North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

N.C. Wildlife News Brief - November 22, 2013

Wildlife Commission Requests Assistance in Investigation of Illegal Killing of Red Wolves

Along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wildlife Commission continues to investigate the suspected illegal shooting death of a sixth red wolf in the past four weeks in eastern North Carolina. The Wildlife Commission urges anyone with information to call Wildlife Officer Robert Wayne at 212-216-8225 or the toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-662-7137. Up to $26,000 in rewards is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. More


Vote Bryan Perry for NWTF National Board of Directors

Bryan Perry, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is running for the NWTF National Board of Directors.  Ballots can be found in the current Nov/Dec issue of Turkey Country magazine. Ballots have to be in no later than Jan. 6th. Learn more about the organization.


Public Hearings Start Jan. 7, 2014

The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual public hearings for proposed changes in wildlife and fisheries management rules begin Jan. 7. Nine public hearings will be held across the state and the Wildlife Commission encourages anyone who is interested in the management of fish and wildlife in North Carolina to attend. Public hearings allow the agency to inform the public and interested parties about proposed regulations, and allow the public to provide comments about the proposals. receive their input. View complete schedule.




Skip the Long Lines and Shop Online this Holiday Season

The N.C.Wild Store has lots of terrific gifts for that special someone on your holiday gift giving list. Some of our most popular items are the 2014 Wildlife Calendar, a gift certificate to the spring 2014 Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend and the and the new American Kestrel T-shirt that benefits the Wildlife Diversity Program. To guarantee USPS delivery by Dec. 24, order by Dec. 10,except for calendars, which need to be ordered by Dec. 6.


Wildlife Commission Forms Partnership for Construction of Public Shooting Range

The Wildlife Commission and Cleveland County have formed a partnership to build a state-of-the-art shooting facility near Shelby for use by the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement. More


Rabbit Season Opens Saturday

Rabbit hunting season gets underway Saturday, Nov. 23. The season lasts through Feb.28, 2014.

The daily limit is 5 and there are no possession or season limits.

Box-trapping season for rabbits is Nov. 23, 2013 - Feb. 28, 2014.


Wildlife Commission Seeking Bear Teeth

Help the Wildlife Commission monitor the black bear population and receive a blaze orange baseball hat —free. If you harvest a bear, contact our field wildlife staff so they can collect the upper premolar teeth (behind the canines) and other information. If you don’t know your local wildlife biologist, call: M-F, 8 to 5: 919-707-0050
After 5 and weekends: 919-707-0050, leave message. Or call 800-662-7137, ask to be placed in contact with field wildlife staff.





Wildlife Commission Opens New Boating Access Area in Shallotte

The Wildlife Commission’s newest boating access  area, the Brick Landing Boating Access Area located in Brunswick County, has two 15-foot wide boat ramps, a floating dock, and a paved parking lot with 23 boat trailer spaces and five single-vehicle spaces, of which two are handicapped accessible.  The area provides access to the Intracoastal Waterway, including the Shallotte River and all of its tributaries. More.






Wildlife Commission Reminds Waterfowl Hunters to be Careful on the Water

The Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to practice both boating safety and hunting safety. Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds.  More


Wildlife Diversity Program Quarterly Update is Now Online

Biologists in the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program conserve  and protect nongame wildlife and their habitats through a variety of survey and monitoring programs, species management and habitat conservation or restoration projects. Check out the Wildlife Diversity Program's latest quarterly report, featuring Carolina northern flying squirrel habitat enhancement, wetland habitat enhancement for gopher frogs, the latest information on the Green Growth Tool Box, mapping of Bachman's sparrows and much more!








Are you good at identifying North Carolina wildlife? Are you on Facebook? If you answered "Yes!" to both of those questions, be sure to "like" the Wildlife Commission's Facebook page where you can test your wildlife identification skills by playing the weekly "What is it Wednesday?" game, see wildlife photos submitted by other Facebook followers, get the latest information on hunting, fishing and trapping seasons and limits, as well as information about regulations, fishing and boating access area openings and much more!



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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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