Bill Summary for H 597 (2019-2020)

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Apr 17 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 597 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 3, 2019
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE STATUTES GOVERNING THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION.
Intro. by Adams, Henson, Wray, Yarborough.

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House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

Deletes the proposed changes to GS 113-291.2, which authorized the Wildlife Resources Commission to issue proclamations to modify or close open wildlife seasons and bag limits in order to prevent overharvest of wildlife.

Modifies the proposed changes to GS 113-270.2  concerning the controlled hunting preserve hunting license to provide for the taking of domestically raised chukars, Hungarian partridges, and game birds other than wild turkey within a licensed controlled hunting preserve (previously removed the exclusion for wild turkeys). Makes conforming changes. 

Makes technical and conforming changes to GS 113-273 regarding a controlled hunting preserve operator license. Modified the proposed wildlife control agent license to specify that the license is not required for licensed trappers taking wild animals during the established trapping season for that species. 

Establishes the effective date of October 1, 2019 (previously had conflicting effective dates of October 1 and August 1, 2019), for the proposed changes to GS 113-291.6, which require trappers' trapper identification numbers be on certain traps.

Modifies the proposed changes to GS 14-417.2 to require the permanent enclosures (was, enclosures) of crocodilians to be designed to be escape-proof and have a fence of sufficient strength to prevent contact between the observer and the crocodilian, and have an operable lock.

Amends GS 113-291.1 to prohibit the knowing taking of a wild turkey from within 300 yards of any place in which bait has been placed until 10 days after the bait has been consumed or otherwise removed (previously did not include an intent element; did not limit the prohibition to a measured area).

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