DMF closes trout fishery

A proclamation issued by Stephen Murphey, Director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF) will end fishing for spotted seatrout (speckled trout), probably until June 15.

Proclamation FF-1- 2018 states that, as of January 5 it is “unlawful to possess, transport, buy, sell or offer to sale spotted seatrout taken from coastal and joint fishing waters of North Carolina except dealers will have until Friday, January 12, 2018 to dispose of unfrozen spotted seatrout in their possession taken prior to the closure.”

The closure is prompted by a “severe cold stun event” that is expected to have an adverse effect on speckled trout populations. The NCDMF anticipates reopening the recreational and commercial fishing seasons on trout on June 15, 2018 after surviving fish have had the opportunity to spawn.

More information is available by phone at 800-682- 2632 or online at

Comments sought on coyote plan

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is seeking public comment through Feb. 9 on its draft Coyote Management Plan.

The plan provides biological information on coyotes in North Carolina, identifies concerns about coyotes, outlines the challenges of coyote control and provides strategies to minimize impacts of coyotes.

In addition, it outlines statutory changes that will improve coyote management, identifies known knowledge gaps and recommends strategies to address coyote management issues.

The NCWRC developed the plan at the request of the N.C. General Assembly to address the impacts of coyotes in North Carolina and the threats that those animals may pose to citizens, industries, and populations of native wildlife. The Coyote Management Plan can be examined at the Wildlife Commission’s web site,

Comments on it can be submitted by email to or mailed to: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Coyote Management Plan, MSC 1722, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1722.

Hunting Seasons

Mourning dove: thru Jan. 15

Canada goose: (in Resident Population Zone) thru Feb. 10

Light geese (inc. snow, blue & Ross’ geese): thru Feb. 10

Ducks, Mergansers & Coots: thru Jan. 27

Sea ducks: thru Jan. 27 (in special sea duck area only)

Tundra swan: (with special permit) thru Jan. 31

Brant: thru Jan. 27

Controlled hunting preserves: thru Mar. 31

Raccoon, opossum, gray squirrel, grouse, bobcat: thru Feb. 28

Rabbit & amp; quail: thru Feb. 28

Woodcock: thru Jan. 27

Common snipe: thru Feb. 28

Coyote, feral swine (hogs), nutria, skunk, groundhog or armadillo: no closed season

Trapping: through Feb. 28

Note: Check the N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, available online or from Wildlife Service Agents, for additional information regarding seasons, bag limits and special provisions, especially for black bears.