on Jul 18, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 5974
Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 18, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July  7 to take to statewide public hearings 55 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2012-2013 seasons.

Proposed changes include lengthening the bear hunting season in Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Martin, Northampton, and Pitt counties and opening a bear hunting season in Edgecombe, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Stokes, Vance, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Proposals also include changing the bear season in Yadkin, Iredell, Alexander, and Catawba counties and opening the portions of Cleveland, Burke and Surry counties that are currently closed to bear hunting.

The Commission is also proposing increasing the general statewide minimum size limit for smallmouth and spotted bass and increasing the minimum size limit for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass in Public Mountain Trout Waters and waters in and west of Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, and Polk counties. These changes are part of an effort to standardize the general statewide minimum size limit for these species.

For full text of the proposed regulations changes, see the Proposed Changes in Fishing and Wildlife Management Regulations for 2012-2013 for Public Notice and Presentation at Public Hearings document.

The schedule for the 2012-2013 public hearings is below. Public hearings begin at 7 p.m.


September 6, 2011

4 Dublin

Bladen Community College

September 7, 2011

5 Graham Courthouse

September 8, 2011

6 Norwood South Stanly High School

September 13, 2011

8 Morganton Municipal Auditorium

September 14, 2011

9 Clyde Haywood Community College

September 15, 2011


7 Wilkesboro The Walker Center
Wilkes Community College

September 20, 2011

1 Edenton Swain Auditorium

September 21, 2011

2 New Bern Courthouse

September 22, 2011

3 Rocky Mount Nash Community College

September 28, 2011

Statewide Raleigh Centennial Campus

* The purpose of the Raleigh public hearing is to receive comments on proposed changes to Falconry Permitting Rules only.

For more information on the rulemaking process, download “From Proposal to Regulation” at www.ncwildlife.org.