Rank (0) Views 3366 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2010) – Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen can apply for permit waterfowl hunts by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or by calling (888) 248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The deadline for the majority of permit hunts is Oct. 1.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set the late-season waterfowl dates at its August business meeting and information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, can be found here.


Rank (0) Views 3890 On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 1, 2010) –  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting citizens that many access roads to game lands in the coastal region of the state have been closed due to flooding from heavy rains.

Closed roads will be barricaded and marked with signs. The Commission will make every effort to open the roads as soon as they are able to withstand vehicular use.

Learn more about North Carolina’s game lands, and view an interactive, searchable map.


Rank (0) Views 3350 On Thu, Oct 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2010) — “Take It Outside” at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. State Fair exhibit this year to learn more about the many outdoor opportunities offered by the agency.

The exhibit, located downhill from the Village of Yesteryear, is open to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 14, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 15-24.

The ‘Take It Outside’ exhibit provides an indication of the many hunting, fishing, boating, watching and learning opportunities provided to the public by the Commission. Visitors can check out a 12-foot, interactive map to find places to hunt, fish, boat and wildlife watch within 50 miles of where they live.

“We want everyone who visits our tent to know that there are likely several places near their homes where they can wet a line, go hunting or boating, or simply watch wildlife,” said Penny Miller, communications director for the Commission.


Rank (0) Views 3472 On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2010) – Human dimensions in wildlife conservation – the “people aspect” of nature – will be the topic for the Oct. 27th Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education.

The seminar, titled “Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management: What is it and Why Should You Care?” will be presented by Dr. Nils Peterson and Kerry Linehan at 4 p.m. following a networking session with refreshments, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

An assistant professor at N.C. State University, Dr. Peterson researches the relationships of human actions and natural systems. He examines how factors from land use policies to household dynamics affect the environment and endangered wildlife populations. He will relate how this research and its applications can benefit conservation measures.

As a human dimensions biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Linehan conducts and coor


Rank (0) Views 3376 On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 15, 2010) – Fred Rorrer, a longtime hunter education specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission who taught thousands of North Carolinians about respect and enjoyment of the outdoors, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 11. He was 52 years old.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 16th, at the Fair Funeral Home, 432 Boone Road, Eden. The family will receive friends beginning one hour prior to the service at Fair Funeral Home.

“Fred Rorrer was the caliber of man who, whether personally or professionally, represented conservation and this agency in the best possible way,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement, which administers the state’s Hunter Education Program. “He was an avid outdoorsman and a great ambassador for hunting and fishing. His passing leaves a void and, for those who knew him, a real hurt.”

As a hunter education


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RALEIGH, N.C. (October 15, 2010) – Youth visiting the Wildlife Commission’s exhibit at the State Fair on Monday, Oct.18, can participate in several activities designed to educate and entertain, including interacting with conservation educators and biologists to learn answers to wildlife questions and earn a wildlife sticker.

The day has been designated Youth Day by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and participants can test their shooting skills at a free air rifle range, learn to identify animals by their scat, handle animal pelts and see live amphibians and reptiles.

Through the duration of the fair, visitors can see the Commission’s “Take it Outside” exhibit, which provides an indication of the many hunting, fishing, boating, watching and learning opportunities provided to the public by the Commission. Visitors can check out a 12-foot, interactive map to find places to hunt, fish, boat and wildlife watch within 50 miles of wh


Rank (0) Views 3905 On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (October 18, 2010) – There is still time to pledge to mentor someone new to hunting during the 2010 hunting season.

Sign-ups for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunting Matters! “Hats On” Mentoring Campaign end Nov. 1. Those who sign up by the Nov. 1 deadline will receive a free hat and bumper sticker.

“We’re asking hunters to join the more than 3,000 people who have already promised to introduce someone new to hunting, a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world we live in that can not be found elsewhere,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s Hunting Heritage biologist. “If you enjoy hunting, consider sharing the experience with someone who is interested in the outdoors and otherwise may not have the opportunity to learn about the activity.”

The Commission’s Hunting Heritage Program is based on the premise th


Rank (0) Views 3726 On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (October 21, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that if they harvest a deer in Virginia, they must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations if they want to bring it home.

Since a deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Virginia last year, hunters must take care not to spread CWD to North Carolina. Only the following deer, elk, or moose carcass parts harvested in states or provinces with CWD are allowed into North Carolina:
Meat that is cut and wrapped
Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
Meat that has been boned out
Caped hides
Cleaned skull plates
Antlers
Cleaned teeth
Finished taxidermy products

States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Virgini


Rank (0) Views 3542 On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 25, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently honored 12 hunter education instructors from across the state who had achieved 1,000 volunteer hours or more of service.

Trophies and congratulations were presented during the Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting on Oct. 13 at the Wildlife Resources Commission headquarters, located on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh. The instructors received a standing ovation from the commissioners.

The honorees and their hometowns are:

Terry Boyce, Elizabeth City
Cody Reed, Greensboro

John Hall, Trenton
Charles Kearns, Lexington

Ernest Darden, Fayetteville
Gary Steeley, Kannapolis

James Edwards, Stedman
Link Grass, Denver

Karl Koval, Hope Mills
Bruce Sweezy, Hickory

Walter Wilson, Lillington
George Pullman, Arden

“Instructors give up their personal time to teach and to be taught, since being updated in t


Rank (0) Views 3459 On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2010) – To help boost the striped bass fishery in the Cape Fear River, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct the first of two stockings of this popular game fish at the Castle Street boat landing in Wilmington on Monday.

The first stocking will consist of approximately 10,000 striped bass, ranging in length from 4 to 6 inches. A second stocking of more than 100,000 fish will occur in early December. The fish were produced at the Commission’s Watha State Fish Hatchery in Pender County. 

The Commission has stocked striped bass of various sizes in the Cape Fear River on an annual basis since 1998; however, this is the first stocking of fish that were produced using brood fish collected exclusively from the Cape Fear River. All previous stockings were from brood fish collected from the Roanoke River. 

“The hope is that by stocking fish raised from parents collected from the Cape Fear, the fish w


Rank (0) Views 3242 On Wed, Dec 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 8, 2010) – Workers from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are repairing an aging dam on High Rock Pond on the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Lands in preparation for opening a Public Fishing Area.

The work includes removing the old water-control structure that had deteriorated and started to leak. Workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services and Division of Inland Fisheries are cutting into the dam and adding a more substantial structure that should give better results by cradling a 12 inch PVC pipe in concrete. 

When the dam is complete, High Rock Pond, which is just off Stephentown Road in Yanceyville, will be refilled.

Photo and video opportunities include workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services working on the dam at High Rock Pond. Call Dean Barbee at (704) 467-0845 or Carolyn Rickard (919) 707-0124 for more information.

For more information on fishing in North


Rank (0) Views 3444 On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1077 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2010) – Wildlife Officers of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission were among those honored for their vigilance against drunk driving, during a ceremony at the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship memorial in Wilmington on Dec. 10.

Justice in Motion and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program lighted a special Christmas tree inside the U.S.S. North Carolina auditorium, with each strand of ornaments representing an agency, group or individual working to prevent alcohol-related highway fatalities. The mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is to promote highway safety awareness and reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina through the planning and execution of safety programs. 

The drunk driving targeted by wildlife officers is most often impaired boat operators. North Carolina sets the same limit for intoxication – .08 blood alcohol concentration – for

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