Rank (0) Views 3631 On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has dozens of opportunities in the 2010-11 season for mentors to take a youth hunting.

This season’s Permit Hunting Opportunities include unique opportunities such as hunting deer in the Mountain Island State Forest or hunting waterfowl at the Currituck Sound. Youth hunts are for new hunters younger than 16 accompanied by a licensed adult. Youth/adult hunts allow the adult and youth to hunt together as a party.

"Our youth and youth/adult permit hunts are an excellent opportunity to mentor a new hunter this season," said Deet James. "And, now is the perfect time to become a hunting mentor by signing up for our "Hats On!" mentoring campaign.”

Hunters who sign up to mentor a novice – youth or adult – will receive a free hat and bumper sticker. The campaign registration period ends Nov. 1, and supplies are limited.

For more informat

Rank (0) Views 3690 On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2010) – The Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah for summer and one of the busiest times on waterways in North Carolina. To make it a safe holiday, wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are urging everyone to “boat safe, boat sober.”

Throughout the Labor Day holiday, wildlife officers will be on patrol across the state to enforce boating regulations and conduct vessel safety inspections, in an effort to help minimize the risk of accidents.

“We will concentrate on getting the impaired boat operator off the water,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Alcohol is a factor in over 20 percent of boating fatalities.”

Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against the law. The maximum penalty is $1,000 fine and possible jail.

In additi

Rank (0) Views 5033 On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2010) – As of Aug. 1, there is no longer a minimum size limit for striped bass at Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake from June 1 through Sept. 30, although the four-fish daily creel limit still applies.

From Oct. 1 through May 31, the striped bass regulation will remain a four-fish daily creel limit with a 20-inch minimum size limit.

The new regulation, approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in March, allows anglers fishing Lake Gaston to harvest striped bass that otherwise might not survive if caught and released during the summer. Research indicates catch-and-release mortality of adult striped bass is high when water temperatures exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

In previous years, striped bass anglers on Lake Gaston typically would catch and release many stripers until they caught four that exceeded the 20-inch minimum length limit. The catch-and-release practice had an unintended effect of killing some of the released striped bas

Rank (0) Views 3683 On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved the peregrine season at its Aug. 25 meeting. The season for permitted take begins Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 20, and is restricted to that portion of North Carolina east of U.S. Hwy. 17.

North Carolina resident and nonresident falconers can now apply for a permit for the live take of a peregrine falcon for use in falconry. The application, which includes permit requirements and deadline information, can be downloaded here, or by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Permit Hunting Opportunities.” Then scroll down to the "Peregrine Falcon Permit Application 2010" link. The application is also available for purchase by calling 1-888-248-6834.

Falconers are required to provide their federal falconry permit number at the time of application.

The deadline for mail-in applications is Sept. 2 and for telephone applications, Sept. 6, with the permit draw a

Rank (0) Views 4722 On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

SALEMBURG, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2010) – On August 26, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed 15 new wildlife officers into the ranks of the Division of Law Enforcement, with the mission to enforce game, fish and boating laws and to protect the resources of the state and the safety of its citizens.

The officers and their hometowns and counties are:
Brandon Barbee, Richfield, Stanly County
Tyler Campbell, Catawba, Catawba County
Brandon Coffey, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
Justin Covil, Lynn, Polk County
Dustin Ethridge, Morganton, Burke County
Dee Hubbard, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
Branden Jones, Saluda, Polk County
Michael King, Asheboro, Randolph County
William Parrish, Clinton, Sampson County
Michael Paxinos, Pikeville, Wayne County
Carson Rogers, Hendersonville, Henderson County
Andrew Smith, Lansing, Ashe County
Kyle Van Althuis, Sherburne, N.Y.
Jamie D. Wood, Wallace, Duplin County
Johnny Young Jr., Linwood, Davidson County


Rank (0) Views 3690 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2010) – One of the most popular hunting traditions in North Carolina is dove season, bringing family and friends together afield. The “Home from the Hunt” safety campaign reminds everyone that a rewarding experience happens only when all hunters are safe and responsible.

The 2010–11 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 4 – Oct. 9; Nov. 22 – Nov. 27; and Dec. 18 – Jan. 14. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 30. For doves, shooting hours are from noon until sunset on opening day only and from a half hour before sunrise until sunset thereafter.

Hunter Education Specialists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advise:

Be Safe
When hunting in a group, know where others are and communicate.
Never shoot at low-flying birds.
Alert companions when a bird is too low to safely allow a shot.

Be Responsible
Know your field of fire. Don’t pepper pe

Rank (0) Views 3664 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 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 4223 On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 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 3660 On Thu, Oct 07, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 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 3765 On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 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 3688 On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 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

Rank (0) Views 3688 On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

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

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