Hunting

Hunting, firearms and gun related activities especially those related to North Carolina and South Carolina.

Surf City steps out with Gun Safety Camps for kids

Surf City steps out with Gun Safety Camps for kids

SURF CITY, NC July 22, 2014 – Surf City Parks & Recreation is taking aim with two Gun Safety Camps for youths ages 9-14, with activities taking place within 15 hour course based at the Surf City Community Center. The camp dates are July 28 to August 1 and August 11 – 15. The camp beginning July 28 will run from 1 pm – 4 pm and the camp starting August 11 will run from 9 am to 12 Noon. The camps are being offered in cooperation with community partner Surf City Guns & Ammo, local law enforcement personnel and certified NRA instructors, Rachelle and Jeff Trout.  Specific visits from local law enforcement agencies and Pender County Sheriff’s Department are […]

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North Carolina Wildlife Commission Hosts Falconry Apprentice Workshop in Raleigh

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Hosts Falconry Apprentice Workshop in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC July 14, 2014 —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey, with strict state and federal requirements in place for ownership of a raptor and hunting with it. Participants at the workshop will learn about identification, anatomy and care of raptors, the history of falconry, bird training and falconry equipment. Live birds will be on hand. The N.C. Falconers Guild was founded in 1987 to assist and advance falconry and bird-of-prey issues through education and support. The Guild works to […]

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North Carolina Wildlife Commission Sets Migratory Game Bird Seasons

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Sets Migratory Game Bird Seasons

RALEIGH, NC July 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal. Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and added the remaining extra days to late November and early December. Now, once the dove season reopens in late November, it will run until it closes in mid-January, effectively combining the second and third seasons into one extended second […]

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Wake County Wildlife Club Offer Shooting Sports and Archery Workshop

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and Wake County Wildlife Club Offer Shooting Sports and Archery Workshop

DURHAM, NC July 9, 2014 —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program will offer a free shooting sports and archery workshop on Aug. 23 at the Wake County Wildlife Club range, located at 1313 Coley Road in Durham. The 9 a.m.-5 p.m. workshop will feature hands-on training in shotgun, rifle, bow and arrow, and crossbow. Experienced instructors will emphasize safety, proper firing techniques and offer one-on-one instruction. “I would argue the best marksmen in the world are women, and Olympic competition tends to prove me correct,” said BB Gillen, outdoor skills coordinator for the Wildlife Commission. “No previous experience is needed for this workshop — just an interest in shooting and archery. Thanks to the Wake County […]

Wildlife Commission Reports CWD Not Detected in North Carolina

Wildlife Commission Reports CWD Not Detected in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC July 8, 2014 — Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a transmissible and fatal neurological disease of deer and elk, was not detected in a recent statewide survey conducted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Humans are not known to contract CWD. No treatment or cure for CWD exists. Direct, animal-to-animal contact is a means of transmission, but evidence suggests that contaminated environments and equipment also present risks. “CWD proves devastating to populations of cervids — the family of mammals that includes white-tailed deer, elk, mule deer and moose,” said Dr. Maria Palamar, wildlife veterinarian for the Commission. “The indications of this survey are welcome news.” The diagnostic laboratory report was from a sampling of more than 3,800 free-ranging deer […]

Wildlife Commission Schedules Public Meeting about Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land

Wildlife Commission Schedules Public Meeting about Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land

DUBLIN, NC June 18, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to prohibit the use of dogs for taking deer on approximately 1,700 acres of Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land in Bladen County. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 8 in the Bladen Community College Auditorium (Building 9), which is located at 7418 NC Hwy. 41W in Dublin. The proposed change involves two game land locations: one area west of Hwy. 242 along the property boundary north of Hwy. 53, and a second area east of Hwy. 242 and north of Johnsontown Road in the vicinity of Bladen Lakes Primary School. The Wildlife Commission has […]

North Carolina Turkey Hunting Season Begins April 5

North Carolina Turkey Hunting Season Begins April 5

RALEIGH, NC March 28, 2014 — The statewide spring season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — opens Saturday, April 5, with a one-week youth season that lasts through April 11. The season for all hunters opens April 12 and continues through May 10. During youth season, only turkey hunting by youth less than 16 years old is allowed. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. The adult may accompany more than one youth during a particular hunt and the adult cannot harvest a turkey. Each youth must have a Big Game Harvest Report Card and report harvest. License-exempt youth should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card […]

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Habitat Management Seminar in Raleigh

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Habitat Management Seminar in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC March 24, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a Practical Wildlife Habitat Management seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh on April 24. The 6-9 p.m. seminar is free, but pre-registration is required. Presented by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), this interactive workshop is designed for landowners and sportsmen who want to improve their properties to benefit wildlife and conserve habitat. “This seminar is specifically geared toward the non-professional,” said Guy Gardner, the presenter with QDMA. “We will discuss techniques to implement a cost-effective, practical habitat management program allowing anyone to improve the quality of their property for the benefit of wildlife.” The seminar will consist of: An overview of wildlife […]

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

ROCKINGHAM, NC March 25, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on April 3 in Rockingham to seek input in developing a management plan for the Pee Dee River Game Land in Richmond County. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinson Lake Rotary Lodge, located on 152 Hinson Lake Road. Wildlife Commission staff will use input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the state-owned portions of the Pee Dee River Game Land for the next 10 years. This game land is located between Rockingham and Lilesville. Two tracts, encompassing approximately 2,270 acres, are popular for deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. “We are seeking input from all […]

Spring turkey season forecast good, youth day March 29

Spring turkey season forecast good, youth day March 29

COLUMBIA, SC March 20, 2014 – An estimated 50,000 hunters will take to the woods during the upcoming turkey season, generating an estimated $30 million in direct expenditures for South Carolina’s economy. The 2014 wild turkey season begins April 1 on private lands in 34 counties that make up Game Zones 1-5 and for all Wildlife Management Areas statewide where turkey hunting is allowed. The season opened March 15 on private lands only in Game Zone 6: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg counties. The season closes May 1 throughout the state. Saturday, March 29 is Youth Turkey Hunt Day in areas where the season opens on April 1. On this day, youths […]