North Carolina Hunting News

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Offers Special Deer Hunting Opportunity for Youth

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a special youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Dec. 10 near New Bern. To be eligible, participants must be between 12 and 16 years old and have successfully completed a hunter education course.

The hunt will be held at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center between Vanceboro and New Bern on U.S. 17.

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Schedules Public Hearing on Feral Hogs Trapping Proposal

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Nov. 7 to receive comments on proposed temporary rules that will allow the trapping of feral hogs with no closed season and no bag limits.

Sept. 24 Proclaimed as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina

Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, recognizing both the economic and conservation contributions of sportsmen.

North Carolina Wildlife Crews Repairing Damages from Irene to Game Lands

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has repaired some damages from Hurricane Irene to coastal game lands, and is working to repair others in time for hunting seasons.

Crews have removed fallen trees and debris blocking roads leading into most game lands, so hunters should have access. However, drivers should take caution because some roads may remain excessively wet.

North Carolina: State, Federal Agencies Produce Map to Protect Fishing Industry and Environment
State and federal partners have produced the first map of an underwater fish habitat in an effort to better protect the fishing industries and coastal environments in North Carolina and Virginia.
 
The map is the first to detail the location of underwater grasses known as submerged aquatic vegetation along the entire North Carolina and southern Virginia estuarine coastlines.
 
“It’s difficult to protect something if you don’t know where it exists,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
North Carolina Allows Crossbows - Requires Concealed Weapons Permit

Use of crossbows in North Carolina is now considered a legal hunting method that may be used by licensed hunters anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed.

This change in hunting regulations has prompted an increase in crossbow sales. What has not changed are the requirements for legally purchasing a crossbow in North Carolina, reference state statutes N.C.G.S. 14-402, N.C.G.S. 14-403.

CCW Permit Changes Prompt Questions
A change in federal law that allows firearms in many national parks does not include state parks and forests or other state recreational areas, including game lands.
Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches
Is a beach an ashtray? It may be surprising, but cigarette butts were the most common item found on the world's beaches at the 2009 International Coastal Cleanup.
Hunting License Sales Increased in 2009
In a year when one word, "fewer," described life in America -- fewer jobs, fewer home sales, fewer purchases -- hunters were responsible for generating a welcome "more" category, as hunting license sales rose by 3.5 percent in 2009 in states that make up NSSF's Hunting License Sales Index.
Senators Fight Ban of Traditional Ammo in National Parks
A letter signed by numerous United States senators to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar raising important questions about actions by the National Park Service (NPS) to ban the use of traditional ammunition in parks . . .