LUMBERTON — A law passed in 2011 requiring Robeson County residents to get written permission to hunt or fish on private property was accidentally omitted from the Wildlife Regulation Digest, according Raymond H. Harris, an enforcement office with North Carolina Wildlife.
Harris said the law, which went went into effect in October 2011, requires all hunters and fishermen in Robeson County to get written permission from the owner or the lease holder to legally hunt or fish on that person’s property.
The Landowner’s Protection Act, a state law, requires that property owners post signs or mark property with purple paint to clearly mark that hunting and fishing is not allowed on the property, but that only applies when there isn’t a local law requiring written permission, according to Harris.
He said the law was inadvertently left out of the 2012-2013 Wildlife Regulation Digest.
According to the law, the hunter or fisherman must have the written permission with them while on another person’s property to present to a Wildlife Enforcement officer or deputy if asked. Harris said the written permission must be legible and include the landowner’s name, the hunter or fisherman’s name, and a contact phone number for the property owner or lease holder. He said the permission must also be dated and no more than 1 year old.
Harris said that all hunters must also complete a hunter’s education course before that person can purchase a hunting license. To find or sign up for a hunter’s education course, visit ncwildlife.org.
For information, call Harris at 910-316-7300 or Sgt. Craig Ferguson at 910-506-9118.