The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reviewed proposed rule changes at its business meeting on Feb. 25 and accepted 40 of the proposed changes related to wildlife management, inland fisheries and game lands for the 2021-22 seasons.

The effective date for these regulations is Aug. 1, 2021.

Forty-five "Six Days Per Week Game Lands" were approved as "Seven Days Per Week Game Lands" where hunting is allowed seven days a week during open seasons.

Commissioners reduced regulatory complexity by combining the two-existing Public Mountain Trout Waters catch-and-release classifications into a single classification, "Catch and Release/Artificial Flies and Lures Only Trout Waters."

Proposed boundary changes for Hatchery Supported Trout Waters on Big Pine Creek and Meadow Fork in Alleghany County were removed from consideration at the request of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Other proposed rules acted on by the commission include Remote Trap Checking, Wild Quail Management Areas, and Trapping on Game Lands.

You can see the full list and contents of the changes online at