Proposed Hunting & Fishing Changes

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.


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  • by Traditional Hunter on Jul 20, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    BubbaQ is a joke!! Anyone else agree??
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      by BabbaQ on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to Traditional Hunter
      I am typing real slow so you can follow along; keep yourself and your hounds off my land and there won't be any problems. What I do or don't do on my land isn't the issue. The issue is the dogs are trespassing on my land, which has often led to the destruction of my property; either by the dogs or my the hunters trying to follow their dogs. How would you feel if I came onto your property and created havoc and destroyed the things you worked hard to acquire and cared for? If you cannot understand this, I suggest you seek out someone who can explain to you just how ignorant you are because it is beyond my abilities to explain it any simpler.
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        by Traditional Hunter on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:43 PM in reply to BabbaQ
        Well perhaps you should type slower so you can actually spell your name right. "BabbaQ"? How can a dog destruct your land? I'm just curious because in all my years of hunting I have never seen this, and I myself and a landowner and want to be on the lookout for destruction of my property. It's cheaper for me to grade a path with my tractor then to lose a whole crop because the deer are tearing it to pieces, I want them gone. They are the real nuisance. As for the hunters, that's their fault, don't take out your anger on the dogs. Take some effort and put up some gates and some posted signs. If you don't have the money, buy a cheap box of square nails, they'll get tired of buying tires. Or let law enforcement do their jobs. But it's not the dogs fault man. Just because you've had a bad run in with some in the past doesn't mean you have to slander everyone else that enjoys dog hunting. Sounds to me like your the case of ignorance.
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        by Ricky Bobby on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM in reply to BabbaQ
        Is this the same pack of wild dogs that are controlling our inner cities?
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      by Puh-Leez on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:20 PM in reply to Traditional Hunter
      He is not worth the effort dude.
  • by Disgraceful Location: Anywhere on Jul 20, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    The govt will take over every aspect of your life......if we let it
  • by PhoneJack Location: G-Vegas on Jul 20, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    Just another scheme for the state of nc. to con ppl out of money,so that the Politicians can put it in there pockets.
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      by Government Hater on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM in reply to PhoneJack
      That's exactly why the politicians in this state should be robbed at gunpoint.
  • by old blue Location: enc on Jul 19, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    I took old Blue, my blue Doberman, out for a hunt this morning, but not for deer or bear. We were hunting a lion! I was slowly cruising down a road when lo and behold, there it was, right in the middle of a huge parking lot! A Food Lion! I pulled in and Old Blue barked, signaling our prey was near. I went in and came out with all the food I could afford, without all the mosquitos, ticks, snakes, lost dogs, and bickering! Another sucessful hunt, and Old Blue was happy!
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      by Anon on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to old blue
      LOL...that is crazy!
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 19, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    You dang still hunters keep away from my still!
  • by MIke Location: Kinston on Jul 19, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Well. let me start by saying I love hunting, been doing it forvover 30 years, and it never gets old. Iam in a hunting club that is primarily a dog hunting club but there are several in the club including myself that stand hunt. We respect and tolerate each other. We joke and kidd each other about the different styles of hunting (they call my style sissy hunting)but we just laugh and say we'll see who gets the biggest deer at by the end of season. Sometimes a stand hunter wins big buck sometimes the dog hunter gets big buck. But in the end we all depend on each other to do our part, and we help each other. No bad cookie in my club anymore.
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      by Sam-Kitty Hawk on Jul 20, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to MIke
      Some of our crowd up in the club near Ahoskie will joke around and make fun of each other sometimes, but it's all out of friendship and respect. We all get along perfect.
  • by OU812 Location: N DA BC on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    still hunter i bet you were a big hound owner at one time !! huh !! am i right ??? come on and tell the truth !!! you guys that are trying to split hunting may just wind up on the wrong side of the fence !! the ncwrc is gonna be the worst thing that has happened to hunting in nc.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    First I must say, extending bear season is a great idea as t number of bears has become very overpopulated and has spread further to the west all the way up toward Raleigh. Second, as one who both still hunts and runs my cousin's dogs with him and a few others, I ask all the still hunters and the dog hunters just get along, show some respect for each other, and realize we all have tree huggers who want to outlaw hobbies of ours such as hunting and fishing all together, which would be asinine for them to do. We don't need our guns taken away from some ultra left fool who does'nt know a thing about the outdoors. Yes I was raised out in the country and have hunted since I was about 10 and noticed that there has become more drama over the years which is not good at all. If you are going to kill a deer, then get all the meat and don't just get the antlers and throw the rest of the deer on the side of a road. Also respect each other's land and there wont be any problems. To the guy who likes to go 75 MPH, on dirt roads, you would NEVER be allowed to hunt with our hunting club as we don't tolerate that foolishness.
  • by yankee in the south Location: nashville nc on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    hunting, fishing, and cooking the rewards is something that I enjoy. I see nothing wrong with regulation and conservation. I do have a problem with poaching and wasting game. I'll never forget seeing a deer in the woods with the tenderloins cut, horns cut and everything else was left. If you don't want to eat ALL of it in one form or another go buy Cabela's Game Hunt video games. If it's posted respect that,
  • by Anonymous Location: Enc on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Here we go agin. I hunt on the ground with a bow and my good senses. No stands,dogs or bait.
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      by dontlikedogs on Jul 31, 2011 at 01:38 AM in reply to
      AMEN! I am not against hunting, it is the best way to control the game population. BUT hunters using starved dogs, chairs in their trucks, and guns in my backyard can all be classified as low class and some more words I can't say here. Don't shoot near my HOUSE! AND don't abandon your dogs just because they don't do a good job anymore. LOW CLASS!
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