Rank (0) Views 16241 On Thu, May 03, 2012 3:02 PM, 1304 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 3, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission took a step toward implementing a rule Thursday that allows for the taking of coyotes and feral swine by hunting on private lands at night with a light.

The rule would also allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes on public lands from ½ hour after sunset to ½ before sunrise with a light by permit only. Night hunting is one means of controlling localized populations of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina and destructive to the landscape.

The new regulations are year-round, seven days a week. Hunting on Sundays is allowed only on private lands with archery equipment.

The new regulations are scheduled to take effect August 1, 2012 pending final approval by the Rules Review Commission. Currently, there is no closed season on either species, but hunting them at night is not allowed except by permit for feral swine.  

Rank (0) Views 7749 On Wed, May 02, 2012 11:54 AM, 1305 days ago

ELLERBE, N.C. (May 2, 2012) — Gray Stone Day School and Park Ridge Christian School, both from Stanly County, won team championship honors at the 2012 Youth Hunter Skills Tournament State Championship, a pre-collegiate shooting sports competition annually held by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The championship was held April 28 at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe.

About 600 students from 54 schools participated in this year’s tournament, which determined state champions in team and individual categories for rifle, shotgun and archery marksmanship. Competition is conducted on senior (high school) and junior (middle and elementary schools) divisional levels, with overall team and individual awards based on aggregate scores in all events.

Gray Stone Day School, in Misenheimer, won the senior division with a score of 3,798. Park Ridge Christian School, in Albemarle, won the junior division with a score of 3,597. Individuals who posted high scores to le

Rank (0) Views 5346 On Tue, May 01, 2012 9:06 AM, 1306 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 1, 2012) — The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign is back. After a successful inaugural effort in 2011, the multi-agency campaign will resume this summer.

A news conference will be held 11 a.m., May 22, at Upper Barton Creek Boating Access Area on Falls Lake, near Raleigh, to kick off the campaign.

North Carolina sets the same limits for vessels and vehicles: Any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 or is appreciably impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is subject to arrest.

But perhaps more than anything, the safety campaign is about education. 

“We can’t arrest our way out of the problem of impaired driving. This is a high visibility campaign, being very much about awareness and personal responsibility,” said Lt. Todd Radabaugh with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “We want drivers to understand and

Rank (0) Views 4362 On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 4:44 PM, 1310 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April27, 2012) Download the agenda package PDF below. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda Package (PDF - 28 MB)

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Rank (0) Views 3721 On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 1:48 PM, 1311 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 26, 2012) Download the PDFs below for the May 2, 2012 Committee meeting agendas. 

Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Big Game Committee Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee Agenda (PDF)

Land Use and Access Committee Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 3097 On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 2:58 PM, 1312 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25, 2012) Download the PDF below for the May 3, 2012  Commission Meeting Agenda. May 3, 2012 Commission Meeting Agenda (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 8777 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 8:16 AM, 1314 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 24, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining with the National Safe Boating Council to promote National Safe Boating Week and the importance of wearing a life vest. This year, National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.

In 2010, drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of all boating fatalities, according to the National Safe Boating Council. Of those, 88 percent were reported as not wearing a personal flotation device, better known as a PFD or life vest.

“Wearing a life vest is one of the most effective and simplest life-saving strategies for safe boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, who is the Wildlife Commission’s state boating safety coordinator. “Life vests are no longer the bulky, cumbersome models of years past.

“Knowing what options are available and what model works best for you — then wearing it — can mean the dif

Rank (0) Views 6390 On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 3:47 PM, 1318 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 19, 2012) — It was a big fish and a nice catch for Surry County angler Terry Trivette. It was not, however, the new spotted bass state record.  

Results from genetic testing conducted on Trivette’s catch came back last Friday and determined that the fish he caught from Lake Norman on Feb. 11 was not a pure spotted bass but rather a hybrid from a largemouth bass female and spotted bass male.

Because the fish, which currently swims in Bass Pro Shops’ 23,000-gallon freshwater tank in Concord, N.C., is a hybrid, it doesn’t qualify for a state record. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Freshwater Fishing State Record Program does not recognize hybrids, with the exception of hybrid striped bass, which are produced and stocked by the agency. 

Trivette caught the fish on a Rapala DT-6 crankbait. He contacted Commission staff for a verification of the species. Kin Hodges and Brian Mc

Rank (0) Views 6859 On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 2:19 PM, 1320 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2012) — With wild turkey hunting season in full swing statewide through May 12, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home from the Hunt™ safety campaign reminds everyone to take precautions to ensure a safe and successful day in the field.

“The main consideration for turkey season — or any hunting season — is to always think twice, and positively identify your target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. “A rewarding hunting experience happens only when all hunters are safe and responsible.”

The Top 5 Safety Considerations for Turkey Hunting

·         Leave the area if you think another hunter is already there.

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Rank (0) Views 3185 On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 12:32 PM, 1320 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2012) Download the PDF below for the May 2, 2012 committee meetings schedule. May 2, 2012 Committee Meetings Notice (PDF)

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Rank (0) Views 4958 On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 1:39 PM, 1321 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 16, 2012) — If you’re one of more than 800,000 anglers in North Carolina who holds a current freshwater fishing license, you may have a chance to participate in a study designed to determine anglers’ views of and preferences for freshwater fisheries management in North Carolina. 

From now until July, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is mailing a “2012 North Carolina Freshwater Angler Survey” to a random selection of 9,000 resident freshwater fishing license holders. The survey consists of 37 questions that assess the management expectations, fishing preferences, and levels of participation of freshwater anglers in North Carolina.  

While the survey is voluntary, angler participation is critical. The more anglers who respond to the survey, the better information the agency will have about anglers’ views of freshwater fisheries management in North Carolina. &am

Rank (0) Views 5184 On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 11:23 AM, 1325 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 12) — Wildlife Diversity Biologist Christine Kelly of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been awarded a 2011 Recovery Champion Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The award, which was given to nine individuals across the country, honors U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and partners for outstanding efforts to conserve and protect threatened species of fish, wildlife and plants. Kelly was honored for her work with the Carolina northern flying squirrel, an endangered species found isolated in small populations in only the highest mountains in North Carolina.

“Recovery champions are helping listed species get to the point at which they are secure in the wild and no longer need Endangered Species Act protection,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “These groups and individuals have done amazing work in helping to bring dozens of species back from the brink of extinction, while improving habitat that b

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