2017 Striped Bass Season on Roanoke Rivers Opens March 1

The Wildlife Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30. The daily creel limit within the Management Area is two striped bass per angler. The minimum length limit is 18 inches, and no striped bass between 22 and 27 inches can be possessed at any time. Only one striped bass larger than 27 inches can be included in the daily creel limit. More

Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Closed to Fishing March 1-31

The Wildlife Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 1. While fishing is closed, Commission personnel will stock all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters in preparation for opening day. More

Wildlife Commission Sets Regulations for 2017-18 Seasons

On Feb. 16, the Wildlife Commission approved 38 of 39 proposed rule changes related to wildlife management, fisheries, game lands and law enforcement for the 2017-18 seasons.   Aug. 1, 2017 is the effective date for regulations.   More


Statewide Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments Set for March

The Wildlife Commission has set the schedule for the annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournaments, where more than 4,000 students will compete in events including shotgun, archery, rifle and orienteering. 2017 schedule by state wildlife district


Black Bear Public Forums to be Held in March

The Commission will hold five public forums (dates and locations) to gather input regarding coastal bear management. Up for discussion are options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units presented in (See Bear Forum Presentation). For more information, email ryan.kennemur@ncwildlife.org.

Candid Critter Camera Trap Survey Needs Your Help

Interested in learning about wildlife in your own backyard? Check out the March/April Wildlife in North Carolina article about the N.C. Candid Critters camera trap survey (launching statewide on March 1) and visit www.nccandidcritters.org to sign up!

Ladies-Only Weekend Workshop to be Held March 31-April 2 in Wilkes County

The Wildlife Commission is hosting the 20th annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Weekend Workshop on March 31-April 2 at the YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge in Wilkes County. Women 18 and older can choose from more than 30 outdoor-related courses during the 3-day weekend. More

See a Wildlife Violation? Call NC WildTip.

The Wildlife Commission’s Turn-in-Poachers program allows concerned citizens to report information on wildlife violations. People who report suspicious activity or provide knowledge related to wildlife poaching violations that results in a conviction could be rewarded. Rewards range from $100 to $1,000, depending on the severity of the crime and the fines assessed by the court.  More

Wildlife Commission Seeks Information in Bald Eagle Shooting Death in Chatham County

The Wildlife Commission is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of a bald eagle on Feb. 6 in Chatham County. The eagle was found on Siler City-Glendon Road near Harper’s Cross Roads. More

Family Fishing Fiesta Set for April 8 at Jordan Lake State Park

The Wildlife Commission and N.C. State Parks are hosting a free Family Fishing Fiesta on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jordan Lake State Park in Chatham County. Participants can enjoy bank fishing, plus over a dozen hands-on activities and demonstrations. Event schedule, map and more

Space Still Available for Wild Turkey Hunting Seminars Starting 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, registratation and schedule

Other News

The Wildlife Commission Will Hold Public Hearing on No-Wake Zones in Pender and Perquimans Counties Feb. 28

The Wildlife Commission Will Hold Public Hearing on Clay County No-Wake Zone Request Feb. 28

Fly-Fishing Workshop for Women Scheduled for March 11 in Fayetteville

Fourth Annual Fly-Tying Event in Fayetteville Scheduled for March 4