Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council Members Sworn In

Eleven members of the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council were sworn in on April 14 during a meeting held at the Wildlife Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh. The council, which was created as part of the Outdoor Heritage Act, advises state agencies and General Assembly on promoting outdoor recreational activities, including, but not limited to, fishing, horseback riding, camping, hiking, bird watching, swimming and hunting. Among the guest speakers at the council’s inaugural meeting were Gov. Pat McCrory, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, and Rep. Jimmy Dixon who sponsored the act, which was signed into law by McCrory July 8, 2015, and went into effect Oct. 1, 2015.  More

2016-17 Webless Migratory Bird Seasons Set

The Wildlife Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2016-17 waterfowl, webless migratory game bird (including doves) and extended falconry seasons. Several significant changes to waterfowl hunting seasons and guidelines have occurred, specifically those relating to sea duck hunting, brant season and youth waterfowl participation. This is also the first year of a new regulatory schedule implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which considers all migratory bird season at once, and doesn’t divide them into early and late seasons. More

Two Temporary Black Bear Hunting Rules Approved 

The Wildlife Commission approved two temporary black bear hunting rules at its board meeting on April 14. The first temporary rule will move the black bear hunting seasons in Brunswick and Columbus counties to the second Monday in November through Jan. 1. The second temporary rule, which was amended, will extend the time that bears can be taken with the aid of unprocessed food as bait to the entire open season with the exception of the western part of the state. The Wildlife Commission will allow baiting for the first segment of the western bear season (Oct. 17 – Nov. 19), but not at all during the second segment (Dec. 12 – Jan. 2). More

Striped Bass Harvest Season on the Roanoke River Closes April 30

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers that the entire Roanoke River Management Area will close to striped bass harvest on April 30, as scheduled by regulation. 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.

Commission biologists project the harvest quota of 68,750 pounds for the Roanoke River Management Area will be met by April 30. Staff monitor harvest throughout the season by interviewing anglers at boating access areas throughout the Roanoke River Management Area. More

Report a Tagged Fish for Recapture Rewards 

The Wildlife Commission and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) are tagging striped bass, and DMF is tagging spotted seatrout, red drum and southern flounder to improve management of these species. Anglers who catch a tagged fish are asked to cut off the tag and report it online or call 1-800-682-2632. When reporting the fish, please provide the date, location, tag number, length of fish, and gear used for capture. Recapture rewards and information about your tagged fish will be offered with any tag return. More

Foothills Public Shooting Complex in Cherryville Now Open

The new Foothills Public Shooting Complex, located at 283 Fielding Road in Cherryville, is now open. Operating hours are: March-October, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday-Saturday, and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday; November-February, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The range is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The range has a 250-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap courses and a 3D archery course. The facility is open to the  public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use. A daily pass for the range is $10. More

Turkey Hunters Must Adhere to Baiting Regulations 

With turkey season ending on May 7, 2016, the Wildlife Commission continues to remind hunters that it is unlawful to take wild birds with the use or aid of bait, which includes any grain, fruit or other bait. Additionally no wild turkey may be taken from an area in which bait has been placed until 10 days after the bait has been consumed or otherwise removed. More turkey hunting regulations

Later Gator: Wildlife Commission Advises Public to Leave Alligators Alone

As sightings of alligators become more numerous in North Carolina, the Wildlife Commission offers tips on how to co-exist peacefully with these large reptiles. Leaving it alone is the easiest and most effective way to avoid conflicts with alligators. Never feed an alligator – it is illegal and it can cause the animal to lose its natural instinct to avoid humans.  More tips and regulations

Haywood County Resident David Palmer Receives Small Game Award

David Palmer, of Haywood County, received the annual Lawrence G. Diedrick Small Game Award, on April 14 at the Wildlife Commission’s board meeting in Raleigh. The award recognizes individuals whose contributions aid wildlife that depend on early successional habitat. Palmer received the award for creating early successional habitat on family-owned property, participating in the Community Protection Program with the N.C. Forest Service and for providing land management training opportunities to community college students. More

Wildlife Commission Hosting 13 Outdoors Programs in Brevard in May

Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather by attending one of 13 outdoors programs in May at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. Program range from fly fishing on the Davidson to photographing wildlife to practicing archery skills. All workshops are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-registration is required. More

Landowners Can Help Create Habitat for Declining Wildlife

Wildlife Commission biologists provide free technical advice and assistance to landowners interested in creating habitat for declining species, such as golden-winged warblers. Learn more

Bobcat T-shirts Still Available Get Yours Today!

The official N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission T-shirt this year features a bobcat and the agency’s distinctive diamond logo on the front and an enlarged image of the bobcat on the back. The beige, 100% cotton T-shirt comes in youth sizes ($12) and adult ($15). Available at Neuse Sport Shop. 

Other News

Lewiston Woodville Boating/Fishing Access Area on the Roanoke River Opens April 27

Wildlife Commission Offers Free Outdoor Cooking Workshop in June in Fayetteville

Wildlife Commission Offers Free Fly-Tying Course in Fayetteville in May

Wildlife Commission Reopens Cold Mountain Shooting Range

Officials Approve Plan to Curb Aquatic Nuisance Species in NC Waters

New Boating Access Area Open in Pamlico County