Rank (0) Views 9686 On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 4:15 PM, 1031 days ago

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 2793 On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 12:56 PM, 1031 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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Rank (0) Views 2555 On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 12:50 PM, 1031 days ago

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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Rank (0) Views 3417 On Fri, Nov 02, 2012 4:57 PM, 1034 days ago

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

Rank (0) Views 2449 On Thu, Nov 01, 2012 8:14 AM, 1035 days ago

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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Rank (0) Views 2338 On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 4:58 PM, 1036 days ago

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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Rank (0) Views 6022 On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 8:40 AM, 1036 days ago

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

Rank (0) Views 3874 On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 1:38 PM, 1037 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 30) — Swine trapping permit holders can go online now to renew their permits or be issued a new permit to avoid having their current permits expire Oct. 31.

Permit holders can renew their permits by visiting  www.ncwildlife.org/feralswine, and clicking on “renew feral swine permit.” Permit holders must enter their WRC customer numbers and last names, and locate current feral swine permits on the item table to renew for free to retain current trapping permit numbers. The annual permits are good for one year from date of issuance.

While there is no closed season or bag limits for trappingferal swine, the feral swine trapping permit number must be displayed on alltraps. For additional feral swine trapping rules, visit www.ncwildlife.org/feralswine.

For more information, call 888-248- 6834 or email licenses@ncwildlife.org.

Rank (0) Views 6119 On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 5:10 PM, 1041 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2012) — Anglers interested in getting comprehensive information on trout fishing in North Carolina now have a one-stop resource at their fingertips.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s new trout fishing webpage (ncwildlife.org/fishing/trout) provides information a trout angler needs when planning a fishing trip in the mountains. 

Looking for a new stream to try? Click on the Trout Fishing Maps link at the top of the page to find maps of Public Mountain Trout Waters — including a new interactive map. 

Want to know when delayed-harvest regulations go into effect or what the size and creel limits are for hatchery-supported waters? Click on the trout signs gallery icon to view information, including seasons and limits, on the seven classifications for trout streams in North Carolina.

Current trout stocking information, as well as materials discussing life history characteristics of the three trout sp

Rank (0) Views 7424 On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 4:13 PM, 1048 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2012) —A white-tailed deer born and raised in captivity in Pennsylvania has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), prompting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to implement restrictions regarding importing deer heads from Pennsylvania. As a result, North Carolina taxidermists no longer can accept full deer heads for mounts from Pennsylvania and must inform wildlife officers if they receive one.

In addition, anyone bringing a deer from Pennsylvania, or the 20 other states or two Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations.

CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). It is a progressive, fatal disease that often results in altered behavior as a result of small changes in the brain of affected animals.

There has been no documented case of humans contracting CWD or a CWD-like disease from deer. The Wo

Rank (0) Views 4975 On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 11:25 AM, 1048 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2012) — Prompted by requests from people unable to attend the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop announced today an agreement to expand sales of a new wildlife diversity T-shirt from the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh to Neuse Sport Shop’s store in Kinston as well as its online store, www.nssnc.com.

The T-shirt’s front features the smallmouth bass art from this year’s State Fair button leaping across the agency’s wildlife logo, while the back features all32 previous State Fair buttons dating back to the original squirrel button in1981.

T-shirts are available in youth and adult sizes. Prices are $12 for youth shirts, $15 for adult shirts.

Fabrication of the T-shirts was paid entirely by Neuse Sport Shop. The initial set of 700 T-shirts donated to the Wildlife Commission are being sold at the Commission’s State Fair tent, where all proceeds from

Rank (0) Views 5066 On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 12:59 PM, 1049 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2012) —The Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission states that too many hunting injuries come from ignoring basic firearms safety.

“Treat every firearm as if it were loaded and always point the muzzle in a safe direction,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “Don’t rest a barrel on your foot or lean on it — that’s not a safe direction.”

The four basic rules of firearms safety are:
Always point a firearm in a safe direction. 
Treat every firearm as if it were loaded and never assume a firearm is unloaded.
Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond your target.

“Throughout the various hunting seasons, the majority of folks are responsible and safe,” Casper said. “North Carolina ha

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