Rank (0) Views 4503 On Thu, Apr 08, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2010) – The 32nd annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, presented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will be held April 24 to determine team and individual championships in this popular marksmanship and outdoor skills competition.

The tournament begins at 8 a.m. at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe, with events in rifle, shotgun and archery, along with an orienteering challenge and a conservation test. The tournament typically draws several hundred spectators and supporters. Last year’s event had an overall attendance of nearly 3,000. Admission for spectators is free.

“The degree of the skills exhibited by these young people at the state championships is incredible,” said Travis Casper, the assistant hunter education programs coordinator for North Carolina. “The competition is keen, but so is the camaraderie between competitors.”

Teams are organized within public and private s

Rank (0) Views 636 On Fri, Apr 09, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 9, 2010) – Pups, cubs, chicks and kits are a welcome sign of spring in North Carolina – and it may be tempting to pick them up or feed them, especially when they nest close to our homes. But tampering with wildlife – even young wildlife -- jeopardizes innocent people and harms the ecosystem.

“Wild animals are not pets, and they are not meant to be raised and fed by humans,” said David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “Wild animals never totally lose their wild instincts, even if the animal seems tame. Those instincts can show up anytime and the results can be harmful to people and the animal.”

Capturing and handling a young animal can stress it, sometimes fatally. In addition, young animals that look abandoned often are not. Many species do not stay with their young and only return to feed them. The parent may return and become aggressive i

Rank (0) Views 4426 On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2010) – For the second time in less than month, a Nashville angler has reeled in the white crappie state record from the Tar River Reservoir.

Ray Patterson caught the latest record-breaker, which weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces, on April 6, surpassing by a mere one ounce the previous record holder, caught by Tracey Smith on March 8.

Patterson used a cane pole and a live minnow, a bait he swears by, claiming a live minnow catches crappie in a way that no jig can. And he should know. Catching big crappie is a favorite pastime for Patterson, who crappie fishes the reservoir at least three times each week, from the first of April to the middle of June.

He said he’s caught many crappie, some of which would have beaten the one that earned him the new state record. In fact, he said he didn’t think the one he caught on April 6 was a record breaker; however, a couple of anglers in a boat beside him told him the fish was the biggest c

Rank (0) Views 11282 On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2010) – A change in federal law that allows firearms in many national parks does not include state parks and forests or other state recreational areas, including game lands.

According to the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of Interior, people who can legally possess firearms under federal and state law can now possess those firearms in the national parks in that state. This pertains to anyone with a concealed carry permit.

National parks should not be confused with national forests. In North Carolina, the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan national forests are also designated as game lands.

“Concealed carry permits do not supersede the other regulations that apply,” said Maj. Keith Templeton, with the Law Enforcement Division of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “It is up to the individual with a valid concealed carry permit to know the law and obey it.”

Under game land regula

Rank (0) Views 4358 On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

GARNER, N.C. (April 15, 2010) – Garner residents who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can now fish without purchasing a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Garner Parks and Recreation Department.

Lake Benson, located at 975 Buffaloe Road, recently joined the Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program, which provides loaner rods and reels free of charge to anglers of all ages, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program works like a library. Anglers register at the Lake Benson boathouse from Thursday through Sunday to receive a tackle-loaner identification card that lets them check out one of 20 rod and reels for the day. While the program is geared toward children under 16, anyone interested in fishing can participate. Anglers under 16 must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. 

After returning the loaner rod and reel to the park office, first-time participan

Rank (0) Views 4298 On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

HOFFMAN, N.C. (April 16, 2010) – U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell toured the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery located in Richmond County on April 8, and talked with N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission personnel about the important role the fish hatchery plays in helping the Commission achieve its fisheries management goals. The McKinney Lake hatchery is the primary source of channel catfish for the Commission’s popular Community Fishing Program.

Congressman Kissell is sponsoring legislation that would transfer ownership of the McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the State of North Carolina. This no-cost transfer of property would help the Commission to continue to provide quality fishing opportunities for urban anglers.

The Commission has operated the warmwater fish hatchery under a Memorandum of Agreement since 1996 and produced approximately 150,000 harvestable size (8-12 inches) channel catfish to provide angling opport

Rank (0) Views 4279 On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (April 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to remove 282 acres of archery-only area immediately west of the Hyco Power Plant on Hyco Game Land in Person County, and add 288 acres of new archery-only area in the same general vicinity. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 26 in the W.H. Barker Community Building at Hyco Lake Park. To get there, take Kelly Brewer Road (SR1313) south off of N.C. 57; after approximately 0.65 miles, turn right on Pointer Road; turn left toward the boat ramps and continue around; then, turn left toward campground, the Community Building is on the left. 

For more information, call the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division at (919) 707-0050. For more information on game lands, visit the Commission’s interactive map at www.ncwildlife.org/.


Rank (0) Views 4178 On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

Raleigh, N.C. (April 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to convert 86 acres of Jordan Game Land to archery-only hunting in the vicinity of the new Chatham County Northeast District Park, planned for construction off of Big Woods Road near Jordan Lake. 

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 2 in Building 2, Multipurpose Room of Central Carolina Community College, located at 764 West Street in Pittsboro (approximately 1 mile west of the traffic circle on U.S. 64 Business West). 

For more information, call the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division at (919) 707-0050. For more information on game lands, visit the interactive game land map at www.ncwildlife.org.


About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicat

Rank (0) Views 4413 On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased two coastal sites for Boating Access Areas, thanks to grant money from the Waterfront Access Marine Industry Fund.

The Sneads Ferry site, at 302 Fulcher Landing Loop in Sneads Ferry, has an existing ramp that has been opened to the public. It will be renovated to include new docks, ramps, and parking lot.

Design of the Hampstead site — off Route 17 in Pender County — has begun and should be completed in 18 months. The site, when completed, will include new docks, three new launch lanes, a parking lot and bulkhead.

“The funding for these sites, made possible through the leadership of the General Assembly, is allowing us to acquire and protect waterfront land for public use,” said Erik Christofferson, head of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “As a result, boaters in North Carolina will have greater access

Rank (0) Views 4325 On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2010) – The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunting Heritage program is sponsoring a trap and skeet shoot for shooters with a disability.

The shoot is scheduled for 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the Durham County Wildlife Club. Turning Point Carolina will offer two levels of trap shooting for beginners and more advanced mobility-impaired participants. The Commission will demonstrate its Huntmaster handicapped hunting lift.

The Durham County Wildlife Club is also a sponsor, supplying the facility and targets at no cost to participants. 

For more information on the event, or to register, visit www.turningpointnation.org, or e-mail David Kiley at dk@turningpointnation.org.

For more information on the Commission’s programs for disabled hunters, visit NCWRC’s Access Guide for Sportsmen with Disabilities.

For directions to the Durham County Wildlife Club, visit www.dcwc.info.


Rank (0) Views 4316 On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

BREVARD, N.C. (April 22, 2010) – Visitors to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education who want to fish but lack the necessary equipment can still wet a line, thanks to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located alongside the popular Davidson River in western North Carolina, hosts a rod loaner program that allows individuals or groups to borrow fishing rods and reels for use on area streams or lakes.

To participate, just visit the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and select a rod and reel. Valid identification and a North Carolina fishing license for anglers 16 years of age and older is required. There is also a $20 deposit, which is refundable when the rod and reel are returned in good working order. (The deposit is forfeited if the rod is broken or damaged beyond repair.)

Rods and reels may be borrowed for up to two days, although the loan can be extended at the end of the second day. The loaner program functions yea

Rank (0) Views 4159 On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 12:00 AM, 1307 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has launched a new, easier way to find more than 200 free public Boating Access Areas across the state.

The Interactive Boating Access Area Locator lets boaters search for a ramp by address, body of water, or amenities. Once they locate a Boating Access Area, users can zoom in and out of the map, find an address, identify latitude and longitude coordinates, and print directions.

“Providing access to public waters and providing informative, easy-to-use tools to locate that access go hand in hand,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Division of Engineering Services. “This interactive map, along with our more than 200 Boating Access Areas, is another way we are helping boaters across the state get in the water.”

To access the map, visit the Boating and Waterways page on www.ncwildlife.org  and click on Interactive Boating Access Area Locator.


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