Rank (0) Views 5645 On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 10:56 AM, 1075 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free, 3-day, Beginning Fly-Tying course at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on Oct. 19, 20, and 21 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Participants will learn about fly-tying tools, materials and basic fly-tying techniques. They will use the techniques they’ve learned to tie six fly patterns, such as the San Juan Worm, Green Weenie, Wooly Worm, Wooly bugger, Foam Beetle and Clouser Minnow.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to select the proper tools and materials needed for tying and create a wide variety of flies.

All tools and materials are provided. The course is limited to the first 20 people, and pre-registration is required by Oct. 18.

To pre-register or for additional information, contact Tom Carpenter, the course instructor at 910-868-5003, ext. 15. The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, in Fayette

Rank (0) Views 5494 On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 10:03 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today a new, interactive website at ncwildlife.org that features reorganized content, streamlined navigation and improved menus. Whether you’re a hunter, angler, boater or just simply enjoy nature, the newly redesigned website will let you quickly access licensing information, game lands maps, boating access areas, public fishing areas and other tools, information and services. We reorganized the content, streamlined navigation and improved menus so you can find what you need, when you need it. “For many, the first stop for information on wildlife, hunting, fishing and boating in North Carolina is this website,” said Gayle Myers, agency webmaster. The new site is designed specifically with your needs in mind, reinforcing our commitment to better communications, information sharing and customer service. To find out more, take a look at the new ncwildlife.org.

Rank (0) Views 4284 On Tue, Oct 04, 2011 1:22 PM, 1076 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2011) – Al Kittredge, a longtime volunteer at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s fishing education center in Fayetteville, has won the Wildlife Volunteer of the Year award from the N.C. Wildlife Federation. 

The award, given by the Federation as part of its prestigious Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, will be presented to Kittredge on Aug. 27 during the Federation’s annual banquet, which will be held in Durham at the Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport.

Since 2001, Kittredge has worked as a volunteer fishing instructor at the Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, where he has been instrumental in helping Commission staff recruit, train and coordinate more than 45 volunteers to conduct fishing outreach and education at the center.

He serves as the liaison between the Commission and Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion, coordinating numerous &ldquo

Rank (0) Views 5396 On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 5:01 PM, 1081 days ago

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 28, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on Lake Lindley in Country Park.

The floating, T-shaped pier features an 8-foot wide walkway and extends 91 feet into the water, ending with an 11’ x 48’ platform. The pier also features three benches and incorporates seven low handrail sections to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast their lines.

To enhance fishing opportunities on the 6-acre lake, Commission staff installed a floating, solar-powered fish feeder within casting distance of the new pier. They also stock catchable-sized channel catfish every month from April through September to supplement existing bass and sunfish fishery.

The fishing pier, floating fish feeder and channel catfish stockings are features of the Commission’s Community Fishing Program, a

Rank (0) Views 5721 On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 4:25 PM, 1082 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 27, 2011) – Members of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Sandhills Game Land Management Team have been presented the first ever Division of Wildlife Management Prescribed Burning Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council.

The award was given by the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management to honor the Sandhills Crew’s contributions in the implementation and promotion of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool. Crew members include Bill Parsons, Chris Jordon, Lee Criscoe, Rupert Medford, Jake Marquess, Brian Smith, Michael Huffman, Brady Beck, Lincoln Sadler, Doug Dawkins, Jimmy Richardson, Dakota Hunter and Justin Tuttle.

Through prescribed fire, the crew have improved and helped restore the habitat of numerous species of ground nesting birds, fox squirrels, rare amphibians and reptiles, as well as plants and habitats. In many cases, each species requires

Rank (0) Views 8804 On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 1083 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been recognized as an agency of the year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

The honor, for achievements in 2008, was presented during a biennium MADD Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Awards of Excellence banquet held Jan. 22 in Raleigh. The award goes to a law enforcement agency that has demonstrated excellence in implementing innovative and creative techniques in the detection and deterrence of impaired driving.

“In this case, that driving was on the water,” said Lori Brown, development officer with the North Carolina office of MADD. “Law enforcement is the first line of defense, and the role of Wildlife Resources Commission officers in both enforcement and instruction is exemplary.”

Sgt. Reggie Barker of Chatham County, Master Officer Allen Carlisle of Catawba County, Lt. Todd Radabaugh of Pender County, Sgt. Brad Stoop of Bertie County an

Rank (0) Views 3471 On Fri, Feb 05, 2010 12:00 AM, 1083 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2010) — Check line No. 29 on your North Carolina state income tax form this tax season and help conserve sea turtles, freshwater mussels and fish, songbirds, amphibians, and other nongame species whose conservation is not supported by hunting and fishing license sales and excise taxes. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission uses tax check-off donations to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund to support nongame wildlife research, conservation and management, such as monitoring the population of Bachman’s sparrows and bald eagles, managing habitat to benefit ephemeral pool-breeding amphibians like gopher frogs and mole salamanders, conducting research and surveys for rare fishes and freshwater mussels, and developing the North Carolina Birding Trail. 

Tax check-off donations are the largest and most significant source of state funding for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program and are used to match f

Rank (0) Views 3364 On Mon, Feb 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1083 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is helping to raise awareness of the benefits of fire to wildlife and plants during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week. Agency representatives are participating in several educational events, including a seminar at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, titled “Fire on the Mountain.”

Governor Beverly Perdue has declared February 7 to 13 Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, the first state-wide recognition of prescribed fire in North Carolina.

“Prescribed fire is an important tool for forestry and wildlife habitat management,” said N.C. Prescribed Fire Council Chairman Dean Simon, a wildlife forester with the Commission.  “Many plants and animals need prescribed fire to survive and thrive. Prescribed burns also reduce the threat of large, dangerous wildfires by reducing fuels. The governor’s proclamation underlines the importance of prescri

Rank (0) Views 3698 On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1083 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese” by Minnesota native Scot Storm was selected as the 2010 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print.

The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was unveiled at the 15th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships at the Washington Civic Center in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Friday.

Representing the Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Director Gordon Myers; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Durwood Laughinghouse and Mitch St. Clair; and former Wildlife Commissioner and N.C. Representative Arthur Williams.

The unveiling of “Carolina Snow Geese” marks Storm’s second honor as artist for the state’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print, also known as the duck stamp. His painting, “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic” wa

Rank (0) Views 3407 On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1083 days ago

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received the “Big Creek Award for Partner of the Year” from the Haywood Waterways Association during the association’s annual membership meeting in December.

Steve Fraley and Scott Loftis, Division of Inland Fisheries staff, accepted the award on behalf of the Commission. The agency was recognized for its efforts in protecting water quality and aquatic animals throughout the state, but particularly in Haywood County. A few examples of the Commission’s efforts in western North Carolina include:
Participating in the Maggie Valley Trout Festival and the “Kids in the Creek” program, an annual field trip for 8th grade students in Haywood County that provides opportunities for participants to collect and identify aquatic insects and fish, conduct water quality tests and learn more about stream ecology and the effects of water pollution;

Rank (0) Views 3369 On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1083 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 11, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted Wednesday to move its annual public hearings from January to September as a part of overall adjustments to its rulemaking cycle.

 “Adoption of rules on an annual basis is critical to meeting our conservation objectives,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Resources Commission.  “Prior to making these changes, the Commission’s rulemaking cycle was severely impacted by delayed implementation of rules.  These impacts were felt by our sportsmen and created a great deal of confusion.  By adjusting our annual rulemaking cycle, we are able to better ensure timely adoption of rules while providing better service to North Carolina’s sportsmen.”

Each year, the Commission adjusts hunting, fishing and trapping seasons in response to wildlife population changes, wildlife conservation object

Rank (0) Views 3657 On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 1083 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments for 2010.

Nine district-level competitions will be held across the state in coming weeks, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. Winning teams will advance to a state championship tournament in April.

The 2010 District Tournament schedule is: District 1 (north coastal) – Saturday, March 27 at Eastern 4-H Center, Columbia District 2 (mid-coastal) – Saturday, March 13 at Camp Boddie, near Chocowinity District 3 (eastern Piedmont) – Saturday, March 27 at Old Hickory Gun Club, Rocky Mount District 4 (south coastal) – Wednesday, March 3 at Coharie Shooting Range near Clinton District 5 (central Piedmont) – Saturday, March 27 at Alamance Wildlife Club, Graham District 6 (western Piedmont) – Saturday, March 20 at Camp Barnhardt near Bad

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