North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

N.C. Wildlife News Brief - July 31, 2014

New Duck E-Stamp Available Electronically on Aug. 1

Beginning Aug. 1, waterfowl hunters in North Carolina will have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically. The new “Duck E-Stamp,” which goes into effect on Aug. 1, allows the Wildlife Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase. More


New Wildlife License Fees Go into Effect Aug. 1

Several changes to North Carolina’s hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses will go into effect Aug. 1. Changes include: a new bear mgmt. e-stamp; increased fees for certain short-term, annual and nonresident lifetime licenses; new eligibility requirements for senior licenses; and elimination of county licenses. More


Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in North Carolina

After a recently completed statewide survey, the Wildlife Commission concluded that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a transmissible and fatal neurological disease of deer and elk, was not detected in the state. This is great news because CWD can devastate populations of cervids — the family of mammals that includes white-tailed deer, elk, mule deer and moose. The survey, which started in 2013 and continued through earlier this year, comprised more than 3,800 free-ranging deer and elk. More

Spot a Turkey? Let Us Know!

The Wildlife Commission is asking the public to enter sightings of any turkeys they see into an online database, until Aug.  31. The information gives biologists an indication of annual wild turkey productivity, gobbler carryover and other populations trends — all of which help the Commission manage the state’s turkey population. To participate, volunteers should use the online survey link on the Wildlife Commission’s website.

Wildlife Commission Sets Migratory Bird Seasons

Waterfowl hunters can find season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal on the Wildlife Commission’s website. Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and added the remaining extra days to late November and early December.


2014-2015 N.C. Regulations Digest Now Available

Get ready for the 2014-2015 hunting, inland fishing and trapping seasons by downloading the 2014-2015 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which is now available and may be viewed online.


"Step Away from the 'Gator" — Do Not Feed or Harass Alligators

Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer. Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. More

National Hunting & Fishing Day Events Scheduled for Sept. 27

Join us on Sept. 27 as we celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina. The Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting or supporting family-oriented events across the state that highlight North Carolina’s extraordinary hunting and fishing heritage and wildlife conservation efforts through the years. Visit our National Hunting and Fishing webpage for more details and to find an event near you.

Battling Boat Ramp Buzzards

The Wildlife Commission is asking for the public’s assistance in helping reduce the presence of buzzards, also known as vultures, at boat ramps. Anglers should not leave behind unused bait, fish guts and fish carcasses at boat ramps, including the nearby waterways. Anglers should also carry out their own trash.  More


Wildlife Diversity Kestrel T-shirt Available at Neuse Sport Shop

The Wildlife Commission received 700 kestrel T-shirts last fall, generously donated to our agency’s Wildlife Diversity Program by Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston, which is also selling these shirts. The 100% cotton T-shirt features the Wildlife Commission’s official logo and an American kestrel on the front. Images of every Wildlife in North Carolina button produced by our award-winning magazine staff adorn the back.

This is the only Wildlife Commission apparel available to the public featuring our agency’s distinctive Wildlife diamond logo.

Adult shirts ($15) available in light silver, and children’s shirts ($12) available in sky blue, from Neuse Sport Shop.

Other News

Wildlife Commission Opens New Fishing Access Area on Uwharrie River

Volunteers Needed for Butterfly Count on Sandy Mush Game Land

Landowners Invited to Invasive Species Workshop

North Carolina Boasts Top Wildlife Magazine and A Success Story

Wildlife Commission Hosts Falconry Apprentice Workshop in Raleigh

Wildlife Commission Presents Angler with Lifetime Fishing License

Wildlife Commission Renovates Troy Boating Access Area

Wildlife Commission Fish Attractor Study Receives National Award

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Help keep North Carolina wild when completing a N.C. State Income tax form this taxseason by donating to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. Your donation will help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conduct research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits animals not hunted or fished —animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders, frogs, turtles and bats.

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