BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. (June 19, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with the Town of Beech Mountain to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on Coffey Lake.

Commission staff worked alongside Beech Mountain staff to install the floating, T-shaped pier, which features an 8-foot-wide, ADA-compliant walkway as well as three benches and alternating high-low handrails to accommodate children and wheelchair-bound anglers. The pier extends 59 feet into the lake and spans 48 feet across the top of the T.

A wooden boardwalk that extends from the paved walking trail adjacent to Coffey Lake to the pier also is universally accessible.

To help celebrate the opening of the pier, Coffey Lake is planning a kids’ fishing event for kids 12 and under on June 23 beginning at 9:00 a.m. No fee and no registration are required.

Unlike many other cooperatively managed sites, Coffey Lake will not receive monthly stockings of channel catfish. Ins

Rank (0) Views 5498 On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 7:11 AM, 1173 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 19, 2012) — “Redheads in Needlerush,” the 2012 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on July 2.

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

The acrylic artwork depicting a pair of brilliantly colored redhead ducks was painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton. “Redheads in Needlerush” marks the second year in a row Clifton has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He took top honors last year with his vivid portrayal of a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture. He placed second in the 2010 contest with his portrayal of snow geese.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the

Rank (0) Views 5543 On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 10:24 AM, 1173 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2012) — Wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be reaching out to as many people as possible this weekend about the hazards of boating while impaired as part of Operation Dry Water 2012.

The annual nationwide campaign will have law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies out in force June 22-24 to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In North Carolina, penalties upon conviction include a maximum $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

Recreational boating fatalities last year jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and operating while impaired was the leading contributing factor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics.

“We intend to reach out to as many people as possible about the hazards of boating while impaired,” said Sgt. Jeremy Harrill, a wildlif

Rank (0) Views 10170 On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 7:25 AM, 1174 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2012) — July 4 is your one chance a year to get hooked on fishing — for free! From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, from mountain trout waters to coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. 

Although no fishing license is required to fish on July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers that all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides free access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. A list of more than 500 fishing areas open to the public is on the Comm

Rank (0) Views 7228 On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 3:43 PM, 1176 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (June 15, 2012) — For people who are interested in learning more about snakes native to North Carolina, space is available still for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Snakes in North Carolina” workshop, which is being conducted on June 29 at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County.


The free workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with classroom presentations on snake conservation, biology and habitats in the morning and a field excursion in the afternoon to search for snakes.

Among the species participants might find during the afternoon are Eastern kingsnakes, southeastern crowned snakes, black racers, redbelly water snakes, banded water snakes, corn snakes, and, with a little luck, the secretive and rarely encountered mud snake.

The workshop is open to anyone 16 years and older and is limited to 20 registrants. It qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental

Rank (0) Views 3628 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 4:11 PM, 1178 days ago

PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, on June 18 and 19 to begin repairs on the fishing pier. 

The fishing area will reopen at 7 a.m. on June 20; however, Commission personnel will close the area again sometime during the week of June 25 to finish repairs to the pier. The agency will notify the public through its Facebook page, Twitter feed, Conserve & Protect blog and a follow up news release the exact days the pier will close and reopen that week. 

Over the past year, the Commission closed the public fishing area twice in order to repair the pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents. In an effort to prevent similar damage and associated repairs in the future, large pilings will be placed along either side of the pier to stabilize it during high-wind events.

“We know that the Bells

Rank (0) Views 3288 On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 1:24 PM, 1178 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 13, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close access to the public fishing area on Blewett Falls Reservoir in Anson County from 12:01 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 21 for a special event.

Progress Energy is celebrating its 100th year of operating the Blewett Hydroelectric Plant. The company plans to erect tents, tables and chairs for the event so parking and fishing access will need to close until after the event.

Anglers who would like to fish nearby on June 21can visit the Commission’s Public Fishing Area at Arrowhead Lake and Sullivan's Pond located on the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge or a number of public fishing areas near Hoffman, N.C.

A list of all areas available for public fishing can be found on the Commission’s Where to Fish webpage. For general information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit

Rank (0) Views 3369 On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 9:35 AM, 1179 days ago

SWANNANOA, N.C. (June 12, 2012) — Anglers visiting Charles Owen Park who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment now can fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Department.

Charles Owen Park, located at 875 Warren Wilson Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers can register at Charles Owen Park to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 26 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-t

Rank (0) Views 2703 On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 10:28 AM, 1180 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2012) Download the PDF below for the July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice. July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 7631 On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 10:30 AM, 1185 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6) — Due to recent reports of alligator sightings, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents and visitors that feeding and harassing alligators is both illegal and dangerous.

Alligators are common in the coastal regions of southeast North Carolina, and, in most cases, it is not necessary to do anything if you see one. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission typically will not relocate alligators unless there is a threat to the animal or nearby humans.

As the weather warms, Wildlife officials receive more reports of people seeing — and sometimes feeding — alligators.

The American alligator is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and, under North Carolina law, it is illegal to feed them in the wild. Feeding these animals can cause them to lose their fear of people, making them more likely to approach and possibly attack. 

For information on alligators and wildlife conservation i

Rank (0) Views 4761 On Tue, Jun 05, 2012 8:34 AM, 1186 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 5, 2012) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will lead statewide efforts for Operation Dry Water, the fourth annual national campaign to prevent alcohol-related boating accidents.

Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies will be out in force June 22-24 to remind boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

In North Carolina, penalties for boating while impaired can include fines up to $1,000 and jail.

“But the greater peril is having an accident,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, operations supervisor with the Wildlife Commission and the state boating safety coordinator. “North Carolina ranks 7th nationally for fatal boating accidents and 9th for boating accidents and boating injuries.”

Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard. In North Caroli

Rank (0) Views 2831 On Mon, Jun 04, 2012 12:33 PM, 1187 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2012) Download the PDF below for meeting actions. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

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