Wildlife Commission Repairing Caswell Dam

RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 8, 2010) – Workers from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are repairing an aging dam on High Rock Pond on the R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Lands in preparation for opening a Public Fishing Area. The work includes removing the old water-control structure that had deteriorated and started to leak. Workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services and Division of Inland Fisheries are cutting into the dam and adding a more substantial structure that should give better results by cradling a 12 inch PVC pipe in concrete.  When the dam is complete, High Rock Pond, which is just off Stephentown Road in Yanceyville, will be refilled. Photo and video opportunities include workers from the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services working on the dam at High Rock Pond. Call Dean Barbee at (704) 467-0845 or Carolyn Rickard (919) 707-0124 for more information. For more information on fishing in North
Tuesday, December 7, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9411)/Comments (0)/

New Spotted Seatrout Regulations to Take Effect

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Nov. 23, 2010) – New regulations for spotted seatrout will go into effect Nov. 30 for recreational and commercial fishermen in North Carolina coastal waters. The recreational bag limit for spotted seatrout will decrease from 10 fish to six fish per person per day. No more than two of the six fish may be greater than 24 inches in length. The current 14-inch minimum size limit will remain in effect. Commercial harvest of spotted seatrout (possession and sale) will be prohibited year-round from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. The current 14-inch minimum size limit will remain in effect. The coastal regulations are required to meet harvest reductions needed for the recovery of an overfished spotted seatrout stock. In inland waters, under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the minimum size limit will remain at 12-inches and the bag limit at 10 fish per person per day for the 2010-2011 fishing season. The m
Monday, November 22, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (12911)/Comments (0)/

Nominations Sought for 2011 Wildlife Conservation Award

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations through Jan. 30 for the sixth annual Thomas L. Quay Award.   The award, the Commission’s most prestigious, recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in North Carolina and who are considered leaders in wildlife resources conservation.  Anyone interested in nominating someone for the award must submit a nomination form and a detailed explanation of the nominee’s contributions to wildlife conservation. The explanation is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font.) Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator. Download the nomination form and submit nominations by: E-mail to martha.homovec@ncwildlife.org; Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Manageme
Monday, November 15, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10160)/Comments (0)/

Commission Adopts 2011-12 Regulations

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved proposed changes to the state’s hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. Following a process of reviewing public comments received online, by letter and at nine public hearings across the state, the Commission voted on the proposed regulation changes at its Nov. 4 meeting. The proposals presented at the public hearings were adopted by the Commission with a few minor changes, which included: Clarifying language in rules that define various types of traps and trapping equipment. In response to public comment, changing the times and adding limited months into a rule that will create a class of roads on game lands that are open only from 5 am to 10 pm during the months of June, July and August. These roads shall be posted with the opening and closing times. Approving an adjustment to the downstream boundary of the Delayed Harvest portion of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson Cou
Monday, November 8, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9841)/Comments (0)/

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Schedules Special Public Hearings

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled three hearings in early December to gather public input on a proposed rule that would give the agency’s Executive Director the authority to implement an emergency response plan in the event of a wildlife disease outbreak that threatens irreparable injury to wildlife or the public. The proposed rule implements the emergency powers authorized by the General Assembly and written into state statute. It would be effective March 1, if approved by the Wildlife Commissioners at their January business meeting. The emergency response plan would be developed in consultation with the Governor’s office and the State Veterinarian, as required by statute, and would allow the Commission to quickly regulate public activities in order to contain the disease. The emergency response plan would be effective for 90 days following the Commission’s determination that a disease
Monday, November 8, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10257)/Comments (0)/