Rank (0) Views 4447 On Wed, Sep 01, 2010 12:00 AM, 1101 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 3399 On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 12:00 AM, 1101 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 3792 On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 1101 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


Rank (0) Views 3845 On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



BURLINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2011) – Carissa Shelton has joined the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the hunter education specialist for the upper Piedmont region. Her duties include providing instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, firearms, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

Shelton will serve in District 5, which is made up of Alamance, Rockingham, Orange, Granville, Durham, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Guilford counties.

“I look forward to getting out and working in this community,” Shelton said. “I will work to promote hunting and hunting safety. There are so many misconceptions about what hunting really is, and I think it is important for conservationists to communicate truths and reflect an accurate portrait of hunters and 21st century hunting.”

Shelton, a Clay County native, enjoys deer, duck and smal


Rank (0) Views 3571 On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – A second  introduction-to-turkey-hunting clinic is now scheduled for March 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh.

The center’s first clinic, scheduled for March 15, quickly filled to capacity prompting the National Wild Turkey Federation, in cooperation with the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission, to offer this second free turkey-hunting clinic.

“This turkey hunting clinic offers an excellent prerequisite for preparing new hunters, youth or adult, for the upcoming spring turkey season in April,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Hunting Heritage biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Seasoned turkey hunters know that experience is the best teacher and sharing that experience is a great way for the new turkey hunter to get started.”

Topics to be covered in the clinic include:

Ca


Rank (0) Views 3839 On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – The 2011-12 N.C. Coastal Boating Guide is now available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The newly designed, free guide features a map of the state’s coastline, along with information about boating safety, museums and parks, boating access areas, recreation, licenses and fishing piers. It also offers a guide to the Town of Oak Island, along with facts on the Intracoastal Waterway and other coastal resources.

For more information on boating in North Carolina or to order a copy of the guide, visit Boating Publications. Guides also can be ordered by calling the Division of Engineering Services at (919) 707-0150.


Rank (0) Views 5089 On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – Delaware artist Richard Clifton’s painting of a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture was selected as the 2011 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print.

The painting, “Canadas in Pasture,” was unveiled at the 16th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Feb. 11.

Representing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Deputy Director Mallory Martin; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Ray White and Mitch St. Clair; former Wildlife Commissioner Arthur Williams and Sen. Stan White, who succeeded Marc Basnight in the N.C. State Legislature earlier this year.

The unveiling of “Canadas in Pasture” marks the first time Clifton has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He placed second in last year’s co


Rank (0) Views 3949 On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2011) – A camera mounted above a nest in a pine tree along the shore of Jordan Lake is giving viewers a birds-eye view of a bald eagle couple as they raise their two chicks.

The eagle camera streams constant footage of the eagle family’s activities. Citizen scientists can submit logs of what they observe on camera to N.C. State University, which coordinated the project through its Cooperative Fish and Widlife Research Unit. The Wildlife Resources Commission is one of several partners that on the project. For more information, visit http://www.basic.ncsu.edu/eaglecam/.

Biologists hope that giving people a chance to view the nest – located on the N.C. Widlife Resources Commission’s Jordan Lake Game Lands – from the comfort of their desks at home, school or work will pique interest in this once-endangered species.

The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, through the North Carolina income tax check off, hel


Rank (0) Views 3295 On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2011) – The March 23 program in the Fisheries and Wildlife Seminars at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education will examine the effects of forest harvesting on amphibians.

Dr. Jessica Homyack, a wildlife scientist with the Weyerhaeuser Company, will present research from a 15-year field experiment examining the effects of a wide range of oak regeneration practices on terrestrial salamanders.

The seminar begins at 4 p.m. immediately following a 3:30 p.m. networking session with free refreshments.

Although researchers consistently detect negative effects of clear-cut harvesting on relative abundances of amphibians, the long-term responses of populations, the mechanisms of declines, and community responses across a range of forestry techniques have not been well-described. Dr. Homyack will also discuss emerging issues related to forest management and biodiversity.

The program is part of an open-to-the-public series in partnership wi


Rank (0) Views 3342 On Tue, Nov 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago




RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled three hearings in early December to gather public input on a proposed rule that would give the agency’s Executive Director the authority to implement an emergency response plan in the event of a wildlife disease outbreak that threatens irreparable injury to wildlife or the public.

The proposed rule implements the emergency powers authorized by the General Assembly and written into state statute. It would be effective March 1, if approved by the Wildlife Commissioners at their January business meeting.

The emergency response plan would be developed in consultation with the Governor’s office and the State Veterinarian, as required by statute, and would allow the Commission to quickly regulate public activities in order to contain the disease.

The emergency response plan would be effective for 90 days following the Commission’s determination that a disease


Rank (0) Views 3934 On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2011) – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a weekend workshop March 25-27, with 26 hands-on topics, ranging from wildlife photography to wilderness survival.

Open to women 18 and older, the workshop will be held at scenic Camp Cheerio, a rustic setting in the mountains of Alleghany County. Cabins are dormitory style with bunk beds, indoor plumbing and hot showers, and can accommodate 8 to 10 women per cabin.

Enrollment is limited to 100 participants, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the workshop is $220 and includes all instruction, program materials, and use of demonstration equipment, plus meals and lodging. Limited scholarships, made possible by the generosity of past participants, are available.

Topics include:
Archery
Geocaching
Turkey hunting
Firearm safety
Outdoor cooking
Stream ecology
Wilderness survival
Basic climbing
Pistol, Shotgun,


Rank (0) Views 3993 On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 10:17 AM, 1101 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting citizens that a white-tailed deer in Maryland has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). As a result, North Carolina taxidermists can no longer accept full heads for mounts from Maryland and must inform wildlife officers if they receive one.

In addition, anyone bringing a deer from Maryland, or the other states and Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected, must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations.

States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, Virginia, North Dakota, Missouri, New York, Kansas, Michigan and, now, Maryland. It has also been detected in Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission tested about 1,400 free-ranging white-tailed deer for CWD in 2009, and no CWD was

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