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Bill could ban roadside hunting in Robeson County
Updated: 6/28/2004 12:48 PM
By: Brandi Davis & Web Staff

Roadside hunting in Robeson County may soon become illegal.

The state Senate has voted to ban the popular activity and the Wildlife Resources Commission is backing it.

“We call them outlaw hunters. They are the ones causing problems,” said roadside hunting opponent Ray Smith.

Hunters can often be seen on the side the road with their guns and hunting dogs. Often their activity scares drivers and those who live in the area. But the new bill would bring an end to those fears.

“It prohibits anyone from hunting, taking, or killing any wild game or wild bird from the roadway, right-a-away or crossover,” said Wildlife Resources Commission member John Pechmann.


Bill could ban roadside hunting in Robeson County

The state Senate has already voted to ban the popular activity and the Wildlife Resources Commission is backing it. Now it's up to the state House.

If the bill passes in the House, those who violate the new regulations will have to pay a pretty stiff penalty. They could be fined of up to $300, lose their hunting license, and serve possible jail time.

“While we continue to support dog hunting in North Carolina it's going to have to be done in an ethical and lawful way,” added Pechmann.

Hunters who follow the rules say it's a small group that is ruining it for others. They're afraid that if their dogs run out to the road they'll be fined for going after them.

But officials with the Wildlife Resources Commission say this law needs to be put in place to make sure the people who live in the county remain safe.

The House is expected to vote on this bill during this session. If passed, the new law will go in effect on October 1.

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