Rank (0) Views 12961 On Tue, Jul 05, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 5, 2011) – A new law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly requires hunters and anglers to obtain written permission from a landowner or leaseholder before hunting or fishing on privately-owned posted property — including land, waters, ponds or legally established waterfowl blinds.

The Landowner Protection Act also provides two ways for landowners to post their lands to allow only hunters, trappers and anglers with written permission to legally enter their property. Landowners can now post their land by using vertical purple paint marks on posts or trees, or, as in the past, by placing signs or posters. View the Landowner Protection Act document with more detailed instructions on posting property with signs or purple paint.

The Landowner Protection Act specifically relates only to hunting, fishing, or trapping on posted lands. It clarifies the existing G.S. 14-159.6 requirement for written consent to hunt, fish, or trap on posted l

Rank (0) Views 3896 On Tue, May 31, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 31, 2011) – More than 35 free, family oriented fishing events get under way this weekend, as part of 2011 National Fishing and Boating Week.

Supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, North Carolina State Council of Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, these fishing events provide opportunities for young anglers to learn fishing basics, such as casting, knot-tying and tackle selection. They also let young anglers try their luck at reeling in a variety of freshwater fish, many of them stocked by the Commission, including trout in the mountains and channel catfish in the Piedmont and Coastal regions.

Participants registered at any listed event will be entered into a statewide, random drawing to win more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes fishing in freshwater and saltwater, as well as hunting, donated by Neuse Sport Sho

Rank (0) Views 4066 On Fri, May 27, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 27, 2011) – Starting June 1, the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons beginning prior to October 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species will also be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Your Comments!”

Comments will be accepted from June 1 through June 19.

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons, and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, click visit Seasons & Limits of the Hunting section.

Rank (0) Views 4388 On Thu, May 26, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 26, 2011) – With a rash of media reports of bear sightings across North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents not to panic, keep their distance and remain calm if they see a black bear.

It is not uncommon to see a black bear in spring in North Carolina, as they look for mates, a home or food. Juvenile bears typically disperse from their home areas during this time of year, while adult bears can roam extensively searching for food.  Residents are urged not to approach or follow bears, and to use caution when driving in areas where bears have been sighted.

The Commission is cautioning people to take care not to feed bears that wander into yards, parks, onto sidewalks or into other residential areas. Feeding a bear rewards it for coming near people and their homes and increases the likelihood that the bear will approach again.

While black bears are rarely aggressive toward people, they can become bold when th

Rank (0) Views 3931 On Thu, May 26, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2011) – Cumberland County residents who want to cast a line in Glenville Lake but don’t have the necessary equipment can now fish without owning a rod and reel, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation.

Glenville Lake, which is located in Mazarick Park, 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 park office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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 retur

Rank (0) Views 3827 On Wed, May 25, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2011) –  Members of the public or employees of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission can nominate NCWRC employees or teams of employees for a new annual award that recognizes significant contributions in the implementation and promotion of prescribed fire as a natural resource management tool.

“When implemented in the right places and at the right times, there is no substitute for fire as a resource management tool,” said Isaac Harrold, Section Manager for the Commission’s State and Private Lands Programs.  “It’s a relatively inexpensive management practice and the benefits are numerous. Development of this award not only provides an opportunity to recognize exceptional efforts of staff, but, hopefully, will keep us all motivated to continue sharing that critical message.”

Awards will be presented each year in conjunction with the annual meeting of the North Carolina Pr

Rank (0) Views 4217 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will stock Lake Norman with 177,500 striped bass in early June—15,000 more fish than is normally stocked into the reservoir every year.

The additional fish, which measure 2 to 3 inches in length, are being stocked to help compensate for the loss of fish during a July 2010 fish kill.

After the fish kill, biologists collected more than 7,000 dead striped bass and assumed that another 20 percent, or 1,400 fish, were picked up by other people or sank to the bottom of the reservoir. Assuming 8,400 striped bass died and using harvest rates and natural mortality rates estimated for striped bass in other Southeast reservoirs, they determined that stocking 15,000 additional fish would return catch rates to where they would have been in 2013 if the fish kill last summer had not occurred.

“Two years, or 2013, is the time frame because it takes two years for stocked fish to reach 16 inche

Rank (0) Views 4051 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for its annual public hearings.

Each year, the Commission adjusts hunting, fishing and trapping seasons and rules in response to wildlife population changes, wildlife conservation objectives, or public needs and desires. Public comments on proposed rule changes received through the public hearings process is a critical component in the decision making process.

All hearings begin at 7 p.m. The 2011 hearings’ dates and locations are scheduled as follows:


September 6, 2011 (Tuesday) 4 Dublin

Bladen Community College

September 7, 2011 (Wednesday) 5 Graham Courthouse

September 8, 2011 (Thursday) 6 Norwood South Stanly High School

September 13, 2011 (Tuesday) 8 Morganton Municipal Auditorium

September 14, 2011 (Wednesday) 9 Clyde Haywood Community College

September 15, 2011

(Thursday) 7 Wilkes

Rank (0) Views 3751 On Mon, May 23, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 63.5 miles of trout streams and one lake classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 4.

But there’s a catch . . . only anglers 15 years old and younger can fish these waters from 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. At noon, these waters open to all anglers.

The youth-only fishing time frame is designed to promote trout fishing among young anglers and to provide special opportunities for young anglers to catch — and keep — fish.

Under hatchery-supported regulations, in effect through Sept. 30, anglers can keep a maximum of seven trout per day, with no bait restrictions or minimum size limits.

Anglers age 16 and older need an inland fishing license and a special trout fishing privilege, which is included in the comprehensive and sportsman licenses, to fish in all designated public mountain trout waters

Rank (0) Views 4275 On Tue, May 17, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

ROXBORO, N.C. (May 17, 2011) – Fishing on Mayo Lake has become more accessible, thanks in part to a cooperative effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Person County Recreation Arts and Parks, who are providing free loaner adaptive fishing gear to physically challenged anglers.

The adaptive fishing gear, which can be borrowed from the Mayo Park office, is available free of charge through the Wildlife Commission’s Tackle Loaner Program.  Park staff has electric reels, pole harnesses, easy-cast fishing poles and easy-grip gloves available to loan to anglers who have limited hand, arm and upper body movement.

“This adaptive fishing gear gives fishermen the ability to cast and reel in fish with minimum effort,” said Jeremy Royster, Mayo Park Ranger. “Anglers can register at the park office to join the program and receive a tackle loaner card that lets them borrow free loaner tackle at Mayo Park, as well as

Rank (0) Views 4026 On Mon, May 16, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 16, 2011) – Gov. Bev Perdue has issued a proclamation that May 21-27 be recognized as Safe Boating Week in North Carolina.

With the start of the recreational boating season and National Safe Boating Week that week, the goal of Safe Boating Week in North Carolina is to emphasize the efforts to promote safe boating and encourage the wearing of personal flotation devices.

Wildlife officers of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are charged with enforcing the boating laws and regulations on North Carolina waters, and can stop any vessel for safety checks or violations. In the course of their duties, these law enforcement officers patrol over 5,000 square miles of inland streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waterways, as well as 220 public boating access areas.

“The best advice I can give anyone is to wear an appropriate life vest, no matter when or where they are boating,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordin

Rank (0) Views 4019 On Mon, May 09, 2011 12:00 AM, 1190 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 9, 2011) – Kids can fish for free and register to win prizes, including two lifetime licenses, at one of 43 kids’ fishing events conducted across the state in late May and early June.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in cooperation with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting these fishing events as part of National Fishing and Boating Week 2011. 

The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Bass Pro Shops is donating 50 fishing-related prizes, such as tackle boxes, rod-and-reel combos and fishing line, while the Wildlife Commission is donating another 100 prizes – any of which would be a perfect addition to a

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