Rank (0) Views 3860 On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 2:46 PM, 1115 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2011) — Just in time for shad and striped bass spawning runs, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Gaston Boating Access Area in Northampton County.

With that, the Commission has renovated 9 of its 10 sites along the Roanoke River, known for its premier striped bass fishing and equally enjoyable shad fishing, in the past decade. See an interactive, clickable map of the Roanoke and the renovated sites here, and on the boating page.

“Come March, anglers flock to the Roanoke River for great shad fishing, followed closely by arm-wrenching striper fishing,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Some of our access areas along the river have lines of up to 100 cars waiting to launch. With newer, better lots, more launch lanes and more accessible sites, our ramps along the Roanoke are better than ever.”

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Rank (0) Views 3300 On Wed, Mar 07, 2012 2:11 PM, 1116 days ago

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free outdoor photography program on March 24, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The program is being coordinated by the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.  

The informative program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife educators will cover the basics of outdoor photography, including how to compose shots effectively. 

The outdoor photography program coincides with a turkey hunting program also hosted by the Pisgah Center on March 24. 

“We intentionally scheduled the photography and turkey hunting programs to overlap to appeal to families with diverse outdoor interests,” said Lee Sherrill, wildlife education program coordinator for the Pisgah Center. “Whether people want to take on the challenge of turkey hunting or learn to shoot photos in a variety of outdoor situations, they all will learn about safely and responsibly enjo

Rank (0) Views 4933 On Tue, Mar 06, 2012 10:54 AM, 1117 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (March 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a free “Talkin’ Turkey” program March 24, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The program is being coordinated by the Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

The informative program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Wildlife enforcement officers will discuss the history of wild turkey in North Carolina, hunting methods and equipment, calling techniques, safety concerns, and other helpful hunting strategies and tips. Pre-registration is required by calling 828-877-4423 or registering online.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is one of four learning facilities operated by the Commission. Located south of Asheville off U.S. 276 and next to the Davidson River, the Pisgah Center offers free admission, daily showings of an award-winning documentary, and online schedules of upcoming events and conservation activities.

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Rank (0) Views 4671 On Mon, Mar 05, 2012 8:46 AM, 1118 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 5, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a free weeklong day camp for young women ages 13-17 at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on June 25-29. Becoming an Outdoors Diva is modeled on the popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program for adults.

“Teen girls can learn some of the same skills found in The Hunger Games, only in a fun, relaxed setting,” said Ann May, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “Campers will build self-confidence and self-reliance while learning more about survival skills, wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation — without the distraction of having boys around.”

Becoming an Outdoors Diva will take place on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, including  Lake Raleigh. The daily camp times are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Teens must apply in advance. Admission is based on their response to a wildlife

Rank (0) Views 5575 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 12:24 PM, 1121 days ago

LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — Build it and they will come. At least that’s the hope of fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission after placing an experimental reef in Lake Waccamaw last summer to attract a tiny, gray catfish. 

Biologists placed the reef, or “madtom hotel” as they call it, into Lake Waccamaw to help assess the population status of the broadtail madtom, a small species in the catfish family. Twenty years ago, this native fish, which measures a mere 2 ½ inches, was more common in the Columbus County lake. Today, it is difficult to find. So difficult, in fact, that the fish is state listed as a species of special concern.  Broadtail madtoms are only known from a handful of locations in the Coastal Plain of North and South Carolina. 

Ryan Heise, an aquatic wildlife diversity biologist with the Commission, and Chris Helms with North Carolina State Parks, hope th

Rank (0) Views 4727 On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 10:43 AM, 1121 days ago

LEXINGTON, N.C. (March 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission placed 20 fish attractors into Lake Thom-a-Lex in February to enhance habitat and improve fishing opportunities in the 650-acre reservoir, which is located in Davidson County. 

Fisheries technician Keith Hendrickson, along with other agency staff, placed 20 Mossback fish attractors throughout the lake on Feb. 1, sinking several near the fishing piers, which should help anglers fishing from the bank and piers catch more fish. Fish attractors are marked by white buoys with orange stripes. 

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Rank (0) Views 4320 On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 12:16 PM, 1123 days ago


RALEIGH, N.C. (February 29, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the March Committee meeting agendas.

Executive Committee Meeting Agenda - March 5 ,2012 (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda - March 7 ,2012 (PDF)

Disabled Sportsmen Subcommittee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Fisheries Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Joint Big Game Committee and Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Migratory Birds and Waterfowl Committee Meeting Agenda - March 6 ,2012 (PDF)

Visit Meetings/Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 3305 On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 3:35 PM, 1129 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2012) — Visitors to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission exhibit at the 32nd annual Dixie Deer Classic are eligible to win a Leupold scope when they take advantage of a subscription offer to Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

Scheduled for March 2-4, the nationally recognized Dixie Deer Classic is an outdoors and white-tailed deer hunting showcase held at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The Wildlife Commission exhibit will be located in the Exposition Center. Visitors will see the agency’s mobile aquarium, a staple at many fishing and hunting events, featuring both warmwater and coldwater fishes found in North Carolina waters. The Sensory Safari, a kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give visitors the chance to learn about North Carolina’s wildlife by listening to the sounds of birds, seeing animal mounts and handling pelts of some common North Carolina mammals.

Anyone who subscribes or renews a subscription to

Rank (0) Views 5352 On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 2:46 PM, 1129 days ago

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2012) — Assisted by a N.C. Forest Service BRIDGE program, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct a prescribed burn of some 1,600 acres in Burke and Rutherford counties during the month of March when appropriate weather conditions occur. 

The morning of the burn, a media alert will be issued.

The prescribed burn of 631 acres on South Mountains State Park and 1,007 acres on South Mountains Game Land will aid in ecosystem restoration of the land, wildlife habitat improvement and reduce brush and debris that can cause dangerous wildfires. The carefully planned and maintained fire could last two to three days.

“We will do everything we can to reduce the amount of smoke to nearby residents and neighborhoods,” said Dean Simon, a forester with the Wildlife Commission. “However, people will see smoke while we are burning. Prescribed fire, though,

Rank (0) Views 7258 On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 10:00 AM, 1130 days ago

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement new largemouth bass regulations for Randleman Reservoir effective March 1.


The minimum size limit will continue to be 14 inches; however, the daily creel limit of five fish will include two exceptions: two of the five fish can be less than 14 inches and only one of the five fish can be greater than 20 inches. The current statewide largemouth bass regulation allows anglers to harvest five fish 14 inches or larger daily with the exception that two fish can be less than 14 inches.


The Wildlife Commission took the proposed largemouth bass regulations for Randleman Reservoir to public hearings in September 2011 and the Wildlife Commissioners approved them at their November business meeting.


“Randleman Reservoir is a great place to fish as fish continue to grow rapidly in the newly formed reservoir,” said Corey Oakley, a fisheri

Rank (0) Views 3177 On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 10:47 AM, 1131 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2011) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the pier at Bells Church Public Fishing Area after staff completed repairs to a broken hinge yesterday.


Commission personnel closed the public fishing area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, last week after being notified that the hinge connecting the first and second sections of the pier had broken, due to damage most likely sustained from high winds earlier in the week. 


For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.

Rank (0) Views 12786 On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 3:56 PM, 1132 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30.  The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per person. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S. Highway 258 Bridge near Scotland Neck to Roanoke Ra

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