Rank (0) Views 5679 On Fri, Jun 01, 2012 11:14 AM, 1091 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 1) — Starting June 1, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons beginning prior to Oct. 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species also will be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Comments”

Comments will be accepted June 1-20.  Season dates will be selected at the July 12 Commission meeting.

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons, and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/waterfowl.aspx.

Rank (0) Views 4261 On Thu, May 31, 2012 2:10 PM, 1092 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2012) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign saw fewer alcohol-related boating arrests and accidents during Memorial Day weekend than the same holiday period last year.

The 2011 Memorial Day weekend saw 50 operating-while-impaired arrests, compared to 42 this Memorial Day weekend. Total boating violations also were down, 1,568 versus 1,176.

“That makes it a success,” said Wildlife Officer Kim Knight, with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “When people hear the message and heed it, whether at the wheel of a car or at the helm of a boat, it keeps all of us safer when we travel.”

Any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest in North Carolina.

The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign combi

Rank (0) Views 5675 On Thu, May 31, 2012 8:55 AM, 1092 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available online a map and GPS coordinates of nearly 550 fish attractor locations across the state.

Anglers can access the map and download GPS coordinates from the Where to Fish section on the Commission’s website. They can import waypoints (longitude/latitude) using a text file, an Excel file or a GPX (GPS Exchange Format) file and they can use the map to find the approximate locations and types of fish attractors found in each body of water.

Anglers using smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices can access the map using the Commission’s new mobile website, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx, by clicking on the Fish Attractors icon on the Maps tab of the mobile website.

Currently, fish attractor locations are listed for 50 public ponds, reservoirs and lakes throughout the state, although Commission staff updates the map and files as new fish attractors are added.

Rank (0) Views 4641 On Wed, May 30, 2012 3:06 PM, 1093 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (May 30, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop in Craven County for anyone 16 years and older who is interested in learning about snakes found in coastal North Carolina.

The free workshop will be held at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center on June 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will begin with a classroom presentation on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of snakes.

In the afternoon, workshop participants will have the opportunity to search for snakes outside the education center, which sits on approximately 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern.

Jeff Hall, a biologist with the Commission, and Mike Campbell, an educator with the Commission, will conduct the workshop. Hall is a herpetologist with the Commission, as well as coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptil

Rank (0) Views 3862 On Tue, May 29, 2012 8:44 AM, 1094 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 29, 2012) — Now is a great time to take a kid fishing, as more than 35 free, family-oriented fishing events are scheduled across the state in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited, 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 152 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing privileges in fre

Rank (0) Views 5369 On Fri, May 25, 2012 4:59 PM, 1098 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2012) — If you’re fishing along the North Carolina coast this weekend and want to know whether you’re fishing in joint or coastal waters, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission now has available on its mobile website a map of coastal and joint waters.

Mobile-device users accessing the Commission’s full website, www.ncwildlife.org, will be redirected automatically to the mobile site, www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx. The map is located under the “Maps” tab on the home page.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

Rank (0) Views 6827 On Thu, May 24, 2012 4:14 PM, 1099 days ago

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2012) — N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers testified last week before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs to share the perspectives of state fish and wildlife agencies on the importance of providing safe places for recreational shooting, and marksmanship training for our military and law enforcement officers.  Myers testified in support of HR 3065 on behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which represents the collective voice of all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies.

H.R. 3065, named “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act,” promotes construction and maintenance of public shooting ranges. The bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) as a companion bill to a similar piece of legislation introduced in the Senate

BREVARD, N.C. (May 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting three free fishing events in early June at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2012. 

 “Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners” will be held at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The class, which is open to participants 12 and older, is ideal for novice anglers who will learn a variety of casting techniques taught by experienced instructors. All equipment and materials are provided. 

“Introduction to Fly Fishing: Lake Fishing” will be held at Lake Julia in DuPont State Forest on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knowledgeable instructors will teach the basics of fly-fishing on the lake and will cover topics such as equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic insects. The class, which is limited to six people, is open to

Rank (0) Views 5377 On Wed, May 23, 2012 1:07 PM, 1100 days ago

HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (May 23) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission celebrated the opening of the Hampstead Boating Access Area in Pender County Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by state and county officials.

The Commission had long been searching for a site in the Hampstead area, which is popular with both anglers and recreational boaters, said Mark Hamlett, design services chief with the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. Coastal land is both expensive and scarce, and the closest Commission-managed ramps are in Wrightsville, which is 17 miles away, and the busiest ramp in the state, and Surf City, which is 5 miles away.

“We are certain this site will be popular, and have wanted a boating access in this area for a long time,” Hamlett said. “This is a great example of how partnerships and cooperation can make a project happen.”

The 6.6-acre Hampstead site provides access to the Intracoastal Wat

Rank (0) Views 6828 On Mon, May 21, 2012 2:43 PM, 1102 days ago


RALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold the eighth annual Wildlife in North Carolina photo competition, with entries accepted from June 1 until Sept. 1, 2012.

This year, rules require entrants to be either a current magazine subscriber or younger than 18.

“Last year, nearly 1,000 photographers entered more than 4,000 outdoor images,” said Jim Wilson, editor of Wildlife in North Carolina. “To have the budget to hold such a large-scale photo competition necessitated implementing the new entry policy. Considering a one-year subscription is only $12, entering the competition is still quite reasonable.”

Photos will be judged in 10 categories:

- Birds

- Mammals

- Reptiles and Amphibians

- Invertebrates

- Wild Landscapes

- Youth Photographer, 12 and younger

- Youth Photographer, 13-17

- Wild Plants 

- Outdoor Recreation

- Animal Be

Rank (0) Views 5126 On Fri, May 18, 2012 2:46 PM, 1105 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 18, 2012) — With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding beach-bound anglers to purchase their saltwater fishing licenses before leaving home.

Anglers can purchase licenses online, www.ncwildlife.org, or they can visit a local wildlife service agent, most of which are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores. They also can call the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anglers with smartphones, tablets or other portable devices can now purchase licenses using the Commission’s new mobile site, which is designed specifically for small screens and touch technology. Users simply access the Commission’s full website, which then re-directs them automatically to the mobile site where they can purchase licenses, view size and creel limits of saltwater fishes, find a nearby wild

Rank (0) Views 5777 On Thu, May 17, 2012 12:54 PM, 1106 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 64 miles of trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 2.

From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m., waters are open only to anglers 15 years old and younger. At noon, waters open to all anglers. Delayed-harvest waters will stay open under hatchery-supported regulations through Sept. 30. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day — with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.

The Commission stocks delayed-harvest trout waters from fall through spring with high densities of trout to increase anglers’ chances of catching trout. Once summer arrives, waters become too warm for trout to survive so the Commission opens delayed-harvest streams and lakes to harvest. Delayed-harvest trout waters are posted with diamond-shaped, black-and-white signs. 

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