Help Conserve Wildlife: Donate on Line 30 of State Income Tax Form

With tax season here, the Wildlife Commission is asking taxpayers to help conserve North Carolina’s nongame and rare wildlife species by making a donation to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund on line 30 of their state income tax form. Learn more about the program and how to donate.

Calling All Turkey Hunters: Free Seminars in March

The Wildlife Commission, along with the National Wild Turkey Federation, is offering 14 free turkey hunting seminars across the state in March. Seminars will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., and are for novice and experienced turkey hunters. For topics, schedule and registration.

Photo Competition Winners Announced

The Wildlife Commission has announced the winners in its 12th Annual Wildlife in North Carolina magazine photo competition. Frank Ellison, of Clemmons, won the grand prize for his portrait of “One Eye” (above). The January/February issue features 40 winning photographs in 10 categories. View all winning photographs.


Reminder: Comment Period for 2017-18 Proposed Regulation Changes Closes Feb. 1

The Wildlife Commission conducted nine public hearings in January to gather comments on proposed changes to 39 agency regulations. The comment period closes at midnight on Feb. 1. Submit your comments online or email them to Read all proposed changes.


Burn Baby Burn: The Benefits of Prescribed Burns

If you see smoke near a Wildlife Commission game land this winter, chances are Commission staff is conducting a prescribed burn — the intentional burning of vegetation to restore and maintain wildlife habitat. Learn more about the benefits of prescribed burns. Watch the video: No Cause for Alarm: Prescribed Burns Benefit Wildlife and Habitat

Federal Officials Seek Help in Red Wolf Death Investigation

A federally protected red wolf was shot dead on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County in December. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for help in the investigation. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the successful prosecution in this case. More

Ladies: Learn How to Fly Fish at Workshop in Fayetteville on March 11

The Wildlife Commission is offering a women-only fly-fishing workshop for participants 18 and older at the Pechmann Center on March 11 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of fly fishing in the morning and go fishing in the afternoon. Preregistration is required and $20 fee covers rods, reels, equipment and lunch. Learn more and register.

Wildlife Diversity Award Nomination Period Ends Jan. 31

The last day to nominate someone for the Thomas Quay Wildlife Diversity Award is Jan. 31. The Wildlife Commission presents this award annually to people who provide leadership in the conservation of nongame wildlife in North Carolina. Learn more and nominate someone today.

Recipe of the Month: Chef Chad's Chili Mac

What better way to stay warm on a cold winter’s day than whipping up a quick-yet filling bowl of venison chili? Chef Chad’s Chili Mac recipe (Wild & Tasty video) is delicious and takes roughly 10 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of cooking. Full list of ingredients and detailed cooking instructions.


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Public Meeting to Discuss Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed to be Held Jan. 31