Rank (0) Views 8210 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 8:16 AM, 1222 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 24, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining with the National Safe Boating Council to promote National Safe Boating Week and the importance of wearing a life vest. This year, National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.

In 2010, drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of all boating fatalities, according to the National Safe Boating Council. Of those, 88 percent were reported as not wearing a personal flotation device, better known as a PFD or life vest.

“Wearing a life vest is one of the most effective and simplest life-saving strategies for safe boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, who is the Wildlife Commission’s state boating safety coordinator. “Life vests are no longer the bulky, cumbersome models of years past.

“Knowing what options are available and what model works best for you — then wearing it — can mean the dif

Rank (0) Views 6269 On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 3:47 PM, 1226 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 19, 2012) — It was a big fish and a nice catch for Surry County angler Terry Trivette. It was not, however, the new spotted bass state record.  

Results from genetic testing conducted on Trivette’s catch came back last Friday and determined that the fish he caught from Lake Norman on Feb. 11 was not a pure spotted bass but rather a hybrid from a largemouth bass female and spotted bass male.

Because the fish, which currently swims in Bass Pro Shops’ 23,000-gallon freshwater tank in Concord, N.C., is a hybrid, it doesn’t qualify for a state record. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Freshwater Fishing State Record Program does not recognize hybrids, with the exception of hybrid striped bass, which are produced and stocked by the agency. 

Trivette caught the fish on a Rapala DT-6 crankbait. He contacted Commission staff for a verification of the species. Kin Hodges and Brian Mc

Rank (0) Views 6678 On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 2:19 PM, 1228 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2012) — With wild turkey hunting season in full swing statewide through May 12, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home from the Hunt™ safety campaign reminds everyone to take precautions to ensure a safe and successful day in the field.

“The main consideration for turkey season — or any hunting season — is to always think twice, and positively identify your target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. “A rewarding hunting experience happens only when all hunters are safe and responsible.”

The Top 5 Safety Considerations for Turkey Hunting

·         Leave the area if you think another hunter is already there.

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Rank (0) Views 3103 On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 12:32 PM, 1228 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2012) Download the PDF below for the May 2, 2012 committee meetings schedule. May 2, 2012 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 4859 On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 1:39 PM, 1229 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 16, 2012) — If you’re one of more than 800,000 anglers in North Carolina who holds a current freshwater fishing license, you may have a chance to participate in a study designed to determine anglers’ views of and preferences for freshwater fisheries management in North Carolina. 

From now until July, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is mailing a “2012 North Carolina Freshwater Angler Survey” to a random selection of 9,000 resident freshwater fishing license holders. The survey consists of 37 questions that assess the management expectations, fishing preferences, and levels of participation of freshwater anglers in North Carolina.  

While the survey is voluntary, angler participation is critical. The more anglers who respond to the survey, the better information the agency will have about anglers’ views of freshwater fisheries management in North Carolina. &am

Rank (0) Views 4949 On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 11:23 AM, 1233 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 12) — Wildlife Diversity Biologist Christine Kelly of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been awarded a 2011 Recovery Champion Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The award, which was given to nine individuals across the country, honors U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and partners for outstanding efforts to conserve and protect threatened species of fish, wildlife and plants. Kelly was honored for her work with the Carolina northern flying squirrel, an endangered species found isolated in small populations in only the highest mountains in North Carolina.

“Recovery champions are helping listed species get to the point at which they are secure in the wild and no longer need Endangered Species Act protection,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “These groups and individuals have done amazing work in helping to bring dozens of species back from the brink of extinction, while improving habitat that b

Rank (0) Views 31480 On Mon, Apr 09, 2012 12:27 PM, 1236 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2012) — When he launched his 17-foot Hydrosport on Hiwassee Reservoir on the morning of March 31, Tyler Shields expected he’d catch a few largemouth bass, maybe a smallmouth bass or two. What he didn’t expect to catch, however, was the new freshwater striped bass state record.

Shortly before noon, the 17-year old from Murphy, N.C., reeled in a massive 66-pound striped bass, using a black zoom trick worm and 10 pound test on a Bass Pro Shops Bionic Blade rod. Shields’ state record striped bass eclipses the previous one, also caught in Hiwassee, by nearly 12 pounds. That fish weighed 54.2 pounds and was caught by Larry Keith Verner, also of Murphy, on June 6, 1991.

When he first hooked the giant fish, Shields, who was who was fishing with his cousin, Logan Howard, 15, and friend, Caleb Davis, 15, thought that it was a catfish. However, when he got the fish to the boat, he saw that it was “a big striper.&

Rank (0) Views 4123 On Mon, Apr 09, 2012 11:34 AM, 1236 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 9, 2012) — A few openings remain for the inaugural Kayak Fish and Float Workshop, which will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.  

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the free workshop, along with the Great Outdoor Provision Company and Get Outdoors of Greensboro. Both companies will provide their demo fleets of popular kayak brands for participants to use during the day.  

Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, and Capt. Jerry Dilsaver will lead the workshops and how-to seminars on kayak safety and rigging, inshore kayak fishing, and kayak fishing for bass, mackerel and assorted panfishes. 

While the workshop is free, participants must pre-register and pay a refundable fee of $25. The fee is refunded in full after the participant completes the course.

“We’re requiring the p

Rank (0) Views 4068 On Thu, Apr 05, 2012 9:57 AM, 1240 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2011) — With Tax Day approaching on April 17, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding taxpayers to help keep North Carolina wild when completing a N.C. State Income tax form this year.

Whether you love to hunt, fish, photograph wildlife, or watch birds in your own backyard, you can help conserve the state’s wildlife and their habitats by making a donation on line 28 of the state tax form.

“When you make a donation to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund through line 28 on the tax form, we call it a ‘tax check-off donation,’” said Chris McGrath, the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program coordinator. “That’s because the old tax form literally used to have a box that you would check to help us conserve wildlife. The check box is gone, but the need is greater than ever.”

Songbirds, fish, bats, salamanders, frogs and turtles all benefit from

Rank (0) Views 13384 On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 4:43 PM, 1241 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2012) — Spring is here, which means striper fishing on the Roanoke River is kicking into high gear, speckled trout and drum fishing is heating up along the coast, and the opening day of spring turkey season is right around the corner.

With all that’s going on outdoors, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding military personnel that they can hunt and fish — in both fresh and coastal waters — without obtaining a license as long as they meet certain criteria.

To be exempted from fishing and hunting license requirements, military personnel must:

·         be a North Carolina resident,

·         be serving full-time active military duty outside of the state in the Armed Forces or a reserve component of the Armed Forces, and


Rank (0) Views 3065 On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 11:28 AM, 1241 days ago

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

Rank (0) Views 3216 On Tue, Apr 03, 2012 2:24 PM, 1242 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 3, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the April 10, 2012 Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee meeting notice and agenda.

Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Notice (PDF) Habitat, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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