May 2, 2022

Temporary Rules Proposed in North Carolina Following First Case of CWD-Positive Deer in the State

Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Director

Why It Matters: CWD is a slow and progressive neurological disease affecting cervids that has proven to be fatal.  CWD has the potential to disrupt hunting traditions and the hunting economy in North Carolina, as well as negatively impact conservation funding for the WRC. In North Carolina, deer hunting is the primary driver for hunting license sales.

The temporary rules proposed by the WRC in direct response to the detection of CWD include:

The WRC is hosting a public hearing to discuss these rule proposals on May 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the WRC Headquarters in Raleigh. The meeting may also be attended virtually.

Comments are due by May 20, and comments can be submitted online or by email to

More information about CWD, including the WRC’s CWD Response Plan, can be accessed here:

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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