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  • 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!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:39pm

    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.

    June 12, 2010 at 9:35pm

    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.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:43pm

    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.

    May 14, 2010 at 3:33pm

    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.

    May 04, 2010 at 3:00pm
    A comment titled: nice! in response to a report titled: Crazy 20 point non-typical

    Very nice deer! What county did you get him?

    September 14, 2010 at 12:29pm
    A comment titled: depends in response to a report titled: your opinion which one to shoot?

    If they were in my hunting tract, I'd pull the trigger on either. The reason, I'm surrounded by dog clubs and still clubs that shoot everything that walks by. I get summer cam pics of good deer(8-12pt) and never see them again after Dec. If your area is not too pressured, I'd take the left one.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:26pm
    A comment titled: nice in response to a report titled: Surprise surprise More Pics.

    Nice Caswell county deer. Good luck!

    September 12, 2010 at 11:48am
    A comment titled: Dont drink the koolaid in response to a report titled: NCBA

    Viper, great to see you back on the posts, and you're absolutely correct. Having used a vertical bow for 20 years, and a crossbow in other states for 2, there is no real advantage to using one. Cocking is difficult in stands, shot distance is equal to or less than a vertical bow, crossbows are noisier, both have sights, latest technology, etc. But the NCBA, a radical group of less than 1500 members, wants to dictate how NC sportsmen and women can hunt. Sounds ALOT like the antihunting groups to me.
    At a time when the number of hunters is decreasing, we should be doing all we can to bring more people into the sport. My 9yr old daughter would love to go bow hunting with me, but we haven't found a vertical that she can successfully use. However, she can use my crossbow with the aid of the cocking device. But because of the NCBAs backpocket politicians, she will sit home or in a blind with me, unable to hunt. Inclusion, NOT exclusion!
    As for the legislature, don't forget that there are also House bills along with the Senate bills mentioned by Castnblast. And as for them not being law, that's true. But it's the simple fact that these rule changes even got challenged is what's really disappointing. Law or not, they won't be part of the 2010-2011 hunting regulations.
    And on another note, MAYBE not related to NCBA, but the no hunting on Sunday is also a shame.

    June 14, 2010 at 7:53pm
    A comment titled: nice in response to a report titled: Bucks Growing

    You using anything on that stump? They're hitting the Trophyrocks like crazy. Started shooting the, I forgot, the NC legislature has a bill to not allow crossbows during bow season.

    June 05, 2010 at 4:36pm
    A comment titled: Sunday hunting law update in response to a report titled: Sunday bowhunts?

    A bill has been submitted in the NC House to not allow Sunday hunting on private land. Write/call/email your legislators if you oppose this bill.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:24pm
    A comment titled: Its politics now in response to a report titled: Sunday bowhunts?

    It depends if the legislature acts on the delayed NCWRC changes in the next 25 days. A bill has already been introduced to not allow the bow/muzzleloader season change. Nothing yet about Sunday hunting. You can follow the NC bills at

    May 15, 2010 at 3:58pm
    A comment titled: nothing in response to a report titled: Viperx?

    You ain't alone. Hunted all day, and didn't see hide nor hair of a deer. Heck, only saw 1 squirrel! Thank goodness for thermacells. Now just need a cool snap and some rain.

    September 13, 2009 at 3:09pm
    A comment titled: post the info in response to a report titled: UPDATE ON SEASONS

    Please post the names of the groups/people that sent the letters

    August 30, 2009 at 1:27pm
    A comment titled: new regs in response to a report titled: Sunday Hunting???

    The 09-10 regulations digest is now(6/24) online @ ncwildlife website. No changes for Sunday hunting, bag limits, crossbows, etc.

    June 24, 2009 at 5:41pm
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