Free Kids' Fishing Events Scheduled for Late May, Early June

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
Sunday, May 8, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (8240)/Comments (0)/

Wildlife Commission Offers Tips on Coexisting With Black Bears

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 29, 2011) – As the weather warms, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering steps to avoid conflicts with black bears emerging from hibernation.   The Commission is cautioning people to take care not to feed bears that wander into yards, parks, onto sidewalks or in 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 they grow accustomed to feeding on human-provided foods, such as garbage and bird seed. Often, 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 store your garbage, before a problem begins. Residents can avoid problems by:
Thursday, April 28, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (8403)/Comments (0)/

Archery Workshop for Women of All Skill Levels

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27, 2011) – Women can learn or improve archery and bow hunting skills during a special weekend workshop offered June 3–5 by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. To be held at Howell Woods Environmental Center, east of Benson, the workshop is designed for all skill levels and is part of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. Archery equipment will be provided. Workshop participants will learn how to make a hunt plan, put together a survival kit, and organize a safe, successful hunt. Instructors will cover first aid, tree stand safety, how to use elevated stands and blinds, how to choose scents, lures and game calls, and how to select equipment. There will be a session for developing shot strategies, as well as plenty of target practice using 3-D targets. Because successful hunters must be prepared to recover game, the workshop will offer instruction in proper trailing techniques, as well as field dressing and moving big game. Overn
Tuesday, April 26, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9472)/Comments (0)/

Renovated Craven County Boat Ramp Now Open

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 21, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Spring Garden Boating Access Area, which is now open to the public. The site, on the Neuse River, has new docks and bulkhead and improvements to the parking lot. Workers also replaced a fishing pier. “This is one of four sites we have partnered with Craven County to renovate,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “Last year, we renovated Maple Cypress and Cool Springs and, in the future, we’ll be working on one more site in Craven County. We are grateful for this partnership that is allowing us to do the work on these sites.” Like all of the commission’s more than 200 public boating access areas, the Spring Garden ramp is free and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an in
Wednesday, April 20, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (12357)/Comments (0)/

Renovations to Northeast Cape Fear River Boating Access Area Complete

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 20, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Castle Hayne Boating Access Area, which is now open to the public. Renovations include a paved parking lot, new docks and ramps and a new fishing pier. The renovated site was paid for through funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts. “This popular fishing spot is always busy in the spring and summer,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This major renovation, including the addition of the fishing pier, will greatly benefit boaters and anglers headed to the Cape Fear in northeast New Hanover County.” For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of boating access areas, visit
Tuesday, April 19, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10910)/Comments (0)/