15A NCAC 10B .0202      BEAR

(a)  Open Seasons for hunting bear shall be from the:

(1)           Monday on or nearest October 15 through the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the third Monday after Thanksgiving through January 1 in and west of Surry, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, and Cleveland counties;

(2)           Second Monday in November through January 1 in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, and Sampson counties;

(3)           Second Saturday in November through the second Sunday thereafter and the third Saturday after Thanksgiving through the fifth Sunday after Thanksgiving in Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Martin, and Washington counties;

(4)           Second Saturday in November through the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and the third Saturday after Thanksgiving through the fifth Sunday after Thanksgiving in Dare, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties;

(5)           Second Saturday in November through the second Sunday thereafter and the third Saturday after Thanksgiving through the fifth Sunday after Thanksgiving in Currituck, Gates, and Perquimans counties;

(6)           Second Sunday in November through the following Sunday and the third Saturday after Thanksgiving through the fifth Sunday after Thanksgiving in Camden, Chowan, and Pasquotank counties;

(7)           Third Saturday in November though the fifth Sunday thereafter in Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Nash, Northampton, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson counties; and

(8)           Concurrent with the open season for all lawful weapons for hunting deer as specified in 15A NCAC 10B .0203(a)(1) in Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davie, Davidson, Durham, Franklin, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Iredell, Johnston, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.

(b)  Restrictions

(1)           For purposes of this Paragraph, "bait" means any natural, unprocessed food product that is a grain, fruit, nut, vegetable, or other material harvested from a plant crop that is not modified from its raw components.

(2)           Bears shall not be taken with the use or aid of:

(A)          any processed food product as defined in G.S. 113-294(r), any animal, animal part or product, salt, salt lick, honey, sugar, sugar-based material, syrups, candy, pastry, gum, candy block, oils, spices, peanut butter, or grease;

(B)          any extracts of substances identified in Part (A) of this Subparagraph;

(C)          any substances modified by substances identified in Part (A) of this Subparagraph, including any extracts of those substances; or

(D)          any bear bait attractant, including sprays, aerosols, scent balls, and scent powders.

(3)           Bears may be taken with the aid of bait from the Monday on or nearest October 15 to the Saturday before Thanksgiving in the counties in Subparagraph (a)(1) of this Rule.

(4)           Bears may be taken with the aid of bait during the entire open season in the counties identified in Subparagraphs (a)(2) through (a)(6) of this Rule.

(5)           Bears shall not be taken while in the act of consuming bait.

(6)           Hunters shall not take bears using dogs in the following counties: Alamance south of Interstate 85, Anson west of N.C. Hwy 742, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davie, Davidson, Franklin, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange south of Interstate 85, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Union, and Wake south of N.C. Hwy 98. In all other counties and parts of counties, hunters may take bears using dogs and may release dogs in the vicinity of bait.

(c)  No Open Season. There is no open season in those parts of counties included in the following posted bear sanctuaries:

Avery, Burke, and Caldwell counties--Daniel Boone bear sanctuary except by permit only

Beaufort, Bertie, and Washington counties--Bachelor Bay bear sanctuary

Bladen County--Suggs Mill Pond bear sanctuary

Brunswick and Columbus Counties--Green Swamp bear sanctuary

Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Transylvania counties--Pisgah bear sanctuary

Carteret, Craven, and Jones counties--Croatan bear sanctuary

Clay County--Fires Creek bear sanctuary

Columbus County--Columbus County bear sanctuary

Currituck County--North River bear sanctuary

Dare County--Bombing Range bear sanctuary except by permit only

Haywood County--Harmon Den bear sanctuary

Haywood County--Sherwood bear sanctuary

Hyde County--Gull Rock bear sanctuary

Hyde County--Pungo River bear sanctuary

Jackson County--Panthertown-Bonas Defeat bear sanctuary

Macon County--Standing Indian bear sanctuary

Macon County--Wayah bear sanctuary

Madison County--Rich Mountain bear sanctuary

McDowell and Yancey counties--Mt. Mitchell bear sanctuary except by permit only

Mitchell and Yancey counties--Flat Top bear sanctuary

Wilkes County--Thurmond Chatham bear sanctuary

(d)  The daily bag limit for bear is one, the possession limit is one, and the season limit is one.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-291.1; 113-291.2; 113-291.7; 113-305;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; September 1, 1995; July 1, 1995; July 1, 1994; April 14, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2002;

Amendment Eff. August 1, 2002;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2003;

Temporary Amendment Expired Eff. December 27, 2003;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2015; August 1, 2014; August 1, 2012; August 1, 2010; May 1, 2009; May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; May 1, 2006; June 1, 2005;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 31, 2016;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2018; August 1, 2017; August 1, 2016;

Temporary Amendment Eff August 1, 2018.