N. C. Wildlife News Brief - 9/1/2011

New Wildlife Resources Commissioners Sworn In; New Vice-Chairman Elected

The Wildlife Resources Commission's governing board welcomed five new members and elected a new vice-chairman at its business meeting on Aug. 25.

Hayden Rogers of Brasstown, James Cogdell of Norwood, Thomas Berry and Mark Craig of Greensboro, and John Coley of Holy Springs took their oaths and were sworn in by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Doc Thurston, of Charlotte, was unable to attend the meeting and will take his oath at a later date. Ray White, the Commissioner for District 1, will serve a 2-year term as vice-chairman.  

Former Wildlife Resources Commission Director Receives Prestigious Award

Richard Hamilton, a former director of the Wildlife Resources Commission who retired in 2007, was honored last week with the agency's Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award. This award is presented annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are leaders in wildlife conservation.

While Hamilton’s career at the Wildlife Resources Commission focused mainly on game animal conservation and management, he was the driving force behind many agency actions that benefited nongame animals and all North Carolinians who appreciate the outdoors. A few of these actions included the formation of the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, the development of wildlife viewing areas and the N.C. Birding Trail. Visit our website for more information on Hamilton's many accomplishments during his 37-year career with the Wildlife Resources Commission.

Game and Fish Recipes

New to our website is a cookbook of game and fish recipes. Download a collection of favorite recipes from employees, friends and family of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Recipes include salads, starters and main dishes for big game, small game, fowl and fish.  

Applications for Permit Waterfowl Hunts Available Sept. 1

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, sportsmen can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online or by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or calling 888-248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1. 

Dove Season Opens Sept. 3

The 2011-12 season for mourning and white-winged dove opens at noon on Sept. 3 and the Home From The Hunt campaign urges you to always think twice:

  • Positively identify your target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger.
  • Avoid low flying birds.
  • Don’t pepper people, buildings or vehicles with falling shot. 

Wildlife Officers remind you that it is an individual hunter’s responsibility to know the legal status of the area being hunted. Don’t hunt over baited fields; take time prior to your hunt to “walk the field” and inspect the area.   

Drought May Affect Conditions on Some Game Lands Dove Fields

The Commission is urging hunters to check game land dove field conditions before heading out to hunt as the drought has affected some fields. Find a list of Game Lands Dove Fields and conditions on our website.

Waterfowl Seasons Set

The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2011-12 seasons. Of special note this year is the addition of a second Youth Waterfowl Day. In recent years, the Commission has chosen the Saturday after the end of duck season as the Youth Waterfowl Day. With recent changes to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines, a second Youth Waterfowl Day will be offered. Youth Waterfowl Days this season will be Dec. 10, 2011 and Feb. 4, 2012. For season dates, bag limits and more information, see the news release.

Labor Day Boating

Be safe and have fun this Labor Day weekend, traditionally one of the busiest times on North Carolina waterways.  Remember, drivers and boat operators can be charged if their blood alcohol concentration meets or exceeds .08 or if they are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Law enforcement officers will be out in force throughout the end-of-summer holiday.