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Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

RALEIGH, NC Dec. 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly’s directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, elk and other ruminants in the cervid family. In addition, the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities. Of interest to anglers are 36 proposals including additions to Public Mountain Trout Waters and […]

Pilot Program Allows Hunters to Sign Up for Duck Blinds Before Hunts

Pilot Program Allows Hunters to Sign Up for Duck Blinds Before Hunts

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 18, 2014 — A pilot program that allows hunters to sign up for waterfowl blinds when they apply for permits is earning high marks from hunters who are participating in the program. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission implemented the pilot program last fall on three game lands in the coastal region — the North River Game Land, which is located in Camden and Currituck counties; J. Morgan Futch Game Land in Tyrrell County, and Goose Creek Game Land in Beaufort and Pamlico counties. Wildlife Commission staff installed 28 blinds on the game lands: three on North River; 20 on J. Morgan Futch and five on the Spring Creek impoundment on Goose Creek. The blinds can accommodate three […]

Agreement Reached in Red Wolf Lawsuit Against Wildlife Commission

Agreement Reached in Red Wolf Lawsuit Against Wildlife Commission

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 14, 2014 — An agreement has been reached in a lawsuit against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which will restore conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area of eastern North Carolina. The agreement will restore daytime coyote hunting on private lands in Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Tyrrell and Washington counties by licensed or otherwise authorized hunters, with a special permit obtained from the Wildlife Commission and subsequent reporting of kill. In the other 95 counties of the state, coyote hunters may hunt during daytime or at night using artificial lights, and no special permit or reporting of coyote harvests is required. The agreement stems from a lawsuit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on […]

Home from the Hunt Campaign Turns Attention to Waterfowl Hunting

Home from the Hunt Campaign Turns Attention to Waterfowl Hunting

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 7, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign is reminding waterfowl hunters who use boats to exercise boating safety and hunting safety. The Wildlife Commission has set dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl seasons, with tundra swan (by permit only), duck and geese hunting segments opening on Saturday. Learn more here. “Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to extreme cold, such as being in cold water or wearing wet clothes in cold conditions, can increase the chance of […]

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NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Shooting Range Re-Opening Event

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Shooting Range Re-Opening Event

ELLERBE, NC Nov. 6, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a re-opening event at its recently renovated shooting range at the John F. Lentz Hunter Education Complex this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Veteran’s Day Kickoff,” which is free and open to the public, celebrates the re-opening of the shooting range. Activities will include trap, rifle, archery, pistol and 3D archery shooting, as well as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer shooting demonstration. A catered barbeque lunch, provided by Valentine Land and Timber, will be served at noon. The Wildlife Commission named the shooting complex in honor of Ellerbe native John Franklin Lentz, a former Wildlife Commissioner and avid hunter and conservationist who passed […]

Revisions Made to Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits

Revisions Made to Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits

RALEIGH, NC Oct. 30, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission today approved temporary rules allowing the issuance of permits and licenses for “farmed cervid” facilities. Cervids are the family of mammals that includes deer, elk and moose. The temporary rules for permits and licenses apply only to “farmed cervids,” defined as any member of the deer family that is not a white-tailed deer or an elk. The new rules are required by legislation adopted by the General Assembly earlier this year. Session Law 2014-100, the State Budget Act, mandated the Wildlife Resources Commission adopt rules for the issuance of new captivity licenses for cervid facilities. During the public comment period for the temporary rules, the Commission became aware of […]

Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease in Piedmont Deer Tapers Off

Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease in Piedmont Deer Tapers Off

RALEIGH, NC Oct. 27, 2014 — After receiving multiple reports of dead, dying or sick deer in seven Piedmont counties, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said today that the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) in white-tailed deer appears to be tapering off with the onset of cooler weather. Hemorrhagic disease is a common disease of deer caused by two types of viruses — one producing blue tongue and the other producing epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Tests of infected animals indicate that epizootic hemorrhagic disease appears to be the responsible virus for this year’s outbreak. HD is a cyclic disease and tends to occur in North Carolina every year, although with varying degrees of severity and distribution. The counties with moderate to […]

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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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