Public Hearings Begin Today (Sept. 11)
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding public hearings on 68 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2013-14 seasons starting tonight. An online comment form
is also available.
The wildlife management proposals include creating a one-week Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season from the first Saturday in April through the following Friday. The bag limit for this entire week will be one bird. In addition, the Commission is proposing allowing an adult to accompany more than one youth during the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season.
The proposals also include removing restrictions on carrying firearms during the archery season for deer and pistols during the muzzleloader season in accordance with state law, and allowing hunting with muzzleloading pistols. Proposed changes to holding cervids (deer) in captivity also will be presented.
Fishing proposals include reclassifying 2.2 miles of Fires Creek in Clay County and 2.8 miles of Big Snowbird Creek in Graham County to Delayed Harvest Trout Waters.
The proposals also include adding bighead and silver carp to the list of species that are unlawful to transport, purchase, possess,sell or stock into public or private waters. In addition, another proposal reduces the possession limit of American shad in the inland fishing waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries to five fish per day within the 10-fish creel for American and hickory shad in combination.
Find a complete schedule here.
Meeting on Deer Disease Scheduled
The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a meeting to present information to the public about the scope and impact of an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) on deer in Western North Carolina.
The meeting is scheduled for 6-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, before the Commission’s annual public hearing on proposed regulations.
For details, see the news release. Also, view a video of common symptoms of the disease.
Looking for Something to Do?
Right now, find the Commission at the Mountain State Fair, which runs through Sept. 16.
On Sept. 22, celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with us at one of eight family-oriented events across the state. Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and test their outdoor skills.
Waterfowl Season Dates Set/Permits Available
The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2012-13 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.
Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen and women can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1.
Get the information on our website.
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News From the Commission
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently welcomed two new members to its19-member governing board and honored a former Commissioner for his years of service and leadership.
James Garry Spence of Charlotte and V. Ray Clifton, Jr., of Clarkton were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Douglas Parsons during the agency’s business meeting. A former Wildlife Commissioner, Parsons resigned from the Commission earlier this year when Gov. Bev Perdue appointed him to the Superior Court bench for the 4-A Judicial District.
Shortly after Judge Parsons administered the oath of office to Spence and Clifton, he was recognized by Wildlife Commission Chairman David Hoyle for his years of service and leadership to the Commission.