North Carolina Rule Changes Sent for Legislative Review

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The North Carolina Rules Review Commission has referred a number of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's proposed rules changes to the General Assembly, due to written opposition. This action is required under state law.

As a result, these rules changes will not be implemented until reviewed by the Legislature next year. Legislators have 30 days from the start of the next session to propose a bill disapproving the rule. If no bill is proposed, the rule automatically goes into effect.

"When sufficient written opposition is received, the Rules Review Commission is required to refer proposed changes to the General Assembly for legislative review, in accordance with General Statute 150B-21.3," said Gordon Myers, Executive Director of the Wildlife Resources Commission. "This process will delay or prevent implementation of certain proposals adopted by the Wildlife Resources Commission last month and intended to become effective July 1, 2009. We will keep our constituents informed of the status of these proposals as the review process proceeds."

The remaining proposals, adopted March 4 by the Commission, will take effect July 1, 2009.

The rules changes referred to the General Assembly are:

  • H1) Require persons harvesting deer through the Deer Management Assistance Program to use tags provided by the Commission and report their harvests, whether those deer are antlerless or antlered. Allow harvest of deer on DMAP areas under the big game harvest report card and the bonus antlerless deer harvest report card, where applicable.
  • H2) Change the description of where bonus antlerless deer harvest report cards may be used from “private lands” to “lands other than those enrolled in the Commission’s Game Land Program” in order to permit the use of these cards on military installations, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands that are NOT game lands.
  • H3) Remove the daily bag limit for deer.
  • H4) Allow hunters to use archery equipment to harvest deer during the muzzleloading firearms season on game lands.
  • H5) Shorten the bow season by one week and open the muzzleloader season one week earlier to create a two week muzzleloader season.
  • H6) Deer seasons in the Northwestern deer season will be changed so that the regular gun season is extended through January 1. Deer seasons in the Eastern, Central, and Western deer season structures will remain unchanged.
  • H7) Deer seasons on game lands in the Northwestern deer season will be changed so that the regular gun season is extended through January 1. Deer seasons on game lands in the Eastern, Central, and
  • Western deer season structures will remain unchanged.
  • H8) Open all private lands in the Eastern, Central, and Northwestern deer seasons to the maximum either-sex deer season.
  • H9) Assign all of Moore County to the Eastern deer season.
  • H25) Allow falconry on Sundays, except for migratory game birds.
  • H26) Allow bow hunting on Sundays on private lands only, except for migratory game birds.
  • H28) Allow the use of crossbows, without permit, anytime bow and arrows are legal weapons.
  • H48) Disallow the selling of live foxes and coyotes taken under a depredation permit to controlled hunting preserves.
  • H50) Allow a landowner with a valid depredation permit to give away the edible portions of deer to anyone. Require the recipient to retain a copy of the depredation permit.
  • H51) Eliminate the requirement that a landholder must get a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit for the taking of migratory birds before getting a Commission permit to do so.

For a summary of the Commission’s actions on proposed rules changes at the March 4 Commission meeting, visit WRC Commission Actions on Proposed Changes in Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations for 2009-2010.