2011-2012 Proposed Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Regulation Changes Up for Public Comment

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July  7 to take to statewide public hearings 23 proposed changes to the state’s hunting, trapping and fishing regulations for the 2011-2012 seasons. Adding five streams to the public trout waters program and removing hunting and trapping restrictions at Cowan’s Ford Waterfowl Refuge in Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties are among the regulation changes. The public can provide comments online beginning in early August and at any of the nine public hearings in September. For full text of the proposed regulations changes, visit Proposed Regulations for 2011-2012 Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Seasons. Public hearings begin at 7 p.m. The schedule for the 2011-2012 hunting, trapping and fishing seasons is below: DATE DISTRICT CITY LOCATION Tue, Sept. 7 4 Dublin Bladen Community College Wed, Sept. 8 5 Pittsboro
Wednesday, July 14, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9348)/Comments (0)/

Delayed Hunting and Trapping Rule Changes Take Effect Aug. 1, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 12, 2010) – The proposed hunting and trapping rule changes approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in March 2009 but delayed for legislative review will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2010. Along with these delayed rules, hunting, trapping and fishing rules proposed for the 2010-11 seasons, approved by the Commission in March 2010, go into effect on Aug. 1. Fifteen hunting and trapping proposals were referred to the General Assembly by the North Carolina Rules Review Commission in April 2009 in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. As a result, the rule changes could not take effect until they were reviewed by the legislature, which convened in short session on May 12 of this year. Legislators had 31 days to propose bills disapproving the rules. Four bills were introduced disapproving the Commission’s rules. Because none of the bills was enacted into law, the following changes will take effect Aug. 1, 2010: Require
Sunday, July 11, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10770)/Comments (0)/

Migratory Game Bird Seasons Set

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal. Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines. The Commission allowed public input on the seasons throughout June on its website, www.ncwildlife.org. The 2010–11 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early seasons are: Mourning and white-winged dove: Sept. 4 – Oct 9; Nov. 22 – Nov. 27; and Dec. 18 – Jan. 14; daily bag of 15 and possession limit of 30 King and clapper rails: Sept. 4 – Nov. 12; daily bag of 15 and possession limit of 30 Sora and Virginia rails: Sept. 4 – Nov. 12; daily bag of 25 and possession limit of 25 Gallinule and moorhens: Sept. 4 – N
Wednesday, July 7, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10011)/Comments (0)/

Wildlife Commission Changes Venue for District 5 Public Hearing

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 7, 2010) – The Wildlife Commissioners of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted today to change the location for its District 5 public hearing on Sept. 8. The annual public hearing will be held in the auditorium of Central Carolina Community College, 764 West Street, Pittsboro. Previously, the District 5 hearings had been held in the second floor courtroom in the Civil Courts Building, Graham. District 5 includes Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Person, Orange, Granville and Durham counties A series of nine public hearings across the state solicits comments on proposed changes to hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. All hearings begin at 7 p.m. After the hearings and a review of all comments, the Wildlife Commissioners then vote whether or not to adopt the proposed rules. This year’s hearings are also the first to be held in September since the Commission adjusted its rulemaking cycle.&n
Tuesday, July 6, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (8608)/Comments (0)/

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Strongly Opposes Proposed Mountain Island Lake Management Plan

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2010) – In action today, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously endorsed a letter from Chairman Steve Windham to the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission strongly opposing a lake management plan that would sharply limit boats and boater access. Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission proposes a ban of boats longer than 22 feet and pontoon boats longer than 26 feet. Boaters also would have to purchase either an annual or one-day permit to access the lake. “This proposal raises profound concerns about the ability of citizens to utilize a public trust resource,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Consider that public trust rights are for the use and benefit of the people – and include the right to navigate, swim, hunt, fish and enjoy all recreational activities in the watercourses of North Carolina. The waters of the Catawba River, of which Mountain I
Tuesday, July 6, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (14570)/Comments (0)/

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