Rank (0) Views 4961 On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:42 PM, 1144 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – The seventh annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition is underway and open until Sept. 1, 2011.

The magazine partners again with UNC-TV for the popular juried contest, along with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, which manages the state’s photogenic state parks, and co-sponsor, Great Outdoor Provision Co.

All winners will be published in the January/February 2012 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina, with the grand prize image appearing on the cover. Thanks to exhibition sponsor, JW Photo Labs of Raleigh, the winners will also be exhibited at the Museum of Natural Sciences and at other science museums and wildlife education centers across the state.

Photos will be judged in 8 categories, with youth divisions for 12 and younger, and 13 to 17 year olds:

Reptiles and Amphibians
Wild Landscapes
Youth Photographer, 13-17
Wild Plants (including mushrooms and other

Rank (0) Views 4892 On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:40 PM, 1144 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public that July 4 is a “free fishing day” in North Carolina when everyone — residents and non-residents — can fish in all public waters, including coastal waters, from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., without purchasing a fishing license.

While everyone can fish in public waters without a license, all other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day, which always falls on July 4, was created to promote the sport of fishing.  

“Free fishing day is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some quality time together on the water and it is a relatively inexpensive activity that anyone, no matter what their age or skill level, can enjoy,&am

Rank (0) Views 5153 On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 12:37 PM, 1144 days ago

COROLLA, N.C. (June 21, 2011) – Krogie Andresen, noted Carolina decoy collector and author of the book “Gunnin’ Birds,” has provided on permanent loan to the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education an exhibit of swan and goose decoys, hunting equipment, head patterns and tools that belonged to James R. Best (1866-1933) of Kitty Hawk.

James R. Best is thought by many to be the most talented decoy carver from North Carolina and his work is sought after by collectors from all over the country.

“Most decoy enthusiasts now easily recognize the outstanding work of James Best,” said Andresen. “They readily acknowledge that he is probably the most skilled of the North Carolina decoy carvers.”

The decoys are now on display in the gallery in the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. The entire collection of James Best decoys, tools and carving equipment are planned for a special exhibit this fall.


Rank (0) Views 3711 On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 12:36 PM, 1144 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that foxes sighted in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, and that residents can take a few simple steps to avoid conflict with these animals. Simply seeing a fox is not a cause for alarm. Catching a glimpse of one can actually be a rewarding experience in that it provides an opportunity to witness one of North Carolina’s most adaptable species. However, people still should not approach foxes or fox dens, even if they seem harmless. If the fox makes a den for pups, do not disturb them. Do not approach, touch or feed the fox or its pups. In most cases, citizens that merely see a fox do not need to take any action. However, action could be necessary in situations where foxes have become habituated to people. In those cases, people can and should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal fireworks, to chase foxes

Rank (0) Views 3643 On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 12:32 PM, 1144 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 4212 On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 12:28 PM, 1144 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 3869 On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 12:25 PM, 1144 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 629 On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 12:22 PM, 1144 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 4109 On Mon, Aug 01, 2011 10:41 AM, 1144 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 3883 On Tue, Aug 02, 2011 10:38 AM, 1144 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 4272 On Thu, Aug 04, 2011 10:34 AM, 1144 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 4389 On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 10:30 AM, 1144 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

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