Hunting

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

2014-15 Waterfowl Seasons, Bag Limits, Other Limits Set in North Carolina

2014-15 Waterfowl Seasons, Bag Limits, Other Limits Set in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC August 29, 2014 – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons. Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a wildlife service agent or by calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1. Information on all late-season waterfowl permit hunting opportunities, including locations, dates and quotas, will be available on the agency’s website Sept. 1. The following are the 2014-15 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise […]

North Carolina Dove Hunting Season Starts Monday, Sept. 1

North Carolina Dove Hunting Season Starts Monday, Sept. 1

RALEIGH, NC August 26, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds. Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. “Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules biologist. “Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow states to open migratory game bird […]

Caswell Game Land Shooting Range Now Open to Public

Caswell Game Land Shooting Range Now Open to Public

YANCEYVILLE, NC August 22, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission held a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of the Caswell Shooting Range, located on the agency’s R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land in Yanceyville. Several Commission employees, along with Wildlife Commissioner Tom Berry, N.C. Rep. Bert Jones and Caswell County Commissioner Kenneth Travis, cut the ceremonial green ribbon, officially opening the only Commission-owned public shooting range in the northern Piedmont area. The public shooting range, which is free to use, has a 100-yard rifle range with five shooting lanes and a 25-yard pistol range with five shooting lanes. It is universally accessible with a concrete parking space and paved sidewalks to the shooting shelters and target areas. The […]

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Hunting Mentor Seminars

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Hunting Mentor Seminars

RALEIGH, NC August 19, 2014 —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host 11 hunting mentor seminars statewide in September to network with experienced hunters and share information about mentoring new hunters. The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011. The Commission created the skill-based hunting seminars to address potential barriers to hunter recruitment and retention in North Carolina, according to Walter “Deet” James, the Commission’s hunting heritage biologist. Participants attending the hunting mentor seminars will: ·         Understand why hunter recruitment and retention is important, ·         Hear personal accounts from experienced mentors including mentoring tips and suggestions, and ·         […]

North Carolina Team is Tops at National Youth Hunter Education Challenge

North Carolina Team is Tops at National Youth Hunter Education Challenge

RALEIGH, NC August 15, 2014 — The Yadkin Patriots of Forbush Middle School in Yadkin County took top honors in the nation as junior champions at the 29th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a demanding week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition held recently at Mansfield, Pa. The YHEC competition by the National Rifle Association (NRA) was held in July. Teams from across the country competed in marksmanship with .22-caliber rifles and black powder rifles at knock-down targets, shotgun on a sporting clays course, and archery at 3-D game targets. Non-shooting events included orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter responsibility and ethics exam, and a hunter safety trail test. Nearly 300 competitors, coaches and parents from across America attended this year’s […]

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NC Fishing Education Center Expands Programs with Deer Hunting Workshop

NC Fishing Education Center Expands Programs with Deer Hunting Workshop

FAYETTEVILLE, NC August 11, 2014 — The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s staff expects the transition to go smoothly when programming expands from hook-and-line workshops about fishing to hook-and-bullet workshops that cover both fishing and hunting. Encouraged by the popularity of hunting workshops in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh, the Wildlife Commission is partnering with the Cape Fear River Branch chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association to offer a free, introductory workshop on deer hunting, Aug. 23, at the Pechmann Center in Fayetteville. The “Deer Hunting 101” workshop, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning about deer hunting. Topics will include:       […]

Public Can Comment Online on North Carolina Waterfowl Seasons

Public Can Comment Online on North Carolina Waterfowl Seasons

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting the public to provide input on regular waterfowl hunting seasons through an online comment system on its website, www.ncwildlife.org. Regular waterfowl seasons may begin in late September and include various seasons for ducks, Canada geese, snow geese, brant and tundra swans. The public can comment on proposed dates for the seasons by visiting www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on the scrolling icon, “Regular Waterfowl Proposed Season Comments,” located at the bottom of the home page. Comments on the proposed season dates will be accepted through Aug. 21. Comments also can be mailed to: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 Public input […]

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NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Johns River and South Mountains Game Lands Management Plan

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Johns River and South Mountains Game Lands Management Plan

MORGANTON, NC August 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on Aug. 25 to seek input in developing a management plan for the Johns River and South Mountain game lands, located in western North Carolina. The meeting will be held at the Foothills Higher Education Center, 2128 South Sterling St., in Morganton. It will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive a few minutes early to receive meeting handouts. Wildlife Commission staff will use public input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on these two game lands for the next 10 years. Johns River Game Land comprises 3,893 acres in Burke County, while South Mountains Game Land comprises 21,647 […]

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NC Wildlife Commission Recommends Tree Stand Safety Before and During Hunting Season

NC Wildlife Commission Recommends Tree Stand Safety Before and During Hunting Season

RALEIGH, NC August 7, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to be just as cautious with tree stands prior to deer season as they should while hunting. “As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one,” said Travis Casper, coordinator of the Commission’s Hunter Education Program. “Whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up a tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.” Casper recommended using a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the chance of […]

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NC Wildlife Commission Offers Special-Opportunity Hunts to Youths

NC Wildlife Commission Offers Special-Opportunity Hunts to Youths

RALEIGH, NC August 5, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer facilitated permit hunts for youth, 12 to 15 years old, during the upcoming hunting season. “All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and accompanying adults always have fun and learn — and typically are successful — during these hunts.” Youth hunters will be selected by a random, computer-generated draw. A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for each permit hunt application. The 2014 facilitated hunts are: Sept. 1 Dove, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Gaston County Application Deadline:Aug. 10 Oct. 4 Deer, at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Stokes County Application Deadline:Sept. 1 Oct. 18 […]