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Federal Duck Stamp Will Be Available Electronically Aug. 1, 2014

Federal Duck Stamp Will Be Available Electronically Aug. 1, 2014

RALEIGH, NC July 29, 2014 — Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina will have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically, starting Aug. 1. The new “Duck E-Stamp” allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase. Physical stamps may be obtained directly from select post office locations. For more information, visit https://www.duckstamp.com/. To hunt migratory waterfowl in North Carolina, hunters must have a valid North Carolina hunting license, HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification and a state waterfowl hunting license, […]

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

RALEIGH, NC July 28, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1. Changes include: Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses. Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing. Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, […]

27th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival – 2014: December 6th and 7th, Harkers Island, NC

27th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival – 2014: December 6th and 7th, Harkers Island, NC

Hours: Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Admission: $8.00 daily, children under 12 free. Sunday is Youth Day, and all children under 18 will receive free admission and door prizes! HARKERS ISLAND, NC July 26, 2014 – The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Festival events include antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, children’s decoy painting, educational exhibits, duck calling competitions, head whittling contest, and a live decoy auction. The decoy competition has many categories to suit nearly every carver, including IWCA Working Decoy, IWCA Gunning Shorebird, Canvas Decoy, Root Head, and the Duplin County Ducks Unlimited Competition (with a sizeable purchase award). There are also several youth divisions in the carving competition, and this […]

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 […]