North Carolina Praised for New Sunday Hunting Expansion Law

NSSF in July praised North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for signing his state's bipartisan Sunday hunting expansion legislation. The legislation—HB 559, Outdoor Heritage Enhanced—improves upon the Outdoor Heritage Act passed in 2015, and creates additional opportunities for North Carolina sportsmen and women.

“Many hardworking hunters without access to private hunting lands will benefit by being able to participate with their children in the precious limited time available during their favorite hunting seasons,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We thank Gov. Roy Cooper for standing with North Carolina sportsmen and women by removing barriers to these traditions.”

Additional barriers to Sunday hunting will be lifted by allowing the state Wildlife Resources Commission to create a process that could open more than 2 million acres of public land for Sunday hunting. Outdoor Heritage Enhanced also removes prohibitions on hunting within 500 yards of a residence, allows the Wildlife Resources Commission to conduct a comprehensive study and formulate rules allowing migratory bird hunting on Sunday, removes the blanket prohibition of hunting within counties having a population greater than 700,000 people, and requires any county wishing to “opt out” of Sunday hunting do so by a county-wide voter referendum.

The legislation gained the support of Richard Childress, a North Carolina native and life-long hunter. Efforts to create additional hunting opportunities were the focus of the N.C. Sunday Hunting Coalition, including NSSF, NRA, and other shooting-sports and hunting organizations.