RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking input from the public, agency constituents, and stakeholders to help identify issues and options related to Sunday hunting on game lands. Bladen Community College will host one of six forums across the state to discuss the topic. The forum is scheduled Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the college’s auditorium.
Before the series of forums, the Commission has posted an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SundayHunting. It will be available through Feb. 2 and, the agency says, should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The survey is intended to help the Commission better understand how the public uses and values game lands.
When the Outdoor Heritage Act of 2015 passed, it removed the absolute prohibition on hunting with firearms on Sundays in North Carolina that had been in place since 1868. After receiving the authority to allow hunting on public lands via the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act of 2017, the Commission began gathering data and public input to help inform its decision on whether to allow Sunday hunting on game lands, though hunters will be prohibited from hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; hunting deer with the use of dogs; and hunting within 500 yards of a place of worship.