Rank (0) Views 3402 On Tue, Feb 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for one member to its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. Closing date for nominations is March 10, 2011.

The 18-member committee, which advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state, meets four times per year. The person selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee. Committee members have a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise and advise the Commission on matters that fit their areas of expertise.

In recent months, the Wildlife Resources Commission has needed assistance on marketing and fund-raising for nongame-related projects. Because of this need, the committee encourages nominations for people who have expertise in these two areas. 

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the p


Rank (0) Views 3810 On Wed, Feb 09, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2011) – White-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Eastern United States, has been discovered in a retired Avery County mine and in a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, marking the arrival of the disease in North Carolina.

“White-nose syndrome is confirmed in Virginia and Tennessee, so we expected we would be one of the next states to see the disease,” said Gabrielle Graeter, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “This discovery marks the arrival of one of the most devastating threats to bat conservation in our time.”

Although scientists have yet to fully understand white-nose syndrome, current knowledge indicates it’s likely caused by a newly discovered fungus, Geomyces destructans, which often grows into white tufts on the muzzles of infected bats, hence the disease’s name. The first evidence of this fungus was collect


Rank (0) Views 3641 On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (February 14, 2011) – N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Crews have recently completed renovations on the Elkin Boating Access Area in Surry County on the Yadkin River.

The Commission has given the Crater Park site a new ramp, docks and parking spaces. The site is also now fully ADA compliant.

 “The Elkin Boating Access Area is in a great location for boaters in the Northern part of our state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “It’s been completely refurbished, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Town of Elkin to provide free, 24-hour access to North Carolina’s public waters.”

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Boating Access Areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating_waterways.


Rank (0) Views 3814 On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments for 2011, with expectations for increased participation in the popular shooting sports events.

Nine district-level competitions will be held in March, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. Winning teams will advance to a state championship tournament in April.
District 1 March 26 at Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia.
District 2 March 12 at New Hanover Law Enforcement Range in Castle Hayne.
District 3 March 12 at Rose Hill Farms near Nashville.
District 4 March 22 at the Coharrie Shooting Range near Clinton.
District 5 March 26 at the Alamance Wildlife Club near Graham.
District 6 March 19 at Camp John J. Barnhardt in New London.
District 7 March 19 at Hunting Creek Preserve in Harmony.
District 8 March 19 at Catawba Valley Wildlife Club in Hickory.
District 9 March 19 at Polk County Gun


Rank (0) Views 3675 On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2010) – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting citizens to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on the Commission’s website beginning next week. Regular waterfowl seasons begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans. Beginning next week, citizens can comment on proposed dates for the seasons, by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Regular Waterfowl Season Comments.” Public comments will be accepted until Aug. 16. The Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org, will also provide the federal frameworks from which seasons may be selected, a direct link to a map of North Carolina’s Canada goose hunt zones, and a link to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2010 Status of Waterfowl video. For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, vi


Rank (0) Views 3613 On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30.  The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers.     

The daily creel limit within the Roanoke River Management Area is two striped bass per person. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit.

Anglers are required to use a single barbless hook or a lure with a single barbless hook when fishing in the upper Roanoke River from April 1 through June 30. The upper Roanoke River is defined as the main river channel and all tributaries, upstream from the U.S.


Rank (0) Views 4193 On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2010)  - The North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the 2010-2011 seasons will be available online at www.ncwildlife.org on Aug. 1.

Hardcopies of the digest will be available in mid-August from wildlife service agents, many of which are located in bait and tackle shops and larger sporting good stores.


Rank (0) Views 3747 On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2010) – Use of crossbows in North Carolina is now considered a legal hunting method that may be used by licensed hunters anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed.

This change in hunting regulations has prompted an increase in crossbow sales. What has not changed are the requirements for legally purchasing a crossbow in North Carolina [reference state statutes N.C.G.S. 14-402, N.C.G.S. 14-403.

State law requires that anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina first obtain a pistol permit from the sheriff’s office in their county of residence or hold a valid concealed handgun permit. Questions about obtaining pistol permits and issuance of concealed handgun permits should be directed to the local sheriff’s department.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission does not regulate the sale or purchase of firearms and crossbows.


Rank (0) Views 3763 On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 27, 2010) — At only 7 years old, Curtis Markham is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish and now, thanks to Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, Curtis will be able to hunt and fish in North Carolina without ever purchasing a license.

Curtis, who is from South Mills, was one of three young anglers to take home lifetime licenses as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 46 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” which were held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2010. He won the grand prize, a unified lifetime sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license, valued at $450.

Curtis’ license gives him statewide hunting privileges, including hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting, as well as fishing privileges in all public waters from the mountains to the coast.

Curtis’ love for the outdoors began at age 3 after his uncles took him fishing for


Rank (0) Views 3773 On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 21, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has extended the deadline for nominations for its annual Diedrick Small Game award.

Nominations for this year’s award are due August 31.

The awards are given to an individual and an organization whose actions significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse, squirrel, and rabbit.

Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at the October Commission meeting and appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species.

In the individual category, past award winners were landowners who improved and integrated small game habitat into their forestry or farming operations. In the organization category, past award winners included corporations, government agencies, and non-government organizations whose actions improved small game habitat. Past organizational winners included Pe


Rank (0) Views 3760 On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July  7 to take to statewide public hearings 23 proposed changes to the state’s hunting, trapping and fishing regulations for the 2011-2012 seasons.

Adding five streams to the public trout waters program and removing hunting and trapping restrictions at Cowan’s Ford Waterfowl Refuge in Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties are among the regulation changes. The public can provide comments online beginning in early August and at any of the nine public hearings in September.

For full text of the proposed regulations changes, visit Proposed Regulations for 2011-2012 Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Seasons.

Public hearings begin at 7 p.m. The schedule for the 2011-2012 hunting, trapping and fishing seasons is below:


DATE

DISTRICT

CITY

LOCATION


Tue, Sept. 7

4

Dublin

Bladen Community College


Wed, Sept. 8

5

Pittsboro


Rank (0) Views 4029 On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 12, 2010) – The proposed hunting and trapping rule changes approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in March 2009 but delayed for legislative review will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2010.

Along with these delayed rules, hunting, trapping and fishing rules proposed for the 2010-11 seasons, approved by the Commission in March 2010, go into effect on Aug. 1.

Fifteen hunting and trapping proposals were referred to the General Assembly by the North Carolina Rules Review Commission in April 2009 in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. As a result, the rule changes could not take effect until they were reviewed by the legislature, which convened in short session on May 12 of this year. Legislators had 31 days to propose bills disapproving the rules.

Four bills were introduced disapproving the Commission’s rules. Because none of the bills was enacted into law, the following changes will take effect Aug. 1, 2010:
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