Rank (0) Views 3970 On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1157 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 22, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese,” the 2010 Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store beginning July 1.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was painted by renowned waterfowl artist Scot Storm of Minnesota.

“Carolina Snow Geese” marks Storm’s second honor as artist for the state’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print, also known as the duck stamp. His painting, “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic” was the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print in 2008. Last year, he placed third in North Carolina’s competition.

In addition to his North Carolina honors, Storm has amassed an impressive

Rank (0) Views 3837 On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 12:00 AM, 1157 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 29, 2010) – “Boat Safe, Boat Sober” is a timely message for this July 4 holiday weekend, expected to be a busy time on waterways. Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is illegal. The maximum penalty is a $1,000 fine and possible jail.

“Consider ‘Boat Safe, Boat Sober’ as the same sort of message that ‘Booze It and Lose It’ is for highways,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Last year, 29 percent of fatal boating accidents in North Carolina were alcohol related.”

Operation Dry Water, a national campaign to combat intoxicated and dangerous boaters, indicates impaired operators are a leading threat to public safety in North Carolina. During last weekend’s Operation Dry W

Rank (0) Views 3694 On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 1157 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2010) – Renovations to the Sunset Harbor Public Boating Access Area have been completed, and the popular Brunswick County site is set to re-open to the public at noon on Friday, July 2.  

The revamped N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission facility, located at 356 Riverview Drive, off Lockwood Folly Road, features a fishing pier, new boat ramps and fixed and floating docks. The improved parking lot also has expanded with more spaces.

The Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund, administered by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, paid for additional property to expand the facility, which was the majority of the cost of this project, and some renovations. Vessel registration receipts funded the remainder of the renovations.

The N.C. General Assembly approved the $20 million Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund in 2007 as a way to pay for acquiring waterfront properties or developing facilities to provide or improve wat

Rank (0) Views 3711 On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 12:00 AM, 1157 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters to give some pre-season thought to hunting safety, especially for tree stands — the portable, elevated platforms typically used for deer hunting.   It may seem counterintuitive at this time of year, but tree stand safety is important at times other than hunting season.

“Unfortunately, every year there are a number of tree stand accidents with injury before deer season even opens,” said Travis Casper, state assistant hunter education coordinator. “We need hunters to think about and practice tree stand safety all the time, not just during hunting season.”

If you are scouting a location and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season:
Wear a full body safety harness
Maintain three points of contact when climbing
Follow manufacturer instructions
Have an eme

Rank (0) Views 3756 On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 12:00 AM, 1157 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug.  10, 2010) – Participants and teams from North Carolina dominated the 25th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge in both the senior and junior categories.

Tar Heel competitors took first and third place in both junior and senior individual categories, first place in the junior team category and third place in the senior team category. The silver anniversary event, hosted by the National Rifle Association, was held July 26-30 at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.

The Youth Hunter Education Challenge is a demanding week-long series of events, featuring shooting competition in .22-caliber rifle and muzzleloader at knock-down targets, shotgun on a sporting clays course and archery at three dimensional game targets. A non-shooting component consists of orienteering, wildlife identification, a written hunter responsibility and ethics exam, and a hunter safety trail test.

“With results like this, it is easy to see w

Rank (0) Views 4374 On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 12:00 AM, 1157 days ago

BATH, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission kicked off work on a Beaufort County Boating Access Area during a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning, Aug 5.

The 6-acre site was donated by PotashCorp-Aurora. When complete, the Boating Access Area will have two boat-launch lanes and 30 parking spaces.

“We are grateful to PCS Phosphate for this generous donation,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “When we receive a donation like this, it allows our operational funds for boating access to go further in providing the public with more opportunities for recreation on North Carolina’s waters.”

The groundbreaking was attended by personnel from Potash Corp-Aurora, along with Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commission, Commissioner Mitch St. Clair and North Carolina Rep. Arthur Williams.

“On behalf of PotashCorp-Aurora,

Rank (0) Views 3614 On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 11, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that foxes sighted in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, and residents can take a few simple steps to avoid conflict with the animals.

Simply seeing a fox is not a cause for alarm. Catching a glimpse of one can actually be a rewarding experience in that it provides an opportunity to witness one of North Carolina’s most adaptable species. However, people still should not approach foxes or fox dens, even if they seem harmless. If the fox makes a den for pups, do not disturb them. Do not approach, touch or feed the fox or its pups.

In most cases, citizens that simply see a fox do not need to take any action. However, some action might be necessary in situations where foxes have become habituated to people.  In those scenarios, people can and should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal firewor

Rank (0) Views 3786 On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 12, 2010) – Landowners who own cropland and are interested in improving wildlife habitat can now apply for the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under a time-limited “General” sign-up.

The program provides landowners with financial assistance for wildlife habitat establishment and offers rental payments to offset income lost from reduced agricultural production on their property. A General CRP sign-up is underway for cropland which has been designated as “Highly Erodible” and has an official cropping history for at least four years between 2002 and 2007. 

“This sign-up represents one of the best opportunities to significantly increase early-successional habitat acres across the state, providing habitat for wildlife species that require this specialized successional stage,” said Mark Jones, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Supervising Wildlife Biologist fo

Rank (0) Views 4332 On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 2:28 PM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2011) – Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, recognizing both the economic and conservation contributions of sportsmen. “Whereas, the State of North Carolina recognizes that hunters and anglers were the first conservationists, and they support and promote conservation, which benefits all natural resources and habitats, through volunteer efforts and financial support; while their activities are an economic engine that supports upwards of 29,000 jobs and $818 million in paychecks in the state,” the proclamation states. Read the entire proclamation.  

National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by Congress to celebrate the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit everyone who appreciates wildlife and the outdoors.  

“We need, and conservation needs, young people to be invol

Rank (0) Views 3821 On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 17, 2010) – With hunting seasons opening in September, lifetime license holders need to ensure they have the annual privilege licenses that allows them to hunt big game and migratory game birds.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds can request their big game harvest report card, HIP certification and regulations digest by:
Clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button;
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday;
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

For more information, visit the inland fishing, hunting and trapping pages.

Rank (0) Views 3917 On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 18, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting hunters that the first four open days of dove season on Sandy Mush Game Land in Buncombe and Madison counties are now permit only.

Permits are still available on a first-come first-serve basis through any license agent or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

Because of heavy use by dove hunters during the first few opening days of dove season, and the need to reduce crowding and address safety concerns, the Commission is now restricting dove hunting to permit-only during the first four open days of the dove season (Sept. 4, 6, 8 and 11, 2010) on Sandy Mush Game Land. 

In recent years, more than 300 people have hunted on this game land for the opening day of dove season. The new permit requirement establishes a quota of 125 hunters per day for each of the first four open days.   

For more information on permit hunts, visit the Permit Hunting Opportunities p

Rank (0) Views 4586 On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 1160 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2010) - With dove season opening on Sept. 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses now by visiting www.ncwildlife.org. 

The last week of August is traditionally the busiest week of the year for hunting license sales. With opening day of dove season again falling on the long Labor Day weekend, a time when many beach-bound anglers purchase their Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, the agency expects a rush on license sales. 

To avoid the rush, sportsmen can go to the agency’s website to purchase a hunting or fishing license for immediate use. They can also click on the ‘Locate a Service Agent’ link to find a wildlife service agent nearest them.

Other ways to purchase a license include:
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores;
Calling the Wildlife Resources C

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