Rank (0) Views 3611 On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 12:32 PM, 1137 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 23, 2011) – This weekend is Operation Dry Water, a nationwide initiative to keep waterways safe and raise awareness among boaters about the dangers of operating a boat while impaired.

Held each year during the weekend before the July 4th holiday, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, assisted by partner law enforcement agencies, leading the North Carolina campaign.

This year in North Carolina, Operation Dry Water will be incorporated into an ongoing “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, which combines law enforcement resources to help everyone travel safely on highways and waterways during the summer months.

“We want people to enjoy their boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “That means prev

Rank (0) Views 4175 On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 12:28 PM, 1137 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2011) – In the rush to get on the water, don’t get in the way, don’t get upset and don’t get in trouble.

Wildlife Officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are reminding everyone to practice proper boat ramp etiquette this summer, be patient with others and obey regulations set for public boating access areas. Their recommendations:

Pre-Launch at Home
File a float plan with a responsible person.
Make sure you have all required safety equipment onboard.
Check the charge on fire extinguisher(s).
Check that your registration and decal is up-to-date and your registration card is onboard.
Make sure all running gear, lights, etc., are working and the drain plug is in.

Pre-Launch at Staging Area
Remove covers and straps before you get in line.
Have gear and equipment already stowed onboard.
Disconnect any wiring between your trailer and boat.
Remove the tarp and straps that secure your boat

Rank (0) Views 3848 On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 12:25 PM, 1137 days ago

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (June 28, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in collaboration with the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, will conduct a 5-month long creel survey on Randleman Regional Reservoir from July 1 through Nov. 30.

Boat and bank anglers will be interviewed at Randleman Regional Reservoir Marina and at Southwest Park at the end of their fishing trips to estimate angling effort, catch and harvest.  Interviewers will ask anglers about the length of their fishing trips, the species of fish targeted, the number and species of fish caught, as well as the number and species of fish harvested. They also will ask to take length measurements from harvested fish. 

“Since this is a new and already popular fishery, information on the intensity and patterns of angler use will help us refine and prioritize fisheries management objectives at Randleman Reservoir,” said Corey Oakley, a Commission fisheries biologist who i

Rank (0) Views 626 On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 12:22 PM, 1137 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2011) – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, provided in North Carolina by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, is offering women a helping hand in fishing basics on Sept. 11.

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.

Participants will learn about 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.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is an international program in which women 18 and older learn outdoor skills through hands-on experiences. In North Carolina, workshops are held across the state and offer a variety of outdoor skills, including fishing, hunter safety, target sh

Rank (0) Views 4081 On Mon, Aug 01, 2011 10:41 AM, 1137 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 3856 On Tue, Aug 02, 2011 10:38 AM, 1137 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 4240 On Thu, Aug 04, 2011 10:34 AM, 1137 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 4360 On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 10:30 AM, 1137 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 3780 On Tue, Aug 09, 2011 10:27 AM, 1137 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 4175 On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 10:24 AM, 1137 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 8208 On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 10:21 AM, 1137 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 4083 On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 10:16 AM, 1137 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

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