Rank (0) Views 4124 On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 10:30 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the North Carolina Public Access Foundation (NCPAF) on a program that encourages groups, businesses, organizations and individuals to “adopt” Boating Access Areas to keep them clean and litter free.

Several groups, including the East Carolina University Bass Fishing Team and the UNC Charlotte Bass Rats fishing club, have adopted access areas through the “Adopt-a- Boat-Ramp” initiative and have held several litter clean-ups. The Bass Rats also helped build handicapped access at the South Point Boating Access on Lake Wylie.

“Any time a citizen cleans up a ramp, it frees time and money that could be better used to expand parking areas and build more ramps,” said Mike Marsh, chairman of the N.C. Public Access Foundation. “Having a college fishing club adopt a boat ramp gets young people involved with public access

Rank (0) Views 3556 On Tue, Aug 09, 2011 10:27 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2011) – With summertime fishing under way, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding largemouth bass anglers who practice catch-and-release that following a few simple steps will go a long way to ensure the largemouth bass caught today will live to see another lure tomorrow.

During the summer, higher water temperatures and lower dissolved oxygen levels in reservoirs and rivers are tough on largemouth bass.  When caught, largemouth bass become more stressed and can suffer higher mortality rates.

To minimize stress on the fish, a catch-and-release angler should land the fish quickly and handle it as little as possible, including removing the hook from the fish’s mouth while it is still in the water, if practical.  Limited handling helps reduce the loss of slime coat, the fish’s main defense against infection and disease.

“Before you touch a fish, always wet your hands,” advised Br

Rank (0) Views 3977 On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 10:24 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 10, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Halls Creek Boating Access Area in Elizabeth City, which is now open to the public.

“The renovations to this Pasquotank County site will give both boaters and anglers better, more convenient access to the Little River,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The access area has a new ramp and fixed docks, and we also made the parking ADA accessible.”

The canal was deepened to facilitate better access to the boat ramp. Engineering Services staff also added a new universally-accessible wooden boardwalk and a 10-by-20 foot fixed fishing pier.

The project was funded from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 free, 24-hour public boating acc

Rank (0) Views 7935 On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 10:21 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2011) – North Carolina was well-represented in the annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge, held this year in Raton, New Mexico.

The Youth Hunter Education Challenge is a demanding, week-long series of events, featuring shooting competition in .22-caliber rifle and muzzleloader at knock-down targets, shotgun on a sporting clays course and archery at three dimensional game targets. A non-shooting component includes orienteering, wildlife identification, a written hunter responsibility and ethics exam, and a hunter safety trail test.

The opportunity to be involved in this competition was an achievement in itself, according to Travis Casper, the state assistant hunting education coordinator.

“There has to be a dedication and commitment from the youth, as well as the parents, coaches and community to compete at this level,” Casper said. “Once there, you are in the spotlight and there is a realization that you are rep

Rank (0) Views 3828 On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 10:16 AM, 1075 days ago

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Norman Watts to captain for District 1, where he will manage and supervise law enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating. He will also coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Watts was previously a lieutenant in the district, a jurisdiction that includes Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties. His predecessor, Capt. Jay Rivenbark, retired Aug. 1.

“Northeast North Carolina is a special place and I’m proud to call it home,” said Capt. Watts. “I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of this promotion, serving conservation and public safety.

“Not to brag too much, but this region is superb for the outdoors, with the best in nature, hunting, fishing and boating, and I am glad to be a part of it. We w

Rank (0) Views 4384 On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 10:12 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2011) – With hunting seasons opening in September, lifetime license holders need to ensure they have the annual privilege licenses that allows them to hunt big game and migratory game birds.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds can request their big game harvest report card, HIP certification and regulations digest by:
Going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the Lifetime License Holders Seasonal Information link;
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at 888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week through October;
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores across the state.  

For more information on inland fishing, hunting and trapping, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

Rank (0) Views 5173 On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 10:08 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2011) – With dove season opening on Sept. 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses now by visiting www.ncwildlife.org. 

Some reciprocal license fees for Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia have changed. A list of reciprocal license fees for each state is on page 6 of the new 2011-12 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.

The last week of August is traditionally the busiest week of the year for hunting license sales. With opening day of dove season again falling on the long Labor Day weekend, a time when many beach-bound anglers purchase their Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, the agency expects a significant peak in license sales activity. 

To avoid the rush, sportsmen can go to the agency’s website at www.ncwildlife.org to purchase a hunting or fishing license for immediate use.

Other ways to purchase a license

Rank (0) Views 4839 On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 10:05 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2011) – One of the most popular hunting traditions in North Carolina is dove season, bringing family and friends together afield. The Home from the Hunt™ safety campaign reminds everyone to think before they pull the trigger.

“Always think twice – positively identifying your target and what is beyond it – before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, state assistant hunter education coordinator with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “A rewarding hunting experience happens only when all hunters are safe and responsible.”

The 2011-12 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 3 – Oct. 8; Nov. 21 - Nov. 26 and Dec. 17 - Jan. 13. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 30. For doves, shooting hours are from noon until sunset on opening day only and from a half hour before sunrise until sunset thereafter.

Be Safe
When hunting in a group, know wh

Rank (0) Views 3778 On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 12:00 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 28, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will not stock the hatchery-supported section of the Linville River with trout this season, due to continuing work by Duke Energy to repair the dams on Lake James in Burke County.

Commission biologists will resume stocking the section starting March 2012.

Until stockings resume in the Linville River, anglers can visit other hatchery-supported trout waters nearby. These include Henry River in Burke County, Wilson Creek and Yadkin River in Happy Valley in Caldwell County, Rocky Broad River in Rutherford County, and Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk, in Avery County.

Anglers who want to fish other hatchery-supported waters in all 26 western North Carolina counties can download and print color-coded trout maps from the Commission’s website. The North Carolina Trout Fishing Maps book can be purchased from the N.C. Wild Store for $12.

 For more information on fishing in public, inland

Rank (0) Views 3516 On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 9:26 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2011) –The deadline for registering to participate in the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman basic fishing workshop is fast approaching. Only a few spaces are still available for this unique opportunity.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Sept. 3. For a $25 registration fee, women can experience the basics – and fun – of fishing at Bass Pro Shop’s pond, in Concord, N.C., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Participants will learn about important fishing knots, equipment, pond and lake ecology, types of baits and lures, and especially when to use what bait. They will have time to practice those skills and fish in the "catch and release" waters of Bass Pro Shop’s pond under the guidance of experienced instructors.

“If you’re a woman who wants to learn how to fish, or become a better angler, this six-hour workshop is for you,” said BB Gillen, program coordinat

Rank (0) Views 4242 On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 9:21 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 23, 2011) – Because of ongoing drought conditions, some of the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s game lands dove fields may have less-than-optimal hunting conditions for the beginning of dove season.

Due to the drought, some crops failed and wildlife management personnel had to plant the fields later than usual. Because of that, some fields may not be mowed at the beginning of dove season.

The Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to check www.ncwildlife.org for a list of dove field conditions before heading out to hunt.

Dove season opens Sept. 3. Visit the migratory game bird page on ncwildlife.org for a complete list of season dates and bag limits.

Rank (0) Views 3607 On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 12:00 AM, 1075 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 21, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 2. The season will run until one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28, 2012.

While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.

Hatchery-supported trout waters, marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked repeatedly from March until August every year. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently. 

Due to continuing work to repair the dams on Lake James in Burke County, the hatchery-supported section of the Linville River, located downstream from the dam, will not be stocked this season. Likewise, Balsam Lake, which was drained by the U.S. Forest Service to repair a leak in the spillway, will not receive stockings thi

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