Have you ever wondered how fish and game regulations come to be laws? Maybe you’ve wondered if there was a way you could voice your input on changes to these regulations? Yes, you can, and you can find out a lot about how regulations are made by attending one of the upcoming public hearing being conducted by the NCWRC this month.

Nine public hearing are scheduled throughout the state, and the topic of discussion will be the 39 proposed changes to regulations dealing with fisheries, game lands, and wildlife management for the 2017-18 seasons.

Proposals range from redefining “youth” as anyone under 18-year-old. This would impact youth hunting days, and who can hunt during them, to establishing guidelines for carrying out the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Other changes include the manner in which hunters report their big game harvests, and additions and changes to several of the NCWRC’s Game Lands Program.

Click here to see more information on all of the proposed regulation changes.

Each of the hearings will begin at 7 p.m., and the locations are as follows:

Jan. 10, Bladen Community College Auditorium, 7418 NC Hwy 41W, Dublin, NC

Jan. 11, Southern Alamance High School, 631 Southern High School Road, Graham, NC

Jan. 12, Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032-B Newt Road, Albemarle, NC

Jan. 17, Haywood Community College Auditorium, 185 Freelander Drive, Clyde, NC

Jan. 18, Western Piedmont Community College, 1001 Burkemont Ave. Morganton, NC

Jan. 19, Elkin High School, 334 Elk Spur Street, Elkin, NC

Jan. 24, Chowan County Public Safety Center, 305 W. Freemason Street, Edenton, NC

Jan. 25, Craven Community College, Orringer Auditorium, 800 College Court, New Bern, NC 

Jan. 26, Nash Community College Brown Auditorium, 522 N. Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount, NC