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NC wildlife officials consider rules for bears, bow hunting, fishing

ASHEVILLE The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission plans to hold nine public hearings next month on the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for 2014-15.

There will also be discussions on rules for the state’s black bear management plan for the next nine years.

The commission regulates hunting to maintain a healthy bear population.

Other topics to be discussed at the meetings include the rules on deer hunting with bows, as well as adjusting the rules for guns and crossbows.

There also will be discussion of proposed rules that encourage private landowners to allow fishermen access to inland waters. The proposal would allow landowners to set limits on allowable activities on their property. Each area would be clearly marked with signs identifying allowed activities.

The commission is seeking comments on 42 proposed regulations. A copy of the regulations and the public comment form are available at www.ncwildlife.org.

The hearing for western North Carolina will be Jan. 14 at Tri-County Community College in Murphy.

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