GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2022-65
SENATE BILL 339
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE STATUTES GOVERNING THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
INCREASE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF EMERGENCY POWERS OR RULES EXERCISED TO RESPOND TO WILDLIFE DISEASE
SECTION 1.(a) G.S. 113‑135.1(b) reads as rewritten:
"(b) The limitation upon penalty does not apply to any rule violation:
(1) Punishable under G.S. 113‑294 or otherwise involving aggravating elements that result in a greater punishment than provided by G.S. 113‑135;
(2) That involves a defendant subject to the collection‑license provisions of G.S. 113‑272.4 or who is a dealer as defined in G.S. 113‑273; or
(3) Relating to seasons, bag limits, creel limits, taking fish other than with hook and line, buying or selling wildlife, possessing or transporting live wildlife, taking wildlife at night or with the aid of a conveyance, or falconry.
(4) Related to violation of emergency powers exercised to respond to a wildlife disease that threatens irreparable injury to wildlife or the public pursuant to G.S. 113‑306(f)."
SECTION 1.(b) G.S. 113‑306 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
"(g) Any person who violates emergency powers or rules adopted pursuant to subsection (f) of this section is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor for a first conviction or a Class 2 misdemeanor for a second or subsequent conviction within three years."
SECTION 1.(c) This section becomes effective December 1, 2022, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
FUR DEALER LICENSE CHANGES
SECTION 2.(a) G.S. 113‑273(f) reads as rewritten:
License. – Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, any individual in
this State who deals in furs must obtain an appropriate fur‑dealer
license. For the purposes of this subsection, "dealing in furs"
engaging in the business of buying or selling fur‑bearing animals or
other wild animals that may lawfully be sold, refers to any individual
who buys and sells the raw furs, pelts, or skins of those animals, fur‑bearing
animals or other wild animals that may lawfully be sold, or the raw furs,
pelts, or skins of wild animals which may not themselves be sold but whose fur,
pelt, or skin may lawfully be sold. A hunter or trapper who has lawfully taken
wild animals whose fur, pelt, or skin is permitted to be sold under this
subsection is not considered a fur dealer if he the hunter or trapper
exclusively sells the animals or the raw furs, pelts, and
skins, as appropriate, to licensed fur dealers. All fur‑dealer licenses
are annual licenses issued beginning July 1 each year running until the
following June 30. Fur‑dealer licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources
Commission are as follows:
(1) Resident fur‑dealer
sixty dollars ($60.00). thirty dollars ($30.00). Authorizes
an individual resident of the State to deal in furs in accordance with the
rules of the Wildlife Resources Commission.
(2) Nonresident fur‑dealer
three hundred dollars ($300.00). sixty dollars ($60.00). Authorizes
an individual within the State to deal in furs in accordance with the rules of
the Wildlife Resources Commission.
SECTION 2.(b) This section becomes effective August 1, 2022.
INCLUDE PUBLIC MOUNTAIN TROUT WATERS IN RESIDENT SUBSISTENCE UNIFIED INLAND/COASTAL RECREATIONAL FISHING LICENSE WAIVER
SECTION 5. G.S. 113‑351(d) reads as rewritten:
"(d) Resident Subsistence
Unified Inland/Coastal Recreational Fishing License Waiver. – A county
department of social services shall issue a Resident Subsistence Unified
Inland/Coastal Recreational Fishing License Waiver to an individual who
receives benefits from Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services, or Work First
Family Assistance through the county department of social services and who
requests a waiver. This waiver shall be issued at no charge. This waiver is
valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance. This waiver shall be
issued only to an individual who is a resident of the State. This waiver
authorizes the waiver holder to fish with hook and line for all fish in all
inland fishing waters and joint fishing waters,
except for including public
mountain trout waters, and to engage in recreational fishing in coastal fishing
waters. County departments of social services shall supply the Wildlife
Resources Commission with the name, mailing address, and telephone number of
each individual who receives a waiver."
DEFINE "DOMESTICALLY RAISED WATERFOWL AND GAME BIRDS"
SECTION 6. G.S. 113‑129 reads as rewritten:
"§ 113‑129. Definitions relating to resources.
The following definitions and their cognates apply in the description of the various marine and estuarine and wildlife resources:
(5b) Domestically Raised Waterfowl and Game Birds. – Propagated mallard ducks in accordance with 50 C.F.R. § 21.13, bobwhite quail, ringed neck pheasants, chukar partridges, and Hungarian partridges.
(5c) Farmed Cervid. – Any member of the Cervidae family, other than white‑tailed deer, elk, mule deer, or black‑tailed deer, that is bought and sold for commercial purposes.
(5c)(5d) Feral Swine.
– Free‑ranging mammals of the species Sus scrofa.
SECTION 7. Except as otherwise provided, this act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 1st day of July, 2022.
s/ Phil Berger
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Roy Cooper
Approved 2:10 p.m. this 8th day of July, 2022