Rank (0) Views 4945 On Thu, Feb 09, 2012 8:47 AM, 1143 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has published its Spring Outdoors Guide, a seasonal bonus issue for subscribers to Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

The special issue highlights fishing, turkey hunting and warmer-weather recreational opportunities across the state. It includes a full-color fish identification feature on species found in North Carolina waters, a comprehensive list of marinas and boatyards and an easy-to-use chart showing the location of public boating access areas across the state.

With spring fishing always a favorite activity, respected outdoors writer and now Wildlife in North Carolina associate editor Mike Zlotnicki contributes a couple of angling articles, “Spring Into Bass Fishing” and “Springtime Slabs Beckon” on crappie fishing. Fly-fishing isn’t overlooked, with “Less is More: Adventures in Small Stream Fly Fishing,” an article on the c

Rank (0) Views 15180 On Mon, Feb 06, 2012 12:15 PM, 1146 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to comment on proposed rules that will allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes at night with a light. The proposed seasons would be year-round, and would allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes on Sundays on private lands with archery equipment. Night hunting is one means of controlling the population of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina. The public can comment online, email regulations@ncwildlife.org or attend one of the following five public hearings across the state, which will begin at 7 p.m.
March 20, Iredell County Agricultural Extension Center, 444 Bristol Dr. Statesville, N.C.
March 21, District Court #1, Buncombe County Courthouse, 60 Court Plaza Asheville, N.C.
March 26, Bladen County Courthouse, 106 W. Broad Street, Elizabethtown, N.C.
March 28, Room 153, Fulford Building, Pitt Community College, 4381 County Hom

Rank (0) Views 7177 On Thu, Feb 02, 2012 9:42 AM, 1150 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the 2012 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, marking the 34th 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 3, Alamance Wildlife Club near Graham, Alamance County (District 5)
March 10, New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association Range in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County (District 2)
March 17, Camp John J. Barnhardt in New London, Stanly County (District 6)
March 17, Catawba Valley Wildlife Club in Hickory, Catawba County (District 8)
March 17, Polk County Gun Club near Columbus, Polk County (District 9)
March 24, Rose Hill Farms near Nashville, Nash County (District 3)
March 24, Hunting Creek Preserve in Harmony, Iredell County (District 7)
March 28, Coharrie Shooting Range near Clinton,

Rank (0) Views 3521 On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 2:43 PM, 1153 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 30, 2011) Download the PDFs below for the January 11, 2012 committee meeting summaries. Big Game Committee Meeting Summary  (PDF) Big Game Committee and Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Joint Meeting Summary (PDF) Land Use and Access Committee Meeting Summary (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 5531 On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 2:58 PM, 1157 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 26, 2012) — Helping conserve North Carolina’s nongame and endangered wildlife species is as simple as checking a box.  

By checking line 28 on your North Carolina State Income tax form this year, you can help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission fund research, conservation and monitoring projects that benefit animals not hunted or fished.   

Every dollar of your tax check-off donation goes to the Commission’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, where it matches federal and other grants, or is used to fund educational activities and watchable-wildlife projects like the North Carolina Birding Trail. 

Tax check-off donations are particularly important because they provide the largest and most significant source of state funding for nongame projects, said Chris McGrath, the Wildlife Diversity Program coordinator in the agency’s Wildlife Management Division.&am

Rank (0) Views 3207 On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 2:56 PM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 25, 2012) Download the PDF below for meeting actions. January 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 3477 On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 10:32 AM, 1159 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2012) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Rick Venable to District 2 captain, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs. He begins in the role on Feb. 1.

Venable was previously a lieutenant in the district, which covers Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties. His predecessor, Capt. Preston Tyndall, retires on Jan. 31.

“I plan on working for all constituents and making their priorities, our priorities,” Capt. Venable said. “Working together with sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts, we can achieve our shared conservation goals.”

Venable and his wife, Donna, live in New Bern with their two children, daughter Allison, 10 years old, and son Brady, 5 years old. A 26-year veteran of wildlife enforc

Rank (0) Views 3121 On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 8:48 AM, 1160 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2012) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with the Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School, will hold a free Shooting Sports 101 clinic at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m.

There will be a learning session taught in an auditorium, but with no live firing practice.

“This free clinic is ideal for anyone wanting to take up sporting clay competition or hunters who want to improve their skills,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, a wildlife education specialist with the Wildlife Commission. “While participants will not be firing live rounds, the educational and safety components of the clinic will benefit everyone who attends.”

Experienced staff from the Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School will provide instruction on safety, equipment, ammo and firearms, as well as the various types of shooting sports, including trap, skeet and sportin

Rank (0) Views 4070 On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 1:42 PM, 1163 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2012) — Chris Kent has joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the hunter education specialist for a southeastern region. His duties include providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, wildlife management and conservation, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety. Kent will serve in the Wildlife Commission’s District 2, which is made up of Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.

“I want to reach out to a broader audience in the community to get them involved in the outdoors,” Kent said. “I would like to see more people — folks from all backgrounds — being a part of hunting. Everyone should practice hunting safety.”

Kent, from Danville, Va., and now living in New Bern, enjoys family activities, backpacking, wildlife photo

Rank (0) Views 6156 On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 12:12 PM, 1163 days ago

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA (Jan. 20, 2012) — Winter fishing in western North Carolina can be as action-packed as skiing, as long as you know where to fish and what to target.  

Trout anglers who enjoy catch-and-release fishing can cast a line in one of 26 Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters, while anglers who prefer fishing for walleye can try their luck in many of North Carolina’s mountain reservoirs, where this coolwater species is typically found.  

Trout Fishing

Kin Hodges, a fisheries biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, recommends a newly designated Delayed-Harvest Trout Water located in Surry County — the Ararat River in Mt. Airy, between the N.C. 103 bridge and Hwy. 52.  

This 2-mile section of the river was designated as delayed-harvest in August, and opened to the public this fall. Delayed-harvest waters, posted with black-and-white signs, create high-quality fishing oppo

Rank (0) Views 6246 On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 2:24 PM, 1164 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 19, 2012) — Hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts now have more ways than ever to receive the most up-to-date information about the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Constituents can now “like” the Commission on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see the latest news releases, view photos, get updates on fishing and boating, learn of new regulations or just find out about wildlife and the outdoors in North Carolina. “For some people, social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are a first stop to find information,” said Carolyn Rickard, the Commission’s public information officer leading the agency’s social media efforts. “Providing information through these sites is just one more way we can keep people informed and up to date.” The Commission also recently started a blog in December and made plans to expand its videos on its YouTube channel later this y

Rank (0) Views 4739 On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 10:10 AM, 1164 days ago

PISGAH FOREST, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special fly-fishing weekend for women through the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program on March 9-11 in the mountains.

Activities will be held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground, south of Asheville near Brevard in Transylvania County. The registration fee is $125, with partial scholarships available.

“It doesn’t matter what skill level or previous experience you have,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “This weekend is tailored for individuals, so each angler will gain new skills and improve techniques, and learn about an angler’s important role in conservation on mountain streams.”

The workshop will be held rain or shine. March can be cool or even cold, so appropriate dress is advised. Fly-fishing equipment will be provided, but participant

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