Commission Seeking Input on Waterfowl Seasons

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2010) – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting citizens to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on the Commission’s website beginning next week. Regular waterfowl seasons begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans. Beginning next week, citizens can comment on proposed dates for the seasons, by going to and clicking on “Regular Waterfowl Season Comments.” Public comments will be accepted until Aug. 16. The Commission’s website,, will also provide the federal frameworks from which seasons may be selected, a direct link to a map of North Carolina’s Canada goose hunt zones, and a link to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2010 Status of Waterfowl video. For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, vi
Thursday, July 29, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10097)/Comments (0)/

2010-2011 Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Regulations Digest Available Online Aug. 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 29, 2010)  - The North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the 2010-2011 seasons will be available online at on Aug. 1. Hardcopies of the digest will be available in mid-August from wildlife service agents, many of which are located in bait and tackle shops and larger sporting good stores.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10985)/Comments (0)/

South Mills Angler Wins Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 27, 2010) — At only 7 years old, Curtis Markham is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish and now, thanks to Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, Curtis will be able to hunt and fish in North Carolina without ever purchasing a license. Curtis, who is from South Mills, was one of three young anglers to take home lifetime licenses as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 46 kids’ “Fish for Fun events,” which were held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2010. He won the grand prize, a unified lifetime sportsman/coastal recreational fishing license, valued at $450. Curtis’ license gives him statewide hunting privileges, including hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and waterfowl hunting, as well as fishing privileges in all public waters from the mountains to the coast. Curtis’ love for the outdoors began at age 3 after his uncles took him fishing for
Tuesday, July 27, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11273)/Comments (0)/

Crossbow Hunting Allowed, Rules for Crossbow Purchase Unchanged

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2010) – Use of crossbows in North Carolina is now considered a legal hunting method that may be used by licensed hunters anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed. This change in hunting regulations has prompted an increase in crossbow sales. What has not changed are the requirements for legally purchasing a crossbow in North Carolina [reference state statutes N.C.G.S. 14-402, N.C.G.S. 14-403. State law requires that anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina first obtain a pistol permit from the sheriff’s office in their county of residence or hold a valid concealed handgun permit. Questions about obtaining pistol permits and issuance of concealed handgun permits should be directed to the local sheriff’s department. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission does not regulate the sale or purchase of firearms and crossbows.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (23300)/Comments (0)/

Commission Seeking Small Game Award Nominations

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 21, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has extended the deadline for nominations for its annual Diedrick Small Game award. Nominations for this year’s award are due August 31. The awards are given to an individual and an organization whose actions significantly and positively impact North Carolina’s small game populations, including Northern bobwhite, ruffed grouse, squirrel, and rabbit. Winners receive a plaque and formal recognition at the October Commission meeting and appreciation for their efforts on behalf of North Carolina small game wildlife species. In the individual category, past award winners were landowners who improved and integrated small game habitat into their forestry or farming operations. In the organization category, past award winners included corporations, government agencies, and non-government organizations whose actions improved small game habitat. Past organizational winners included Pe
Tuesday, July 20, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10334)/Comments (0)/