Rank (0) Views 4071 On Mon, Aug 01, 2011 10:41 AM, 1135 days ago



BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2011) –The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education will host a presentation on drift boats from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 16. The presenter is retired Western Carolina University Engineering and Technology Prof. Robert Dalley, a drift boat designer, builder and fisherman. He has been featured on the “Bob Caldwell Outdoors” segment of WLOS-TV news and recognized for his fishing expertise in Sports Illustrated magazine.

Drift boats, also known as McKenzie boats, are specialized fishing vessels powered by oars with a specialized shape, adept for maneuvering down mountain rivers.

Participants will learn about oar selection, anchor systems and anchoring selection, hull materials and design and view the video, “A Smoky Mountain Drift Boat Adventure.” The program will cover design elements that make drift boats safer on the water and discuss how to handle whitewater situations. Prof. Dalley will explain ferrying and


Rank (0) Views 3847 On Tue, Aug 02, 2011 10:38 AM, 1135 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be cautious when setting up tree stands prior to deer season.

“Unfortunately, we have tree stand incidents that involve injuries and sometimes deaths before deer season even opens,” said Travis Casper, state assistant hunter education coordinator. “We need hunters to practice tree stand safety at all times, not just during hunting season.”

If you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season:
Wear a full body safety harness
Maintain three points of contact when climbing
Follow manufacturer instructions
Have an emergency signal and tell someone where you plan to go

As with any piece of equipment, tree stands need inspection before use. Long-term placement (leav


Rank (0) Views 4229 On Thu, Aug 04, 2011 10:34 AM, 1135 days ago



RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 4, 2011) – The Cape Fear River Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission’s Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, will hold a deer hunting clinic on Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the center, located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh.

“This free clinic is primarily designed to help newcomers get started in deer hunting, but experienced hunters may pick up some new tips,” said Kelsey Obernuefemann, a wildlife education specialist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “This course provides thorough and fun instruction on what to do before, during and after a hunting trip, at various times during the season.”

Topics covered in the clinic will include:
Tree stand safety
Whitetail habits and habitats
Scouting and hunting techniques
Equipment, archery and firearm choices
More safety recommendations and state hunting req


Rank (0) Views 4352 On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 10:30 AM, 1135 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 3774 On Tue, Aug 09, 2011 10:27 AM, 1135 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 4170 On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 10:24 AM, 1135 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 8195 On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 10:21 AM, 1135 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 4076 On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 10:16 AM, 1135 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 4637 On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 10:12 AM, 1135 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 5642 On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 10:08 AM, 1135 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 5057 On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 10:05 AM, 1135 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 3995 On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 12:00 AM, 1135 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

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