Safety a Top Priority this Holiday Season
As part of its ongoing “Home From The Hunt™ campaign, the Wildlife Commission reminds anyone planning a hunting trip during the holiday season to make safety a big part of
the planning. Review hunter education training and equipment instructions. Read all applicable regulations before venturing into the field. Inspect, repair or replace all equipment, particularly tree stands, before using.
Nominations Sought for Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award
The Wildlife Commission is accepting nominations through Jan. 29 for the 2016 Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award. The agency presents this award annually to people who
provide leadership in the conservation of wildlife diversity in North Carolina. Nominators must submit a completed
nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation in the state.
Come Visit the Wildlife Commission at Swan Days
Event in Hyde
The Wildlife Commission will have its air rifle range, a snow goose display and free information and literature to hand out during the 2015 Swan Days event, on Dec. 4-6.
The event will be held at the Mattmuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County. Hosted by the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and the Hyde County Chamber of Commerce, the annual event celebrates the return of tundra swans and other wildlife to the
area and brings attention to the refuge, the Lodge and Hyde County’s rich environmental and cultural heritage.
Wildlife Commission Offers Weather and Forecasting Course for Boaters
Boaters interested in learning tips on how to operate their vessels safely in all weather conditions can sign up for “Basic Weather and Forecasting,” a two-night course being
offered by the Wildlife Commission and Fayetteville Power and Sail Squadron on Dec. 8 and 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. Participants will receive a waterproof McGraw Hill Captain’s Quick Guide –
Onboard Weather Forecasting, which is designed for onboard and field use.
Commission Offers Wildlife and Outdoor Workshops for All Ages
In addition to the Basic Weather and Forecasting course, the Wildlife Commission offers a variety of other wildlife and outdoor workshops, courses, classes and events for
all ages and skill levels throughout the year and across the state. Staff recently conducted an
Amphibian Identification Workshop at Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in New Bern where participants learned about amphibian conservation, basic biology and habitat during the morning session, and in the afternoon, used their newly acquired knowledge
and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the center. Find out more about these educational opportunities, the majority of which are free, by visiting the agency’s
Public Input Sought for Game Land Management Plans
The Wildlife Commission continues to seek user input on developing game land management plans that will guide game land programs for the next 10 years. The plans incorporate
input from public users of each game land — anglers, hunters, birders, hikers and all others who use game lands. Watch N.C. Wildlife Update
for announcements of additional game land public meetings
in 2016. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. Coming up this week are
Cape Fear Wetlands Game Land in Pender and New Hanover counties on Nov. 30;
Bertie County Game Land on Dec. 1; and
Neuse River Game Land in Craven County on Dec. 3.
Download current game land plans and learn more about the Game Land Program in North Carolina.
Wildlife Diversity Program Quaterly Update Now Available Online
in the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program conserve and protect nongame wildlife and their habitats through a variety of survey and monitoring programs, species management and habitat conservation or restoration projects. Check out the Wildlife Diversity
quarterly report, featuring salamander updates, green sea turtle nest monitoring, Carolina northern flying squirrel updates and much more!
From T-shirts to calendars to our award-winning magazine, the Wildlife Commission has something wildlife related for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. Visit the
N.C. Wild Store for more gift-giving ideas! To guarantee USPS delivery by Dec. 24, order by Dec. 8.
Bobcat T-shirts Under the Tree
A bobcat T-shirt under the Christmas tree is like a gift of wildlife to a loved one, not to mention a gift of financial support to North Carolina wildlife. This official
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission T-shirt features a bobcat and the agency’s distinctive diamond logo on the front and an enlarged image of the bobcat on the back. The beige, 100% cotton T-shirt comes in youth sizes ($12) and adult ($15). All proceeds benefit
Wildlife Diversity Program through a generous donation from Neuse Sport Shop. Available only through the Commission’s
Wild Store and Neuse Sport Shop (NSS adult shirts;
NSS youth shirts).
2016 Wildlife Calendar Makes a Great Holiday Gift
The always-popular 2016 North Carolina Wildlife Calendar features outstanding wildlife art with profiles of each artist, fishing days and moon phase information and a detailed
almanac. Buy one for $9 each or buy more to take advantage of quantity discounts! Get yours today at the
N.C. Wild Store.
Gift Subscriptions to
Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine Available
The Wildlife Commission’s award-winning magazine,
Wildlife in North Carolina, provides exceptional color photography and outstanding articles on hunting, fishing, wildlife research, natural areas and the state’s environment. One-year subscriptions (8 issues) run $12; 3-year subscriptions (24 issues),
a Gift Certificate for Your Outdoors Woman
A Becoming an Outdoors-Woman® (BOW) gift certificate is an ideal present for any woman wanting to explore nature and expand her outdoor knowledge and skills. BOW workshops
offer safe, expert instruction in fishing, target shooting, archery, canoeing, outdoor cooking, tracking and much more. Recipient attends the 2016 BOW weekend workshop, May 20 – 22, 2016, at Eastern 4H Environmental Education Conference Center in Columbia
NC (Tyrrell County). Cost is $225 per person and includes a choice of four outdoor skill sessions, all program materials and use of equipment, plus meals and lodging.
from the Hunt™ Campaign Turns Attention to Waterfowl Hunting
From The Hunt™ Urges Hunters to Think Before Pulling the Trigger