Hunting

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

Blaze Orange Requirements and Recommendations for North Carolina

Blaze Orange Requirements and Recommendations for North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC Oct. 8, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign is reminding hunters to follow blaze orange requirements and making safety recommendations to others who spend time outdoors. In North Carolina, hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment in blaze orange that is visible from all sides when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Anyone hunting deer during a deer firearms season, regardless of method, must wear blaze orange. Hunters also are required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the black powder and gun seasons. “Wearing blaze orange is an easy and effective step […]

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Comment on Proposed Changes for Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits

Comment on Proposed Changes for Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits

RALEIGH, NC Oct. 6, 2014 — As required by a new state law, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is revising management of its captive cervid program through rulemaking. Cervids are the family of animals that includes white-tailed deer and elk. The proposed changes, detailed in Session Law 2014-100, will include amending the current regulations covering transportation of cervids within the state, licensing of new captive cervid facilities and age requirements for disease testing. Session Law 2014-100 prohibits any importation of captive cervids until at least 2017. The Wildlife Commission is accepting public comments on the proposed changes at two public hearings and online through Oct. 16. While the rule amendments are necessary to implement the new law, the Commission needs […]

NC Wildlife Commission Issues Archery Hunting Safety Reminders

NC Wildlife Commission Issues Archery Hunting Safety Reminders

RALEIGH, NC Sept. 23, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends some guidelines when hunting with archery equipment, including crossbows. “The safety considerations for using a crossbow, longbow or compound bow are similar to other hunting methods,” said Travis Casper, state hunting education coordinator. “Hunting safety is exercising caution, obeying regulations and putting into practice what you’ve learned in hunter education. “As with any method of hunting, always point your crossbow, longbow, compound bow in a safe direction,” he said. “Only release an arrow after positively identifying your target and what’s beyond it. Never use a scope to identify a target; use binoculars instead.” The Home From The Hunt™ campaign advises: · Never […]

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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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