Rank (0) Views 9855 On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been recognized as an agency of the year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

The honor, for achievements in 2008, was presented during a biennium MADD Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Awards of Excellence banquet held Jan. 22 in Raleigh. The award goes to a law enforcement agency that has demonstrated excellence in implementing innovative and creative techniques in the detection and deterrence of impaired driving.

“In this case, that driving was on the water,” said Lori Brown, development officer with the North Carolina office of MADD. “Law enforcement is the first line of defense, and the role of Wildlife Resources Commission officers in both enforcement and instruction is exemplary.”

Sgt. Reggie Barker of Chatham County, Master Officer Allen Carlisle of Catawba County, Lt. Todd Radabaugh of Pender County, Sgt. Brad Stoop of Bertie County an

Rank (0) Views 4412 On Fri, Feb 05, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2010) — Check line No. 29 on your North Carolina state income tax form this tax season and help conserve sea turtles, freshwater mussels and fish, songbirds, amphibians, and other nongame species whose conservation is not supported by hunting and fishing license sales and excise taxes. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission uses tax check-off donations to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund to support nongame wildlife research, conservation and management, such as monitoring the population of Bachman’s sparrows and bald eagles, managing habitat to benefit ephemeral pool-breeding amphibians like gopher frogs and mole salamanders, conducting research and surveys for rare fishes and freshwater mussels, and developing the North Carolina Birding Trail. 

Tax check-off donations are the largest and most significant source of state funding for the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program and are used to match f

Rank (0) Views 4243 On Mon, Feb 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is helping to raise awareness of the benefits of fire to wildlife and plants during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week. Agency representatives are participating in several educational events, including a seminar at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, titled “Fire on the Mountain.”

Governor Beverly Perdue has declared February 7 to 13 Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, the first state-wide recognition of prescribed fire in North Carolina.

“Prescribed fire is an important tool for forestry and wildlife habitat management,” said N.C. Prescribed Fire Council Chairman Dean Simon, a wildlife forester with the Commission.  “Many plants and animals need prescribed fire to survive and thrive. Prescribed burns also reduce the threat of large, dangerous wildfires by reducing fuels. The governor’s proclamation underlines the importance of prescri

Rank (0) Views 4703 On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese” by Minnesota native Scot Storm was selected as the 2010 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print.

The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was unveiled at the 15th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships at the Washington Civic Center in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Friday.

Representing the Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Director Gordon Myers; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Durwood Laughinghouse and Mitch St. Clair; and former Wildlife Commissioner and N.C. Representative Arthur Williams.

The unveiling of “Carolina Snow Geese” marks Storm’s second honor as artist for the state’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print, also known as the duck stamp. His painting, “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic” wa

Rank (0) Views 4390 On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received the “Big Creek Award for Partner of the Year” from the Haywood Waterways Association during the association’s annual membership meeting in December.

Steve Fraley and Scott Loftis, Division of Inland Fisheries staff, accepted the award on behalf of the Commission. The agency was recognized for its efforts in protecting water quality and aquatic animals throughout the state, but particularly in Haywood County. A few examples of the Commission’s efforts in western North Carolina include:
Participating in the Maggie Valley Trout Festival and the “Kids in the Creek” program, an annual field trip for 8th grade students in Haywood County that provides opportunities for participants to collect and identify aquatic insects and fish, conduct water quality tests and learn more about stream ecology and the effects of water pollution;

Rank (0) Views 4232 On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 11, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted Wednesday to move its annual public hearings from January to September as a part of overall adjustments to its rulemaking cycle.

 “Adoption of rules on an annual basis is critical to meeting our conservation objectives,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Resources Commission.  “Prior to making these changes, the Commission’s rulemaking cycle was severely impacted by delayed implementation of rules.  These impacts were felt by our sportsmen and created a great deal of confusion.  By adjusting our annual rulemaking cycle, we are able to better ensure timely adoption of rules while providing better service to North Carolina’s sportsmen.”

Each year, the Commission adjusts hunting, fishing and trapping seasons in response to wildlife population changes, wildlife conservation object

Rank (0) Views 4573 On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments for 2010.

Nine district-level competitions will be held across the state in coming weeks, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. Winning teams will advance to a state championship tournament in April.

The 2010 District Tournament schedule is: District 1 (north coastal) – Saturday, March 27 at Eastern 4-H Center, Columbia District 2 (mid-coastal) – Saturday, March 13 at Camp Boddie, near Chocowinity District 3 (eastern Piedmont) – Saturday, March 27 at Old Hickory Gun Club, Rocky Mount District 4 (south coastal) – Wednesday, March 3 at Coharie Shooting Range near Clinton District 5 (central Piedmont) – Saturday, March 27 at Alamance Wildlife Club, Graham District 6 (western Piedmont) – Saturday, March 20 at Camp Barnhardt near Bad

Rank (0) Views 4478 On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2010) – Trout Lake in Ashe County remains closed to fishing due to required repairs to the lake’s dam and water-control structure.

The popular angling site, which is owned by the Ashe County Wildlife Club and managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission under Delayed Harvest trout regulations, has been closed since February 2009.

Repairs to the dam and the water-control structure could not be performed until the necessary permits were received. These permits were granted in December 2009, but the lake’s surface has been frozen since then, and repair work can not begin until the lake thaws. 

“As soon as the repairs are completed, we will resume the trout stocking program and notify the public that the lake is once again open for fishing,” said Kin Hodges, a fisheries biologist with the Commission.

In the meantime, anglers interested in fishing Delayed Harvest waters can visit t

Rank (0) Views 4501 On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 1280 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2010) – 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 may 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 5242 On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 8:57 PM, 1281 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2011) – National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina is Sept. 24 and everyone is invited to learn more about outdoor recreation and conservation by attending one of  seven fun, family-oriented events across the state supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate conservation successes of hunters and anglers. Hunting, fishing and related activities directly support upwards of 29,000 jobs and $818 million in income in North Carolina.

“National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina is our chance to thank sportsmen for their contributions to conservation, and an opportunity to invite others, especially youth, to join with us,” said Travis Casper, the state’s assistant hunter education coordinator. “The future of fish and wildlife depends upon tomorrow&a

Rank (0) Views 449 On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 8:47 PM, 1281 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set a public hearing for comments on rules pertaining to falconry. The hearing is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Centennial Campus Auditorium at NCWRC Headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh.

To fully regulate falconry in North Carolina in accordance with a directive from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commission proposes to amend 12 current rules pertaining to falconry, repeal one rule and adopt two additional rules.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, U.S. Fish and Wildlife will no longer issue permits to falconers to practice falconry. States must license and regulate their falconers using the federal standards for guidance, or falconry will not be allowed in that state.

For more information, download the complete text of the proposed rules.

Rank (0) Views 6209 On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 8:31 PM, 1281 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has repaired some damages from Hurricane Irene to coastal game lands, and is working to repair others in time for hunting seasons.

Crews have removed fallen trees and debris blocking roads leading into most game lands, so hunters should have access. However, drivers should take caution because some roads may remain excessively wet.

The rainfall provided much-needed moisture to drought-affected waterfowl impoundments, including Catfish Lake, Lantern Acres, Lodge Road and Roanoke River, according Tommy Hughes, a biologist with the Wildlife Commission.

“There were some positives to this storm,” he said. “We suffered some damage, but we’ve also gotten some much needed rainfall on some very dry land, and that will save money by reducing pumping costs, while providing improved habitat conditions on our waterfowl management areas.”

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