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RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will participate in a nationwide campaign July 2–4 called Operation Dry Water. The mission of the nationally coordinated effort is to promote sobriety while boating and educate boaters about the dangers of boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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RALEIGH — This Independence Day, anyone in North Carolina, regardless of age, will be able to fish for free.

Free Fishing Day, which runs from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 4, offers residents and out-of-state visitors the opportunity to fish without having to purchase a license; however, all other fishing regulations apply, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions.

North Carolina’s annual free fishing day was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994 and sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. It always falls on the July Fourth holiday.

“Free Fishing Day was created to promote the sport of fishing and is a great opportunity for families to try a new outdoor activity,” said Christian Waters, the agency’s chief of the Inland Fisheries Division. “Fishing is relatively inexpensive recreational sport that anyone, no matter what their age or skill level, can enjoy. It’s an excellent way to enjoy quality time together in a relaxing setting on the water.”

Waters added that the Commission’s website, ncwildlife.org, is a value resource for tips about where and what to fish, and the state’s Tackle Loaner Program.

“The interactive fishing and boating maps on the agency’s website list more than 500 fishing and boating areas, many of which are free, that are open to the public. Also, to give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state. Stocking information can also be found on the website.”

Anglers should remember that boating areas likely will be crowded over the busy holiday weekend. Wildlife officials urge boaters to be patient, courteous and follow the boating etiquette tips below:

  • Be patient and remain calm until an open parking space is available.
  • Wait your turn in the launch line. Don’t block or cut off others.
  • Park your vehicle and trailer while someone moves the boat away from the ramp.
  • Recruit someone to move the boat away from the ramp while you retrieve your vehicle and trailer.
  • Observe no-wake zones and be cautious.

While anyone can fish for free on July 4, a fishing license is required for people age 16 and older on all other days of the year. This includes both public and coastal waters in North Carolina. Purchasing a license online is quick and easy. Other ways to purchase a license are:

  • Call the Commission at 888-248-6834. Current hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Visit a local Wildlife Service Agent. 
  • For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the agency’s fishing webpage.
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RALEIGH — Foxes are known to be sly, but that doesn’t necessary mean not seen. It’s breeding season and young foxes, called kits or pups, and their parents are spending more time outside of the den, making sightings more likely.

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will release its 2021 waterfowl print and stamp on July 1.

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RALEIGH — Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 2020 annual bear harvest summary show that hunters statewide recorded the highest harvest total on record at 3,748 bears — an 8% increase compared to the previous season.

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RALEIGH — Chipmunks in North Carolina are only known to live north and west of Wake county, however, a recent photograph submitted to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has biologists wondering if its range has expanded to eastern North Carolina. 

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Friday, 21 May 2021 16:14

NCWRC: Leave wildlife in the wild

RALEIGH — The biologists who staff the NC Wildlife Helpline at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission handle a glut of calls each spring and summer about fawns, bunnies and fledgling songbirds that people find and mistake as abandoned or in danger. Well-meaning people often put young wildlife into harm’s way when they intervene in a wild animal’s natural process of growing up.

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RALEIGH — National Safe Boating Week is May 22–28 and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging the public to make safety a top priority when on the water.

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 34 trout streams and two lakes classified as Delayed Harvest to trout harvest on June 5 through Sept. 30.

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will kick off the annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with events and safety check points throughout the state on Memorial Day Weekend.

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