Rank (0) Views 5375 On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 2:38 PM, 1044 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 4078 On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 2:29 PM, 1044 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.

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Rank (0) Views 15929 On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 2:24 PM, 1044 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 5066 On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 11:00 AM, 1044 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 5500 On Fri, Sep 09, 2011 4:18 PM, 1047 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 6547 On Tue, Sep 06, 2011 2:58 PM, 1050 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 936 On Tue, Sep 06, 2011 11:58 AM, 1050 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 1200 On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 3:49 PM, 1063 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

Rank (0) Views 1193 On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 11:30 AM, 1065 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 730 On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 11:08 AM, 1065 days ago

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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2011) – A multi-agency initiative in North Carolina, designed to combine law enforcement resources for highway and waterway safety during the summer months, is being termed a qualified success following the July 4th holiday.

“The message of ‘On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive’ is being heard and heeded,” said Maj. Jack Staley, supervisor for field operations with the division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “There is still much to be done to reduce alcohol-related injuries and fatalities, obviously, but this campaign is gaining recognition and that is a good influence.”

The campaign is led by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the State Highway Patrol a

Rank (0) Views 866 On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 10:57 AM, 1065 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 7, 2011) – Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies will be out in force June 24-26 for Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign focused on the detection and enforcement of boating while impaired. A secondary objective is to raise awareness among all boaters that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

This year in North Carolina, Operation Dry Water is incorporated into the state’s “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign.

“Impaired boat operators pose the same risk for injuries and fatalities as does impaired drivers,” said Maj. Chris Huebner of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the state boating safety coordinator. “No matter what you drive, be responsible. Penalties for boating while impaired can include fines up to $1,000 and jail, but the greater peril is having an accid

Rank (3) Views 859 On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 6:42 AM, 1070 days ago

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