No matter which side of the debate they’re on, people following the legislation and proposed regulations regarding the farming of captive deer in North Carolina will want to know what happens at two public meetings next month.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct public hearings seeking comment on temporary rules that were proposed at its August meeting. The 7 p.m. meetings are scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Iredell county Extension Center in Statesville and Oct. 14 at commission headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh.
The amendment to 15A NACA 10H .0301 general requirements for holding wildlife in captivity would allow issuing licenses and permits for new licensees to keep cervids such as white-tailed deer and elk in captivity in private enterprises. The change also would allow owners of herds certified to be healthy to sell or transfer cervids to any licensed facility, including new ones.
Read the proposed change at http://www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx.
This action follows a proposal during the recently ended legislative short session to move oversight of captive deer farms from the commission to the state Department of Agriculture. The new state budget, Senate Bill 744, directs the commission to evaluate deer management by March 1.
Comments, due Oct. 16, also can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701
Veto override fails: Missouri legislators on Sept. 10 failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a law that would have transferred regulation of captive deer farms from the state’s conservation department to its agricultural department. Read the vetoed bill at http://tinyurl.com/mzl7vvo.
Help kids learn: Sept. 24-30 is international Take a Child Outside Week, and Raleigh Parks and Recreation will participate with multiple activities.
Raleigh and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host National Hunting and Fishing Day events 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 at Lake Wheeler Park. Admission is free.
Lake Johnson will host a paddle outing 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24 and Family Fishing Fun 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25. For details and more events, go to http://tinyurl.com/mombhec.
ORV comment due: The National Park Service is evaluating whether to allow the use of off-road vehicles at Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Friday is the final day of a 15-day extension of the deadline for comment. Go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/CALO-ORV-DEIS.
For beach driving closures, visit http://www.nps.gov/calo/planyourvisit/wildlife-closures.htm.
Porgy harvest ends: The season closed Wednesday in state and federal waters and will reopen at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1 for recreational harvest of the porgy complex, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office announced Friday. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kfs8fs8.
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