RALEIGH — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants to hear from the public about allowing Sunday hunting.
An online survey is available until Aug. 31 about the 61 select game lands across the state that are being considered. The information collected will be used to evaluate options for Sunday hunting on game lands.
The following game lands being considered are either owned by the commission or by a cooperator who enrolled their land into the Game Lands Program:
- Coastal: Alligator River, Angola Bay, Bertie County, Bullard and Branch Hunting Preserve, Cape Fear Wetlands, Carteret County, Chowan County, Columbus County, Croatan National Forest, Dare County, Gull Rock, Holly Shelter, J. Morgan Futch, Juniper Creek, Lantern Acres, Light Ground Pocosin, Lower Roanoke River Wetlands, Neuse River, New Lake, North River, Northwest River Marsh, Rhodes Pond, Roanoke Island Marsh, Robeson County, Rocky Run, Stones Creek, Suggs Mill Pond, Texas Plantation, Van Swamp, White Oak River and Whitehall Plantation.
- Piedmont: Brinkleyville, Embro, Linwood, Lower Fishing Creek, Nicholson Creek, Pee Dee River, R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell, Sandhills, Sandy Creek, Second Creek, Shocco Creek, Tar River, Tillery, Upper Roanoke River, Uwharrie and Vance County.
- Mountains: Buffalo Cove, Cold Mountain, Green River, Johns River, Nantahala, Needmore, Pisgah, Pond Mountain, Sandy Mush, South Mountains, Three Top Mountain, Thurmond Chatham, Toxaway and William H. Silver.
Hunting on Sundays has been prohibited in North Carolina by state law since 1868, according to the press release. In 2015, legislation was passed removing the absolute prohibition on hunting with firearms on Sunday and in July 2017, the state General Assembly granted public land managers, including the commission, authority to implement new options for Sunday hunting on public lands.