By Dan Kibler
North Carolina waterfowl hunters and hunters who target webless migratory birds got their season dates from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission last week, and for the most part, there are no big changes.
The Sea Duck Special Season has been removed; sea ducks can only be caught during the coastal zone duck season; Canada geese in the northeast hunting zone will no longer require permits and the number of hunting days has been reduced from 14 to 30 days; bag limits for scaup will be one per day from October 21 to January 21. 8 and two per day from January 9 to 31, during open portions of duck season.
Dove Season will continue to be split into three segments: September 3 through October 31. Nov. 1, 5-26 and Dec. 10-Jan. 31; rails can be hunted Sept. 3-Nov. 23, woodcock Dec. 10-Jan. 31; snipe Oct. 27-Feb. 28, Tundra Swans Nov. 5-Jan. 31 per license only; Canada Geese September 1-30 statewide, resident population area October 12-29, November 5-26, and December 17-January 17. 31 and in the northeast population area from December 28 to January 28. 31; teal Sept. 13-30 east of US 17; Snow Geese Oct 11-Feb 11 and Feb 31-Mar 31 (permit only); Brant Dec. 17-Jan. 31.
The duck season continues to be divided into inland and coastal areas. Indoor seasons are October 21-22, November 5-26, and December 17-January 17. 31; The coastal seasons are October 28-29, November 5-26, and December 17-January 17. 31.
Special Waterfowl Days for youth, military, and veteran hunters are February 4 and 11.
Commission wants public comment on chronic wasting disease regulations
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on temporary chronic wasting disease regulations in northwestern North Carolina, before and after a public hearing scheduled for May 12 in Raleigh.
A public comment period will be open until May 20. Comments can be submitted at www.ncwildlife.org/Proposed-Regulations.
Temporary regulations ready to be put in place target two areas around a location in northern Yadkin County where a 2.5-year-old male who was killed in December 2021 tested positive for CWD, a neurological disease which affects white-tailed deer and other cervids.
A “Primary Watch Area” has been established and identified by these boundaries: Surry County east of US 601 and south of US 268, west of Quaker Church Road and the Ararat River , Yadkin County east of US 601 and north of US 67 and west of Shoals Road to the intersection with Shady Grove Church Road and west of Fairground Road.
A “Secondary Surveillance Area” includes Surry County, Yadkin County, Davie County, Forsyth County, Stokes County, Alleghany County east of US 21 and NC 18 , Wilkes County east of NC 18 and NC 115, and Iredell County east of NC 115 and north of I-40.
• Prohibit the placement of bait, food products, minerals or licks to intentionally attract wildlife between January 2 and August 31 of each year inside surveillance areas, with the exception of feeders to birds. The placement of bait, food or food products during the urban archery season will be permitted during the season established in the participating municipalities.
• Prohibit the export of live cervids, cervid carcasses or parts of cervids from within a surveillance zone with the exception of deboned meat so that no pieces or fragments of bone; cloaked skins without any part of the skull or spine attached; deer antlers, antlers attached to cleaned skull plates or skulls free of meat or brain tissue; lower jaws cleaned or teeth cleaned; finished taxidermy products or tanned hides; or carcass or parts of carcass authorized by the disposal commission.
• Prohibit the rehabilitation of white-tailed deer fawns in the surveillance areas or the transport of white-tailed deer fawns from the surveillance areas to areas outside the surveillance areas.
• Require that any hunter who harvests a white-tailed deer in the primary surveillance zone during black powder season or gun season submit a sample to the commission for analysis;
• Require any hunter who harvests a white-tailed deer in the secondary surveillance zone during gunpowder season or from the opening day of gun season through the second Sunday of the season to submit a sample to the committee for analysis.
More CWD deer discovered
• The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission announced last Monday that it found no additional deer in 2021-22 sampling efforts that tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Biologists collected more than 7,200 tissue samples from white-tailed deer across North Carolina last season, and with 98% of the tests returned by a US Department of Agriculture lab, only one deer – a male of the Yadkin County – found to have CDD.
“We are still collecting samples from road casualties, depredation harvests and late submissions, but we feel confident enough with these results to move forward and focus our CWD response plan efforts in Yadkin County. and surrounding area,” said Brad Howard, the commission’s chief wildlife officer. management center.
CWD is a fatal transmissible encephalopathy, a disease that attacks the nervous system of deer and cervids.