From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Dove Hunting Season Starts Monday, Sept. 1

Dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1 - from the website RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 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 seasons prior to Sept. 1. Rather than wait until Sept. 6, which is the first Saturday after Labor Day, the Wildlife Commission went with the earliest possible date allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - NRA Presents $25,000 Check to Wildlife Commission for Public Shooting Range

Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers (L) accepts a $25,000 check from National Rifle Association of America Director of General Operations Program Development Brian Hyder to support construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County. Photo by Melissa McGaw Raleigh, North Carolina — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Turkey Hunting Season Begins April 5

North Carolina turkey season starts April 5. (Photo by Randy Young)

Raleigh, North Carolina - The statewide spring season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — opens Saturday, April 5, with a one-week youth season that lasts through April 11. The season for all hunters opens April 12 and continues through May 10.

During youth season, only turkey hunting by youth less than 16 years old is allowed. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. The adult may accompany more than one youth during a particular hunt and the adult cannot harvest a turkey. Each youth must have a Big Game Harvest Report Card and report harvest. License-exempt youth should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for License-Exempt hunters.

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Historic southern outfitter offers hunters duck, deer and upland bird hunts along with retreats

Tommy & Mike from Willow Oaks Plantation at the Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - The Maclay Street entrance of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center opens to the Great American Outdoor Show’s Outfitters Hall. There you’ll find lions attacking wildebeest, bears battling wolves and an odd looking pair of baboons playing poker. That’s how outfitters draw potential customers into the booth — promises of what you can take home.

Hidden amongst the show’s veteran safari guides and Alaskan outfitters is a booth decorated with turkeys, ducks and photos of an old Southern home. Those are the newcomers from Eden, North Carolina. The men from Willow Oaks Plantation.

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Special Hunting and Fishing Licensing Privileges for Military Personnel

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Raleigh, North Carolina  — Military personnel hunting and fishing in North Carolina can enjoy special licensing privileges as long as they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit Goes Into Effect for North Carolina

Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit photo by Russell Graves Raleigh, North Carolina — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will begin issuing Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits on July 1, allowing new hunters to go afield under the guidance of licensed adult mentors before taking a required hunter education course.

Gov. Pat McCrory recently signed into law the legislation enabling the apprentice permit program in North Carolina.

“Wildlife agencies must recognize the importance of increasing hunting opportunities to maintain relevancy of our conservation heritage,” said Travis Casper, the state Hunter Education Program coordinator. “Apprentice permits have been successfully implemented in other states without a significant increase in hunting-related injuries. We must be more efficient and effective in getting more people engaged in safe and enjoyable experiences with our wildlife resources, to foster support for all conservation issues.”

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Greater Triangle Friends of NRA hold highest grossing event ever in North Carolina

Attendees at the Golden Triangle Friends of NRA banquet in North Carolina

Fairfax, Virginia - Last month featured the best Friends of NRA banquet the state has ever seen. Featuring NRA Second Vice President Alan Cors, NRA Board Member Edie Fleeman and almost 800 Second Amendment Supporters, the event was a huge success. And fresh off the press we have an article covering the historic night from NRA Event Support Coordinator Allison Terusiak. Enjoy.

With the economy in yet another year of little growth, you would think that finding an excess of funds would be nearly impossible. Not so for the Greater Triangle Friends of NRA committee in North Carolina. Not only did this committee beat out its previous year's net income profits by over $53,500, but it decided to throw in a side of victory by setting the record for the highest net profit sales for the state of North Carolina, totaling $95,865. How you ask? We were able to get a little insight from one of the major contributors to this success, committee chairman Elvie Jackson.

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From Remington Arms Company - Remington expands ammunition operations

Madison, North Carolina – Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) announced its plan to expand operations at the Remington Ammunition Plant in Lonoke, Arkansas. Work on the expansion, which will include the construction of a new building, is expected to begin second quarter of 2013. The $32 million expansion plan is projected to be in operation by the second quarter of 2014.

“We are proud to provide job growth within communities that have supported us for so many years, while meeting the increasing global demand for superior ammunition products,” said Jim Grahlmann, Lonoke Plant Manager. “This expansion reinforces our commitment to deliver the finest quality products for our customers.”

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From the NC Wildlife Resources Commission - Wildlife Commission Adopts Resolution Supporting Sunday Hunting

NC Wildlife Resources Commission Raleigh, North Carolina — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a resolution supporting a bill that would allow people to hunt on Sundays on private lands.

During the March 14 business meeting, the Commission adopted a resolution in support of Senate Bill 224, which would remove a prohibition against Sunday hunting on private lands with shotgun, rifle or pistol set out in N.C.G.S. 103-2.

The mission of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission includes conserving and managing wildlife resources and enhancing the state’s rich hunting heritage by providing opportunities for hunters to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.

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