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APPROVED RULES

(a)  Open Season:  The open season for taking raccoon and opossum shall be from sunrise Monday on or nearest October 15 through the last day of February.
(b)  Bag Limits:
(1)The daily bag limit for raccoon is three and there are no season and no possession limits.
(2)There is no restriction on bag limits for opossum.
Note:See 15A NCAC 10B .0111 prohibiting axes, saws and shooting in certain western counties.

History Note:Authority G.S. 113134; 113291.2;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1995; July 1, 1987; July 1, 1986; July 1, 1985;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; July 1, 2000.

15A NCAC 10B .0206Squirrels

(a)  Open Seasons:
(1)Gray and Red Squirrels:  Monday on or nearest October 15 to January 31 statewide.
(2)Fox Squirrels:  Monday on or nearest October 15 to December 31 in the counties of Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland and Wayne.
(b)  Bag Limits: 
(1)Gray and Red Squirrels: daily bag limit is eight; there are no season and no possession limits.
(2)Fox Squirrels:  In those counties listed in Subparagraph (a)(2) of this Rule, the daily bag limit is one; the possession limit is two, and the season limit is 10.

History NoteAuthority G.S. 113134; 113291.2;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2008; May 1, 2006; July 1, 1995; July 1, 1987; July 1, 1986; July 1, 1985.

15A NCAC 10B .0207RABBITS

(a)  Open Season:  The open season for taking rabbits is the first Saturday preceding Thanksgiving through the last day of February.
(b)  Bag Limits:  The daily bag limit is five and there are no season and no possession limits.
(c)  Box-traps:  During the hunting season specified in Paragraph (a) of this Rule and subject to the bag limits set forth in Paragraph (b) of this Rule, rabbits may be taken with boxtraps.  A valid hunting license shall serve as a transportation permit for live rabbits taken pursuant to this Rule.

History Note:Authority G.S. 113134; 113-274; 113291.1; 113-291.2;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1987; July 1, 1986; July 1, 1985; July 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. August 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2008; April 1, 1999.

15A NCAC 10B .0216FALCONRY

(a)  Seasons.  Except as provided in Paragraphs (d) and (e) of this Rule, the open seasons for the practice of falconry as permitted by the rules contained in 15A NCAC 10H .0800 shall coincide with the regular open seasons contained in this Section for squirrels, rabbits, quail, ruffed grouse and pheasant, and with the open seasons set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations for migratory game birds in this state.
(b)  Bag Limits.  The daily bag, possession and season limits set forth in this Section for squirrels, rabbits, quail, ruffed grouse and pheasant and the daily bag, field possession, and total possession limits set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations for migratory game birds shall apply to falconry except as provided in Paragraph (e) of this Rule.
(c)  Out of Season Kills.  When any raptor being used in falconry kills any species of wildlife for which there is no open season or a species of game on which the season is then closed, the falconer or person using such raptor shall not take such dead wildlife into his possession but shall leave the same where it lies, provided that the said raptor may be allowed to feed on such dead wildlife before leaving the site of the kill.  If the species so killed is a resident species of game on which there is a season limit, the kill shall be included as part of the season limit of the person using the raptor for falconry.
(d)  Hunting After Limit Taken. After a falconer has acquired the daily bag, possession or season limit of any lawful species, regardless of the manner of taking, the falconer shall not release any raptor.
(e)  Extended Seasons.  An extended falconry season on gray and red squirrels and rabbits shall be the Monday on or nearest October 15 until the last day of February.  Bag limits for those portions of the season outside the regular seasons shall be 4 squirrels daily, Possession 8; and 3 rabbits daily, Possession 6.

History Note:Authority G.S. 113134; 113-270.3(b)(4); 50 C.F.R. 21.28; 50 C.F.R. 21.29;

Eff. September 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2008; July 1, 1998.

15A NCAC 10B .0302OPEN SEASONS

(a)  General.  Subject to the restrictions set out in Paragraph (b) of this Rule, the following seasons for taking fur-bearing animals as defined in G.S. 113-129(7a), coyotes, and groundhogs shall apply as indicated, all dates being inclusive:
(1)November 1 through the last day of February except for that part of the state described in Subparagraph (2) of this Paragraph.

22:23                                                               NORTH CAROLINA REGISTER                                           JUNE 2, 2008

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