Let Us Know What You Think About Night Hunting
There’s still time to share your opinion about proposed rules that will allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes at night with a light. Public hearings are scheduled for this week and next week, or you can comment online.
The proposed seasons would be year-round, seven days a week. All hunting on Sundays is allowed only on private lands and only with archery equipment. Night hunting is one means of controlling the population of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina. Currently, there is no closed season on either species, but hunting them at night is not allowed. If approved, the new regulations would take effect August.
The public can email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of the following five public hearings across the state, which will begin at 7 p.m.
- March 20, Iredell County Agricultural Extension Center, 444 Bristol Dr., Statesville, N.C.
- March 21, District Court #1, Buncombe County Courthouse, 60 Court Plaza, Asheville, N.C.
- March 26, Bladen County Courthouse, 106 W. Broad Street, Elizabethtown, N.C.
- March 28, Room 153, Fulford Building, Pitt Community College, 4381 County Home Rd., Greenville, N.C.
- March 29, Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, 1751 Varsity Dr., Raleigh, N.C
Wild Turkey Season
Wild Turkey Season opens April 14 and ends May 12. Youth Day is April 7. For regulations and other information, see the 2011-12 Regulations Digest.
Be sure to report your harvest by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Report Big Game Harvest” or calling 1-800-I-GOT-ONE.
Roanoke River Fishing Report Has Begun
With striped bass season on the Roanoke River now under way, the Roanoke River Fishing Report has begun, and will be posted on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Conserve & Protect blog each week on Thursday mornings until the last of the stripers have headed back downriver to Albemarle Sound and the ocean — usually sometime around mid-May. Bookmark the Conserve & Protect blog on your computer to catch the latest fishing information from one of the best rivers on the East Coast to fish for migratory shad and striped bass.
Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters Open April 7
Another item to mark on your calendars, especially for trout anglers, is the opening of approximately 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in 25 counties at 7 a.m. on April 7. While fishing on hatchery-supported trout waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions. The season runs until March 1, 2013. Find out where to fish by downloading a trout fishing map for each county. These maps give anglers a guide to fishing regulations in effect on specific streams. They also provide locations of all waters open to public trout fishing.