Rank (0) Views 3943 On Wed, Feb 02, 2011 12:00 AM, 1039 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2011) – How has development in and around Lake Raleigh Woods affected the local box turtle population?

That question and a subsequent study to determine answers will be the topic of a Feb. 16 program in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Seminar Series at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. immediately following a 3:30 p.m. networking session with free refreshments.

Wildlife educator Kim Burge of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss how, since 2007, the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education has conducted research with help from local schools and citizens, utilizing box turtle mark and recapture and radio telemetry projects.

“The presentation includes up-to-date population data from the woods. Attendees will learn why we consider these approachable reptiles to be key ambassadors for encouraging outdoor exploration and connecting with wildlife,&


Rank (0) Views 3336 On Thu, Feb 03, 2011 12:00 AM, 1039 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has finalized an agreement with the National Forests in North Carolina that allows the two agencies to collaborate on projects to improve wildlife habitat -- the first Master Stewardship Agreement in the nation between the U.S. Forest Service and a state agency.

“We are thrilled to join in this partnership that will allow proceeds from timber management to go back on the ground, into projects that improve wildlife habitat,” said Mallory Martin, deputy director of the Wildlife Resources Commission. “This agreement will allow our two agencies to collaborate early on to explore the best possible use of funds to benefit North Carolina’s wildlife resources.”

Stewardship projects can include wildlife habitat improvement projects, prescribed burns to improve forest health, watershed restoration or management and control of non-native invasive weeds and insec


Rank (0) Views 3129 On Tue, Feb 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2011) – Chris Huebner has been promoted to supervisor for administration of the Division of Law Enforcement with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. His predecessor, Maj. David Stokes, retired Feb.1.

 As a captain, Huebner served as state coordinator for hunting safety and boating safety, beginning in 2005. A Clayton resident, he will direct and coordinate administrative functions for wildlife enforcement and oversee statutory duties.

“While I will miss the important task of providing safety education to hunters and boaters, I look forward to the new challenge of being administrative supervisor,” Maj. Huebner said.

Maj. Stokes began his career in wildlife enforcement in Cabarrus County in 1982 and worked his way up the ranks, culminating with the leadership role in the Raleigh headquarters.

“As a major, you realize pretty quickly how many people are vitally important to you, so you can get your job


Rank (0) Views 3021 On Tue, Feb 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for one member to its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. Closing date for nominations is March 10, 2011.

The 18-member committee, which advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state, meets four times per year. The person selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee. Committee members have a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise and advise the Commission on matters that fit their areas of expertise.

In recent months, the Wildlife Resources Commission has needed assistance on marketing and fund-raising for nongame-related projects. Because of this need, the committee encourages nominations for people who have expertise in these two areas. 

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the p


Rank (0) Views 3093 On Tue, Feb 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for one member to its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. Closing date for nominations is March 10, 2011.

The 18-member committee, which advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state, meets four times per year. The person selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee. Committee members have a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise and advise the Commission on matters that fit their areas of expertise.

In recent months, the Wildlife Resources Commission has needed assistance on marketing and fund-raising for nongame-related projects. Because of this need, the committee encourages nominations for people who have expertise in these two areas. 

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the p


Rank (0) Views 3444 On Wed, Feb 09, 2011 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2011) – White-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Eastern United States, has been discovered in a retired Avery County mine and in a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, marking the arrival of the disease in North Carolina.

“White-nose syndrome is confirmed in Virginia and Tennessee, so we expected we would be one of the next states to see the disease,” said Gabrielle Graeter, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “This discovery marks the arrival of one of the most devastating threats to bat conservation in our time.”

Although scientists have yet to fully understand white-nose syndrome, current knowledge indicates it’s likely caused by a newly discovered fungus, Geomyces destructans, which often grows into white tufts on the muzzles of infected bats, hence the disease’s name. The first evidence of this fungus was collect


Rank (0) Views 3315 On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (February 14, 2011) – N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Crews have recently completed renovations on the Elkin Boating Access Area in Surry County on the Yadkin River.

The Commission has given the Crater Park site a new ramp, docks and parking spaces. The site is also now fully ADA compliant.

 “The Elkin Boating Access Area is in a great location for boaters in the Northern part of our state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “It’s been completely refurbished, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Town of Elkin to provide free, 24-hour access to North Carolina’s public waters.”

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Boating Access Areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating_waterways.


Rank (0) Views 3492 On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments for 2011, with expectations for increased participation in the popular shooting sports events.

Nine district-level competitions will be held in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. Winning teams will advance to a state championship tournament in April.
District 1 March 26 at Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia.
District 2 March 12 at New Hanover Law Enforcement Range in Castle Hayne.
District 3 March 12 at Rose Hill Farms near Nashville.
District 4 March 22 at the Coharrie Shooting Range near Clinton.
District 5 March 26 at the Alamance Wildlife Club near Graham.
District 6 March 19 at Camp John J. Barnhardt in New London.
District 7 March 19 at Hunting Creek Preserve in Harmony.
District 8 March 19 at Catawba Valley Wildlife Club in Hickory.
District 9 March 19 at Polk County Gun


Rank (0) Views 3366 On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2010) – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting citizens to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on the Commission’s website beginning next week. Regular waterfowl seasons begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans. Beginning next week, citizens can comment on proposed dates for the seasons, by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Regular Waterfowl Season Comments.” Public comments will be accepted until Aug. 16. The Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org, will also provide the federal frameworks from which seasons may be selected, a direct link to a map of North Carolina’s Canada goose hunt zones, and a link to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2010 Status of Waterfowl video. For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, vi


Rank (0) Views 3269 On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2011) – 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.


Rank (0) Views 3883 On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2010)  - The North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the 2010-2011 seasons will be available online at www.ncwildlife.org on Aug. 1.

Hardcopies of the digest will be available in mid-August from wildlife service agents, many of which are located in bait and tackle shops and larger sporting good stores.


Rank (0) Views 3372 On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 12:00 AM, 1042 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2010) – Use of crossbows in North Carolina is now considered a legal hunting method that may be used by licensed hunters anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed.

This change in hunting regulations has prompted an increase in crossbow sales. What has not changed are the requirements for legally purchasing a crossbow in North Carolina [reference state statutes N.C.G.S. 14-402, N.C.G.S. 14-403.

State law requires that anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina first obtain a pistol permit from the sheriff’s office in their county of residence or hold a valid concealed handgun permit. Questions about obtaining pistol permits and issuance of concealed handgun permits should be directed to the local sheriff’s department.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission does not regulate the sale or purchase of firearms and crossbows.

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