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.

15A NCAC 10D .0103 Hunting on Game Lands – Temporary Rule

Temporary amendments to this rule are necessary to establish hunting seasons and manage game lands. This rule was adopted by the Agency in February 2021 and was objected to. At this point, permanent rulemaking is contrary to public interest, as changes need to be in place before August 1, 2021 when the public is notified of upcoming 2021-2022 hunting seasons. To avoid confusing the regulated public, the agency is adopting this rule under temporary procedures. 

The following changes are proposed to establish hunting seasons and manage game lands:

  • Correct the name of Alcoa game land to Yadkin River game land.
  • Clarify December segment of the bear season for Alligator River, Buckridge, Chowan Swamp, Gull Rock, and Van Swamp game lands.
  • Correct the primitive weapons seasons for deer on Nicholson Creek Game Land.
  • Change Perkins Game Land from an Introductory Either-Sex Gun Season to a Conservative Either-Sex Gun Season.
  • Add definitions of “Seven Days per Week Game Land” and “Four Days per Week Game Land”
  • Change six game lands to “Four Days per Week Game Lands” and 45 game lands to “Seven Days per Week Game Lands”.
  • Prohibit the harvest of bear on Sunday on 25 game lands in the Coastal Bear Management Unit.
  • Remove Brunswick County Game Land from the program.
  • Clarify when and where horseback riding is allowed on R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell, Chatham, Jordan, Pee Dee River, and Sandhills game lands.
  • Prohibit the pursuing or chasing of deer and bear with dogs for the purposes of training or hunting on the Beaufort County portion of Goose Creek Game Land that is north of NC 33 except for that portion east of Smith Creek and south of Campbell Creek.
  • Remove references to impoundments on Stones Creek Game Land.
  • Clarify restrictions on Wildlife Conservation Areas.

Rule Text:  15A NCAC 10D .0103

Public Hearing Information:
Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar 

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Public Comment Period Closing Date: May 21, 2021


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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.