Rank (0) Views 4587 On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 11:00 AM, 1133 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is advising hunters that a bill removing the requirement to obtain a pistol permit in order to purchase or transfer ownership of a crossbow has been signed into law.

Previously, state law required anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina to have either a pistol permit from their local sheriff’s office or a concealed handgun permit.

Crossbows are a legal method of hunting in North Carolina, permissible anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed.  However, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission does not regulate the sale or purchase of firearms and crossbows.

The Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends these crossbow guidelines:
Never carry a crossbow cocked and loaded with a bolt (arrow).
Keep fingers and thumb below the rail at all times.
When cocking, be sure that your foot is firmly planted in the cocking sti


Rank (0) Views 3513 On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 10:57 AM, 1133 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – As the weather warms, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering steps to avoid conflicts with black bears emerging from hibernation.  

The Commission is cautioning people to take care not to feed bears that wander into yards, parks, onto sidewalks or in 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 they grow accustomed to feeding on human-provided foods, such as garbage and bird seed. Often, they lose their fear of people.

Contrary to popular belief, wildlife employees will not trap and relocate bears, because this would simply relocate the problem, rather than solve it. The solution is to modify habits, such as how you feed your pet(s) or where you store your garbage, before a problem begins.

Residents can avoid problems by:


Rank (0) Views 5396 On Thu, Sep 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a free celebration of  National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina on Sept. 24, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education with family activities and demonstrations.

Located near Brevard, south of Asheville, the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this special event. 

National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created to celebrate the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit all who appreciate wildlife and the outdoors.

Hands-on, interactive exhibits and demonstrations include fishing, outdoor cooking, archery, pellet rifle range, interactive kids' hunt camp, and more. Inside, the center will screen an award-winning documentary on natural history and wildlife diversity of the mountains. Exhibits include five aquatic habitats with live fish, frogs, salamanders and snakes.

Other exhibits include:

BB gun


Rank (0) Views 5275 On Thu, Sep 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education will host a Wildlife Expo in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina on Sept. 24.

The Center is located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh on the Centennial Campus of NCSU and will be open with special Saturday hours of noon to 5 p.m. for this special event. 

National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created to celebrate the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit all who appreciate wildlife and the outdoors.

Scheduled activities include outdoor cooking, archery, pellet range, tracking, fishing skills at nearby Lake Raleigh and much more:

Wildlife Knowledge Test
Backyard Bass Casting Game
Raptor Rehab
Falconers Guild with Raptors
Mountain Man Camp
Trapping
Outdoor Cooking
Fishing
Fly-fishing
Fly-tying
Lasershot Hunting Simulator
Game Recovery
Animal Tracking Station
Huntmast


Rank (0) Views 5633 On Thu, Sep 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education will partner with Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina event at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge  on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The day of fishing and outdoor fun begins at 8 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. For $25, each participant will receive a rod and reel combo, tackle, a T-shirt, Fish-For-Fun bags and a Greenwing membership. Pre-registration is required. Lunch and beverages will be provided for participants and their families. This day of fun includes:
Exploring Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge and looking for eagles.
Learning bow safety and how to shoot a bow with the N.C. Bowhunters Association.
Visiting “Citation Station” to see if your fish can be registered in the N.C. Angler Recognition Program.
Entering the longest and heaviest fish contest.

   


Rank (0) Views 6131 On Fri, Sep 02, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2011) – Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have been assessing fish populations in coastal rivers this week to determine the impacts of low dissolved oxygen following Hurricane Irene.

They have found that with the exception of the Cape Fear River basin, which suffered little impact to its fish populations, many coastal North Carolina rivers are experiencing oxygen levels too low to sustain fish. As oxygen levels remain depressed, biologists expect the fish kills will continue throughout the Labor Day weekend.

“These fish kills, while unfortunate, are naturally occurring events that typically follow a major hurricane,” said Chad Thomas, Coastal Region fisheries supervisor. “Given time, the fish populations in the impacted rivers will recover, as they did after Hurricane Isabel in 2003.”

As of Thursday, the rivers experiencing low dissolved oxygen levels and reported fish kill


Rank (0) Views 3863 On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has suspended channel catfish stockings at 31 of its Community Fishing Program sites in the Piedmont Region because of drought conditions and extreme heat. The Commission will resume stockings when the weather returns to more seasonable temperatures.

The recent period of hotter-than-normal temperatures has impacted the harvest and distribution of fish from the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery, the facility responsible for stocking program sites in the region.

“High water temperatures make harvesting the fish from the hatchery ponds extremely stressful on the fish,” said David Deaton, fish production supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “This handling stress, along with the stress of transporting, can lead to delayed mortality after the fish are stocked.” 

Stocking of channel catfish is one of the many benefits city an


Rank (0) Views 4164 On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2011) -- The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting citizens to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons online on the Commission’s website. Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans. Beginning next week, citizens can comment on proposed dates for the seasons, by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Regular Waterfowl Season Comments.” Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted until Aug. 15. The Commission’s website will also list the federal frameworks from which seasons may be selected, a direct link to a map of North Carolina’s Canada goose hunt zones, and a link to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 Status of Waterfowl video. More information on waterfowl and migratory game birds in North Carolina is available online.


Rank (0) Views 9081 On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2011) – New N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission regulations that standardize seasons and size and creel limits for sea trout (spotted or speckled), flounder, gray trout (weakfish) and red drum taken in inland waters with the recreational limits for those species in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters become effective Aug. 1.  Regulations for saltwater fishes found in inland waters are set by the Wildlife Resources Commission and typically mirror the rules established by the Marine Fisheries Commission in adjacent joint and coastal waters. However, because the rule-making timelines for the two agencies differ, it often takes up to a year or more to unify a change in regulations across all jurisdictional waters. The new rule will expedite this process by establishing the same seasons and size and creel limits for these four saltwater fish species, when caught in inland waters, by referencing those recreational regulations set by the Mari


Rank (0) Views 4329 On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 20, 2011) – There’s still time to nominate someone for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award.

Nominations for this year’s award are due Aug. 1, 2011.

The award is given to an individual and an organization whose actions significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse, squirrel and rabbit.

Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at a Commission meeting and appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species.

In the individual category, past award winners were landowners who improved and integrated small game habitat into their forestry or farming operations. In the organization category, past award winners included corporations, government agencies, and non-government organizations whose actions improved small game habitat. Past organizational w


Rank (0) Views 3656 On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (July 19, 2011) – Raleigh angler George Sinor didn’t catch any fish at the Lake Wheeler Park kids’ fishing event on June 4, but he did reel in a lifetime sportsman license, courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston.   George, 9, was one of two young anglers to take home lifetime licenses as part of a statewide drawing for participants in kids’ “Fish-for-Fun events,” held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2011. He won the grand prize, a unified lifetime sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license, valued at $450 and donated by Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.

George’s license gives him statewide fishing and hunting privileges, includeing fishing in all public waters --- from the mountains to the coast --- as well as hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting.

George got hooked on fishing about two years ago after a “very succ


Rank (0) Views 4632 On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 12:00 AM, 1134 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,

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