N.C. Wildlife News Brief - October 31, 2014

Revisions Made to Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits

The Wildlife Commission on Oct. 30 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. More


New Conservation License Plate Available 

Order the Native Brook Trout License Plate and help the Wildlife Commission protect habitat for brook trout and create public access to brook trout waters in North Carolina. All of the proceeds from the sale of this plate will be used for brook trout habitat and fishing access. The final design will be very similar to the prototype pictured here. The Wildlife Commission needs a minimum of 500 paid applications by July 1, 2015 for this plate to be produced.

Learn more about the plate or order a plate by visiting  the Commission’s native brook trout license plate page, or print the application (PDF).


When to Wear Blaze Orange

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

Calling All Artists: N.C. Duck Stamp Competition Now Open

Artists’ entries are being accepted through Jan. 23, 2015, for the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2015-16 waterfowl conservation stamp, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority sponsor the annual contest, which is open to artists 18 and older. More


2015 Wildlife Calendar Now Available

The 2015 North Carolina Wildlife Calendar is now available. The calendar features outstanding wildlife art with profiles of each artist, fishing days and moon phase information, a detailed almanac and a variety of other information. Each calendar costs $9. Quantity discount pricing available. Purchase one at the N.C. WildStore.


Give Today for Wildlife Tomorrow

Help keep North Carolina wild 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. More

Delayed Harvest Trout Stockings in November

Wildlife Commission trout hatchery trucks are preparing to roll with November trout stockings for the Delayed Harvest program, which runs from Oct. 1, 2014 to 30 minutes after sunset on June 5, 2015. Read more information about delayed harvest trout or see our online table of stocking dates. Follow us on Twitter, @NCWildlife for daily trout stocking announcements.

U.S. Forest Service Schedules National Forest Planning Meetings

Two meetings for the revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan are planned for Nov. 6 at the Graham County Community Center in Robbinsville and Nov. 13 at McDowell Tech. Comm. College, Room 113 in Marion. Public input from these meetings will help the U.S. Forest Service revise a plan that will guide management for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests for the next 15 years. More




Other News

Wildlife Commission Renovates Rose Bay Boating Access Area

Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease in Piedmont Deer Tapers Off

Dawson Creek and Turkey Creek Boating Access Areas Closed for Renovations

Newly Renovated Lentz Shooting Range Re-Opens to Public

Wildlife Commission Improves Fish Habitat in Five Piedmont Reservoirs

Federal and State Officials Request Assistance in Investigation of Gunshot Red Wolf

Basic Firearms Safety is a Must for Hunting


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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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