Rank (0) Views 3840 On Tue, Jan 04, 2011 12:00 AM, 1051 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 4, 2011) – As part of Duke Energy’s work on Lake James dams, all six ramps at Black Bear Boating Access Area are closed while the lake is lowered.

The Wildlife Resources Commission is working with Duke Energy to open at least one Black Bear ramp by mid-January. Two ramps at Linville are currently closed. These ramps are scheduled to reopen in spring 2011, when Duke Energy completes its work and the lake refills.

The Bridgewater Public Fishing Area, located downstream from the dam at the Catawba River tailrace, is not currently impacted. For up-to-date information on lake levels, visit www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp or call 800-829-LAKE (5253).

For more information on boating and fishing in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Boating Access Areas and a list of more than 500 public fishing access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating_waterways.

Rank (0) Views 3206 On Mon, Jan 03, 2011 12:00 AM, 1051 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is once again offering anglers a unique opportunity to catch trout this winter without traveling to the mountains.

The Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct fly-fishing clinics at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, located on Raeford Road. The clinics will begin at 9 a.m., with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instructions. Clinics will end at 3:30 p.m. Clinics and dates are:
Three basic fly-fishing clinics on Jan. 8, 22 and Feb. 12
An advanced fly-fishing clinic on Feb. 26

Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited to no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate the proper fly-fishing techniques, including casting, rigging and knot tying. The advanced clinic is for anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience and wil

Rank (0) Views 4961 On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 3:23 PM, 1051 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 25, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed five new members to its governing board and elected a new vice-chairman.

Taking their oaths during the agency’s business meeting today were Hayden Rogers of Brasstown, James Cogdell of Norwood, Thomas Berry of Greensboro, Mark Craig of Gibsonville, and John Coley of Holly Springs. Each was sworn in by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Doc Thurston, of Charlotte, was unable to attend the meeting. He will be sworn in at a later date.

By unanimous vote, Commissioners elected Ray White as vice-chairman. White, of Manteo, will serve a 2-year term as vice-chairman. He is the Commissioner for District 1, which includes 13 counties in northeastern North Carolina. White replaces Martin Lewis, former District 9 Commissioner, as vice-chairman. 

Rogers and Cogdell were appointed to 6-year terms by Gov. Perdue. Rogers will represent Commission District 9, which includes

Rank (0) Views 5943 On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 3:07 PM, 1051 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 25, 2011) – Richard Hamilton, who served the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for 37 years, most notably as the executive director from 2004 to 2007, was honored with the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award at the agency’s business meeting today.

Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commission, presented Hamilton with the award, along with a framed print and plaque.

 “The Quay Award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are leaders in wildlife conservation,” Myers said.

“Recipients are not recognized only for a single contribution but rather for a series of contributions that reflects a dedication to their vocation and their passion for conserving all species of wildlife in their natural habitats. They are also characterized by their mentorship of others and this year’s recipient, Richard B. Hamilton, embodies al

Rank (0) Views 5415 On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 2:38 PM, 1051 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Jon Evans to Training Director, with a rank of captain and responsibilities for training and instruction within the Division of Law Enforcement.

Capt. Evans will manage all regulatory instruction, investigative schools and performance courses, and conduct the Wildlife Officer Academy (need to create flipbook page), a rigorous 19-week accredited academy required for all wildlife officer candidates. In addition, he will manage the annual 24-hour minimum, in-service training requirement as mandated for all state law enforcement officers, including all wildlife officers.

Evans, a 15-year veteran with the Commission, had served as a sergeant in Alamance County, with duties enforcing hunting, inland fishing and boating regulations, as well as instructing in boating education and hunter safety courses.

“The demands for being a wildlife officer today are stringent and quite varied,&

Rank (0) Views 4104 On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 2:29 PM, 1051 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2011) – The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, a multi-agency initiative in North Carolina designed to combine law enforcement resources for highway and waterway safety during the summer months, will conclude with special operations this Labor Day weekend.

Drivers and boat operators can be charged if their blood alcohol concentration meets or exceeds .08 or if they are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Law enforcement officers will be out in force throughout the end-of-summer holiday.

The campaign is led by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the State Highway Patrol and Alcohol Law Enforcement, joined by local police and sheriff’s departments and supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Wildlife officers are responsible for enforcing the boating laws and regulations on the waters of the state, and may stop any vessel for safety checks or violations.

“Law enforce

Rank (0) Views 15969 On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 2:24 PM, 1051 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 30, 2011) – The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2011-12 seasons.

Of special note this year is the addition of a second Youth Waterfowl Day. In recent years, the Commission has chosen the Saturday after the end of the duck season as the Youth Waterfowl Day. However, with recent changes to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines, a second Youth Waterfowl Day will be offered. Youth Waterfowl Days this season will be Dec. 10, 2011 and Feb. 4, 2012.

Working within mandatory frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commission set the following regulations:


a)    Conventional bag:  6 ducks with no more than 4 scoters, 4 mallards with no more than 2 hen mallards, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 scaup, 2 pintails, 1 black or mottled duck (season closed until November 19), 1 canvasback, or 1 fulvous whistling duck.

Rank (0) Views 5089 On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 11:00 AM, 1051 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2011) –Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or calling 888-248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set the late-season waterfowl dates at its August business meeting. Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, is now available on the agency’s website, www.ncwildlife.org. Click on the Permit Hunting Opportunities link on the right side of the page.

Download a one-page document “2011-2012 Bag Limits, Shooting Hours, and Season Dates for Waterfowl Seasons Occurring After September 30” that provides a quick overview of waterfowl bag limits, dates and hours. 

Rank (0) Views 5544 On Fri, Sep 09, 2011 4:18 PM, 1054 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – For the fourth consecutive year, the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is hosting a Wildlife Expo — a free, family-oriented event that highlights fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

The Wildlife Expo is one of seven events being held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is held every fourth Saturday in September. The event, open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., features more than 15 hands-on activities and demonstrations where participants can connect with nature and test their outdoor skills. Activities include fishing for catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill in one of four ponds, as well as kayaking and archery. 

Expo participants also can learn fly-casting skills, identify live aquatic insects and learn tree-stand and boating-safety skills.

At the reptile and amphibian exhibits, visitors can see live fr

Rank (28) Views 6576 On Tue, Sep 06, 2011 2:58 PM, 1057 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2011) – The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has named Capt. Jon Evans with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as its Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2011.

Evans accepted the award on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet in Durham, an occasion to recognize those who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation and an uncommon determination to safeguard the state’s natural resources. By recognizing, publicizing and honoring these conservation leaders—young and old, professional and volunteer—the N.C. Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire everyone to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of the state.

Evans, a 15-year veteran of the Wildlife Resources Commission, was recognized for his work while stationed as a sergeant in Alamance County. He has since been promoted to Training Director, with a rank of captain and respo

Rank (10) Views 942 On Tue, Sep 06, 2011 11:58 AM, 1057 days ago

Wildlife officials say the tens of thousands of fish dying in North Carolina rivers are just a sign of more fish kills to come after Hurricane Irene.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., reported (http://bit.ly/o4Qclh) that thousands of dead fish have been seen floating in the Roanoke, Tar and Neuse rivers. Minor and spotty fish kills are occurring in the Scuppernong, Chowan, Perquimans and other rives.

Chad Thomas of the state Wildlife Resources Commission says that hundreds of thousand of fish will die over the next week as oxygen levels fall.

A big storm washes organic material such as leaves and limbs into the rivers, sucking up oxygen as they decompose. Similar fish kills happened after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Isabel in 2003.

Rank (0) Views 1208 On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 3:49 PM, 1070 days ago

FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a family-friendly and fun presence at the 2011 North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Sept. 9–18. 

This year’s exhibit shows the important role the Wildlife Resources Commission and its constituents play in conservation, education and recreation, with a theme of “Wildlife Science for a Better Future.”

“One of the things we want to focus on is how hunters and anglers support the science that leads to hunting, trapping and inland fishing regulations,” said Brooke Senter, Visitor Services Coordinator for the nearby Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. “Of course, the other thing we want to focus on is how much fun there is in experiencing the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and the many opportunities for involvement available through Wildlife Resources Commi

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