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 10H .1201-.1204 Fox Hunting Preserve Petition

The Commission received a petition for rulemaking on September 10, 2020.In that petition, amendments were proposed to the following rules: 15A NCAC 10H .1201, .1202, .1203, and .1204.As part of the periodic review process, the Commission had initiated rulemaking for all rules in Section 10H .1200 in August 2020.At their December 10, 2020 meeting, the WRC voted to grant the petition.However, the Commission also voted to readopt the 10H .1200 rules, as required by G.S. 150B-21.3A(d)(2), which may address some of the petitioner’s concerns. The rulemaking initiated in August will be reviewed by the RRC in January and those readoptions are anticipated to become effective February 1, 2021; thus, the language in this Notice will differ from the language that has been readopted by the agency.

Rule Text: 
15A NCAC 10H .1201-.1204

Public Hearing Information:
Date: February 3, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar

  • Join online by registering here to receive log in information 
  • Join by phone toll free (888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247) using Webinar ID: 962 0532 3799

Submit a Comment:

  • Email
  • Written comments can be mailed to Rule-making Coordinator, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 


Public Comment Period Closing Date: March 16, 2021

15A NCAC 10F .0305 Brunswick Co. Ocean Isle Beach

The Town of Ocean Isle Beach submitted an application and resolution requesting rulemaking for a no-wake zone in the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) shore to shore from a point 100 yards east of the NC Hwy 904 Odell Williamson Bridge to a point 100 yards west of the bridge. The no-wake zone is necessary to mitigate boater safety hazards in the narrow channel with heavy vessel traffic on both sides of the bridge and obstructions caused by the bridge fender system, as well as a boating access area that is adjacent to the bridge. The WRC obtained concurrence from the US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District on July 2, 2020 to place a no-wake zone within the waters of the ICW.

Rule Text: 15A NCAC 10F .0305
Fiscal Note: 15A NCAC 10F .0305

Public Hearing Information:
Date: December 17, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar 

  • Join online from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device by clicking this link
  • Join by phone toll free (888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247) using Webinar ID: 918 9626 3266

Submit a Comment: 

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


Public Comment Period Closing Date: Feb. 1, 2021





2021-2022 Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, and Game Land Regulation Proposals

The public comment period for proposed 2021-2022 fishing, hunting, trapping, and game land regulations, including Sunday Hunting, will be open from December 1, 2020 to February 1, 2021. 

Regulation Proposal Information and Public Comments Portal

Rule Text for all Proposed Changes (PDF)

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

Public Hearing Information:

Online Hearing
Date: Jan. 21, 2021
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Register online by clicking this link. 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: 928 5632 3468.  

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, an overview of the proposals is available on the agency's YouTube Channel.

Submit a Comment: 


Public Comment Period Closing Date: February 1, 2021

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Proposed Regulation Updates

To receive updates on proposed regulations, email

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.