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Wildlife Commission approves rule changes

During a business meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted to adopt eight proposed rules related to wildlife management for the 2023-24 season.

These rules include increased either-sex deer season on private lands in several counties: Madison, Burke, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Caldwell, Polk, Rutherford and Cleveland. 

The Wildlife Commission will consider proposed fisheries and game lands regulations at an upcoming meeting. Proposals for this year’s rule changes were presented at three public hearings across the state in January and a fourth virtual hearing. The furthest-west in-person hearing was in Marion. During a two-month public comment period, the Wildlife Commission received input via email, an online comment portal and mail. 

The rules adopted at the February Commission meeting have an anticipated effective date of June 1. To view the full text of all adopted rules, view the exhibits within the Feb. 23 Commission meeting agenda package at

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