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RALEIGH,N.C. (Feb. 20, 2013) — State and federal wildlife officials announced today an undercover operation involving more than 80 wildlife violators and as many as 900 wildlife violations detected.

Primary violations stem from illegal bear hunting but include an array of wildlife and game law charges. The investigation continues and more charges are possible.

The four-year investigation targeted poachers in North Carolina and Georgia, with some work in adjacent states.

Officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission infiltrated poaching circles to document violations including bear baiting, illegal take of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs, operation of illegal bear enclosures in North Carolina, and guiding hunts on national forest lands without the required permits.

Officers began making arrests Tuesday. Operation Somethi

Rank (0) Views 9435 On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:32 PM, 1086 days ago

WELDON, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2013) — 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 angler. 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 Rap

Rank (0) Views 6449 On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 3:09 PM, 1087 days ago

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2013) — While many sportsmen know Sandy Mush Game Land as an excellent place to hunt turkeys in the spring or mourning dove in the fall, bird watchers flock to the 2,600-acre game land year-round to observe birds not commonly seen in western North Carolina. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission game land has become such a well-known birding site that Commission biologists developed a birding checklist with help from the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society (EMAS) to help bird watchers visiting the game land.

The list, which can be downloaded  here and the EMAS website, contains 153 bird species that have been documented by Commission staff, EMAS members, as well as other game land visitors, over the last seven years.

More than 300 bird species are found in western North Carolina, although that number varies depending on the season.Many birds live in the region throughout the year, while others pass through briefly during s

Rank (0) Views 8414 On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 8:40 AM, 1087 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the regional Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 35th year for the popular statewide shooting sports events.

The Commission will conduct nine district-level competitions in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part: March 2, Alamance Wildlife Club near Graham, Alamance County for District 5 (Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Person, Orange, Granville and Durham counties.) March 9, New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County for District 2 (Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.) March 9, Rose Hill Farms near Nashville, Nash County for District 3 (Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Franklin, Nash, Wilson, Edgecombe, Vance, Warren, Halifax and Northampton counties.) March 16, C

Rank (0) Views 2184 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 4:04 PM, 1088 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 13, 2013) Download the PDF below for the March 12 & 13, 2013 committee meetings schedule. March 12 & 13, 2013 Committee Meetings' Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 2151 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 12:06 PM, 1088 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) Download the PDF below for the February 18, 2013 Closed Session Executive Committee Meeting Notice.

February 18, 2013 Closed Session Executive Committee Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 7386 On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 9:10 AM, 1088 days ago

WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) — Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter has taken top honors in the 2013 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of Northern shovelers sitting along the water’s edge.

The painting, which is a mixed media of opaque watercolor and acrylic, will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled Friday at the 18thAnnual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store,on July 1 for $145. The stamp is $10.

Wildlife Commissioner Mitch St. Clair represented the Commission at Friday night’s unveiling.

This is the first year that Klinefelter has won North Caroli

Rank (0) Views 4535 On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 4:17 PM, 1089 days ago

TUCKASEGEE, N.C. (Feb. 12) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Bear Creek Boating Access Area and it is now open to the public.

The refurbished site, on Bear Creek Lake in Jackson County, features two 14-foot wide, 90-foot long ramps. The bottom elevation of the ramps is 88 feet, so boaters can launch when the lake levels are low in the winter. A normal full level in the summer for Bear Creek Lake is 100 feet, but in winter it can drop to 91 feet.

A new floating dock with handicapped-accessible handrails was also installed.

“This is the busiest spot on the Nantahala chain of lakes, and the only public access on Bear Creek Lake,” said Jeff Ferguson, an engineer with the Commission. “The lake is quite deep, and offers anglers bass, bluegill, trout and other species.”

The Commission manages the lake as hatchery-supported trout waters, and stocks it with catchable-size rainbow trout. Hatchery s

Rank (0) Views 5039 On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 9:30 AM, 1089 days ago

MARION, N.C. (Feb. 12) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining other agencies and organizations in supporting the use of prescribed fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area and adjacent National Forest System lands.

The Wildlife Commission supports a proposal the U.S Forest Service is considering to use prescribed fire on nearly 16,000 acres in and near the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on the Grandfather Ranger District.

The prescribed fire on U.S. Forest Service land would greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, such as those that occurred in 2007, and help restore the fire-adapted ecosystem of the area. Prescribed fire will particularly be beneficial to fire-adapted plant species such as the rare Mountain Golden Heather that are at risk of disappearing due to decades of fire suppression. Wildlife species also will benefit from the controlled ignitions and less intense heat of a prescribed fire, as opposed to wildfires, which burn at a much hi

Rank (0) Views 4089 On Fri, Feb 08, 2013 3:31 PM, 1093 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today confiscated a white-tailed deer being held illegally at the home of a Burke County resident. Wildlife enforcement officers issued a citation to the person holding the deer.

Because of specific circumstances surrounding this case, the deer was anesthetized and transferred to an educational facility licensed to hold and care for deer in captivity. Those circumstances include verifiable knowledge of the origin of the deer locally within Burke County and no opportunity for the deer to have been in contact with wild deer during its life in captivity. The deer has been held in an approximately 10-foot by 12-foot chain-link pen since it was removed from its natural habitat as a fawn.

Despite well-meaning intentions of the Burke County resident, North Carolina law does not allow the holding of wildlife by individuals without proper training and licenses, and then only under strict rules to safeguard th

Rank (0) Views 1978 On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 11:42 AM, 1094 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2013) Download the PDF below for the March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice.

March 14, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 44469 On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 10:57 AM, 1094 days ago

RALEIGH,N.C. (Feb. 7) —The 2013 spring turkey season has changed to allow for a longer youth turkey season in which adults can accompany more than one youth.

The youth-only season will be open from the first Saturday in April — April 6 this year — to the following Friday, April 12. An adult can accompany more than one youth during this Spring Youth-Only Wild Turkey Season. The adult must be near the youth. The bag limit for the entire week is one bird.

“With hunter recruitment as a major goal of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,we are continuously looking for ways to bring more youth into the woods,” said David Cobb, chief of wildlife management for the Commission. “Adding these extra days to the youth season will give our newest hunters a better chance of bagging a bird, and get more youths and adults into the field.”

Season information in the Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest do

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