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
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?Vote Here
- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (5.16%)
- Increase access to public lands. (24.79%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (4.06%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (13.20%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (42.98%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (9.81%)