Well, so much for the NCBA and other wacko organizations that tried to keep crossbows out of the hands of NC hunters last year. One of their big arguements is that too many deer would be taken if anyone could use a crossbow. Well, bow kills in 2010 were 11367, lowest it's been in years! 2009 was 13104, 2008 was 12292 and 2007 was 11429.
Power to the hunter...and freedom of choice!
Well, it's been 30 days since the NC legislative session began and had a chance to submit bills to disallow the NCWRC rule changes proposed last year. Of the 15 delayed hunting regs, 4 have been challenged and will therefore not be part of the 2010-2011 hunting season. The other 11 should be included in the regulations booklet. You can view the delayed changes on the NC wildlife home page(below), with H5, H26, H28 and H48 being challenged and therefore not included.
Hey NC Sportsman, it would have been beneficial if someone from your staff would have done some reporting on these matters.
It appears the Human Society, PETA, NC Bowhunters Assoc and other antihunting groups have found an ally in the NC legislature. Sen Fletcher Hartsell(R), representing Cabarrus and Iredell counties, has introduced another bill to disapprove a NCWRC proposed change to hunting regulations. His bill, SB1173, will not allow the use of crossbow(without permit) during bow season. Yet another blow to those of us trying to promote hunting to ALL citizens, without exclusion.
Senate bill 1144 has been introduced by Senator Hartsell to disapprove the 2009 NCWRC adopted rule change to shorten bow season and lengthen muzzleloader season by one week.
Right now, a regulatory change to allow Sunday bow hunting is a moving target.
The county commissioners voted today to ask the state to allow Watauga County voters to decide the issue for themselves, assuming the General Assembly upholds a regulatory change. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted last year to change the rules and allow Sunday bow hunting, but formal opposition during the hearing procedures kicked the issue to state lawmakers.
It's possible the issue won't go to a floor vote in the short session, meaning the change wouldn't take effect this year, if approved. However, county residents had started a petition drive against the proposal, citing tradition,religious reasons, and safety issues. Comments mailed to the commissioners and delivered at public meetings showed division on the issue, with hunters claiming an unfair restriction on their sport and touting the tourism benefits of Sunday hunting.
The commissioners sidestepped a potential church-state issue by seeking a referendum, which would have to be granted by the General Assembly through a special exemption if the state law were changed.