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Top Three Waterfowl Violations and How to Avoid Them

Nov 30

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11/30/2011 10:35 AM  RssIcon

Here are three common violations for waterfowl hunting cited by Wildlife Officers and how you can avoid them.

      1.   Unplugged Shotguns

The transition from small game hunting might be a contributing factor for this violation, but regardless of the excuse, waterfowl hunting requires a plug in your semi-auto or pump shotgun to limit the capacity to three. (Unplugged guns are allowed from Feb. 6 – March 10 for Light Geese, which includes snow and blue geese, and Ross’ geese.)

       2.   Shooting After Permissible Time

While it’s important not to forget your federal duck stamp and approved shells rather than lead shot, don’t forget to stop hunting at sunset. “This happens, particularly over beaver swamps rather than open water, when you don’t pay attention to the time or you try too hard to get in as much hunting as you can, “said Wildlife Officer Luke Lucas in Nash County. “Check the sunrise and sunset table in the back of the Regulations Digest.”  

       3.   Motorboat Violations

OK, maybe that’s one you wouldn’t expect, but plenty of waterfowl hunters have gotten citations because of their boat is not in compliance. “Usually, folks have a small boat to run to-and-from the blinds and they’ve forgotten to renew vessel registration or didn’t put the proper number of life vests onboard,” said Wildlife Officer Branden Jones, as he got ready for patrol in Currituck County. “You have to follow boating and hunting regulations.”

Good luck and be safe. Be sure to report all bands by calling 1-800-327-BAND or and learn more about waterfowl hunting regulations here.

3 comment(s) so far...

Re: Top Three Waterfowl Violations and How to Avoid Them

I just got a citation for shooting after sunset between 5:10 and 5:15 p.m. on Saturday Dec 14. 2013 and on the citation it has 6:10 as time. Why in the world would that be? The officer checked our guns everything was good everyone had their license and duck stamp written permission and all the ducks were legal and this guy took our guns. The main thing i wand to know is am i going to get my gun back? Thanks for any feed back

By Roy Albright on   12/15/2013 6:47 PM

Re:possess over 25 shells in field

duck hunting. how much this violation.

By charly brown on   2/1/2015 7:54 PM

Re: Top Three Waterfowl Violations and How to Avoid Them

You can report any possible violations to: - 1-800-662-7137 (Raleigh Area 919-707-0040)

By NCWRC blogger on   2/2/2015 8:22 AM

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