Category Archives: HUNTING

Debate over bear hunting with dogs could get vicious

Hunting elusive bears becomes easier when assisted by dogs, as seen in this file photo. Under General Assembly-approved legislation known as a ‘Local Law,’ the practice is currently banned in Pamlico County. By Lawrence Rowe PAMLICO COUNTY – This is an open letter to the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners, which I have asked to be placed on the front page of the County Compass Newspaper. I am writing this as a citizen, taxpayer, and constituent of Pamlico County. It has come to the attention of myself and others that a movement is in motion that would once again allow the running of dogs…

Hybrid ‘coy-wolves’ killing young deer

NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – This June 9 photo, taken by a trail camera on the farm of large landowner Jett Ferebee, confirms that deer and other wildlife are being decimated by a genetic hybrid of coyotes and wolves. Ferebee contends the federal government’s 30-year attempt to introduce red wolves into a five-county area of northeastern North Carolina is a failed experiment.…

Public gets shot at proposed changes to hunting rules

This elk, held in a pen in Wyoming, exhibits symptoms of Chronic Wasting Disease – a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in brains of infected animals. (Photo Credit: Dr. Terry Kreeger, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Courtesy of Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance) RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. Among the wildlife management-related proposed c…

When in doubt, order a report

In a 5 to 1 decision, commissioners waffle. Only Heath votes to sue re Atlas Tract BAYBORO – Elected officials declined Monday night to support a pending lawsuit, which is expected to allege that Spring Creek Farms, an Illinois-based entity, violated the nation’s Clean Water Act by converting wetlands to agricultural use. Instead, the board endorsed a motion made by Commissioner Ann Holton, suggesting the two sides should confer in an attempt to reach a compromise. Holton, supported by Commissioners Christine Mele, Pat Prescott, Carl Ollison, and board chairman Paul Delamar III, as…

Dove season opens Today

Important rule: Avoid baited areas Special to the County Compass RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Today, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds. Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. “Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” s…

Duck soup easy compared to impoundment issue

In one of the session’s lighter moments, Maurice Benton, far left, points his finger at Carl Ollison, as other board members quiz Ollison, who also serves as a County Commissioner. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – A hot potato issue – whether local government should attempt to regulate duck impoundments that are becoming increasingly prominent in Pamlico County’s far northeastern corner – got tossed back to the County Commissioners Tuesday night. A seven-person advisory panel, known as the Planning Board, bluntly rejected a request from the County Commissioners to…

Bear hunting over bait ‘ unnecessary ’ says group

By Richard B. Hamilton, Coordinator | N.C. Camo Coalition, North Carolina Wildlife Federation| Special to the County Compass The Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed over 40 changes to hunting, trapping, gamelands, and fishing rules for 2014-15 and has scheduled public hearings to review and to receive public comments on these proposals. The Commission hosts its hearing in New Bern on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Craven County Courthouse. NC Camo has reviewed all the proposals and supports them all except H9 and H10. These two proposals would allow hunting black be…

Bear hunting ‘with dogs’ hot topic

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer NEW BERN – Rules proposed by the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission might have the effect of negating a state law, passed in 1983, which currently prohibits “bear hunting with dogs in Pamlico County.” Insiders expect a large turnout when the Commission convenes for a public hearing on this issue – and others — Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Craven County Courthouse. In a recent e-mail, Pamlico County Commissioner Kenny Heath asked that his colleagues on the seven-member board “demand” that the Wildlife Resources Commission ho…

Own a rifle or a fishing pole?

Editor’s note: N.C. Camo Coaltion, an advocacy group for hunters and recreational fishermen, provides this look at issues pondered by the most recent session of the General Assembly. Astute readers will likely detect the organization’s stance on each issue, which are not necessarily the opinions of this newspaper. Allow 7-day Hunting on Private Lands – One of the most widely discussed and controversial bills was introduced in both Houses early in the Session and would have allowed hunting on private lands with written permission on Sunday. The prohibition against hunti…