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Permission Required to Hunt/Fish Private Land


The Landowner Protection Act provides two ways for landowners to post their lands to allow only hunters, trappers and anglers with written permission to legally enter their property. Landowners can post their land by using vertical purple paint marks on posts or trees or by placing signs or posters. The Landowner Protection Act document provides detailed instructions on posting property with signs or purple paint.

The Landowner Protection Act specifically relates only to hunting, fishing, or trapping on posted lands. It requires that one must obtain written consent to hunt, fish, or trap on posted lands dated within the past 12 months and signed by the landowner, leaseholder, or agent of that land. This written consent must be carried and displayed upon request of any law enforcement officer. A sample permission form can be found on the NCWRC website. If a hunting club has leased the land, a person shall have a copy of their hunting club membership and a copy of the landowner permission granted to that hunting club. I use the form from the WRC website for all of my private property hunts, whether it is posted or not. Just a good idea.

Speaking of Delayed Harvest waters, the Commission has also published its Delayed Harvest waters stocking schedule. Thousands of rainbow, brown, and brook trout will be put into these waters from March through May. If you just want to trout fish for the fun of it, without keeping any to eat, these are fantastic waters. The trout will hit both dry and wet flys and the action is fast. When daylight savings time comes in you can get all you want in a hour or two after work. You can find the schedule at the Commission’s website under the Fishing icon at the top of the page. I also highly recommend you purchase the Commission’s trout stream map which can be found at most local fly shops. I know they keep them at Curtis Wright Outfitters in Weaverville.

A group of energy, business and conservation leaders today released their recommendations on how to avert the growing endangered species crisis in this country. The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources determined that utilizing a portion of revenues from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund state-based conservation could address conservation needs for thousands of species. An annual investment of $1.3 billion from these development revenues into the currently unfunded Wildlife Restoration Program would allow state fish and wildlife agencies to proactively manage these species, reducing taxpayer costs and the regulatory red tape that comes when species are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

“For every species that is thriving in our country, hundreds of species are in decline. These recommendations offer a new funding approach that will help ensure all fish and wildlife are conserved for future generations,” said former Wyoming governor, David Freudenthal, Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel. “We need to start down a new path where we invest proactively in conservation rather than reactively.” The panel’s recommendation would redirect and dedicate $1.3 billion each year from the over $10 billion in revenues from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters.

“Conservation means balancing the sustainability of fish and wildlife resources with the many needs of humans for clean air and water, land, food and fiber, dependable energy, economic development, and recreation. It is our responsibility to lead the way so our state fish and wildlife agencies have the resources they need to conserve species and manage our natural resources – the future of our industry and the outdoor sports we love depend on this investment,” noted Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shop, Co-Chair. “Redirecting revenues from energy and mineral development to state-based conservation is a simple, logical solution, and it is now up to our leaders in Congress to move this concept forward.” Don’t know about you, but this sounds like great news for wildlife habitat efforts.

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