Proposed Regulations


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has the authority, granted by the Legislature, to create regulations called “rules” which although not state law,have the force of law.  The complete set of rules under the power of the Commission can be found here. The handout From Proposal to Regulation describes the Commission's rule-making procedures. Below is a list of the rules the Commission is currently proposing to change, a description of each and avenues for comment. The procedure for subjecting a proposed rule to legislative review is located below the table.

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Proposal Number / TitleDescriptionJustificationRule TextFiscal NoteCommentPublic Hearings
15A NCAC 10F .0330 Taylor’s Creek Proposed correction to description of the No Wake Zone in the waters of Taylor’s Creek at the town of Beaufort in Carteret County.

Clarification of beginning and end of no wake zone area at Taylor’s Creek.


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Temporary rule-making does not require a fiscal note.

Comments can be sent to:

Betsy Haywood
1701 Mail Service Center 
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

Comment period closes June 17, 2016

May 24, 2016

WRC Headquarters,
5th Floor
1751 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

H1 and H2 Bear

Change the bear season in Brunswick and Columbus counties to open on the second Monday in November and close on January 1.


Allow the take of bears using unprocessed foods during the entire open bear season.

Bear hunters in Brunswick and Columbus counties have requested an extended season and the bear population in those counties can support increased harvest.  The proposed change should increase hunting opportunity without negatively impacting the bear population.


Available information indicates that previous allowances for hunters to take bears with the aid of unprocessed food products has not negatively impacted bear populations nor achieved desired population stabilization in the coast or mountains.  Allowing all hunters to take bears with the use of unprocessed food products for the entire season should increase harvest and create more equitable bear hunting opportunities.

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Temporary rule-making does not require a fiscal note.

Comments can be sent to: 

1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1700
on-line comment form

Comment period ends April 12, 2016

March 21
Southeastern Community College, Auditorium (D-100), 4564 Chadbourn Hwy, Whiteville, NC 28472

March 22
Craven County Courthouse Annex District Courtroom #4, 302 Broad St, New Bern, NC 28560

April 5
Haywood Community College, 185 Freedlander Dr., Clyde, NC 28721

April 6
Western Piedmont Community College, Leviton Auditorium, Moore Hall, 1001 Burkemont Ave., Morganton, N.C. 28655

April 8
Martin Comm. College Auditorium Bldg. #1, 1161 Kehukee Park Rd., Williamston, NC 27892

All hearings begin at 7 p.m.

Procedure for Subjecting a Proposed Rule to Legislative Review:


If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule,a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S.150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S.150B-21.3(b1). The  Rules Review Commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Rules Review Commission approves the rule. The Rules Review Commission will receive those objections by mail, delivery service, hand delivery, or facsimile transmission.If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Rules Review Commission, please call a staff attorney at 919-431-3000.