How About Night Hunting for Coyotes, Hogs?

There’s still time to share your opinion about proposed rules in North Carolina that will allow the hunting of feral swine and coyotes at night with a light.

Public hearings are scheduled for this week and next week, or you can comment online.

The proposed seasons would be year-round, seven days a week.  All hunting on Sundays is allowed only on private lands and only with archery equipment. Night hunting is one means of controlling the population of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina. Currently, there is no closed season on either species, but hunting them at night is not allowed.

If approved, the new regulations would take effect August.

The public can email or attend one of the following five public hearings across the state, which will begin at 7 p.m.

— March 20, Iredell County Agricultural Extension Center, 444 Bristol Dr., Statesville, N.C.

— March 21, District Court #1, Buncombe County Courthouse, 60 Court Plaza, Asheville, N.C.

— March 26, Bladen County Courthouse, 106 W. Broad Street, Elizabethtown, N.C.

— March 28, Room 153, Fulford Building, Pitt Community College, 4381 County Home Rd., Greenville, N.C.

— March 29, Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, 1751 Varsity Dr., Raleigh, N.C