Rank (0) Views 4149 On Wed, Jul 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2010) – In action today, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously endorsed a letter from Chairman Steve Windham to the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission strongly opposing a lake management plan that would sharply limit boats and boater access.

Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission proposes a ban of boats longer than 22 feet and pontoon boats longer than 26 feet. Boaters also would have to purchase either an annual or one-day permit to access the lake.

“This proposal raises profound concerns about the ability of citizens to utilize a public trust resource,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Consider that public trust rights are for the use and benefit of the people – and include the right to navigate, swim, hunt, fish and enjoy all recreational activities in the watercourses of North Carolina. The waters of the Catawba River, of which Mountain I


Rank (0) Views 3218 On Wed, Jul 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 7, 2010) – The Wildlife Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted today to change the location for its District 5 public hearing on Sept. 8.

The annual public hearing will be held in the auditorium of Central Carolina Community College, 764 West Street, Pittsboro. Previously, the District 5 hearings had been held in the second floor courtroom in the Civil Courts Building, Graham.

District 5 includes Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Person, Orange, Granville and Durham counties

A series of nine public hearings across the state solicits comments on proposed changes to hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. All hearings begin at 7 p.m. After the hearings and a review of all comments, the Wildlife Commissioners then vote whether or not to adopt the proposed rules.

This year’s hearings are also the first to be held in September since the Commission adjusted its rulemaking cycle.&n


Rank (0) Views 3797 On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has unveiled a green-growth initiative that encourages wildlife-friendly practices for new and existing residential developments.

The Wildlife Friendly Development Certification program recognizes residential land developers who promote the conservation of wildlife habitat and use environmentally sound construction practices in their developments.

Developments that are certified as wildlife friendly incorporate features that protect existing habitats by providing food, water, cover and places to raise young, the four components of suitable wildlife habitat. Once certified, these developments can be marketed to homeowners who value the protection of natural resources.

To acquire certification, developers work closely with the staffs from the Commission and Federation


Rank (0) Views 3510 On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will implement delayed-harvest regulations on 22 trout waters in 15 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters.

Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1, 2010, and one half-hour after sunset on June 3, 2011. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell.

Continued drought conditions in western North Carolina may result in reducing the number of trout scheduled for stocking in delayed-harvest trout waters in October. Staff will be assessing all the delayed-harvest waters from now until Oct. 1 to determine if reduced stockings are necessary.

“All


Rank (0) Views 3235 On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2010) – Two cities recently joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program.

In Old Fort, located in McDowell County, a .7-mile section of Mill Creek that runs through the downtown area now is classified as a Mountain Heritage Trout Water. Because it is delayed-harvest trout water, anglers must use single-hook artificial lures and cannot harvest or possess any trout from Oct. 1, until one half-hour after sunset on June 3, 2011. The section will then remain closed to fishing until 6 a.m. on June 4 when it reopens to anglers 15 years and younger under hatchery-supported regulations, with no bait restriction, no minimum length limit and a 7-trout-per-day creel limit. The section will open to anglers of all ages at noon on June 4. Hatchery-supported regulations remain in effect until Oct. 1 each year.

In Burnsville, the .75-mile section of the South Toe River located in the Yancey County Toe River Cam


Rank (0) Views 3172 On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2010) – A special deer hunting opportunity near New Bern is available for youth through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The hunt will be held Dec. 4 at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center between Vanceboro and New Bern on U.S. 17.

To be eligible for the hunt, a youth must be between 12 and 16 years old and have successfully completed a hunter education course.

“Part of the Permit Hunting Opportunities, this deer hunt will provide participants with the opportunity for an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience while introducing them to safe and responsible hunting,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is Nov. 19. Permits can be purchased at any Wildlife Service Agent location or by phone at (888) 248-6834. Please specify Item # 8525.

During the hunt, the youth must


Rank (0) Views 3694 On Fri, Sep 03, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting hunters that bow-and-arrow season opens Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Sandhills, Rockfish Creek and Nicholson Creek game lands.

Pages 68 and 69 of the current North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting, & Trapping Regulations digest incorrectly states the season opens on these game lands on Sept. 13.

For a complete list of rules and regulations, download The 2010-11 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting, & Trapping Regulations.


Rank (0) Views 3988 On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 1:11 PM, 1049 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will facilitate a workshop on native reptiles, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center near New Bern.

Through hands-on fieldwork and classroom presentations, participants will learn basic biology and habitat requirements for snakes, turtles and lizards. This free workshop, conducted in conjunction with Weyerhaeuser, is open to educators, landowners or anyone, 16 and older, who has an interest in reptiles.

“Reptiles play a critical role in wildlife habitats, are fascinating to learn about and sometimes not valued to the extent they should be,” said Jeff Hall, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Snakes, in particular, are often misunderstood or feared. I was once asked ‘Do they sting with their tails’ in reference to a cottonmouth, a venomous species found in the easternmost region of the sta


Rank (0) Views 3797 On Thu, Sep 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2010) – Despite North Carolina’s current state of emergency, dove season will open as scheduled at noon on Sept. 4.

After Gov. Perdue declared a state of emergency on Wednesday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Earl, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received numerous calls from the public asking if dove hunting will be allowed beginning this weekend. The Governor’s Office has informed the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission that nothing in the current emergency declaration, Executive Order 62,  invokes any provision of law that would prohibit lawful hunting activities, including transporting a firearm to and from a hunting location (subject to local emergency ordinances to the contrary).  Hunters in coastal areas should stay tuned to local media for the latest updates on Hurricane Earl and related emergency conditions that could affect the safety of themselves or others. 

For more info


Rank (0) Views 4273 On Wed, Sep 01, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (September 1, 2010) – The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2010-11 season. Working within mandatory frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commission set the following regulations:

Conventional bag limits:
Six ducks with no more than four scoters
Four mallards with no more than two hen mallards,
Three wood ducks
Two redheads
Two scaup
Two pintails
One black or mottled duck (season closed until Dec. 1)
One canvasback
One fulvous whistling duck.
The season on harlequin ducks is closed.

Other limits:
Twenty five light geese (Includes snow and blue geese & Ross’ geese), no possession limit
Two brant
Five mergansers (two hooded mergansers)
Seven sea ducks (in special sea duck area only). In other areas, sea ducks are part of the regular duck bag limit. No more than four scoters per day may be taken in either season


Rank (0) Views 3224 On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Nov. 23, 2010) – New regulations for spotted seatrout will go into effect Nov. 30 for recreational and commercial fishermen in North Carolina coastal waters.

The recreational bag limit for spotted seatrout will decrease from 10 fish to six fish per person per day. No more than two of the six fish may be greater than 24 inches in length. The current 14-inch minimum size limit will remain in effect.

Commercial harvest of spotted seatrout (possession and sale) will be prohibited year-round from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. The current 14-inch minimum size limit will remain in effect.

The coastal regulations are required to meet harvest reductions needed for the recovery of an overfished spotted seatrout stock.

In inland waters, under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the minimum size limit will remain at 12-inches and the bag limit at 10 fish per person per day for the 2010-2011 fishing season. The m


Rank (0) Views 3623 On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 1049 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through Jan. 30 for the sixth annual Thomas L. Quay Award.  

The award, the Commission’s most prestigious, recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation. 

Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed explanation of the nominee’s contributions to wildlife conservation. The explanation is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font.) Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Download the nomination form and submit nominations by:
E-mail to martha.homovec@ncwildlife.org;
Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Manageme

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