The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold statewide public hearings on 55 proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management and fishing regulations for the 2012-2013 seasons.
Proposed changes include lengthening the bear hunting season in Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Martin, Northampton, and Pitt counties and opening a bear hunting season in Edgecombe, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Stokes, Vance, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Proposals also include changing the bear season in Yadkin, Iredell, Alexander, and Catawba counties and opening the portions of Cleveland, Burke and Surry counties that are currently closed to bear hunting.
The Commission is also proposing increasing the general statewide minimum size limit for smallmouth and spotted bass and increasing the minimum size limit for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass in Public Mountain Trout Waters and waters in and west of Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, and Polk counties. These changes are part of an effort to standardize the general statewide minimum size limit for these species.
Hearings in Eastern Carolina will take place September 20th in Edenton at Swain Auditorium, September 21st in New Bern at the courthouse, and September 22nd at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount. All public hearings will begin at 7:00 p.m.
You can click the link below to read all of the proposed changes.