Rank (0) Views 3487 On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1123 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2010) – The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunting Heritage program is sponsoring a trap and skeet shoot for shooters with a disability.

The shoot is scheduled for 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the Durham County Wildlife Club. Turning Point Carolina will offer two levels of trap shooting for beginners and more advanced mobility-impaired participants. The Commission will demonstrate its Huntmaster handicapped hunting lift.

The Durham County Wildlife Club is also a sponsor, supplying the facility and targets at no cost to participants. 

For more information on the event, or to register, visit www.turningpointnation.org, or e-mail David Kiley at dk@turningpointnation.org.

For more information on the Commission’s programs for disabled hunters, visit NCWRC’s Access Guide for Sportsmen with Disabilities.

For directions to the Durham County Wildlife Club, visit www.dcwc.info.

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Rank (0) Views 3533 On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1123 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (April 22, 2010) – Visitors to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can still wet a line, thanks to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located alongside the popular Davidson River in western North Carolina, hosts a rod loaner program that allows individuals or groups to borrow fishing rods and reels for use on area streams or lakes.

To participate, just visit the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and select a rod and reel. Valid identification and a North Carolina fishing license for anglers 16 years of age and older is required. There is also a $20 deposit, which is refundable when the rod and reel are returned in good working order. (The deposit is forfeited if the rod is broken or damaged beyond repair.)

Rods and reels may be borrowed for up to two days, although the loan can be extended at the end of the second day. The loaner program functions yea


Rank (0) Views 3328 On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 12:00 AM, 1123 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has launched a new, easier way to find more than 200 free public Boating Access Areas across the state.

The Interactive Boating Access Area Locator lets boaters search for a ramp by address, body of water, or amenities. Once they locate a Boating Access Area, users can zoom in and out of the map, find an address, identify latitude and longitude coordinates, and print directions.

“Providing access to public waters and providing informative, easy-to-use tools to locate that access go hand in hand,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Division of Engineering Services. “This interactive map, along with our more than 200 Boating Access Areas, is another way we are helping boaters across the state get in the water.”

To access the map, visit the Boating and Waterways page on www.ncwildlife.org  and click on Interactive Boating Access Area Locator.

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Rank (0) Views 3622 On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – Wildlife in North Carolina magazine again welcomes entries for its sixth annual nature and wildlife photo competition.

“Last year, we received more than 8,800 entries—by far our most ever, and almost too many for our staff to handle,” said Greg Jenkins, editor of the national-award-winning monthly. “In response, we are reducing the number of photos that an individual can enter in a single category from three to two.”

Founding partner, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, returns as a co-sponsor, as does the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Great Outdoor Provision Co. returns as a corporate sponsor. Another important co-sponsor returning for the second year is UNC-TV, with entertaining and educational programming about the state’s wonderful natural resources.

“These sponsors are valuable resources on so many levels,” Jenkins said. “The museum i


Rank (0) Views 3558 On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2010-2011 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

The Commission is no longer mailing reminder notices to lifetime license holders.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards and HIP certification at the same time. Make requests by:
Clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button;
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday;
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

For more information, visit the inland fishing, hunting


Rank (0) Views 3446 On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 2, 2010) – In celebration of 2010 National Fishing and Boating Week, 40-plus free kids’ fishing events are being held across the state.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bayside Marina & Grill, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish, many of them stocked by the Commission, including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and Coastal regions.

Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win a variety of fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, do


Rank (0) Views 3443 On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2010) – North Carolina law enforcement agencies will again participate in Operation Dry Water, June 25-27, a national weekend of boating sobriety detection and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol-related accidents and fatalities.

“Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against the law,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Penalties may include fines up to $1,000 and jail. The greater peril is an accident. More than 20 percent of boating-related fatalities are alcohol related.”

Operation Dry Water is organized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, with leadership for the North Carolina campaign by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and assisted by partner law enforcement agencies.

Wildlife officers are charged with enf


Rank (0) Views 3721 On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding coastal residents and visitors to avoid feeding alligators. The American alligator is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, under North Carolina law, it is illegal to feed them in the wild.  

As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing – and feeding – alligators. Feeding alligators is dangerous to both humans and alligators. Once habituated to food, alligators lose their fear of humans and will approach to find food. This behavior is not reversible and can result in the trapping and destroying of the alligator. 

For more information on the American alligator, refer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fact sheet. For information on threatened and endangered species in North Carolina, see the protected species document.


Rank (0) Views 3738 On Tue, Jun 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 8, 2010) – Colonel Kenneth Everhart, the ranking officer for the Division of Law Enforcement with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has announced his retirement, effective July 1.

The 28-year law enforcement veteran has served as colonel since July 2004, leading 200 wildlife officers statewide who enforce hunting, fishing and boating laws; offer hunter and boater safety courses; and investigate hunting and boating accidents.

“One of the first things I plan to do (in retirement) is buy some clothes, since I’ve been wearing a tan and green uniform for so long,” Everhart said. “Then I expect to do something for a group like Habitat for Humanity, catch up on my hunting and fishing, and generally enjoy time with my family.”

He and his wife, Marilyn, have three children, Abby, Kyle and Hunter, and live in Raleigh.

“I know I will miss his humor, his wit and wisdom, but most of all I will


Rank (0) Views 3738 On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2010) – Wes Blair, a Hunter Education Specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, has been recognized as the “Professional of the Year” by the International Hunter Education Association.

This award puts the Lenoir resident into select company. Honorees must perform an outstanding service to their agency and state in hunter education and have supported the International Hunter Education Association mission in doing so. Selections are based on efforts in education of hunters, community service, recruitment, hunting activities for youth and innovation in training.

The International Hunter Education Association is an organization for 67 state and provincial wildlife conservation agencies and their professional staffs, along with over 70,000 volunteer instructors who teach hunter education in North America.

Blair, with 13 years of experience in hunter education, was recognized for his excellent rapport with the 127 v


Rank (0) Views 3891 On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2010) – The UNC-TV special program “North Carolina Lens” will feature Greg Jenkins, editor of the national-award-winning monthly Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, and its annual photo contest.  

Also featured is Mike Dunn, a naturalist and nature photographer, who works as senior manager of outreach with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Dunn explains what makes a good nature photograph, the characteristics of wildlife subjects and how you can take great photos.

The segment will be broadcast on June 24 at 9:30 p.m. and repeated June 27 at noon; July 11 at 10:30 p.m. and July 17 at 3:30 a.m. For additional information, go to www.unctv.org.  

“This is our sixth annual photo competition and it has become quite the hallmark of the magazine,” said Jenkins. “Beautiful nature photos from North Carolina have inspired generations of people to be better stewards of our precious nat


Rank (0) Views 3403 On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1126 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding beach-bound anglers, particularly those headed to the coast for the popular and busy July 4 week, to purchase their saltwater fishing license before they leave home and avoid potential long lines at tackle and bait shops, sporting good stores and other wildlife service agent locations along the coast.   Anglers can purchase a license by:
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1 (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week;
 “Purchase License” page.
Visiting a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores.

Licenses can also be purchased at one of six Division of Marine Fisheries offices located along the coast. For locations, visit the agency’s website, www.ncfisheries.net.

A Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) is r

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