Wildlife Hunting Proposals & Actions
Over the last four years, some members of the NCWRC, have tried to legalize killing bears over bait. While their approaches to accomplish this have varied, their determination to make it a reality at any cost has not wavered.
Before the 2014 NCWRC public hearings on proposed regulatory changes, various hunting groups sponsored public meetings to allow the NCWRC to test the public's interest in allowing hunters to kill bear at a bait site. Over the course of 33 meetings, including numerous meeting sponsored by the NCBHA, the NCWRC heard over and over that the users (bear hunters) strenuously objected to any proposal allowing bears to be killed at a bait site.
In case that wasn't proof enough that hunters didn't want the NCWRC to allow bait killings, the NCWRC voted to place two specific proposals on the agenda of nine statewide public hearings. The two proposals were as follows:
This proposal allows bears to be taken with the aid or use of unprocessed foods, but not while actually consuming the unprocessed foods, on private lands from the first open Monday of the bear hunting season to the following Saturday only in the following locations: Coastal Bear Management Unit: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Cumberland, Currituck, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Onslow, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson Counties and Mountain Bear Management Unit: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Jackson, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties.
This proposal allows bears to be taken with the aid or use of unprocessed foods, but not while actually consuming the unprocessed foods, on private lands during all open days of each bear hunting season in the following locations: Piedmont Bear Management Unit (PBMU): Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davie, Davidson, Durham, Franklin, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Iredell, Johnston, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Vance, Warren, Wake, Union, and Yadkin Counties.
Despite a slick NCWRC presentation at each of the nine public hearings, both regulations were rejected by the public commenters by a 4 to 1 margin. Notwithstanding the public rejection, the NCWRC ignored the forceful public opposition and voted to adopt these rules with no further discussion.
How could that happen, you ask? It happened because this body is not held accountable to anyone! Our governor, the president pro-tem, and house speaker appoint these people without explanation as to their qualifications to sit on a commission and render actions that would be unfathomable in any other government forum.