Wildlife Commission to hold public hearing in Clyde on Jan. 17

Jan 12, 2017

CLYDE  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Haywood Community College, 185 Freelander Drive, Clyde.

The purpose of the meeting will be to take comments on proposed changes to 39 agency regulations related to wildlife management, fisheries and game lands for the 2017-18 seasons.

Three proposed regulations would redefine youth as anyone under 18 years old and allow them to participate during the youth either-sex deer hunts, Youth Deer Hunting Day, Spring Youth-only Wild Turkey Season, Youth-only Delayed Harvest Trout Water Season and any youth hunts on game lands.

Under these proposals, licensing requirements would not change.

One proposed hunting regulation seeks to create a third archery season segment in the Western deer season. The season would open the Sunday immediately following the last day of gun season and close on Jan. 1 for antlered bucks only.

This proposal would add three weeks of additional archery hunting opportunity in the Western deer season. A biological evaluation shows negligible impacts of this proposed change to the deer population in the Western deer season.

A fishing-related proposed regulation would allow bank angling on Lake Calderwood in Graham County under the reciprocal fishing license agreement between North Carolina and Tennessee.

A new game land regulation would establish the William H. Silver Game Land in Haywood County as a six-day-per-week game land with an introductory either-sex deer season.

More information on all of the proposed regulations to the agency’s wildlife management, game lands, fishing and other agency regulations for the 2017-18 seasons can be found online at https://ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/PublicEntry/ProposedRegulations.aspx.

The comment period for the proposed regulation will run through Feb.1, 2017.

If you would like to make lengthy comments on the proposed regulations, or would like to propose a new regulation change, e-mail to regulations@ncwildlife.org or send a letter to: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Proposed Regulations Comments, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701.

After collecting and considering all public comments, the 19 wildlife commissioners will meet on Feb. 16, to decide whether to adopt the proposals.

Approved proposals will take effect Aug. 1, 2017.