Carolina. “The competition is keen, but so is the camaraderie between competitors.”

Teams are organized within public and private s


Rank (0) Views 499 On Fri, Apr 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2010) – Pups, cubs, chicks and kits are a welcome sign of spring in North Carolina – and it may be tempting to pick them up or feed them, especially when they nest close to our homes. But tampering with wildlife – even young wildlife -- jeopardizes innocent people and harms the ecosystem.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “Wild animals never totally lose their wild instincts, even if the animal seems tame. Those instincts can show up anytime and the results can be harmful to people and the animal.”

Capturing and handling a young animal can stress it, sometimes fatally. In addition, young animals that look abandoned often are not. Many species do not stay with their young and only return to feed them. The parent may return and become aggressive i


Rank (0) Views 3298 On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2010) – For the second time in less than month, a Nashville angler has reeled in the white crappie state record from the Tar River Reservoir.

Ray Patterson caught the latest record-breaker, which weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces, on April 6, surpassing by a mere one ounce the previous record holder, caught by Tracey Smith on March 8.

Patterson used a cane pole and a live minnow, a bait he swears by, claiming a live minnow catches crappie in a way that no jig can. And he should know. Catching big crappie is a favorite pastime for Patterson, who crappie fishes the reservoir at least three times each week, from the first of April to the middle of June.

He said he’s caught many crappie, some of which would have beaten the one that earned him the new state record. In fact, he said he didn’t think the one he caught on April 6 was a record breaker; however, a couple of anglers in a boat beside him told him the fish was the biggest c


Rank (0) Views 8734 On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2010) – A change in federal law that allows firearms in many national parks does not include state parks and forests or other state recreational areas, including game lands.

According to the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of Interior, people who can legally possess firearms under federal and state law can now possess those firearms in the national parks in that state. This pertains to anyone with a concealed carry permit.

National parks should not be confused with national forests. In North Carolina, the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan national forests are also designated as game lands.

“Concealed carry permits do not supersede the other regulations that apply,” said Maj. Keith Templeton, with the Law Enforcement Division of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “It is up to the individual with a valid concealed carry permit to know the law and obey it.”

Under game land regula


Rank (0) Views 3235 On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



GARNER, N.C. (April 15, 2010) – Garner residents who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can now fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Garner Parks and Recreation Department.

Lake Benson, located at 975 Buffaloe Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers register at the Lake Benson boathouse from Thursday through Sunday to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 20 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-time participan


Rank (0) Views 3172 On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



HOFFMAN, N.C. (April 16, 2010) – U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell toured the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery located in Richmond County on April 8, and talked with N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel about the important role the fish hatchery plays in helping the Commission achieve its fisheries management goals. The McKinney Lake hatchery is the primary source of channel catfish for the Commission’s popular Community Fishing Program.

Congressman Kissell is sponsoring legislation that would transfer ownership of the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the State of North Carolina. This no-cost transfer of property would help the Commission to continue to provide quality fishing opportunities for urban anglers.

The Commission has operated the warmwater fish hatchery under a Memorandum of Agreement since 1996 and produced approximately 150,000 harvestable size (8-12 inches) channel catfish to provide angling opport


Rank (0) Views 3158 On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 1038 days ago



Raleigh, N.C. (April 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to remove 282 acres of archery-only area immediately west of the Hyco Power Plant on Hyco Game Land in Person County, and add 288 acres of new archery-only area in the same general vicinity. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 26 in the W.H. Barker Community Building at Hyco Lake Park. To get there, take Kelly Brewer Road (SR1313) south off of N.C. 57; after approximately 0.65 miles, turn right on Pointer Road; turn left toward the boat ramps and continue around; then, turn left toward campground, the Community Building is on the left. 

For more information, call the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division at (919) 707-0050. For more information on game lands, visit the Commission’s interactive map at www.ncwildlife.org/.

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