RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign reminds hunters to comply with blaze orange requirements as firearms seasons commence across the state.
Hunters in North Carolina are required to wear a blaze orange-colored garment, such as a hat or a vest, that is visible from all sides when hunting certain game animals with a firearm. These animals include bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant and quail. Deer hunters must wear blaze orange during a deer firearms season, regardless of weapon.
“Blaze orange is a color that doesn’t occur naturally in the wild,” said Chet Clark, the Commission’s eastern outreach manager. “The color has become synonymous with safety. It signals caution to anyone who sees it, so wearing it is an easy and effective way for hunters and non-hunters to stay safe while out in the field.”
Studies show that blaze orange clothing increases visibility of the wearer. This helps the wearer be seen by other hunters, especially in low-light situations. This can also be helpful when locating someone who is lost or injured.
Even though this requirement does not apply to a private landowner, his or her spouse or children, so long as they are hunting on the landholder’s property, the Commission strongly encourages everyone to practice safety by wearing blaze orange.
For more information on hunting seasons, Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits and the Hunter Education Program, go to www.ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0031.
Public forums set
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Alligator Task Force will hold three public forums in early November to receive public input on management of American alligators in North Carolina.
Although alligators have been sighted in Bladen County, none of the forums will be held in the county.
Task force members will consider this input as they develop an alligator management plan. Commission staff will not present any proposals for changes in regulations governing alligator hunting.
Forums will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
The closest forum will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Leland Town Hall, located at 102 Town Hall Drive in Leland. The other two forums will be held in Swansboro (Nov. 2) and Manteo (Nov. 3).
Those who cannot attend a forum but would like to offer input can submit their comments to Allen Boynton, Wildlife Diversity Program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on alligators in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org/conserving.