Concealed Carry Permit for Firearms Prompts Questions

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2010) – A change in federal law that allows firearms in many national parks does not include state parks and forests or other state recreational areas, including game lands. According to the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of Interior, people who can legally possess firearms under federal and state law can now possess those firearms in the national parks in that state. This pertains to anyone with a concealed carry permit. National parks should not be confused with national forests. In North Carolina, the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan national forests are also designated as game lands. “Concealed carry permits do not supersede the other regulations that apply,” said Maj. Keith Templeton, with the Law Enforcement Division of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “It is up to the individual with a valid concealed carry permit to know the law and obey it.” Under game land regula
Tuesday, April 13, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (28867)/Comments (0)/

State Championships Set for Youth Hunter Education Skills Teams

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2010) – The 32nd annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, presented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will be held April 24 to determine team and individual championships in this popular marksmanship and outdoor skills competition. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe, with events in rifle, shotgun and archery, along with an orienteering challenge and a conservation test. The tournament typically draws several hundred spectators and supporters. Last year’s event had an overall attendance of nearly 3,000. Admission for spectators is free. “The degree of the skills exhibited by these young people at the state championships is incredible,” said Travis Casper, the assistant hunter education programs coordinator for North Carolina. “The competition is keen, but so is the camaraderie between competitors.” Teams are organized within public and private s
Wednesday, April 7, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9659)/Comments (0)/

Commission Gives Tips on Coexisting with Bears

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a few simple steps to avoid most conflicts with black bears, as sightings and conflicts tend to increase in the spring, when bears emerge from hibernation, looking for food. The Commission is warning people not to feed, either purposely or inadvertently, animals that wander into backyards, city streets and other residential areas. Feeding a bear rewards it for coming close to people and their homes and makes it more likely to approach again. While black bears are rarely aggressive toward people, they can become bold when they become accustomed to feeding on human-provided foods, such as garbage and bird seed. Oftentimes, they lose their fear of people. Contrary to popular belief, wildlife employees will not trap and relocate bears, because this would simply relocate the problem, rather than solve it. The solution is to modify habits, such as how you feed your pet(s) or where you stor
Wednesday, April 7, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9258)/Comments (0)/

Commission, Partners Opening Eagle Observation Platform

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 7, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Hope Audubon Society to open a wildlife observation platform – where viewers can spot eagles, ducks and other wildlife – at Jordan Lake. The Commission and its partners will celebrate the opening with a ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. April 18 at the site, off Martha’s Chapel Road in Chatham County. After that, it will be open to the public for wildlife viewing. The event will feature a nature hike to the platform, which overlooks the lake. A wetland area – prime habitat for salamanders and frogs – is nearby. Spotting scopes will be set up to view eagles and other birds, and participants can see songbirds, salamanders and native plants during the brief hike from the parking lot to the viewing platform. Representatives from the Commission, New Hope Audubon Society and Army Corps of Engi
Tuesday, April 6, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (12530)/Comments (0)/

2010 Area Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments Set

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set the schedule for the annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments for 2010. Nine district-level competitions will be held across the state in coming weeks, with hundreds of middle school and high school students taking part. Winning teams will advance to a state championship tournament in April. The 2010 District Tournament schedule is: District 1 (north coastal) – Saturday, March 27 at Eastern 4-H Center, Columbia District 2 (mid-coastal) – Saturday, March 13 at Camp Boddie, near Chocowinity District 3 (eastern Piedmont) – Saturday, March 27 at Old Hickory Gun Club, Rocky Mount District 4 (south coastal) – Wednesday, March 3 at Coharie Shooting Range near Clinton District 5 (central Piedmont) – Saturday, March 27 at Alamance Wildlife Club, Graham District 6 (western Piedmont) – Saturday, March 20 at Camp Barnhardt near Bad
Monday, February 15, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11010)/Comments (0)/

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