AN ACT TO PRESERVE NORTH CAROLINA'S OUTDOOR HERITAGE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND AMEND VARIOUS WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION LAWS.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Clarifies that the report on the development of the plan for establishing and implementing the NC Outdoor Heritage Trust Fund is to be submitted by the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council along with the Wildlife Resources Commission.
Amends new GS 143B-344.60 to require the initial chair of the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council be named by the Governor (was, by the Executive Director of the Wildlife Resources Commission).
Amends GS 103-2 as follows. Changes the statute's caption. Prohibits the use of a firearm to take deer that are run or chased by dogs on Sunday (was, prohibited chasing deer with dogs, or allowing a dog to run or chase deer). Prohibits hunting on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of worship or any accessory structure, or within 300 yards of a residence not owned by the landowner (was, hunting within 300 yards of a place or worship or any accessory structure is prohibited, with no mention of a residence). Adds a prohibition on hunting on Sunday in a county with a population greater than 700,000. Deletes the additional changes to GS 103-2, which were to take effective July 1, 2018. Effective October 1, 2015.
Amends GS 153A-129 to allow a county to prohibit hunting on Sunday, as allowed under GS 103-2, so long as the ordinance doing so (1) is applicable from January 1 to December 31 of any year, (2) allows for individuals hunting in an adjacent county with no restriction on Sunday hunting to retrieve any animal lawfully shot from the adjacent county, and (3) is applicable to the entire county. Effective October 1, 2017; allows a county to adopt an ordinance prohibiting Sunday hunting before that date, but prohibits it from becoming effective until October 1, 2017.
Amends GS 113-291.4 by deleting proposed language that allowed the Wildlife Resources Commission to restrict or prohibit the use of dogs in hunting foxes during the breeding and raising seasons for game during the period April 1 through August 1.
Amends proposed GS 113-291.5A to add that it is also the General Assembly's intent to recognize that hunting with dogs is a valuable part of the state's outdoor heritage.
Deletes proposed GS 113-136.1, which required the use of body worn cameras by Wildlife Enforcement Officers.
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