Rank (0) Views 4925 On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 2:28 PM, 1284 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2011) – Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, recognizing both the economic and conservation contributions of sportsmen. “Whereas, the State of North Carolina recognizes that hunters and anglers were the first conservationists, and they support and promote conservation, which benefits all natural resources and habitats, through volunteer efforts and financial support; while their activities are an economic engine that supports upwards of 29,000 jobs and $818 million in paychecks in the state,” the proclamation states. Read the entire proclamation.  

National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by Congress to celebrate the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit everyone who appreciates wildlife and the outdoors.  

“We need, and conservation needs, young people to be invol

Rank (0) Views 4422 On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 12:00 AM, 1285 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 17, 2010) – 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:
Clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button;
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday;
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

For more information, visit the inland fishing, hunting and trapping pages.

Rank (0) Views 4561 On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 1285 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 18, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting hunters that the first four open days of dove season on Sandy Mush Game Land in Buncombe and Madison counties are now permit only.

Permits are still available on a first-come first-serve basis through any license agent or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

Because of heavy use by dove hunters during the first few opening days of dove season, and the need to reduce crowding and address safety concerns, the Commission is now restricting dove hunting to permit-only during the first four open days of the dove season (Sept. 4, 6, 8 and 11, 2010) on Sandy Mush Game Land. 

In recent years, more than 300 people have hunted on this game land for the opening day of dove season. The new permit requirement establishes a quota of 125 hunters per day for each of the first four open days.   

For more information on permit hunts, visit the Permit Hunting Opportunities p

Rank (0) Views 5177 On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2010) - With dove season opening on Sept. 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses now by visiting www.ncwildlife.org. 

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 rush on license sales. 

To avoid the rush, sportsmen can go to the agency’s website to purchase a hunting or fishing license for immediate use. They can also click on the ‘Locate a Service Agent’ link to find a wildlife service agent nearest them.

Other ways to purchase a license include:
Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores;
Calling the Wildlife Resources C

Rank (0) Views 4220 On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has dozens of opportunities in the 2010-11 season for mentors to take a youth hunting.

This season’s Permit Hunting Opportunities include unique opportunities such as hunting deer in the Mountain Island State Forest or hunting waterfowl at the Currituck Sound. Youth hunts are for new hunters younger than 16 accompanied by a licensed adult. Youth/adult hunts allow the adult and youth to hunt together as a party.

"Our youth and youth/adult permit hunts are an excellent opportunity to mentor a new hunter this season," said Deet James. "And, now is the perfect time to become a hunting mentor by signing up for our "Hats On!" mentoring campaign.”

Hunters who sign up to mentor a novice – youth or adult – will receive a free hat and bumper sticker. The campaign registration period ends Nov. 1, and supplies are limited.

For more informat

Rank (0) Views 4355 On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2010) – The Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah for summer and one of the busiest times on waterways in North Carolina. To make it a safe holiday, wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are urging everyone to “boat safe, boat sober.”

Throughout the Labor Day holiday, wildlife officers will be on patrol across the state to enforce boating regulations and conduct vessel safety inspections, in an effort to help minimize the risk of accidents.

“We will concentrate on getting the impaired boat operator off the water,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Alcohol is a factor in over 20 percent of boating fatalities.”

Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against the law. The maximum penalty is $1,000 fine and possible jail.

In additi

Rank (0) Views 5811 On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2010) – As of Aug. 1, there is no longer a minimum size limit for striped bass at Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake from June 1 through Sept. 30, although the four-fish daily creel limit still applies.

From Oct. 1 through May 31, the striped bass regulation will remain a four-fish daily creel limit with a 20-inch minimum size limit.

The new regulation, approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in March, allows anglers fishing Lake Gaston to harvest striped bass that otherwise might not survive if caught and released during the summer. Research indicates catch-and-release mortality of adult striped bass is high when water temperatures exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

In previous years, striped bass anglers on Lake Gaston typically would catch and release many stripers until they caught four that exceeded the 20-inch minimum length limit. The catch-and-release practice had an unintended effect of killing some of the released striped bas

Rank (0) Views 4319 On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved the peregrine season at its Aug. 25 meeting. The season for permitted take begins Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 20, and is restricted to that portion of North Carolina east of U.S. Hwy. 17.

North Carolina resident and nonresident falconers can now apply for a permit for the live take of a peregrine falcon for use in falconry. The application, which includes permit requirements and deadline information, can be downloaded here, or by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Permit Hunting Opportunities.” Then scroll down to the "Peregrine Falcon Permit Application 2010" link. The application is also available for purchase by calling 1-888-248-6834.

Falconers are required to provide their federal falconry permit number at the time of application.

The deadline for mail-in applications is Sept. 2 and for telephone applications, Sept. 6, with the permit draw a

Rank (0) Views 5407 On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

SALEMBURG, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2010) – On August 26, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed 15 new wildlife officers into the ranks of the Division of Law Enforcement, with the mission to enforce game, fish and boating laws and to protect the resources of the state and the safety of its citizens.

The officers and their hometowns and counties are:
Brandon Barbee, Richfield, Stanly County
Tyler Campbell, Catawba, Catawba County
Brandon Coffey, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
Justin Covil, Lynn, Polk County
Dustin Ethridge, Morganton, Burke County
Dee Hubbard, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
Branden Jones, Saluda, Polk County
Michael King, Asheboro, Randolph County
William Parrish, Clinton, Sampson County
Michael Paxinos, Pikeville, Wayne County
Carson Rogers, Hendersonville, Henderson County
Andrew Smith, Lansing, Ashe County
Kyle Van Althuis, Sherburne, N.Y.
Jamie D. Wood, Wallace, Duplin County
Johnny Young Jr., Linwood, Davidson County


Rank (0) Views 4298 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2010) – 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 that a rewarding experience happens only when all hunters are safe and responsible.

The 2010–11 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 4 – Oct. 9; Nov. 22 – Nov. 27; and Dec. 18 – Jan. 14. 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.

Hunter Education Specialists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advise:

Be Safe
When hunting in a group, know where others are and communicate.
Never shoot at low-flying birds.
Alert companions when a bird is too low to safely allow a shot.

Be Responsible
Know your field of fire. Don’t pepper pe

Rank (0) Views 4271 On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2010) – Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen can apply for permit waterfowl hunts by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or by calling (888) 248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The deadline for the majority of permit hunts is Oct. 1.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set the late-season waterfowl dates at its August business meeting and information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, can be found here.

Rank (0) Views 4813 On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 12:00 AM, 1286 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 1, 2010) –  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting citizens that many access roads to game lands in the coastal region of the state have been closed due to flooding from heavy rains.

Closed roads will be barricaded and marked with signs. The Commission will make every effort to open the roads as soon as they are able to withstand vehicular use.

Learn more about North Carolina’s game lands, and view an interactive, searchable map.

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