North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

N.C. Wildlife News Brief - August 29, 2014

Dove Hunting Season Begins Monday, Sept. 1

Dove hunting season opens on Monday, Sept. 1. Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. More


Eastern North Carolina Red Wolf Population Under Review

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a contract to conduct a review of the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population to the Wildlife Management Institute. Read the Service’s full release.

Anyone interested in providing comments, concerns or information regarding the Eastern North Carolina non-essential, experimental red wolf population and the program evaluation can send an email to  Also, the Wildlife Management Institute is conducting a brief voluntary online survey that does not require personal identifiable information. Interested individuals may submit input to either or both. Take the survey.


Linda Pearsall Receives Prestigious Wildlife Conservation Award

Linda Pearsall, the former director of the N.C. Natural Heritage Program, received one of the Wildlife Commission’s most prestigious awards on Thursday, the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award. The award is presented annually to people who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in the state and who are considered leaders in wildlife conservation. Pearsall spent more than two decades as director of the NCNHP before retiring in Feb. She is well known for her ability to forge partnerships that have accrued long-lasting wildlife conservation benefits to North Carolina. More

Wildlife Commission Sets Waterfowl Season, Bag Limits, Other Limits

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons. Read the news release for the 2014-15 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30.

Come Visit the Wildlife Commission at the Mountain State Fair

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the Mountain State Fair next week will have fun and educational exhibits for everyone in the family to enjoy.  The fair, which will be open Sept. 5-14, is located in Fletcher in Henderson County, just west of Asheville. The Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Activities include magnetic "fishing pond," and a Nerf-style archery game for kids, and exhibits on trout fishing, Carolina northern flying squirrels and boater safety. More


National Hunting & Fishing Day Events Scheduled for Sept. 27

The Wildlife Commission is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 27 by hosting or supporting eight family-friendly events throughout the state. The events are free with the exception of two Greenwing fishing events. Activities vary from event to event but include air rifle shooting, archery, fishing, outdoor cooking, identifying insects, lure making, beekeeping, dog retriever demonstrations and much more! Visit our National Hunting and Fishing webpage for more details and to find an event near you.



Free Hunter Mentor Seminars Scheduled for September

Want to help hunter recruitment and retention in North Carolina? Attend one of the Wildlife Commission’s hunter mentor seminars, scheduled across the state in September. Attendees at these free seminars will learn why hunter recruitment and retention are important, hear personal accounts, tips and suggestions from experienced mentors, and learn about social networking for connecting with other hunters. More.

Public Hearings Set for Proposed Changes to Captive Cervid Program

On Aug. 28, the Wildlife Commission voted to initiate temporary rule-making to make changes to the captive cervid program.  Two public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed changes, one on Oct. 7 in Statesville and one on Oct. 14 in Raleigh. Read the proposed rule changes.

Boating and Driving Safety Campaign Underway this Labor Day Weekend

The Wildlife Commission reminds anyone getting behind the wheel of a car or a boat, to “think before they drink and have a designated driver for the water and the road.” The message is part of the ongoing “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign, which continues through the Labor Day weekend and is a multi-agency initiative designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months. More


Wildlife Diversity Quarterly Report Online

Learn more about the work Wildlife Commission staff is conducting on behalf of nongame wildlife and their habitas by reading the latest Wildlife Diversity Program quarterly report. Biologists in the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program conserve and promote nongame wildlife and their habitats through a variety of survey and monitoring programs, species management and habitat conservation or restoration projects. More than 1,000 nongame species call North Carolina home, and include common animals such as songbirds, as well as rare and endangered species, like sea turtles.


Save Time. Go Online.

Spend more time in the field and on the water by going online for your hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and permits. You also can  view the 2014-2015 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest or order a copy to be delivered to your door.



Last Chance! Kestrel Shirt Headed to the Vault

The official Wildlife Commission kestrel T-shirt will go into the vault at the end of September, so this is your last chance to buy this handsome, 100% cotton T-shirt featuring the Wildlife Commission’s official logo and the state’s smallest raptor. The back of the shirt showcases all of the wildlife buttons created by Wildlife in North Carolina magazine since 1981. Purchase shirts in all sizes from Neuse Sport Shop.


Other News

Caswell Game Land Shooting Range Now Open to Public

Charlotte Girl Reels in State Record Green Sunfish

North Carolina Team is Tops at National Youth Hunter Education Challenge

Deer Hunting Seminars Scheduled for Raleigh in September

Wildlife Commission Opens New Fishing Access Area at Farmer Lake

Wildlife Commission Recommends Tree Stand Safety Before and During Hunting Season

Wildlife Commission Offers Special-Opportunity Hunts to Youths

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