Changes to wildlife regulations proposed

A total of 44 changes to the state’s hunting, fishing, trapping, and game lands

regulations have been proposed to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and

have been presented in recent weeks at public hearings in the state’s nine wildlife

districts. Two of the proposals deal with small game: Proposal H2 calls for the

rabbit hunting season to open on the Monday on or nearest Oct. 15, instead of the

Saturday before Thanksgiving and running through the last day of February.

Proposal H3 would open fox squirrel hunting in all 100 counties (versus 27

counties currently open) and extend the season to January 31, instead of December 31.

A listing of all the proposed changes and the rationale for each can be found on

the NCWRC’s website (www.ncwildlife.org) by clicking on the appropriate

scrolling banner at the bottom of the home page. Comments may be submitted

online to regulations@ncwildife.org or mailed to Rule Making Coordinator, NC

Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Ctr., Raleigh, NC 27699-1700

through Friday, Feb. 1. The Wildlife Commission will make final decisions on the

proposed changes at their February meeting.

The Inshore Institute

Anglers who enjoy fishing in the creeks, river and sounds of eastern North

Carolina will have a unique opportunity on Saturday, Feb. 23 to learn techniques

and strategies from some of the top experts in this part of the country. The 2019

Inshore Institute will be hosted by Neuse River Bait and Tackle at Pamlico

Community College (5049 Hwy 306S, Grantsboro) on that day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Well-known guides with, collectively, hundreds of years of experience fishing

for speckled trout, stripers, flounder, red drum, Spanish mackerel and cobia will

share their expertise and help all those in attendance have more angling success.

The day will kick off with a light breakfast, followed by presentations and

demonstrations. Lunch will be catered by Moore’s BBQ. A featured presenter will

be Mark Davis of television’s award-winning Big Water Adventures. Throughout

the day there will be raffles for over $8,000-worth of fishing gear and seven guided fishing trips.

Tickets to the Inshore Institute ($100) include raffles and meals. For more

information or to purchase tickets, visit Neuse River Bait and Tackle on Hwy. 55 in Grantsboro or phone 252-745-0708.

Vanceboro DU banquet scheduled

The Vanceboro Chapter of the Ducks Unlimited will host their annual fund

raising/membership banquet on Friday, Feb. 8 at Woolard’s Equipment Shop at 1903 Hwy. 43N in Vanceboro. The evening will kick off with a social hour at 6

p.m., followed by a catered dinner, a silent and live auction, and various raffles and

games. All proceeds will benefit the habitat and conservation projects of Ducks Unlimited.

Tickets, which include a year’s membership in DU, are $60 for singles, $75 for

couples and $17 for youth aged 17 and under. In addition, sponsor tickets for $250

are available. For information or tickets, contact Don Hughes at 252-637-8701 or

donandbeckyhughes@gmail.com.

Hunter Education courses

The Hunter Education course, required by the N.C. Wildlife Resources

Commission for all hunters age 16 and up, will be offered on Feb. 3 at Haw Branch

Church in Chocowinity from 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 10 at the Half Moon

Volunteer Fire Department in Jacksonville from 8 a.m. to5 p.m.; Feb. 10 at the

Maysville Volunteer Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Feb. 17 at the

South East Volunteer Fire Department in Oriental from noon to 6 p.m. To sign up

or get more information, go online to www.ncwildlife.org and click on the

scrolling Hunter Education banner at the bottom of the home page.

Open Season

Raccoon, opossum, gray and red squirrel – thru Feb. 28

Note: Fox squirrels are legal game in only select counties. Check the NCWRC

Regulations Digest, p.72

Grouse – thru Feb. 28

Dove – thru Jan. 31

Rabbit and Quail –thru Feb. 28

Tundra Swan (by permit only) – thru Jan. 31

Bobcat – thru Feb. 28

Snow goose – thru Feb. 9

Crow – Wed., Fri. and Sat. thru Feb. 28

Coyote, groundhog, nutria, armadillo and feral hogs – no closed season

Controlled Hunting Preserves – thru Mar. 31

Striped Bass (Cent.-Southern Mgmt. Area) – thru Apr. 30