WRC Seeks Authority to Prohibit Bear Hunting with Dogs on Game Lands
On February 26, 2014, the WRC proposed a regulation change allowing the WRC to prohibit the use of dogs for taking deer and bear on Game Lands. This all began when the Vice Chairman proposed that a large portion of Bladen Lakes Game Land be designated as Still Hunting Only and the use of hunting dogs be prohibited for hunting deer and bear.
Keep your eyes on the ball: The problem here is the WRC wants expanded rule making authority on the shelf and ready to go whenever they want to limit bear hunting with dogs Don’t be distracted by the illusion that this is only about several thousand acres at one Game Land, it’s much more.
The reason the WRC is presenting this proposed regulatory change is:
The proposal was not was not filed.
The proposal was not presented at the January 2014 District Public Hearings.
Based on the scope of impact, the proposal was table until the WRC could back-up and conduct the proposed rule making in accordance with state law and avoid administrative and legal challenges.
The NCBHA objects to the above rule in its present form. We request that all proposed changes that specifically reference bear, bear hunting with dogs or big game, be struck from this proposed rule. The inclusion of bear hunters and bear hunting in this proposed authority is without merit or need and represents a risk to public involvement in future rule making issues.