The next few days are important for the public to have a say on two popular hunting topics – migratory game birds and black bears – before the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission meets on April 21.
The commission is taking public comment online through April 10 on seasons for migratory game birds including waterfowl, doves, woodcock, rails and snipe. Comment is sought through April 12 on proposed temporary rules for bear hunting.
Under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s new guidelines, migratory bird seasons are being considered all at once this spring instead of in the previous early and late season process. Among changes, the special sea duck season would be reduced to 60 days, and the N.C. commission seeks opinions on reducing brant season to 30 days.
To comment or to view the federal frameworks, go to https://ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/PublicEntry/PublicComments.aspx.
Proposed rules would allow the hunting of bears over bait – in the form of unprocessed food – throughout the season instead of the first six days. Operating under a temporary rule making process, the commission will hold the last of five public hearings at 7 p.m. Friday at Martin Community College in Williamston. Read the proposal and comment at https://ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/PublicEntry/PublicComments.aspx.
Bear proposal opposed: The N.C. Camo Coalition, part of the N.C. Wildlife Federation, opposes the wildlife commission’s bear baiting proposal and the way the potential change is being addressed under temporary rules outside of the regular rule making process.
The organization said in an emailed letter that the best way to reach the state’s goal of increased harvest is to raise the bag limit to two bears per season and to allow taking one bear during the bow or primitive weapons season for deer.
The coalition urged people to comment through its form at http://bit.ly/1qtm1J8.
Turkey season: The season for wild turkey starts Saturday and runs through May 7. Go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Species/Birds/WildTurkey.aspx.
Boat show: Watch craftsman Huber Guthrie of Harkers Island build a juniper-plank skiff, tour U.S. Coast Guard and Navy boats and learn about fire safety, varnishing, knot tying, rigging and splicing, caring for a dinghy, maintaining a diesel engine and more this weekend.
Seminars and exhibits by more than 100 vendors are part of the Oriental Rotary Club’s eighth Oriental In-Water Boat Show, Nautical Flea Market and Wooden Boat Exhibition April 8-10 at Oriental Harbor Marina on the Neuse River about 35 minutes from New Bern off N.C. 55.
Admission is $5. Proceeds fund scholarships. Find a schedule at www.orientalboatshow.com.
Banquet: The Triangle Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina will hold its expo and banquet at 5 p.m. April 28 at the State Fairgrounds. Individual tickets cost $65. Contact Rollie Tillman at 919-880-6197 or CCA NC at 919-781-3474, or go to www.ccanc.org.
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