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BY CHARLES W. DANIEL
(For the N. C. Bar Association)
North Carolina Game Laws
This being- the transition periods be- J
tween fishing and hunting seasons in |
North Carolina, let’s take a look at
some of the current game laws.
Who must have licenses? May the
game warden confiscate your gun and
equipment if you violate the wildlife
laws? What'are the statutory penal
ties for breaking the hunting laws?
What about Federal statutes control
ling migratory birds? These are all
questions which stimulate arguments
among sportsmen, year in and year
out. Here are some facts which may
help to settle the hot-stove arguments:
Every person who hunts wild ani
mals or birds must have a license,
whether he hunts on his own land or
not! The only time that a person
may legally kill wildlife without a
license (or, during the closed season)
is on the spot in protection of his
property, person, or crops. For exam
ple, if a bear is eating corn and is
caught in the act, he may be killed
on the spot without a license and with
out permission from State authority.
But, if it is necessary to track down
the marauding animal, permission
must be given by the game warden or
the Wildlife Resources Commission,
and (legally) pusuit must begin with-:
in 24 hours after the bear eats the
The types of North Carolina hunt
ing licenses available and the cost of
each, good for one year, are:
Statewide, resident, $3.10; State,
non-resident, $15.75; State combina
tion, hunting and fishing, $4.10; coun
ty (for hunting in county of residence
only). $1.10; hunting guide, $5.25.
Some kind of fishing or hunting 1 i-«
cense was sold to each of. 555.266 per
sons in North Carolina last year.
The Confiscation Law
The Wildlife Resources Commission,
in its 1954-5 pamphlet (covering wild
life laws ih effect until August l, 1
1955). places this! -Interpretation upon ,
the law of confiscation:
‘■AH, devices, instruments, weapons,
or vehicles used in the unlawful tak
ing or unlawful attempt to take, ani
mals, birds or fish, or Used in the un
lawful transportation or unlawful sale
of *' m . MAY be sidrod by the
arresting officer. Such property is to
be placed in the custody of tile sheriff
pending trial, or MAY lie returned to
the owner provided that he post a
bond conditioned upon presentation of
the property as evidence at the trial.
For MAJOR offenses, the court IN
ITS DISCRETION, may order the
property Sold, after guilt has been
established. For MINOR offenses,
the property MAY be ordered to be
returned to the owner.”
So, the game warden has the pow
er, if he cares to exercise it, to con
fiscate property used in violating
game and fish laws. The court hear
ing a violations case has the power to
sell such property, if it cares to do
so in a particularly flagrant case.
Some of the other penalties which
the law may exact from persons con
victed of hunting violations, in addi
tion to property confiscation, include:
1. MINIMUM fine for FIRST vio
lation of ALL game laws (unless some
statute provides otherwise) is $lO.
The maximum fine ih such case is SSO,
OR. jail for not more than 30 days.
2. For a second offense, minimum!
and maximum fines are $35 and S2OO, j
respectively, or jail, or BOTH.
3. License is automatically revoked
for any conviction.
4. Taking, or attempting to take,
deer at night with a light will cost at
least $250 and/or a jail term.
5. Killing a doe deer, at least SIOO,
Migratory Bird Laws
Regulations Concerning the open
seasons, bag limits and other rules for
migratory wildfowl, as established by
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Did you know that it is unlawful:
To kill a female bear with cub at
To kill a bear cub (under 60 lbs.) ?
To shoot a ’coon in daylight west of
U. S. 1 ?
To shoot at or into a squirrel’s
To import gray foxes into 21 west
To hunt or trap near a flood or
To hunt deer with dogs in and west
of Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph,
Montgomery, and Anson counties?
To hunt without landowner’s per
To camp in a State-owned wildlife
refuge except in designated public
area ? ,
To bring Wild game into North Car
olina for stocking purposes without
To buy or sell rabbits or squirrels
To take deer in water at or deeper
than its knees?
To kill game animals or birds from
an auto or boat?
To take birds or game from a baited I
1 area ?
To kill game birds on the ground?
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