Rank (0) Views 18757 On Mon, Nov 07, 2011 4:42 PM, 1140 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (November 7, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting hunters that they may encounter sick or diseased deer afflicted with hemorrhagic disease. Two closely related viruses — epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus and bluetongue virus — cause hemorrhagic disease and both are spread by biting flies, called midges.    

The Commission is asking hunters to report any sightings of the disease, which has no human health implications but is one of the most significant infectious diseases of white-tailed deer in North Carolina. Hemorrhagic disease should not be confused with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is a distinctly different disease that occurs in members of the deer family.  Extensive monitoring since 1999 has yielded no evidence of CWD in North Carolina and strict regulations are in place to prevent the introduction of this disease.

Symptoms of hemorrhagic disease in deer va


Rank (0) Views 3107 On Mon, Nov 07, 2011 9:37 AM, 1140 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 7, 2011) Download the PDF below for the meeting agenda package. November 10, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF) Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 9618 On Fri, Nov 04, 2011 1:39 PM, 1143 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (November 4, 2011) – With hunting season under way, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted information on its website about the new Landowner Protection Act.

The law, which went into effect Oct. 1, requires hunters, anglers and trappers to obtain written permission from a landowner or leaseholder before hunting, fishing or trapping on privately owned, posted property — including land, waters, ponds or legally established waterfowl blinds.

The Wildlife Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org, has answers to frequently asked questions, a fact sheet and a sample permission form (full size and wallet size) about this law.

The Landowner Protection Act provides two ways for landowners to post their lands to allow only hunters, trappers and anglers with written permission to enter their property legally. Landowners can now post their land by using vertical purple paint marks on posts or trees, or, as in the past, by p


Rank (0) Views 3952 On Thu, Nov 03, 2011 3:41 PM, 1144 days ago

This course is for the certification and recertification of Wildlife Damage Control Agents. The workshop will provide you with the rules and regulations that govern the WDCA pro-gram, information on euthanasia, safe handling of wildlife, and a variety of other information that will be useful for WDCA’s. Agents must pass a closed book certification examination and a criminal background check prior to being certified. Once you have received notification of certification you may begin operating in a WDCA capacity. Learn more about the workshop and registration.


Rank (0) Views 4270 On Wed, Nov 02, 2011 10:45 AM, 1145 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Todd Kennedy to the rank of major, with responsibilities for field operations within the Division of Law Enforcement.

Kennedy will supervise a statewide hierarchy of some 200 wildlife officers, who enforce fish and game regulations and boating laws. He was previously the captain and a lieutenant in District 5, a jurisdiction that includes Alamance, Rockingham, Orange, Granville, Durham, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Guilford counties. He had been stationed in District 5 for the past 16 years.

“I look forward to this service and the challenge of the job,” said Maj. Kennedy. “The men and women wearing the uniform are important for conservation and public safety, through education and enforcement. I value being a part of the tradition of being a wildlife officer in North Carolina.”

A 22-year veteran with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Com


Rank (0) Views 6144 On Tue, Nov 01, 2011 3:08 PM, 1146 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Finding the newest fishing hot spots at three Piedmont lakes may be as simple as looking in the trees.

Since earlier this year, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel have bundled and sunk more than 80 evergreen trees at Jordan Lake, dropped eight artificial “tree reefs” constructed of recycled plastic on Hyco Lake, and cut-and-cabled 36 trees along the shoreline of Randleman Lake — all to attract fish and improve fishing opportunities.

Many popular sportfish, such as largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, congregate around trees and artificial structures because of the food, shelter and nursery habitats they provide, according to Corey Oakley, a biologist with the Commission who oversees fisheries management for Randleman, Jordan and Hyco lakes.   

“Our research has shown that crappie really like to congregate around sunken evergreen trees and artificial structur


Rank (0) Views 3349 On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 12:55 PM, 1147 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 31, 2011) Download the PDF below for the November 10, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda. November 10, 2011 Commission Meeting Agenda Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.


Rank (0) Views 3353 On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 12:00 AM, 1150 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2011) – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, provided in North Carolina by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, is offering women a helping hand in fishing basics on Sept. 11.

For a $25 registration fee, women can experience the basics – and fun – of fishing at Bass Pro Shop’s pond, in Concord, N.C., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about fishing knots, equipment, pond and lake ecology, types of baits and lures, and especially when to use what bait. They will have time to practice those skills and fish in the "catch and release" waters of Bass Pro Shop’s pond under the guidance of experienced instructors.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program in which women 18 and older learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences. In North Carolina, workshops are held across the state and offer a variety of outdoor skills, including fishing, hunter safety, target sh


Rank (0) Views 3227 On Mon, May 02, 2011 12:00 AM, 1150 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 2, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Public Health are reminding citizens that while touching and feeding young wildlife may be tempting, it can be harmful to both the animals and humans.

Tampering with wildlife – even young wildlife -- endangers 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.”

Wildlife can transmit diseases, including rabies and roundworm, to humans. Rabid animals, including raccoons, bats and foxes, are not uncommon in North Carolina.

From January to March 2011, a total of 83 rabid animals were identified in 43 Nort


Rank (0) Views 4070 On Wed, May 04, 2011 12:00 AM, 1150 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 4, 2011) – Though white-tailed fawns seen hiding in the grass may look abandoned and very much alone, they usually are not, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging the public not to approach, touch, feed or move them. Contact with a human may harm the animal more than help it.

Whitetails are a “hider” species, which means the female will hide her fawn in vegetation during the first two or three weeks of its life as she feeds. Spotted and lacking scent, fawns are well-camouflaged and usually remain undetected by predators. The doe will return to the fawn several times a day to nurse and clean it, staying only a few minutes each time before leaving again to seek food. A human may never see the doe and think the fawn needs help or food. But staying away is a better option.

The fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old, already it can outrun a human. At 3 to 6 weeks of age, fawns can escape most


Rank (0) Views 2919 On Fri, May 27, 2011 12:00 AM, 1153 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (May 27, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Washington Baum Bridge Boating Access Area, which is now open to the public.

“The improved traffic flow at this site will give boaters easier, more convenient access to the Roanoke Sound, the Pamlico Sound and our state’s other coastal waters,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for the money we received from sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License that allowed us to replace some of the failing infrastructure of this popular site, in particular some 1,400 feet of bulkhead.”

Sales of the CRFL paid for 50 percent of the renovation, while funding from motorboat registration receipts paid for the rest.

Washington Baum Bridge also has new ADA-accessible floating docks, one additional ramp for a total of five ramps and an addition of ab


Rank (0) Views 4737 On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 1:25 PM, 1153 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (October 25, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Nov. 7 to receive comments on proposed temporary rules that will allow the trapping of feral hogs with no closed season and no bag limits.

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, which is located at 1751 Varsity Drive in Raleigh.

If adopted, the temporary rules will go into effect Dec. 29. Permanent rules may be adopted at a later date.

Under the new rules, trappers must have a free, Commission-issued permit in addition to a hunting or trapping license, and feral hogs may be live-trapped using traps constructed in such a way that a non-target animal can be released easily or escape without harm.

The new rules also require trappers to place permit numbers on all traps. Feral swine must be euthanized while in the trap and may not be removed alive from any trap.

Under current rules, feral swine m

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