January 07, 2010 at 6:30am
The hearings are meant to give hunters & or non-hunters the oportunity to voice their opinion on proposals to change any NCWRC regulations. Went well. I've been going to these hearings for several years now & enjoy hearing the comments from other sportsmen. Not alot of proposals on the table this year, but as you know several from last year are still being reviewed. I was surprised to see a proposal for an armadillo season. Didn't realize any were around. My main comments were about extending the muzzle loading season, earn a buck, and some clarification of the gray areas in the regulation book about feral hog hunting. In my opinion, any extension of the firearms season should be restricted to 'does only.' We all know that some areas have too many deer. The only way to keep numbers in check is to take out the does. Putting any extra pressure on the bucks doesn't do any thing to help control the population.
The two buck rule has helped the quality of the bucks I've seen harvested the last couple of years. 'Earn a buck' would take the next step in improving the quality of bucks and reducing the quantity of deer. As far as the 'non-regulated' feral hogs, ther are too many gray areas about hunting them on private land. I've been told by several wardens that I can do what I want, 'BUT?'. I want something in print. Hopefully the Commission will clear up some things.