North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Public Opinion Survey: Sunday Hunting on Game Lands

 

Since 1868, hunting on Sundays has been prohibited by State law. However, in 2015, the Outdoor Heritage Act of 2015 was passed, removing the absolute prohibition on hunting with firearms on Sunday in North Carolina. On July 25, 2017, the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act was signed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Under the new law, public land managers, including the Wildlife Resources Commission, were granted authority to implement new options for hunting on Sundays on the public lands, though hunters are still prohibited from hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., hunting deer with the use of dogs, and hunting within 500 yards of a place of worship.

The Commission sought public participation via an online survey available from July 16 - Aug. 31, 2018 to gauge public opinion on opening 61 select game lands for Sunday hunting. Data collected through this effort will be used to inform the Commission’s decision-making process. 

 

Game Lands Under Consideration for Sunday Hunting

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 


Interactive Map of Game Lands Under Consideration for Sunday Hunting
 

  


 

The 61 game lands under consideration are listed below by region (Coast, Piedmont, Mountains).

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have a question not addressed in the FAQs below, email it to opinions@ncwildlife.org.  Emails will not be answered individually but the FAQs will be updated periodically.

 

Does the Commission have the authority to allow Sunday hunting?

Yes, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been granted authority by the Legislature, to create regulations pertaining to Sunday hunting on public lands (Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act).

 

Why these game lands?

These game lands are under consideration because they are either:
     - Owned by the Commission, or

     - The cooperator, who enrolled their land into the Game Lands Program, is interested in obtaining public input about allowing hunting on Sunday.

 

Are the game lands on the proposed list subject to Sunday hunting restrictions?

Yes, the following activities will be prohibited: 
     - Hunting with a firearm will be prohibited between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 
     - Hunting deer with the use of dogs, and
     - Hunting within 500 yards of a place of worship.


Prospective hunters need to consult maps and other resources and be aware of their surroundings to determine they are complying with the law. 

 

How will the Commission use my survey answers?

The Commission will use the information collected through the survey to inform their decision about Sunday hunting on game lands. Before any changes are implemented, the Commission must go through the rulemaking process, which includes public notice of the proposed changes, a 60-day comment period, and public hearings. 

 

Why is the Commission proposing to open up three day per week game lands to Sunday hunting?

The Commission is not proposing any changes at this time. The game lands under consideration are either owned by the Commission or owned by a cooperator who enrolled their land into the Game Lands Program. The information collected through the survey will help inform future proposals on opening game lands for Sunday hunting.