WRC supports Outdoor Heritage Act

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a resolution supporting a bill that would promote wildlife-related recreation and youth involvement in outdoor activities across the state.

Wildlife Commissioners took the action Tuesday in support of House Bill 640, known as the Outdoor Heritage Act.

“This legislation provides a comprehensive blueprint to increase opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s rich outdoor heritage,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Commission.

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com MacKenzie Spradlin, 13, of Rockingham, paddles Hitchcock Creek on Wednesday afternoon during a day off from school

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
MacKenzie Spradlin, 13, of Rockingham, paddles Hitchcock Creek on Wednesday afternoon during a day off from school

“With a focus on youth involvement, it’s an investment for the future.”

The resolution cites the importance of provisions in the bill that focus on private property rights, increased access to public land, additional hunting opportunities and promotion of a wide range of outdoor recreation, including horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, hunting, fishing and boating.

These provisions include creation of a trust fund to engage youth in outdoor activities. The fund would be made possible by $2 donations made during transactions with the Wildlife Commission, such as purchasing hunting and fishing licenses.

The bill would increase hunting opportunities on Sunday on private lands. Currently, only archery and falconry are allowed for hunting on Sunday on private lands. Hunting on Sunday on public lands is limited to military installations under federal jurisdiction.

The resolution states House Bill 640 aligns seamlessly with the goals of the Wildlife Commission’s Strategic Plan, particularly in regard to youth, access and expanded opportunity.

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

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