North Carolina Hunting News

Wildlife Commission Schedules Free Bowhunting Course
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a free bowhunting safety and education course at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia on Aug. 28 at 9:30 a.m. The course, which is part of the International Bowhunter Education Program, certifies archers to bowhunt where archery certification is required in the United States and Canada.
Spring Wild Turkey Harvest Decline
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced that the reported harvest from the spring wild turkey season dropped about 10 percent this year due, in part, to poor reproduction by wild turkeys in 2003. Changes in the reporting system for turkey harvests also may have affected the reporting rate, according to Mike Seamster, the Wildlife Commission’s upland game bird biologist.
Hunter Education Tournament Winners
Youth hunter safety teams from around the state took their best shot during the State Hunter Education Tournament, sponsored by the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission.
Wild Turkey Season Opens April 10
Sportsmen all over the state are selecting their camouflage, honing their calls and staking out the wild turkey’s strutting grounds for the spring wild turkey season that opens this month.
WRC Seeks Comments on Bear Season Changes
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on Mar. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Columbus County Courthouse in Whiteville. During the hearing, the public can comment on a proposed change to the bear season in Brunswick and Columbus counties.
Commission Schedules Public Hearings On Proposed Regulations Changes
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold its annual public hearings at nine locations across the state beginning Jan. 13. During each hearing, Wildlife Commission biologists will explain the 34 proposed changes to the state’s hunting, fishing and trapping regulations.
Black Bears Recover to Historic Numbers
North Carolina’s black bears are mounting an impressive comeback, according to the November issue of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.
Commission Clarifies Bear-Baiting Prohibition
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Oct. 3 took aggressive action to protect black bears in North Carolina by unanimously passing a resolution to interpret more strictly the state’s “bear-baiting statute.”
Report Big Game Harvests Online
Big-game hunters have a new option for reporting their harvests this year — online reporting through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Web site. As always, hunters are required to report big-game harvests to the Commission.
Summer Hunter Safety Courses
With school out and most extracurriculars idle, summer makes a perfect time for young hunters to take the required hunting safety class. North Carolina requires first-time buyers of a hunting license to complete a 10-hour hunter education course.