Wildlife management is important across North Carolina, but here in the High Country it is more so.

In few areas of our state do residents live in such close proximity to wildlife as we do in the mountains.

Because of this, when changes to rules and regulations are proposed for our fishing waters or game lands it’s vital that we pay attention.

And more, when the opportunity arises for our voices to be heard, it’s critical that we exercise that option.

Today, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened a public comment period for proposed changes related to regulations on enforcement, wildlife management, inland fisheries and game lands.

One significant new rule allows hunting on Sundays within certain stipulations, such as no hunting within 500 years of a place of religious worship.

No matter which side of this and other proposed changes you personally fall, now is the time for your opinions and thoughts to be taken into consideration. Wait past Jan. 31, and it will be too late.

To view the proposed changes and obtain other information, visit ncwildlife.org/Proposed-Regulations.

To voice a comment outside of the agencies public hearings in January, email regulations@ncwildlife.org. Be sure to include your name, phone number and mailing address in the email.

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