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.

We welcome your feedback. Questions may be sent to regulations@ncwildlife.org.

Proposal Number / TitleDescriptionJustificationRule TextFiscal NoteCommentPublic Hearings
F1-F36; H1-H7; G1-G14Proposed changes to hunting, trapping, inland fishing, game land use and regulated activities for 2015-2016. Details here.The Wildlife Resources Commission is the state agency responsible for the conservation and wise use of the State's wildlife resources. During an annual cycle, the Commission proposes changes to hunting, trapping, inland fishing, game land use and regulated activities in order to execute the agency's statutory charge. Detailed justifications for proposals here.Click hereClick here

Comments can be mailed to:
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

or use the on-line comment form.  Click here.

Comment period closes February 8, 2015

Nine public hearings have been scheduled.  Click here to see the complete schedule.
Temporary amendments to captive cervid program

The Commission proposes to amend rules regulating the holding of cervids in captivity, 15A NCAC 10H .0301; captive cervid herd certification, 15A NCAC 10H .0304; and minimum standards for facilities, 15A NCAC 10H .0302, to align the state program with the federal standards set forth in the USDA Program Standards for Herd Certification. 
Further, the Commission proposes to amend the rule regulating sale of wildlife, 15A NCAC 10B .0118, would allow for the sale of antlers, antler velvet and hides from cervids held under captivity licenses. 

These temporary rules will fulfill the legislative directive in Section 14.26 of S.L. 2014-100.Click here.A fiscal note is not required for temporary rules.

Comments can be sent to:
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

or: regulations@ncwildlife.org

Comment period closes January 23, 2015

On-line comment form coming soon!

Nine public hearings have been scheduled. 
Click here to see the complete schedule.
Temporary amendments affecting coyote hunting and red wolves

The Commission proposes to amend the rule regulating coyote hunting, 15A NCAC 10B .0219, to prohibit all nighttime hunting coyotes in the counties of Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties. Daytime hunting would be allowed on private property with a coyote hunting permit.  Daytime hunting would be allowed on State-owned game lands with a special hunt permit.  Hunters would have to report all harvests.  The Commission proposes to amend the rule regulating taking depredating wildlife, 15A NCAC 10B .0106, to restrict issuance of depredation permits to Commission employees only.  

Further, the Commission proposes to list the red wolf (Canis rufus) as state-listed threatened. 

These temporary rules will fulfill the requirements of a court order, 2:13-cv-00060-BO.
Read more here.
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A fiscal note is not required for temporary rules.

Comments can be sent to:
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

or: regulations@ncwildlife.org

Comment period closes January 14, 2015.

On-line comment form coming soon!

January 5, 2015

7 p.m.

Auditorium
Columbia Middle/High School
902 East Main Street
Columbia, N.C.27925

Coyote hunting and red wolves

The Commission proposes to amend the rule regulating coyote hunting, 15A NCAC 10B .0219, to prohibit all nighttime hunting coyotes in the counties of Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington counties. Daytime hunting would be allowed on private property with a coyote hunting permit.  Daytime hunting would be allowed on State-owned game lands with a special hunt permit.  Hunters would have to report all harvests.  The Commission proposes to amend the rule regulating taking depredating wildlife, 15A NCAC 10B .0106, to restrict issuance of depredation permits to Commission employees only.  

Further, the Commission proposes to list the red wolf (Canis rufus) as state-listed threatened

These temporary rules will fulfill the requirements of a court order, 2:13-cv-00060-BO.
Read more here.
Click here.Click here.

Comments can be sent to:
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

or: regulations@ncwildlife.org

Comment period closes March 16, 2015.

On-line comment form coming soon!

January 20, 2015
7 p.m.
Swain Auditorium, 200 E. Church St.
Edenton, N.C. 27932

January 21, 2015
7 p.m.
Courthouse, 302 Broad St.
New Bern, N.C.  28560

Waterview ShoresThe Commission proposes to establish a no-wake zone on the canals of the Waterview Shores subdivision in Grandy, Currituck County.This no-wake zone is at the request of Currituck County. The canals of this subdivision are narrow and join at right angles to the two main canals that connect the subdivision to the Bay. The Commission has received numerous complaints of excessive speed by boaters, such as boats operating too fast near swimmers in the narrow passages.  The width of the canals is not conducive to boating at a speed faster than no-wake.  There has been an assessment by Law Enforcement that a no-wake zone is in the best interest of boater safety.Click hereClick here

Comments can be sent to:
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701

or: regulations@ncwildlife.org

Comment period closes February 8, 2015

January 20, 2015
7 p.m.
Swain Auditorium, 200 E. Church St.
Edenton, N.C. 27932

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.