When the Outdoor Heritage Act of 2015 passed, it removed the absolute prohibition on hunting with firearms on Sunday in North Carolina that had been in place since 1868. On July 25, 2017, the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act was signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper granting authority to the Wildlife Commission to implement new options for hunting on Sundays on its game lands, though hunters are still prohibited from hunting:

  • with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.;
  • deer with the use of dogs; and
  • within 500 yards of a place of worship. 

The agency has been gathering data and public input to help inform its decision about allowing Sunday hunting on game lands. With the help of Group Solutions, the Commission is undertaking a comprehensive stakeholder involvement process to gather data and diverse public input to inform this important decision. Through February 2, 2020, the Commission sought citizen and constituent participation in an online survey to help identify issues and options related to Sunday hunting on game lands. Information collected through the survey and at the public input meetings will be used to help the agency better understand how the public uses game lands.

 

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Public Input Meeting Schedule

If you were unable to attend a meeting, you can view the meeting presentation slides and participate in this virtual polling session

Date Location
Monday
February 10
Martin Community College
Auditorium Building 2
Tuesday
February 11
Bladen Community College
Auditorium
Wednesday
February 12
Foothills Higher Education Center
HEC-163 Auditorium
Thursday
February 13
Haywood Community College
Regional High Technology Center Auditorium
Monday
February 17

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Headquarters
Auditorium, First Floor

Recording of Monday's Online Virtual Meeting
Note: In the recording, participants provide feedback through a polling exercise. When this polling starts, you can poll on the same issues here virtual polling session. The explanations of the choices on the video will be useful for better understanding the polling questions.

Tuesday
February 18
Alamance Community College
Auditorium
Wednesday 
February 19
James Garner Center
Thursday
February 20

Recording of Thursday's Online Virtual Meeting
Note: In the recording, participants provide feedback through a polling exercise. When this polling starts, you can poll on the same issues here virtual polling session. The explanations of the choices on the video will be useful for better understanding the polling questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Is Sunday hunting currently allowed on game lands? 
No, Sunday hunting is not allowed on any game lands at this time. All game lands are designated as three-day-per-week areas, six-day-per-week areas, or permit-only areas for hunting during open seasons. None of these designations currently include Sundays.

 

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).


If the Commission allows Sunday hunting on game lands, will there be any restrictions?
Yes, as specified in the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act, the following activities will be prohibited: 

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


Who is Group Solutions?
Group Solutions is an independent contractor with expertise in stakeholder engagement and operational planning initiatives. Group Solutions has been retained to assist the Commission in collecting necessary data and input to inform their decision.

 

How will the Commission use my survey answers?
The Commission and its third party facilitator will use the information collected through the survey to inform discussions at the upcoming public forums and ultimately their decision about Sunday hunting on game lands.