Rank (0) Views 3910 On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 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

Rank (0) Views 3625 On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 9:26 AM, 1115 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2011) –The deadline for registering to participate in the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman basic fishing workshop is fast approaching. Only a few spaces are still available for this unique opportunity.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Sept. 3. For a $25 registration fee, women can experience the basics – and fun – of fishing at Bass Pro Shop’s pond, in Concord, N.C., from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Participants will learn about important fishing knots, equipment, pond and lake ecology, types of baits and lures, and especially when to use what bait. They will have time to practice those skills and fish in the "catch and release" waters of Bass Pro Shop’s pond under the guidance of experienced instructors.

“If you’re a woman who wants to learn how to fish, or become a better angler, this six-hour workshop is for you,” said BB Gillen, program coordinat

Rank (0) Views 4369 On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 9:21 AM, 1115 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 23, 2011) – Because of ongoing drought conditions, some of the N.C. Wildlife Commission’s game lands dove fields may have less-than-optimal hunting conditions for the beginning of dove season.

Due to the drought, some crops failed and wildlife management personnel had to plant the fields later than usual. Because of that, some fields may not be mowed at the beginning of dove season.

The Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to check www.ncwildlife.org for a list of dove field conditions before heading out to hunt.

Dove season opens Sept. 3. Visit the migratory game bird page on ncwildlife.org for a complete list of season dates and bag limits.

Rank (0) Views 3757 On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 21, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April 2. The season will run until one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28, 2012.

While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.

Hatchery-supported trout waters, marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked repeatedly from March until August every year. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently. 

Due to continuing work to repair the dams on Lake James in Burke County, the hatchery-supported section of the Linville River, located downstream from the dam, will not be stocked this season. Likewise, Balsam Lake, which was drained by the U.S. Forest Service to repair a leak in the spillway, will not receive stockings thi

Rank (0) Views 3617 On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 18, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNC Greensboro to host a series of seminars on protecting family land during estate transition.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting one of several “Ties to the Land” seminars on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The workshop will include information on the Wildlife Conservation Land Program, which allows landowners who want to manage their land for protected species or priority habitat to apply for a reduced property tax assessment.

Other scheduled seminars are:
April 2, N.C. Arboretum, Asheville
April 9, UNC Charlotte, Belk School of Business, Friday Building, Rm. 17
April 23, Tryon Palace, New Bern
April 30, NC Entrepreneurship Center at UNCG

Advance registration is $50. Registration the day of the event is $75.

For more i

Rank (0) Views 4077 On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 17, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed construction on the Astoria Landing Boating Access Area on the Roanoke River in Jamesville, which will open to the public Friday, March 18.

The access are has two launch ramps with handicapped accessible docks, gravel parking and stormwater treatment facilities. The site, which was paid for through funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts, also has a handicapped accessible fishing pier.

“The Roanoke River is popular for both both boaters and anglers, and we are excited to provide this increased access to this treasured resource, said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We expect this site to draw sportsmen and women from across North Carolina to Jamesville to launch boats and cast lines.”

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an intera

Rank (0) Views 3470 On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 11, 2011) – The nomination period for membership to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee has been extended to 60 days. The closing date is now April 8, 2011.

The 18-member committee, which advises the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state, meets four times per year. The person selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee. Committee members have a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise and advise the Commission on matters that fit their areas of expertise.

In recent months, the Wildlife Resources Commission has needed assistance on marketing and fund-raising for nongame-related projects. Because of this need, the committee encourages nominations for people who have expertise in these two areas. 

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons fo

Rank (0) Views 5731 On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 4:34 PM, 1115 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 4739 On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 4:32 PM, 1115 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 3778 On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 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 3510 On Thu, Mar 03, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 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 3569 On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 12:00 AM, 1115 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

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