Tyrrell commissioners stand with Dare against proposed Sundaywaterfowl hunting 

Published 11:44 am Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Tyrrell County Board of Commissioners on January 16 voted unanimously to oppose any legislation that would permit hunting of migratory waterfowl on Sundays.

Vice Chairman Carl Willis, a retired wildlife officer, said Sunday hunting would result in a net loss of nine days in the season.

Robert W. Hester of Fairfield explained in a memorandum that “compensatory days” currently given to states that prohibit Sundayhunting would be lost if Sunday hunting is allowed.

The proposal rule would prohibit hunting on Sunday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Willis also said rearranging the hunting calendar would actually open the season before the ducks arrive.

The resolution states that allowing “Sunday waterfowl hunting would have serious adverse consequences…by significantly reducing the total number of hunting weeks and severely impacting North Carolina’s waterfowl resource.”

It concludes that “allowing Sunday hunting will severely reduce access to our waterfowl resource, cause economic harm to coastal counties, and jeopardize the future of waterfowl hunting in North Carolina.”