Rank (0) Views 2759 On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM, 1188 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 23, 2012) Download the PDF below for the August 30, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda. August 30, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 4798 On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 9:43 AM, 1188 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey, with strict state and federal requirements in place for ownership of a raptor and hunting with it.

“Everyone practicing falconry in North Carolina has to go through an apprenticeship and earn a license,” said Daron Barnes, permits supervisor with the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “We give a presentation at this workshop on the rules and regulations that govern falconers, and talk to attendees about the application and permitting process.”

Participants at the workshop also learn the history of falconry, about bird training, equipment and care, raptor anatomy and identification. Live birds will be on hand.

Rank (0) Views 3716 On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 10:49 AM, 1189 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering five fishing-related events, clinics and workshops thisfall at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

Each one is free and open to the public. For fishing events and clinics, loaner rods and reels are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free bait also is provided.

 - Sept. 5, 6, 7 – Three-Day Basic Rod-Building Course from 6:30-9 p.m. each night. This course, open to the first 15 registrants ages 14 and older, will cover the basics of building a fishing rod. Participants will make a rod to take home with them. Pre-registration is required. - Sept. 22 – 5th Annual Wildlife Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-oriented event highlighting fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in North Carolina offers more than 15 interactive and hands-on activities, including kayaking, archery and fi

Rank (0) Views 4991 On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 10:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 21) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding citizens they must follow special guidelines when hunting in states that have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

North Carolina hunters cannot transport into this state full heads from the 21 states or two Canadian provinces that have tested positive; nor can taxidermists accept them.Taxidermists should inform wildlife officers if they receive a deer, elk or moose head from one of those states or provinces.

Hunters must follow North Carolina processing and packaging regulations for the following states and provinces: Iowa, Texas, North Dakota, Colorado,Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota,Oklahoma, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, New York, Kansas, Michigan, Virginia,Maryland and Missouri. The regulations also apply to Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.

CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spo

Rank (0) Views 8229 On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 8:48 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 21, 2012) — The Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds everyone enjoying dove hunting to think before they pull the trigger this hunting season.

The 2012-13 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 6; Nov. 19 – 24; and Dec. 15 – Jan. 11. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 30. Shooting hours are from a half hour before sunrise until sunset, including opening day.

“Before you pull the trigger, positively identify your target and what is beyond it,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator. “Know your zone of fire and be cautious. Don’t pepper people, buildings or vehicles with falling shot.”

Home From The Hunt recommendations include:

Be Safe
When hunting in a group, know where others are and communicate.
Never shoot at low-flying birds, and alert others when

Rank (0) Views 2513 On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 4:49 PM, 1191 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 20, 2012) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2012 Public Comments meeting notice. August 29, 2012 Accept Public Comments about Senate Bill 821 Meeting Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 5413 On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 10:00 AM, 1194 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a free Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop for anyone ages 16 and older who has an interest in learning more about frogs and toads and how to identify their calls.

The workshop will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens on Sept. 4 from 6-9 p.m. Participants will begin the workshop by learning frog and toad call identification techniques and CASP protocols before heading outdoors to put their newly acquired listening skills to the test.

Cape Fear Botanical Gardens is located at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. It encompasses77 acres of pine and hardwood forest with several ponds that make ideal habitat for many frog and toad species, such as green treefrogs, green frogs and southern leopard frogs.

Jeff Hall, the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation biologist for the Commission, will conduct the workshop.  Hall conducts the majority of CASP workshops thr

Rank (0) Views 2687 On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 4:00 PM, 1196 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 15, 2012) Download the PDF below for the meeting actions. July 12, 2012 Commission Meeting Actions (PDF)

Rank (0) Views 2549 On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 3:13 PM, 1196 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 15, 2012) Download the PDF below for the August 29, 2012 committee meetings schedule. August 29, 2012 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 7035 On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 3:28 PM, 1201 days ago

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Yadkin River Greenway Council and Wilkes County to construct a universally accessible pier on the Yadkin River in North Wilkesboro.

The fixed pier, which is built on pilings, is approximately 8 feet above normal water level and measures 12 feet 5 inches wide by 16 feet long, with an 8-foot wide, 20-foot long accessible boardwalk that connects it to the greenway path. The pier has one low handrail in the front, center section of the pier to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast.

It is located adjacent to the footbridge spanning the Yadkin River that connects the Yadkin River Greenway in North Wilkesboro to Wilkesboro on the south side of the river.

A two-car parking area designated for use by handicapped anglers only is adjacent to the greenway on the North Wilkesboro side of the river a short distance upstream of the pier. Other angle

Rank (0) Views 4933 On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 8:26 AM, 1201 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 10, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be cautious when setting up tree stands prior to deer season.

“Every year someone is injured in a tree stand-related incident before deer season opens,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “We need hunters to practice tree stand safety at all times, not just during hunting season.”

If you are scouting a location or trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season:
Use a full body safety harness.
Maintain three points of contact when climbing.
Follow manufacturer instructions.
Have an emergency signal.
Tell someone where and when you plan to go.

Use a lineman-style belt in addition to a full body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the cha

Rank (0) Views 3672 On Thu, Aug 09, 2012 4:09 PM, 1202 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a free “Hunting 101- Introduction to Deer Hunting” clinic on Sept. 6, from 6-9 p.m., at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The clinic is free, but space is limited, with advance registration required.

The Deer Hunting 101 clinic is designed for the first-time or novice deer hunter. Instructors from the Quality Deer Management Association will provide information on better hunting techniques, along with tips and tactics for safety and success. The Quality Deer Management Association is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and the hunting heritage.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is one of four wildlife education centers operated by the Wildlife Commission. The Centennial Center is located on the first floor of the Wildlife Commission headqu

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