RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a resolution supporting a bill that would allow people to hunt on Sundays on private lands.
During a business meeting Thursday, the commission adopted a resolution in support of Senate Bill 224, which would remove a prohibition against Sunday hunting on private lands with shotgun, rifle or pistol.
According to a statement by the commission, its mission includes conserving and managing wildlife resources and enhancing the state’s hunting heritage by providing opportunities for hunters to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.
“Allowing Sunday hunting on private lands will provide additional hunting days and additional options for youth and adults whose school and employment responsibilities limit their hunting opportunities to weekends,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Commission.
The commission said North Carolina residents who hunt in neighboring states that do allow it on Sundays spend money there, robbing this state of an economic benefit.
In 2009, the commission adopted regulations allowing hunting on Sundays on private lands with archery equipment. The commission says that has not caused any problems.
The commission also adopted a motion directing Myers to work with the Legislature and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to find a solution for the potential loss of compensatory hunting days for those who hunt migratory waterfowl on public waters should Senate Bill 224 become law.
For information on hunting in North Carolina, including season dates and regulations, visit www.ncwildlife.org.