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 jurisdiction of the Commission can be found hereFrom 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 ways to submit your comments. We welcome your feedback.

2022-2023 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, and Game Land Regulation Proposals

2022-2023 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, and Game Land Regulation Proposals

The public comment period for proposed 2022-2023 fishing, hunting, trapping, game land, and other regulated activities regulations, will be open from December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. 

Rule Text for All Proposed Changes (pdf)

 

Bear Sanctuary Fact Sheet


Click on the links below to view fiscal notes for proposed regulation changes: 

Public Hearing Information:
All in-person public hearings have been cancelled. A pre-recorded presentation of the proposed regulations has been posted.

Virtual Hearing
Date: January 20, 2022
Time:  7:00-9:00 p.m.
Register online by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Or, join by phone toll free (888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247) using webinar ID: 160 983 2165. 

Recording of Public Hearing

Submit a Comment: 

Public Comment Period Closing Date: January 31, 2022

 

15A NCAC 10C - Inland Fisheries -Joint Waters

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rules classified as "necessary with substantive public interest" are required to be readopted as part of the periodic review. Additionally, rules are proposed for amendment and adoption to clarify recreational fishing and inland game fish requirements.

 

Rule Text: 

Section .0100, .300, .0400, .0700, &.0800 

Fiscal Notes:

Adoption & Amended Rules

Readopted Rules

Public Hearing Information:
Date: February 15, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar

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  • Register online by clicking this link.
  • Join by phone toll free (669-254-5252  or 833-568-8864 ) using Webinar ID: 160 349 4763

Submit a Comment:

Public Comment Period Closing Date: March 21, 2022

15A NCAC 10F - Local Water Safety Rules

The personal flotation device type code references in 10F .0201 must be removed from state laws, regulations, and rules to be in compliance with Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart B Part 175. The public comment period for these rules will be open from December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. 

Rule Text: 
15A NCAC 10F .0201

Public Hearing Information:
Date: December 16, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar

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  • Register online by clicking this link
  • Join by phone toll free (877-853-5247 or 888-788-0099) using Webinar ID: 160 707 2608

Submit a Comment:

  • Email regulations@ncwildlife.org
  • Mail written comments to Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701  

Public Comment Period Closing Date: January 31, 2022

15A NCAC 10F - Local Water Safety Rules

Rule Text: 

15A NCAC 10F .0312 - After review from law enforcement, no wake zones in the area have proved to be impractical, unenforceable, and unnecessary. There have been no recorded boater safety hazards and none are expected moving forward.

15A NCAC 10F .0317 - A no wake zone is being proposed on a portion of Lake Tillery at Morrow Mountain State Park, within 50 yards of the shoreline. There are proposed technical amendments to the Rule to itemize all public and private Boating Access Areas in Stanly County on Badin Lake [10F .0317(a)(l)(B)(C)], Lake Tillery [10F .0317 (a)(2)(D)(E)], and Tuckertown Reservoir [10F .0317(a)(3)]. A technical amendment will identify the location of the existing Badin Swim Area [10F .0317(b)] Fiscal Note

15A NCAC 10F .0318 - Amendments for the Warren County no-wake zones on Lake Gaston will be incorporated into 15A NCAC 10F .0336 Northampton and Warren counties allowing for this rule to be repealed.

15A NCAC 10F .0323 - No wake zones are being proposed 50 yards northwest and southeast of the Mills Creek pedestrian bridge on Mills Creek at Lake James State Park on Lake James in Burke County to mitigate hazards to boater safety. Fiscal Note

15A NCAC 10F .0327 - Technical amendments are being proposed to accurately describe WRC Boating Access Areas.

15A NCAC 10F .0333 - No wake zones are being proposed at Brown’s Cove on Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County to mitigate hazards to boater safety.

15A NCAC 10F .0336 - Proposed amendments incorporate requirements on Lake Gaston in Warren County currently codified in 15A NCAC 10F .0318 (proposed for repeal).

15A NCAC 10F .0354 - No wake zones are being proposed at Barber Lake to mitigate hazards to boater safety. FIscal Note

 15A NCAC 10F .0378 - No wake zones are being proposed at an abandoned trestle is in a narrow channel where Deep Creek meets Roanoke Rapids Lake. There are also proposed WRC Boating Access Areas. Fiscal Note

 

The public comment period for these rules will be open through March 21, 2022. 

 

Public Hearing Information:
Date: February 7, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

  • Register online by clicking this link
  • Join by phone toll free (877-853-5247 or 888-788-0099) using Webinar ID: 160 989 2638

Submit a Comment:

  • Submit a comment online
  • Email regulations@ncwildlife.org
  • Mail written comments to Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701  

Public Comment Period Closing Date: March 21, 2022

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Proposed Regulation Updates

To receive updates on proposed regulations, email regulations@ncwildlife.org.

Subjecting a Proposed Rule to Legislative Review 

Written objections to proposed rules can be submitted to the Rules Review Commission. If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections from 10 or more individuals 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.