Rank (0) Views 4245 On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 9341 On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 4434 On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 3773 On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 4754 On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 5653 On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 11805 On Tue, Jul 12, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 4663 On Thu, Jul 07, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 12563 On Tue, Jul 05, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 3776 On Tue, May 31, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 3952 On Fri, May 27, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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 4216 On Thu, May 26, 2011 12:00 AM, 1163 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

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