North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

N.C. Wildlife News Brief - December 19, 2013


Public Hearings Start Jan. 7, 2014

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual public hearings for proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations start Jan. 7.
The nine public hearings begin at 7 p.m., but the Wildlife Commission this year also has added 30-minute public meetings prior to each of the public hearings to preview and discuss six bear regulation proposals and answer questions.  These public meetings about bear regulations proposals are all scheduled for 6:30-7 p.m. at the same location as the public hearings. More


Gov. Pat McCrory Appoints New Commissioners

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Brian White, Joseph R. Budd and Albert L. Sneed as District Wildlife Commissioners to the 19-member governing board of the Wildlife Commission.

White, who is from Manteo, represents District 1. Budd, who is from Winston-Salem, represents District 7 and Sneed, who is from Asheville, will serve as Commissioner of District 9.
ame location as the public hearings. More


Be Safe when Hunting this Holiday Season - Wear Blaze Orange

The Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds everyone planning a hunting trip during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

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. Hunters are also required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the muzzleloader or gun season. More




Safety Tips for Waterfowl Hunters this Winter

  • Always wear a life vest,
  • Don't overload the boat, especially with passengers,
  • Keep hunting dogs prone in the center of the boat, and
  • Never move about the boat with a loaded firearm.


Do You Tweet? Sweet!

Follow the Wildlife Commission's Twitter feed to get daily tweets on hunting, fishing and trapping seasons and limits, as well as information about regulations, fishing and boating access areas, job announcements and much more!


Spend a virtual day in the field with Wildlife Commission staff by following the agency's "Tweet Along," a Twitter feed that provides a real-time look at a "day in the life" of our biologists, enforcement officers and other staff. Recent tweet-alongs include bear monitoring in the Coastal Plain, trout stocking in mountains streams and deer hunting with disabled hunters assisted by Wildlife Enforcement Officers.



Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Gift Certificates Make a Great Christmas Present

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman gift certificates entitle a recipient to attend the three-day 2014 BOW weekend workshop.  Cost is $225 per person and includes all lodging, meals and choice of four outdoor skill sessions, plus all program materials and use of equipment.

Order gift certificates by emailing BOW Coordinator BB Gillen at; or calling (919) 218-3638. Holiday orders accepted until 5 p.m., Dec. 24.




Support Wildlife Diversity Program with a Kestrel T-shirt

It’s not 5%; not 10%; not even 50%. It’s the Full Monty. All proceeds — a full 100% — from sales of the Wildlife Commission’s new American kestrel T-shirt through the Wildlife Commission’s Wild Store will benefit the Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program, thanks to a generous donation by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston.

This 100% cotton T-shirt features the Wildlife Commission’s official logo and an American kestrel on the front. Images of every Wildlife in North Carolina button produced by our award-winning magazine staff adorn the back of the shirt.

This is the only Wildlife Commission apparel available to the public featuring our agency’s distinctive script Wildlife logo.
Adult shirts ($15) available in light silver. Children’s shirts ($12) available in sky blue.

Show your support of North Carolina’s wildlife by buying an American kestrel shirt from the Commission’s N.C. Wild Store or from Neuse Sport Shop.


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Donate on N.C. State Tax Income Form to Keep N.C. Wild

Help keep North Carolina wild when completing a N.C. State Income tax form this taxseason by donating to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. Your donation will help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conduct research, conservation and monitoring work that benefits animals not hunted or fished —animals such as songbirds, sea turtles, eagles, salamanders, frogs, turtles and bats.

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