NC Wildlife Resources Commission Approves 43 Rule Changes For 2019


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has just voted to approve 43 out of the 44 proposed rule changes related to wildlife management, fisheries, game lands and law enforcement that will go into effect on August 1st, 2019.

The ratified new rules will be available in the N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for 2019–2020, which will become available on August 1,
2019 from your licensing agent and on

A few of the new rule changes include;

  • F17. Prohibit the possession or take of Grass Carp on the North Carolina portion of
    John H. Kerr Reservoir and Lake Norman except for scientific study by permit issued
    by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
  • H3. Open fox squirrel hunting in all 100 counties (versus 27 counties currently open) and extend the season to close on January 31, instead of December 31.
  • H5. Modify the rule specifying allowed archery equipment to: a) define archery
    equipment, b) specify allowed uses for archery equipment utilizing an elastic
    string, c) add elk, alligators, and feral swine to broadhead and minimum pull
    requirements, and d) eliminate the prohibition of barbed arrowheads.

The only rule change not approved was F10 – which would have removed the crappie in the B. Everett Jordan Reservoir by reducing the minimum size limit from 10″ down to 8″.

You can read the full text of all proposed regulations here – 2019-2020 Public Hearings booklet.

What do you think about the new rules?