AN ACT TO DIRECT THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION TO REPEAL ITS REGULATION BANNING NIGHT HUNTING OF COYOTES IN CERTAIN COASTAL COUNTIES.
Directs the Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) and the Commission staff to implement the rules for night hunting of a coyote as set forth in subsection (a) of 15A NCAC 10B .0219 in every county of the state to the extent allowed by federal law until the effective date of the revised permanent rule adopted by the Commission pursuant to this act. Current subsection (a) of 15A NCAC 10B .0219 establishes (1) there is no closed season for taking coyotes, (2) coyotes may be taken on private lands anytime during the day or night, and (3) coyotes may be taken on public lands without a permit from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset, and with a permit from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. Subsection (b) of 15A NCAC 10B .0219, which this act refers to as the "Night Hunting Rule," prohibits coyote hunting on public lands in Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrell, and Washington counties, requires a permit and sets certain hours for coyotes to be taken on private lands in those counties, and further requires reporting of coyotes taken on private land in those counties within 24 hours to the Commission.
This act requires the Commission to adopt a rule to amend the Night Hunting Rule (subsection (b) of 15A NCAC 10B .0219, Coyote) consistent with and substantively identical to the above directive requiring the implementation of the provisions of subsection (a) of 15A NCAC 10B .0219 statewide. Provides that rules adopted pursuant to this act are not subject to review by the Rules Review Commission in accordance with Part 3 of Article 2A of GS Chapter 150B. Further, provides that rules adopted pursuant to this act are effective as provided in GS 150B-21.3(b1) as though 10 or more written objections had been received as provided by GS 150B-21.3(b2). Provides that this act expires when permanent rules adopted as required by this act become effective.
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