North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

N.C. Wildlife News Brief - September 25, 2014

Delayed-Harvest Trout Waters in WNC Open Oct. 1

The Wildlife Commission is implementing delayed-harvest regulations on 33 trout waters on Oct. 1. Before Oct. 1, hatchery-supported regulations apply to these waters. Under delayed-harvest regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after sunset on June 5, 2015. No natural bait is allowed, and anglers can fish only with single-hook, artificial lures. An artificial lure is defined as a fishing lure that neither contains nor has been treated with any substance that attracts fish by the sense of taste or smell. More


Free, Family-Friendly Outdoor Events Scheduled for Sept. 27

The Wildlife Commission is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 27 at 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.


New Conservation License Plate Available 

Order the Native Brook Trout License Plate and help the Wildlife Commission fund habitat protection for brook trout as well as public access to brook trout waters in North Carolina. All of the proceeds from the sale of this plate will be used for brook trout habitat and fishing access. The final design will be very similar to the prototype pictured here. The Wildlife Commission needs a minimum of 500 paid applications by July 1, 2015 for this plate to be produced.

Learn more about the plate or place an order by visiting  the Commission’s native brook trout license plate page, or print the application (PDF).

Keep Up to Date on Proposed Shooting Ranges with New Web Page

As part of its mission to provide shooting opportunities to the public, the Wildlife Commission is constructing shooting ranges across the state. The new Proposed Shooting Range web page provides up-to-date information on the shooting ranges currently proposed or under construction.

Come Visit the Wildlife Commission at the Raleigh State Fair

The Wildlife Commission’s exhibit at the State Fair in Raleigh, Oct. 16-26, will highlight the many outdoor opportunities the agency offers — from hunting and fishing to boating and wildlife watching. The always-popular air rifle range will provide visitors with an opportunity to test their shooting skills. New this year are displays celebrating North Carolina wildlife. A tundra swan exhibit showcases the seasonal abundance of swans in the coastal region, and an elk display, complete with a full-body mount of a bull elk, highlights the growing elk herd in WNC.  Visitors can pick up a free button, as well as a copy of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine. Free ball caps are available with subscription purchase. Visitors also can purchase this year’s wildlife T-shirt, which features a tundra swan. More


Bob Curry and Robert Newsome Honored with Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards

Bob Curry, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Inland Fisheries Division, was honored as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year and Wildlife Officer Robert Newsome, of Marion, was honored as Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during the 51st annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet on Sept. 6.

The awards are presented annually by the N.C. Wildlife Federation and recognize individuals who have an unwavering commitment to conservation and an uncommon determination to safeguard the state’s natural resources. Awards winners are nominated by the public and selected by a committee of scientists, environmental educators and conservation activists. The awards were presented first in 1958. More


Hunter Mentor Seminar Scheduled for Sept. 25 in Pisgah Forest

Want to help hunter recruitment and retention in North Carolina? Attend a Wildlife Commission’s hunter mentor seminar in Pisgah Forest tonight. Attendees at this free seminar 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

2015 Wildlife Calendar Now Available

The 2015 North Carolina Wildlife Calendar is now available. The calendar features outstanding wildlife art with profiles of each artist, fishing days and moon phase information, a detailed almanac and a variety of other information. Each calendar costs $9. Quantity discount pricing available. Purchase one at the N.C. WildStore.


Other News

Wildlife Commission Issues Archery Hunting Safety Reminders

Hearings Set for Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits Proposal

Wildlife Commission Receives Federal Grant to Conserve Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers

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Learn About North Carolina's Wildlife

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Donate on N.C. State Tax Income Form to Keep N.C. Wild

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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