The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is charged with managing, restoring, developing, cultivating, conserving, protecting, and regulating the wildlife resources of the State of North Carolina, and administering the laws relating to game, game and freshwater fishes, and other wildlife resources.
On July 25, 2017, the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act was signed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. This law expands the Outdoor Heritage Act of 2015, which removed the absolute prohibition on hunting with firearms on Sunday in North Carolina. Under the new law, public land managers, including the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, may authorize hunting on Sundays with a firearm on the public lands for which they have jurisdiction, though hunters are still prohibited from hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., from hunting deer with the use of dogs, and from hunting within 500 yards of a place of worship.
Currently, migratory game bird hunting is prohibited on Sundays.
The North Carolina General Assembly requires that the Commission complete a research study on the biological, economic, and social impacts of hunting birds on Sunday to the General Assembly no later than March 1, 2018. Participate in the study by attending one of the four scheduled public meetings or by engaging in the conversations happening here.
Compensatory days apply only to waterfowl hunting, but are dependent on Sunday hunting prohibitions that must apply to all migratory bird species. In 1997, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked with the Atlantic Flyway Council to clarify the issue of compensatory days for states that prohibited hunting on Sundays. States that prohibited Sunday hunting of all migratory bird species by state law prior to 1997 are eligible for compensatory days for waterfowl hunting. In those states, federal rules reflect state laws by prohibiting all take of migratory birds on Sundays. Although waterfowl hunting season days must run consecutively within each segment, Sundays are not counted as hunting days and are replaced by an equal number of compensatory hunting days.
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