Rank (0) Views 4201 On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 18, 2010) – There is still time to pledge to mentor someone new to hunting during the 2010 hunting season.

Sign-ups for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunting Matters! “Hats On” Mentoring Campaign end Nov. 1. Those who sign up by the Nov. 1 deadline will receive a free hat and bumper sticker.

“We’re asking hunters to join the more than 3,000 people who have already promised to introduce someone new to hunting, a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world we live in that can not be found elsewhere,” said Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s Hunting Heritage biologist. “If you enjoy hunting, consider sharing the experience with someone who is interested in the outdoors and otherwise may not have the opportunity to learn about the activity.”

The Commission’s Hunting Heritage Program is based on the premise th

Rank (0) Views 4036 On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 21, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that if they harvest a deer in Virginia, they must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations if they want to bring it home.

Since a deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Virginia last year, hunters must take care not to spread CWD to North Carolina. Only the following deer, elk, or moose carcass parts harvested in states or provinces with CWD are allowed into North Carolina:
Meat that is cut and wrapped
Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
Meat that has been boned out
Caped hides
Cleaned skull plates
Cleaned teeth
Finished taxidermy products

States where CWD has been detected include Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Virgini

Rank (0) Views 3867 On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 25, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently honored 12 hunter education instructors from across the state who had achieved 1,000 volunteer hours or more of service.

Trophies and congratulations were presented during the Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting on Oct. 13 at the Wildlife Resources Commission headquarters, located on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh. The instructors received a standing ovation from the commissioners.

The honorees and their hometowns are:

Terry Boyce, Elizabeth City
Cody Reed, Greensboro

John Hall, Trenton
Charles Kearns, Lexington

Ernest Darden, Fayetteville
Gary Steeley, Kannapolis

James Edwards, Stedman
Link Grass, Denver

Karl Koval, Hope Mills
Bruce Sweezy, Hickory

Walter Wilson, Lillington
George Pullman, Arden

“Instructors give up their personal time to teach and to be taught, since being updated in t

Rank (0) Views 3849 On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2010) – To help boost the striped bass fishery in the Cape Fear River, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct the first of two stockings of this popular game fish at the Castle Street boat landing in Wilmington on Monday.

The first stocking will consist of approximately 10,000 striped bass, ranging in length from 4 to 6 inches. A second stocking of more than 100,000 fish will occur in early December. The fish were produced at the Commission’s Watha State Fish Hatchery in Pender County. 

The Commission has stocked striped bass of various sizes in the Cape Fear River on an annual basis since 1998; however, this is the first stocking of fish that were produced using brood fish collected exclusively from the Cape Fear River. All previous stockings were from brood fish collected from the Roanoke River. 

“The hope is that by stocking fish raised from parents collected from the Cape Fear, the fish w

Rank (0) Views 3557 On Wed, Dec 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 8, 2010) – Workers from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are repairing an aging dam on High Rock Pond on the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Lands in preparation for opening a Public Fishing Area.

The work includes removing the old water-control structure that had deteriorated and started to leak. Workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services and Division of Inland Fisheries are cutting into the dam and adding a more substantial structure that should give better results by cradling a 12 inch PVC pipe in concrete. 

When the dam is complete, High Rock Pond, which is just off Stephentown Road in Yanceyville, will be refilled.

Photo and video opportunities include workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services working on the dam at High Rock Pond. Call Dean Barbee at (704) 467-0845 or Carolyn Rickard (919) 707-0124 for more information.

For more information on fishing in North

Rank (0) Views 3755 On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2010) – Wildlife Officers of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission were among those honored for their vigilance against drunk driving, during a ceremony at the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship memorial in Wilmington on Dec. 10.

Justice in Motion and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program lighted a special Christmas tree inside the U.S.S. North Carolina auditorium, with each strand of ornaments representing an agency, group or individual working to prevent alcohol-related highway fatalities. The mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is to promote highway safety awareness and reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state of North Carolina through the planning and execution of safety programs. 

The drunk driving targeted by wildlife officers is most often impaired boat operators. North Carolina sets the same limit for intoxication – .08 blood alcohol concentration – for

Rank (0) Views 4399 On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec.15, 2010) – As part of Duke Energy’s work on dams on Lake James, the Boating Access Areas at Linville and Black Bear will be closed while the lake is lowered. 

Two ramps at Linville are currently closed. The six ramps at Black Bear will begin closing over the next two weeks. Every effort will be made to leave one ramp open at Black Bear while the water is low.

The ramps are scheduled to reopen in spring 2011, when Duke Energy completes its work and the lake refills.

The Bridgewater Public Fishing Area, located downstream from the dam at the Catawba River tailrace, is not currently impacted. For up-to-date information on lake levels, visit www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp or call 800-829-LAKE (5253).

More information on boating and fishing in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Boating Access Areas and a list of more than 500 public fishing access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating_waterways.

Rank (0) Views 3928 On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 17, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has recognized nine volunteers who teach hunting education as the agency’s “Instructors of the Year.”

The instructors, each representing one of nine districts statewide, were presented a commemorative model Henry Golden Boy .22 caliber rifle in tribute to their service.

“These nine men and women provided exemplary service for 2010 and deserve the recognition,” said Travis Casper, state assistant hunting education coordinator. “They and the other 772 hunter education instructors currently active in North Carolina have earned our gratitude. Their dedication and commitment to teach free courses certainly saves the state money in these austere times. But the hunter safety, outdoors skills and wildlife knowledge they pass along is even more valuable.”

The nine volunteers and their hometowns are:
District 1 Terry Boyce, Elizabeth Ci

Rank (0) Views 3739 On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 21, 2010) – Jeremy Harrill, a wildlife officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission since 2003, has been promoted to sergeant in District 7, serving the northwestern region of the state.

Harrill will lead a patrol of four officers who conduct law enforcement operations for hunting, trapping, fishing and boating laws. He will also provide hunting education and boating education programs for the region.

"I love my job as a wildlife enforcement officer and feel extremely blessed to have a job where I can play a very active part in being a steward of God’s creation,” Sgt. Harrill said. “I enjoy working with the sportsmen of this state, so we can together protect our natural resources and hunting traditions for future generations.”

Harrill is originally from – and grew up in – Ellenboro, in Rutherford County. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from N.C. State

Rank (0) Views 3554 On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1158 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 22, 2010) – The New Year will usher in new leadership roles within the Division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.   Maj. Keith Templeton, supervisor for field operations, will retire effective Jan. 1. His successor will be Jack Staley, previously a captain in District 5, a jurisdiction that includes Alamance, Rockingham, Orange, Granville, Durham, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Guilford counties.

“I'm confident that the transition will be a smooth one,” Templeton said. “I am pleased with the direction that the division is headed and I'm sure there are some exciting times on the horizon.”

Staley will be responsible for supervising a statewide hierarchy of some 200 uniformed wildlife officers who enforce the fish and game regulations and boating laws of the state. He is a 27-year veteran of wildlife enforcement and brings 19 years of field supervision to the offi

Rank (0) Views 3547 On Tue, Feb 01, 2011 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2011) —  Whether you love to hunt, fish, bird watch, or just want to do your part to ensure that wildlife in North Carolina flourishes, you can help conserve North Carolina’s wildlife and their habitats by checking line No. 30 on your North Carolina State Income tax form this year.

By donating a portion of your tax refund, you provide money for projects that help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conserve nongame wildlife and their habitats. Turtles, freshwater mussels, fish, birds, bats, frogs and salamanders all benefit from tax check-off donations to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission uses Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund donations to support the research, conservation and management of animals that are not hunted and fished. Because nongame projects are not funded through state tax money, check-off donations provide the largest and most significant source of funding fo

Rank (0) Views 4345 On Wed, Feb 02, 2011 12:00 AM, 1159 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2011) – How has development in and around Lake Raleigh Woods affected the local box turtle population?

That question and a subsequent study to determine answers will be the topic of a Feb. 16 program in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Seminar Series at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. immediately following a 3:30 p.m. networking session with free refreshments.

Wildlife educator Kim Burge of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss how, since 2007, the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education has conducted research with help from local schools and citizens, utilizing box turtle mark and recapture and radio telemetry projects.

“The presentation includes up-to-date population data from the woods. Attendees will learn why we consider these approachable reptiles to be key ambassadors for encouraging outdoor exploration and connecting with wildlife,&

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