Rank (0) Views 4502 On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 18, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July  7 to take to statewide public hearings 55 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2012-2013 seasons. Proposed changes include lengthening the bear hunting season in Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Martin, Northampton, and Pitt counties and opening a bear hunting season in Edgecombe, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Stokes, Vance, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Proposals also include changing the bear season in Yadkin, Iredell, Alexander, and Catawba counties and opening the portions of Cleveland, Burke and Surry counties that are currently closed to bear hunting. The Commission is also proposing increasing the general statewide minimum size limit for smallmouth and spotted bass and increasing the minimum size limit for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass in Public Mountain Trout Waters and waters in and west of Madison, Buncombe,

Rank (0) Views 5410 On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 13, 2011) – A new law passed by the General Assembly will change the  wild boar classification applied to hogs in the wild in the six most western counties of the state.

Effective Oct. 1, 2011, all hogs in the wild will be classified and managed as feral swine. When hunting feral swine, hunters now must have a valid hunting license and wear hunter orange as required for appropriate seasons.

The new law also prohibits the transport of live hogs unless the animal has a form of identification approved by the state veterinarian, and prohibits the removal of live feral hogs from traps. Those who fail to obtain identification before transporting hogs, as required, are subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each hog.

House Bill 432 also states that the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission may adopt rules prescribing seasons and the manner of taking wild animals and birds with the use of artificial light and electronic calls. It also state

Rank (0) Views 11558 On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 12, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines. The Commission allowed public input on the seasons throughout June on its website, www.ncwildlife.org.

The 2011–12 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early seasons are as follows:






Dove 2,3,4

Sept. 3 – Oct. 8 & Nov. 21 - Nov. 26 & Dec. 17 - Jan. 13



King and Clapper Rails 4

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9



Sora and V

Rank (0) Views 4420 On Thu, Jul 07, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission re-opened the fishing pier at the Bells Church Public Fishing area yesterday. The pier, which is located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, was closed July 2 due to damage from a recent storm.

Commission personnel closed the fishing pier after being notified by an angler that the pier had become partially dislodged from shore, leaving a gap between one side of the pier and the concrete abutment anchoring it to shore.

“It is unfortunate that we had to close a fishing area during the fourth of July weekend, but public safety is of the utmost importance,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Because Bells Church is one of the most popular public fishing areas the Commission maintains, we put all of our resources towards getting the pier operational as quickly as possible.” For more information on

Rank (0) Views 11734 On Tue, Jul 05, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2011) – A new law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly requires hunters and anglers to obtain written permission from a landowner or leaseholder before hunting or fishing on privately-owned posted property — including land, waters, ponds or legally established waterfowl blinds.

The Landowner Protection Act also provides two ways for landowners to post their lands to allow only hunters, trappers and anglers with written permission to legally enter their property. Landowners can now post their land by using vertical purple paint marks on posts or trees, or, as in the past, by placing signs or posters. View the Landowner Protection Act document with more detailed instructions on posting property with signs or purple paint.

The Landowner Protection Act specifically relates only to hunting, fishing, or trapping on posted lands. It clarifies the existing G.S. 14-159.6 requirement for written consent to hunt, fish, or trap on posted l

Rank (0) Views 3568 On Tue, May 31, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2011) – More than 35 free, family oriented fishing events get under way this weekend, as part of 2011 National Fishing and Boating Week.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, North Carolina State Council of Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish, many of them stocked by the Commission, including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and Coastal regions.

Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing in freshwater and saltwater, as well as hunting, donated by Neuse Sport Sho

Rank (0) Views 3755 On Fri, May 27, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 27, 2011) – Starting June 1, the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons beginning prior to October 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species will also be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Your Comments!”

Comments will be accepted from June 1 through June 19.

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons, and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, click visit Seasons & Limits of the Hunting section.

Rank (0) Views 4030 On Thu, May 26, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 26, 2011) – With a rash of media reports of bear sightings across North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents not to panic, keep their distance and remain calm if they see a black bear.

It is not uncommon to see a black bear in spring in North Carolina, as they look for mates, a home or food. Juvenile bears typically disperse from their home areas during this time of year, while adult bears can roam extensively searching for food.  Residents are urged not to approach or follow bears, and to use caution when driving in areas where bears have been sighted.

The Commission is cautioning people to take care not to feed bears that wander into yards, parks, onto sidewalks or into other residential areas. Feeding a bear rewards it for coming near people and their homes and increases the likelihood that the bear will approach again.

While black bears are rarely aggressive toward people, they can become bold when th

Rank (0) Views 3618 On Thu, May 26, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2011) – Cumberland County residents who want to cast a line in Glenville Lake but don’t have the necessary equipment can now fish without owning a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation.

Glenville Lake, which is located in Mazarick Park, 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 register at the park office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 20 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 retur

Rank (0) Views 3510 On Wed, May 25, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2011) –  Members of the public or employees of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission can nominate NCWRC employees or teams of employees for a new annual award that recognizes significant contributions in the implementation and promotion of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool.

“When implemented in the right places and at the right times, there is no substitute for fire as a resource management tool,” said Isaac Harrold, Section Manager for the Commission’s State and Private Lands Programs.  “It’s a relatively inexpensive management practice and the benefits are numerous. Development of this award not only provides an opportunity to recognize exceptional efforts of staff, but, hopefully, will keep us all motivated to continue sharing that critical message.”

Awards will be presented each year in conjunction with the annual meeting of the North Carolina Pr

Rank (0) Views 3816 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will stock Lake Norman with 177,500 striped bass in early June—15,000 more fish than is normally stocked into the reservoir every year.

The additional fish, which measure 2 to 3 inches in length, are being stocked to help compensate for the loss of fish during a July 2010 fish kill.

After the fish kill, biologists collected more than 7,000 dead striped bass and assumed that another 20 percent, or 1,400 fish, were picked up by other people or sank to the bottom of the reservoir. Assuming 8,400 striped bass died and using harvest rates and natural mortality rates estimated for striped bass in other Southeast reservoirs, they determined that stocking 15,000 additional fish would return catch rates to where they would have been in 2013 if the fish kill last summer had not occurred.

“Two years, or 2013, is the time frame because it takes two years for stocked fish to reach 16 inche

Rank (0) Views 3710 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for its annual public hearings.

Each year, the Commission adjusts hunting, fishing and trapping seasons and rules in response to wildlife population changes, wildlife conservation objectives, or public needs and desires. Public comments on proposed rule changes received through the public hearings process is a critical component in the decision making process.

All hearings begin at 7 p.m. The 2011 hearings’ dates and locations are scheduled as follows:


September 6, 2011 (Tuesday) 4 Dublin

Bladen Community College

September 7, 2011 (Wednesday) 5 Graham Courthouse

September 8, 2011 (Thursday) 6 Norwood South Stanly High School

September 13, 2011 (Tuesday) 8 Morganton Municipal Auditorium

September 14, 2011 (Wednesday) 9 Clyde Haywood Community College

September 15, 2011

(Thursday) 7 Wilkes

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