Rank (0) Views 3477 On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 3:32 PM, 1142 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 11, 2011) – Becoming an Outdoors Diva is a free weeklong summer program for young women, ages 12 to 17, at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education on July 11-15. The daily camp time is 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Learning to be an outdoors diva means activities like catching and cooking your own fish, shooting a bow and arrow and building a fire the old-fashioned way – no matches allowed.

This is the first year for the program, modeled on Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, an international program of hands-on learning and outdoors experiences sponsored in North Carolina by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

“The program is intended to build self-reliance and confidence, as well as introduce young women to a wide variety of outdoor activities,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, an educator at the center. “At the end of the week, the campers will compete in an ‘Amazing Race’ competition using th


Rank (0) Views 3549 On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 3:29 PM, 1142 days ago



EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (April 13, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed construction on the Emerald Isle Boating Access Area and is opening the site to the public Friday afternoon, April 15.

The Emerald Isle Boating Access Area, on N.C. 58 between mile markers 17.5 and 18, has four launch lanes, parking for 112 vehicles with trailers and parking for 18 single vehicles. The town eventually plans to construct additional park amenities.

“We are grateful for this partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle that has allowed us to build this coastal region site,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The four launch lanes and ample parking will allow boaters from across the state more convenient access to Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. We are grateful to all the partners that contributed to this project.”

The Wildlife Commission paid for the const


Rank (0) Views 4744 On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 3:26 PM, 1142 days ago



EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (April 15, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Town of Emerald Isle celebrated the opening of the Emerald Isle Boating Access Area —the largest public boat launch facility on the North Carolina Coast —during a grand opening ceremony Friday morning.

The Emerald Isle Boating Access Area, on N.C. 58, has four launch lanes, parking for 18 single vehicles and 112 vehicles with trailers.  The town eventually plans to construct additional park amenities.

“We are grateful for this partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle that has allowed us to build this coastal region site,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The four launch lanes and ample parking will allow boaters from across the state more convenient access to Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. We are grateful to all the partners that contributed to this pro


Rank (0) Views 4175 On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 11:15 AM, 1142 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2011) – The Woodlands at Davidson, a 50-acre residential neighborhood located near the Town of Davidson, recently earned the first Wildlife Friendly Development Certification in North Carolina through a voluntary new program that encourages wildlife habitat conservation and the use of environmentally sound construction practices for new and existing residential developments.

The Wildlife Friendly Development Certification Program is a green-growth initiative launched last fall by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the N.C. Wildlife Federation and the N.C. chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to formally recognize developments that meet sufficient criteria that assess wildlife habitat conservation and the use of environmental construction practices for residential developments.   

The Woodlands earned the certification after developer John Robbins incorporated several wildlife-friendly features


Rank (0) Views 3967 On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 11:12 AM, 1142 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2011) – Camp Out-Door-Rageous is an outdoor, outrageous and free weeklong summer program for boys and girls, ages 13 to 17. The program is scheduled for July 25-29 at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education.

The daily camp time is 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and now being accepted.

“Camp Out-Door-Rageous is a hands-on experience, offered by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, that builds self-reliance and teaches new outdoors skills,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, an educator at the center. “While conducted in a fairly urban setting on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, the camp offers plenty of opportunities for learning about conservation through outdoor skills at nearby Lake Raleigh and surrounding woodlands.”

Campers will build a fire without matches, trap and release some wild animals, catch and cook a fish and learn how to shoot a bow and arrow.

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Rank (0) Views 3720 On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 11:09 AM, 1142 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Castle Hayne Boating Access Area, which is now open to the public.

Renovations include a paved parking lot, new docks and ramps and a new fishing pier. The renovated site was paid for through funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts.

“This popular fishing spot is always busy in the spring and summer,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This major renovation, including the addition of the fishing pier, will greatly benefit boaters and anglers headed to the Cape Fear in northeast New Hanover County.”

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of boating access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating.


Rank (0) Views 4194 On Thu, Apr 21, 2011 11:06 AM, 1142 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Spring Garden Boating Access Area, which is now open to the public.

The site, on the Neuse River, has new docks and bulkhead and improvements to the parking lot. Workers also replaced a fishing pier.

“This is one of four sites we have partnered with Craven County to renovate,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Last year, we renovated Maple Cypress and Cool Springs and, in the future, we’ll be working on one more site in Craven County. We are grateful for this partnership that is allowing us to do the work on these sites.”

Like all of the commission’s more than 200 public boating access areas, the Spring Garden ramp is free and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an in


Rank (0) Views 3505 On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 11:04 AM, 1142 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2011) – Women can learn or improve archery and bow hunting skills during a special weekend workshop offered June 3–5 by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

To be held at Howell Woods Environmental Center, east of Benson, the workshop is designed for all skill levels and is part of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. Archery equipment will be provided.

Workshop participants will learn how to make a hunt plan, put together a survival kit, and organize a safe, successful hunt. Instructors will cover first aid, tree stand safety, how to use elevated stands and blinds, how to choose scents, lures and game calls, and how to select equipment.

There will be a session for developing shot strategies, as well as plenty of target practice using 3-D targets. Because successful hunters must be prepared to recover game, the workshop will offer instruction in proper trailing techniques, as well as field dressing and moving big game.

Overn


Rank (0) Views 4627 On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 11:00 AM, 1142 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 3553 On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 10:57 AM, 1142 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 5439 On Thu, Sep 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1142 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 5304 On Thu, Sep 08, 2011 12:00 AM, 1142 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

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