New Wildlife Officers Graduate from N.C. Justice Academy

SALEMBURG, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2010) – On August 26, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed 15 new wildlife officers into the ranks of the Division of Law Enforcement, with the mission to enforce game, fish and boating laws and to protect the resources of the state and the safety of its citizens. The officers and their hometowns and counties are: Brandon Barbee, Richfield, Stanly County Tyler Campbell, Catawba, Catawba County Brandon Coffey, Granite Falls, Caldwell County Justin Covil, Lynn, Polk County Dustin Ethridge, Morganton, Burke County Dee Hubbard, Granite Falls, Caldwell County Branden Jones, Saluda, Polk County Michael King, Asheboro, Randolph County William Parrish, Clinton, Sampson County Michael Paxinos, Pikeville, Wayne County Carson Rogers, Hendersonville, Henderson County Andrew Smith, Lansing, Ashe County Kyle Van Althuis, Sherburne, N.Y. Jamie D. Wood, Wallace, Duplin County Johnny Young Jr., Linwood, Davidson County Recru
Sunday, August 29, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (16695)/Comments (0)/


RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved the peregrine season at its Aug. 25 meeting. The season for permitted take begins Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 20, and is restricted to that portion of North Carolina east of U.S. Hwy. 17. North Carolina resident and nonresident falconers can now apply for a permit for the live take of a peregrine falcon for use in falconry. The application, which includes permit requirements and deadline information, can be downloaded here, or by visiting and clicking on “Permit Hunting Opportunities.” Then scroll down to the "Peregrine Falcon Permit Application 2010" link. The application is also available for purchase by calling 1-888-248-6834. Falconers are required to provide their federal falconry permit number at the time of application. The deadline for mail-in applications is Sept. 2 and for telephone applications, Sept. 6, with the permit draw a
Wednesday, August 25, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (12392)/Comments (0)/

New Striped Bass Regulation on Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake Now In Effect through Sept. 30

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2010) – As of Aug. 1, there is no longer a minimum size limit for striped bass at Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake from June 1 through Sept. 30, although the four-fish daily creel limit still applies. From Oct. 1 through May 31, the striped bass regulation will remain a four-fish daily creel limit with a 20-inch minimum size limit. The new regulation, approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in March, allows anglers fishing Lake Gaston to harvest striped bass that otherwise might not survive if caught and released during the summer. Research indicates catch-and-release mortality of adult striped bass is high when water temperatures exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In previous years, striped bass anglers on Lake Gaston typically would catch and release many stripers until they caught four that exceeded the 20-inch minimum length limit. The catch-and-release practice had an unintended effect of killing some of the released striped bas
Sunday, August 22, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (18240)/Comments (0)/

Wildlife Officers Urge 'Boat Safe, Boat Sober' on Labor Day Holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2010) – The Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah for summer and one of the busiest times on waterways in North Carolina. To make it a safe holiday, wildlife officers with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are urging everyone to “boat safe, boat sober.” Throughout the Labor Day holiday, wildlife officers will be on patrol across the state to enforce boating regulations and conduct vessel safety inspections, in an effort to help minimize the risk of accidents. “We will concentrate on getting the impaired boat operator off the water,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Alcohol is a factor in over 20 percent of boating fatalities.” Operating a recreational vessel while under the influence of an impairing substance or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against the law. The maximum penalty is $1,000 fine and possible jail. In additi
Wednesday, August 18, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9442)/Comments (0)/

Youth Hunts a Great Opportunity to Mentor a Novice

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 19, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has dozens of opportunities in the 2010-11 season for mentors to take a youth hunting. This season’s Permit Hunting Opportunities include unique opportunities such as hunting deer in the Mountain Island State Forest or hunting waterfowl at the Currituck Sound. Youth hunts are for new hunters younger than 16 accompanied by a licensed adult. Youth/adult hunts allow the adult and youth to hunt together as a party. "Our youth and youth/adult permit hunts are an excellent opportunity to mentor a new hunter this season," said Deet James. "And, now is the perfect time to become a hunting mentor by signing up for our "Hats On!" mentoring campaign.” Hunters who sign up to mentor a novice – youth or adult – will receive a free hat and bumper sticker. The campaign registration period ends Nov. 1, and supplies are limited. For more informat
Wednesday, August 18, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10855)/Comments (0)/