Rank (0) Views 4524 On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 3:25 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominees for its 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 winners included Pee Dee National Wild

Rank (0) Views 3488 On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 3:19 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2011) – Anglers headed to the coast for the busy July 4 week should purchase their saltwater fishing license before they leave home to avoid potential long lines at tackle and bait shops, sporting good stores and other wildlife service agent locations along the coast.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/license, is the fastest and easiest way to purchase your license. You can also purchase a license by:
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week;
Visiting a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores.
Visiting one of the Division of Marine Fisheries offices located along the coast. For locations, visit the agency’s website, www.ncfisheries.net.

A Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required for anyone 16 years and older to fish r

Rank (0) Views 3896 On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 3:16 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 16, 2011) – The media is invited to a free Green Growth Workshop being offered to local and county governments in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 24 at Lake Waccamaw State Park, 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw.

The free training workshop consists of morning presentations followed by lunch and a field trip.

The Green Growth Toolbox is a tool for developers, consultants and local and county government land use planning. The toolbox includes wildlife habitat data and details land use planning methods for conserving local fish, wildlife and natural resources important to the community. This project aims to prevent wildlife species from being placed on endangered species lists by providing information and data for proactive approaches to conserving wildlife habitats through land use planning and development design. The Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with Coastal Land Trust, Susta

Rank (0) Views 4201 On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 3:13 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2011) –  The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to raise gopher frogs from one of the few remaining wild populations. 

Gopher frogs, once common across the lower coastal plain and sandhills have declined dramatically with the loss of Longleaf Pine forests. Gopher frogs require fire-maintained pine forests to provide the stump holes and grassy vegetation that are utilized as summer habitat. Additionally, these forests need to contain isolated temporary wetlands, sometimes referred to as vernal ponds, to provide the winter breeding habitat required by gopher frogs.

Today only a handful of gopher frog populations persist on the larger publicly-managed lands in North Carolina.

One of the most critically threatened populations occurs on Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County. The historic ponds used by breeding gopher frogs have been lost to development, leaving the

Rank (0) Views 3857 On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 12:45 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2011) – “Canadas in Pasture,” the 2011 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on July 1.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

The acrylic portrait, depicting a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture, was painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina. The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent. In addition, funds have been used to support waterfowl research an

Rank (0) Views 4878 On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:42 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – The seventh annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition is underway and open until Sept. 1, 2011.

The magazine partners again with UNC-TV for the popular juried contest, along with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, which manages the state’s photogenic state parks, and co-sponsor, Great Outdoor Provision Co.

All winners will be published in the January/February 2012 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image appearing on the cover. Thanks to exhibition sponsor, JW Photo Labs of Raleigh, the winners will also be exhibited at the Museum of Natural Sciences and at other science museums and wildlife education centers across the state.

Photos will be judged in 8 categories, with youth divisions for 12 and younger, and 13 to 17 year olds:

Reptiles and Amphibians
Wild Landscapes
Youth Photographer, 13-17
Wild Plants (including mushrooms and other

Rank (0) Views 4723 On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:40 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public that July 4 is a “free fishing day” in North Carolina when everyone — residents and non-residents — can fish in all public waters, including coastal waters, from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., without purchasing a fishing license.

While everyone can fish in public waters without a license, all other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day, which always falls on July 4, was created to promote the sport of fishing.  

“Free fishing day is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some quality time together on the water and it is a relatively inexpensive activity that anyone, no matter what their age or skill level, can enjoy,&am

Rank (0) Views 4957 On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:37 PM, 1113 days ago

COROLLA, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – Krogie Andresen, noted Carolina decoy collector and author of the book “Gunnin’ Birds,” has provided on permanent loan to the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education an exhibit of swan and goose decoys, hunting equipment, head patterns and tools that belonged to James R. Best (1866-1933) of Kitty Hawk.

James R. Best is thought by many to be the most talented decoy carver from North Carolina and his work is sought after by collectors from all over the country.

“Most decoy enthusiasts now easily recognize the outstanding work of James Best,” said Andresen. “They readily acknowledge that he is probably the most skilled of the North Carolina decoy carvers.”

The decoys are now on display in the gallery in the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. The entire collection of James Best decoys, tools and carving equipment are planned for a special exhibit this fall.


Rank (0) Views 3588 On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 12:36 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that foxes sighted in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, and that residents can take a few simple steps to avoid conflict with these animals. Simply seeing a fox is not a cause for alarm. Catching a glimpse of one can actually be a rewarding experience in that it provides an opportunity to witness one of North Carolina’s most adaptable species. However, people still should not approach foxes or fox dens, even if they seem harmless. If the fox makes a den for pups, do not disturb them. Do not approach, touch or feed the fox or its pups. In most cases, citizens that merely see a fox do not need to take any action. However, action could be necessary in situations where foxes have become habituated to people. In those cases, people can and should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal fireworks, to chase foxes

Rank (0) Views 3534 On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 12:32 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 23, 2011) – This weekend is Operation Dry Water, a nationwide initiative to keep waterways safe and raise awareness among boaters about the dangers of operating a boat while impaired.

Held each year during the weekend before the July 4th holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, assisted by partner law enforcement agencies, leading the North Carolina campaign.

This year in North Carolina, Operation Dry Water will be incorporated into an ongoing “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, which combines law enforcement resources to help everyone travel safely on highways and waterways during the summer months.

“We want people to enjoy their boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “That means prev

Rank (0) Views 4052 On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 12:28 PM, 1113 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2011) – In the rush to get on the water, don’t get in the way, don’t get upset and don’t get in trouble.

Wildlife Officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are reminding everyone to practice proper boat ramp etiquette this summer, be patient with others and obey regulations set for public boating access areas. Their recommendations:

Pre-Launch at Home
File a float plan with a responsible person.
Make sure you have all required safety equipment onboard.
Check the charge on fire extinguisher(s).
Check that your registration and decal is up-to-date and your registration card is onboard.
Make sure all running gear, lights, etc., are working and the drain plug is in.

Pre-Launch at Staging Area
Remove covers and straps before you get in line.
Have gear and equipment already stowed onboard.
Disconnect any wiring between your trailer and boat.
Remove the tarp and straps that secure your boat

Rank (0) Views 3771 On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 12:25 PM, 1113 days ago

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (June 28, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in collaboration with the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, will conduct a 5-month long creel survey on Randleman Regional Reservoir from July 1 through Nov. 30.

Boat and bank anglers will be interviewed at Randleman Regional Reservoir Marina and at Southwest Park at the end of their fishing trips to estimate angling effort, catch and harvest.  Interviewers will ask anglers about the length of their fishing trips, the species of fish targeted, the number and species of fish caught, as well as the number and species of fish harvested. They also will ask to take length measurements from harvested fish. 

“Since this is a new and already popular fishery, information on the intensity and patterns of angler use will help us refine and prioritize fisheries management objectives at Randleman Reservoir,” said Corey Oakley, a Commission fisheries biologist who i

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