First elected in 2004, Representative Michael Wray serves the 27th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Representative Wray joined the North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2011 and serves as the Democratic Co-Chair of the Sportsmen’s Caucus in the House.
In 2013, Representative Wray served as the sponsor of House Bill 936. This bill established a wildlife poacher reward fund to pay rewards to any person who provides information to law enforcement authorities that results in the arrest and conviction of any person who commits serious wildlife violations. The bill also authorized the use of compensation paid to the Wildlife Resources Commission as conditions of offenders' probation as assets of the fund. The bill was a major step forward in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s efforts to end poaching and wildlife violators through the Interstate Wildlife Violator’s Compact.
More recently, Representative Wray served as one of the cosponsors on House Bill 640—The Outdoor Heritage Act. This pro-sportsmen legislative package made great strides in the state’s hunting and angling laws by establishing the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council, reducing the liability standard for landowners that give permission to hunters retrieving their hunting dogs, and expanding private lands Sunday hunting.
Representative Wray understands the overwhelming importance that the over 1.6 million sportsmen and women play in North Carolina’s economy. Hunters and anglers spend upwards of $2.3 billion annually and support 35,000 jobs in the Tar Heel State.
Your opinion counts
Recently, numerous states have tried to pass legislation that would ban hunting contests. What is your personal view on hunting contests?
- I am fine with hunting contests and have participated in them. (42.59%)
- I support others’ ability to participate in them but I choose not to. (25.93%)
- I support hunting contests, but believe the regulations governing the contests should be updated to ensure that all contest promoters work with tanneries to make use of the animals harvested. (16.67%)
- I am against hunting contests. (14.81%)
- I am unsure. (0.00%)