North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

N.C. Wildlife News Brief - Feb. 19, 2013

Spring Turkey Season Includes Youth Week

The2013 spring turkey season has changed to allow for a longer youth turkey season in which adults can accompany more than one youth.

The youth-only season will be open from the first Saturday in April — April 6 this year — to the following Friday, April12. An adult can accompany more than one youth during this Spring Youth-Only Wild Turkey Season. The adult must be near the youth. The bag limit for the entire week is one bird.Read more.


NCWRC Launches Online Calendar

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched an online Outdoor Calendar – a one-stop place for information on agency meetings, boat ramp and game land openings and closings, trout stocking dates, outdoor events hosted by the Commission, as well as events hosted by other organizations wherethe Commission has a presence. Find information and register online for classes and workshops at the Commission’s four education centers and Hunter Education courses across the state.


Striped Bass Season Opens March 1

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound,including the Cashie, Middle and Eastmost rivers. More information.  Need a boat ramp on the Roanoke? Find one.


Attention Rabbit Hunters

A rabbit hunter in eastern North Carolina recently tested positive for tularemia, also commonly called rabbit fever. Another rabbit hunter in the same party also became ill and it is suspected he also has tularemia. Both hunters appear to be recovering, but this serves as an important reminder to all rabbit hunters to learn more about tularemia and how to take precautions to prevent contracting the disease


Bear Creek Lake Boating Access Area Open

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Bear Creek Boating Access Area and it is now open to the public.

The refurbished site, on Bear Creek Lake in Jackson County, features two 14-foot wide, 90-footlong ramps. The bottom elevation of the ramps is 88 feet, so boaters can launch when the lake levels are low in the winter. A normal full level in the summer for Bear Creek Lake is 100 feet, but in winter it can drop to 91 feet. More information.The Commission operates more than 200 Boating Access Areas across the state. Find them, along with an updated list of ongoing renovations and closures, here.


Wildlife Commission Supports Linville Gorge Fire

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is joining other agencies andorganizations in supporting the use of prescribed fire in the Linville GorgeWilderness Area and adjacent National Forest System lands.

The WildlifeCommission supports a proposal the U.S Forest Service is considering to useprescribed fire on nearly 16,000 acres in and near the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on the Grandfather Ranger District. Read why


Waterfowl Conservation Print and Stamp Unveiled

Have you seen it yet? Learn about the print, the artist and where to buy in our press release


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At one time endangered and on the brink of extinction, bald eagles and peregrine falcons today soar high in our Carolina blue skies thanks in part to the work of Wildlife Diversity Program biologists. These biologists conduct projects and programs on behalf of nongame and endangered wildlife — animals that are not hunted and fished. Their efforts on behalf of nongame and endangered wildlife are funded significantly through donations, such as the N.C. State Income Tax Check-off. Other ways you can donate to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s efforts to keep the Tarheel state wild for generations to come can be found here