Outdoors Notebook

Sunday hunting being considered again

CorrespondentMarch 13, 2013 

The status of the Roanoke River Grand Slam fishing series was incorrectly reported. This will be the second annual competition.

With a new General Assembly in place, a new effort is under way to allow hunting on Sunday in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 224, which would allow Sunday hunting on private land with the owner’s permission, passed first reading this past Thursday, a day after being introduced.

If enacted, the bill would allow Sunday hunting on privately owned land “if the person is the owner of the property or if the person has written permission dated and signed by the owner of the property to hunt on Sunday on that property,” the bill reads.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. E.S. “Buck” Newton of Johnston, Nash and Wilson counties, with co-sponsorship from Sen. Ben Clark of Cumberland and Hoke counties and Sen. Jim Davis of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

After the first reading, the bill was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources. Follow the progress at www.ncleg.net.

Sunday hunting has been illegal in the state for more than 100 years. Bow hunting and falconry have been permitted on Sundays on private lands and falconry on Sundays on public lands since the start of the fall 2010 seasons.

Wildlife Expo in Wilmington: Outdoors enthusiasts will find topics from fishing and hunting to wildlife art, antique tackle, boating, conservation and cooking at the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo this weekend at the Coastline Center in Wilmington.

Randy Edwards of The History Channel’s “Swamp People!” will appear. Kids can join in the Quality Deer Management Association-sponsored Wild Child Treasure Hunt and many other activities.

Popular exhibits are the live wolves and raptors, organizer W.C. Lanier said, and property owners might be interested in the sales of landscaping plants for wildlife and permanent food plots.

Hours run 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. Admission is $10, seniors and military get in for $7, and ages 10 and under are free. Learn more at www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com.

Weldon creates series: Fishermen need little excuse to head for the Roanoke River at Weldon each spring, but the town is adding incentive anyway.

The Shad Shootout on March 23, the Rock the Roanoke striped bass tournament April 20 and the 24-Hour Catfish Challenge on May 10-11 will be part of the second annual Roanoke River Grand Slam.

Grand Slam entry is free, and adult and youth tournament fees vary. Prize money exceeds $3,500. The title will be awarded May 11. Register as teams or individuals by March 22 at www.historicweldonnc.com or call (252) 536-4836.

Youth hunt grows: North Carolina’s spring wild turkey season will include a longer youth season that also will permit adults to accompany more than one youth, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said in a news release.

The youth-only season runs April 6-12. The adult must be near. The week’s bag limit is one bird. Previously, youth season was a single day.

The adult season runs April 13 to May 11. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.

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