Rank (0) Views 5664 On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 4:34 PM, 1102 days ago

GASTONIA, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department to construct a universally accessible fishing pier on George Poston Park Lake.

The floating pier is the latest feature at George Poston Park, which is located at 1101 Lowell-Spencer Mountain Road.  It extends 91 feet from the shore into the lake and has a T-shaped section at the end that is 80 feet long and 11 feet wide, ensuring anglers will be within easy casting distance of the brush-filled creek channel in the middle of the lake, as well as a fish feeder that will also be installed. The pier features alternating low-high handrails to make it easier for children and wheelchair-bound anglers to cast their lines into the 11-acre lake, which was impounded in June this year.

In addition to installing the new fishing pier, the Wildlife Resources Commission will help develop the park by stocking the lake with an assortme

Rank (0) Views 4680 On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 4:32 PM, 1102 days ago

FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a family-friendly and fun presence at the 2011 North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Sept. 9–18. 

This year’s exhibit shows the important role the Wildlife Resources Commission and its constituents play in conservation, education and recreation, with a theme of “Wildlife Science for a Better Future.”

“One of the things we want to focus on is how hunters and anglers support the science that leads to hunting, trapping and inland fishing regulations,” said Brooke Senter, Visitor Services Coordinator for the nearby Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. “Of course, the other thing we want to focus on is how much fun there is in experiencing the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and the many opportunities for involvement available through Wildlife Resources Commission programs.&rdquo

Rank (0) Views 3738 On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 12:00 AM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 4, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled four public hearings in late March to gather input on a proposed rule that would standardize regulations for sea trout (spotted or speckled), flounder, gray trout (weakfish) and red drum taken in inland, joint or coastal fishing waters. 

Regulations for saltwater fishes found in inland waters are set by the Wildlife Commission and typically mirror the rules established by the Marine Fisheries Commission in adjacent waters. However, because the rule-making timelines between the two agencies are not the same, it often takes up to a year or more to unify regulations across all jurisdictional waters.

The proposed rule would expedite this process by establishing the same seasons and size and creel limits for these four saltwater fish species when caught in inland waters by referencing those regulations set by the Marine Fisheries Commission.

If adopted, the proposed rule change

Rank (0) Views 3470 On Thu, Mar 03, 2011 12:00 AM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Ocean Isle Beach Boating Access Area, which will reopen to the public Friday, March 4.

The Commission has expanded and paved the parking lot and also added additional stormwater treatment facilities.

“Our coastal region continues to be a popular destination for boaters across North Carolina, said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “These renovations will make Ocean Isle a more convenient spot for boaters, and we are pleased to provide this improved access to our state’s waters.”

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of free, 24-hour boating access areas, visit Boating Maps/Locations.

Rank (0) Views 3530 On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 12:00 AM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 2, 2011) – Home from the Hunt, a statewide safety campaign, encourages everyone to enjoy their time outdoors in North Carolina, by being prepared and taking the proper precautions, especially with firearms.

Firearms safety is an element of the Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. North Carolina requires all first time hunting license buyers to have first completed a hunting education course. More than a gun safety class, hunter education courses include instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, conservation and game management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, and specialty hunting.

Hunting Educators advise that safety directly pertains to how you handle firearms of any type:
Treat each firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.
Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning

Rank (0) Views 3496 On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 12:00 AM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved a proposed regulation at its business meeting yesterday giving the agency’s Executive Director the authority to implement an emergency response plan in the event of a wildlife disease outbreak that threatens irreparable injury to wildlife or the public.

The rule, which goes into effect March 1, 2011, implements the emergency powers authorized by the General Assembly and written into state statute.

The emergency response plan would be developed in consultation with the Governor’s office and the State Veterinarian, as required by statute, and would allow the Commission to quickly regulate public activities in order to contain the disease. The plan would be effective for 90 days following the Commission’s determination that a disease outbreak has occurred, unless a temporary rule is adopted within that time to continue the provisions in the emergency plan.

Rank (0) Views 4022 On Tue, Jan 04, 2011 12:00 AM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 4, 2011) – As part of Duke Energy’s work on Lake James dams, all six ramps at Black Bear Boating Access Area are closed while the lake is lowered.

The Wildlife Resources Commission is working with Duke Energy to open at least one Black Bear ramp by mid-January. Two ramps at Linville are currently closed. These ramps are scheduled to reopen in spring 2011, when Duke Energy completes its work and the lake refills.

The Bridgewater Public Fishing Area, located downstream from the dam at the Catawba River tailrace, is not currently impacted. For up-to-date information on lake levels, visit www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp or call 800-829-LAKE (5253).

For more information on boating and fishing in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Boating Access Areas and a list of more than 500 public fishing access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating_waterways.

Rank (0) Views 3364 On Mon, Jan 03, 2011 12:00 AM, 1102 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is once again offering anglers a unique opportunity to catch trout this winter without traveling to the mountains.

The Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct fly-fishing clinics at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, located on Raeford Road. The clinics will begin at 9 a.m., with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instructions. Clinics will end at 3:30 p.m. Clinics and dates are:
Three basic fly-fishing clinics on Jan. 8, 22 and Feb. 12
An advanced fly-fishing clinic on Feb. 26

Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited to no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate the proper fly-fishing techniques, including casting, rigging and knot tying. The advanced clinic is for anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience and wil

Rank (0) Views 5139 On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 3:23 PM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 25, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed five new members to its governing board and elected a new vice-chairman.

Taking their oaths during the agency’s business meeting today were Hayden Rogers of Brasstown, James Cogdell of Norwood, Thomas Berry of Greensboro, Mark Craig of Gibsonville, and John Coley of Holly Springs. Each was sworn in by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Doc Thurston, of Charlotte, was unable to attend the meeting. He will be sworn in at a later date.

By unanimous vote, Commissioners elected Ray White as vice-chairman. White, of Manteo, will serve a 2-year term as vice-chairman. He is the Commissioner for District 1, which includes 13 counties in northeastern North Carolina. White replaces Martin Lewis, former District 9 Commissioner, as vice-chairman. 

Rogers and Cogdell were appointed to 6-year terms by Gov. Perdue. Rogers will represent Commission District 9, which includes

Rank (0) Views 6235 On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 3:07 PM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 25, 2011) – Richard Hamilton, who served the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for 37 years, most notably as the executive director from 2004 to 2007, was honored with the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award at the agency’s business meeting today.

Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commission, presented Hamilton with the award, along with a framed print and plaque.

 “The Quay Award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are leaders in wildlife conservation,” Myers said.

“Recipients are not recognized only for a single contribution but rather for a series of contributions that reflects a dedication to their vocation and their passion for conserving all species of wildlife in their natural habitats. They are also characterized by their mentorship of others and this year’s recipient, Richard B. Hamilton, embodies al

Rank (0) Views 5660 On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 2:38 PM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Jon Evans to Training Director, with a rank of captain and responsibilities for training and instruction within the Division of Law Enforcement.

Capt. Evans will manage all regulatory instruction, investigative schools and performance courses, and conduct the Wildlife Officer Academy (need to create flipbook page), a rigorous 19-week accredited academy required for all wildlife officer candidates. In addition, he will manage the annual 24-hour minimum, in-service training requirement as mandated for all state law enforcement officers, including all wildlife officers.

Evans, a 15-year veteran with the Commission, had served as a sergeant in Alamance County, with duties enforcing hunting, inland fishing and boating regulations, as well as instructing in boating education and hunter safety courses.

“The demands for being a wildlife officer today are stringent and quite varied,&

Rank (0) Views 4270 On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 2:29 PM, 1102 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2011) – The “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, a multi-agency initiative in North Carolina designed to combine law enforcement resources for highway and waterway safety during the summer months, will conclude with special operations this Labor Day weekend.

Drivers and boat operators can be charged if their blood alcohol concentration meets or exceeds .08 or if they are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Law enforcement officers will be out in force throughout the end-of-summer holiday.

The campaign is led by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the State Highway Patrol and Alcohol Law Enforcement, joined by local police and sheriff’s departments and supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Wildlife officers are responsible for enforcing the boating laws and regulations on the waters of the state, and may stop any vessel for safety checks or violations.

“Law enforce

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