Public Hearings on Proposed Regulations Start Jan. 10
The Wildlife Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January across the state. Public comment is sought on proposed changes to 39 agency regulations related to wildlife management, fisheries and game lands for the 2017-18 seasons. Public hearing dates and locations, as well as details on all proposed regulations, can be found online.
Volunteers Needed for Statewide Camera Trapping Project
Citizen scientists in eastern North Carolina are now receiving their trail cameras for the North Carolina Candid Critter Project. If you live in the Piedmont or the mountains, it’s not too late to sign up to receive your camera in March. Candid Critters is a statewide project that uses motion-sensitive camera traps (trail cameras) to capture images of wildlife — from backyards to approved public lands. Participants upload images to a database so scientists can learn more about deer reproduction and the distribution of all mammal species across the state. Learn more about the project.
Hunters: Help Keep CWD Out of North Carolina
The Wildlife Commission reminds hunters who are hunting out of state to help keep chronic wasting disease out of North Carolina. CWD is a neurological disease that causes emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death in cervids. Anyone returning to N.C. with a deer, elk, reindeer or moose taken in 24 states and Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces where CWD has been confirmed must follow state processing and packaging regulations.
Home From The Hunt Safety Campaign™ Provides Hunting Safety Reminders
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. More safety tips
Nominations Sought for 2017 Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award
The Wildlife Commission is accepting nominations through Jan. 31 for the 2017 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. More
Keeping Up with Wildlife Science: Wood Storks, Salamanders and More
Biologists 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 Program's latest quarterly report, featuring salamander updates, wood stork nest monitoring, bog turtle updates and much more!
Fly-fishing Clinics Begin Jan. 7 at Pechmann Center in Fayetteville
Wildlife Commission Will Hold Public Hearing on Permanent Rules for No-Wake Zones in Carteret and New Hanover Counties
Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input on Bullard and Branch Hunting Preserve and Robeson County Game Land
Wildlife Commission to Waterfowl Hunters: Practice Safety While Boating
Holly Shelter Shooting Range Now Open