Rank (0) Views 17628 On Wed, Dec 05, 2012 3:34 PM, 995 days ago

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2012) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed construction of a rock arch ramp — or “fish passage way” — at the Cape Fear River Lock and Dam No. 1, located 32 miles upriver from Wilmington. Completion of the rock arch ramp coincides with the release of the “Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish” by the Cape Fear River Partnership, which includes the Corps of Engineers as a non-member organization playing a role in the development of the action plan.

The partnership, which is a coalition of state and federal natural resources agencies, academic entities and private and non-governmental organizations, released the draft action plan today.Public comments will be taken through Dec. 19.

The rock arch ramp is expected to improve passage of anadromous fish such as striped bass, American shad, river herring and sturgeon during their spring migrations to reach his

Rank (0) Views 7053 On Wed, Dec 05, 2012 2:53 PM, 995 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C.  (Dec. 5, 2012) — A Nov. 26 report of illegal gill netting in Craven County has led to two men being arrested by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, their boat seized and the wrongfully taken fish given to a community food bank.

The investigation began with a late evening report of suspicious activity in the Hancock Creek area near the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. A coordinated response by the Wildlife Commission and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Division of Marine Fisheries, halted the illegal fishing and made the case, but not before 89 spotted sea trout and two mullet had been caught.

Gill nets are vertical panels of netting hung down in the water from a series of floats set in a straight line. Fish trying to swim through gill nets become entangled, which allows gill-net fishermen to retrieve the nets from the water and harvest the entangled fish. The use of gill nets is prohibited in inla

Rank (0) Views 7178 On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 1:01 PM, 997 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) — Benjy Strope, a technical assistance biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been given the Wildlife Management Excellence Award from the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society. The award recognizes his work in establishing and managing early-successional habitat on corporate-owned swine farms and private lands in southeastern North Carolina. Strope, who has worked at the Commission for 11 years, received the award during the recent annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Strope has been instrumental in securing and managing $566,000 in grants to improve more than 1,000 acres of quail habitat. This year, the area in which he worked demonstrated what is likely the highest density of quail populations in North Carolina.  “Integrating natural resource management strategies into the management of large farms will continue to be a challenging but necessary process if

Rank (0) Views 3520 On Mon, Dec 03, 2012 8:27 AM, 998 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) — A great gift idea for women on your shopping list, especially for the outdoors enthusiast, is a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman gift certificate from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The recipient will enjoy a weekend workshop, which will be held at YMCA Camp Harrison Herring Ridge in Wilkes County, May 3-5. Order your gift certificate online or by phone 1-866-945-3746. Cost is $225 per person and includes a choice of four outdoor skill sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging. Activities include expert instruction in fishing, trapping and target shooting, as well as outdoor cooking and nature photography.

“This is a fun weekend and a no-pressure learning environment,” Outdoors Skills Coordinator BB Gillen said. “A gift certificate is ideal for any woman wanting to explore nature, learn some outdoor skills and have a weekend designed for her.”

Becoming an Outd

Rank (0) Views 3669 On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 9:02 AM, 1002 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 29, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Todd Radabaugh to captain for District 2, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs in Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.

A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Capt. Radabaugh was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Rick Venable, recently retired.

“This region is a community that values outdoor recreational activities like hunting, fishing and boating,” Capt. Radabaugh said. “Along with my fellow wildlife officers, I will continue to work for conservation and public safety, and be accessible to citizens and their concerns.”

Originally from Havelock, Radabaugh and his wife Leanne have lived in Pender County since 2001. T

Rank (0) Views 4119 On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 10:29 AM, 1003 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will seek nominations for the eighth annual Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award from Dec. 1 through Jan. 30.

The award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in nongame wildlife resources conservation. 

Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font). Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Submit nominations by:
E-mail to susan.bunn@ncwildlife.org
Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, c/o Susan Bunn, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-17

Rank (0) Views 4897 On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 9:07 AM, 1003 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2012) — Sgt. Anthony Sharum, a wildlife officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, received the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Service on Nov. 27.

Sgt. Sharum, who is stationed in Rowan County, received the honor for exhibiting service and initiative far above the normal requirements of his job. He has contributed significantly to promoting the public image of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and of state employees as a whole.

The Governor’s Award for Excellence is the highest honor a state employee may receive. The award acknowledges and expresses appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties. The meritorious service is so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified.

One example of Sgt. Sharum going above and beyond the call of duty happened last December. While charging a hunter for not havin

Rank (0) Views 15720 On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 5:05 PM, 1009 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2012) — Coyote hunting at night with the aid of an artificial light will be disallowed temporarily in five counties — Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Washington and Beaufort — pending the outcome of a lawsuit questioning the temporary rule adopted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway issued a preliminary injunction halting coyote hunting at night with the aid of artificial light only in those five counties. The order was issued in response to a complaint filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Welfare Institute.

“While we accept the judge’s decision, it is important to note that this is a decision on a preliminary injunction only. It is not a decision on the lawsuit,” said Wildlife Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers. “We remain confident of our position an

Rank (0) Views 3775 On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:20 PM, 1009 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2012) — Looking for a perfect gift for your favorite angler? Don't buy one, make one. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting two free workshops at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville in December where participants will make — and keep — a fishing rod and lanyard.

The 3-day Basic Rod Building Course, scheduled for Dec. 5, 6 and 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., covers the basic techniques for building a 6-foot, light-action spinning rod. All tools and supplies are provided. Due to space restriction, the class is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is strongly recommended.

In the Fishing Lanyard Making Workshop, scheduled for Dec. 8 from 9-10 a.m., participants will construct their lanyards from items that are commonly found at most retailers. Materials, such as scissors, line snips and forceps for hook removal, are provided.

“A fishing lanyard is an item that helps an

Rank (0) Views 4982 On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:21 PM, 1010 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C.  (Nov. 20, 2012) — The holiday season is a time for traditions, including hunting trips for gathered family and friends, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission through its Home From The Hunt™ campaign urges everyone to prioritize the safety aspects of an outing.

“Time off from work and time with family and friends make the holidays a wonderful time for hunting,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter safety coordinator with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “But in the excitement of a holiday hunt, don’t overlook the safety aspect. Communicate with your fellow hunters and stress the importance of everyone being careful.”

Casper advises:

Go back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions.

Know the rules — read all applicable regulations before going afield.

Identify the target — remain cautious and be absolutely

Rank (0) Views 5111 On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:05 PM, 1010 days ago

HOLLY SHELTER, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission coordinated with bass clubs and a private fish hatchery on Nov. 3 to tag and release 153 adult largemouth bass in the Northeast Cape Fear River.

Members of Topsail Bassmasters and Burgaw Hawg Hunters, working with fisheries biologists, released the fish in the river near Holly Shelter in Pender County to help bolster the existing population, which had been hit especially hard by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Club members purchased the fish from Southeast Pond Stocking with money from fundraisers and other donations from Team Bassmasters and Northeast Bass Anglers.

Although recent Commission surveys confirm that most coastal river fish populations appear to be recovering naturally from Hurricane Irene, previous Commission studies suggest that releases of largemouth bass greater than 8 inches may enhance local populations where natural recovery is slow. Biologists hope that this supplemental stockin

Rank (0) Views 5741 On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 4:48 PM, 1015 days ago

Go “Wild” this Holiday Season with Gifts that Benefit Wildlife in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2012) — Shop the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wild Store this holiday season where affordable wildlife-related gifts are just a click away.

The N.C. Wild Store offers a wide range of products — from books to calendars to apparel — that make terrific gifts for hunters, anglers, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from several products support projects and programs that benefit wildlife in North Carolina.

Proceeds from the newly created wildlife diversity T-shirt go to the Wildlife Diversity Program, which conducts research, conservation and management projects on behalf of nongame and endangered wildlife in the state. T-shirts feature full-color graphics of all the Commission’s 32 State Fair buttons and are available in adult sizes, $15, and youth sizes, $

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