Delta Waterfowl Celebrates Passage of North Carolina Sunday Hunting Bill

Delta Waterfowl Celebrates Passage of North Carolina Sunday Hunting Bill

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Following five years of intense advocacy by Delta Waterfowl and coalition partners, the North Carolina House and Senate on June 29 passed a bill to expand Sunday hunting to include migratory birds and allow hunting on public lands and waters. The bill now heads to Gov. Roy Cooper, who is expected to sign it into law.

“Establishing Sunday hunting in North Carolina has been at the very top of our legislative priorities,” said John Devney, vice president of U.S. policy for Delta Waterfowl. “Our members in the Tar Heel State strongly declared they wanted the prohibition lifted, and The Duck Hunters Organization is thrilled to have delivered for them.”

The bill improves upon a Delta-supported measure passed in 2015 that established Sunday hunting in North Carolina, but only on private lands and at the exclusion of migratory birds. That compromise was an important momentum shift in eliminating a longstanding prohibition on Sunday hunting.

Chris Williams, a North Carolina native and Delta Waterfowl senior regional director, was at the forefront of the effort to broaden its scope.

“Allowing duck hunting on Sundays will double the opportunities for working families, including their children,” Williams said. “North Carolina waterfowlers are especially indebted to Ches McDowell, policy chair of Delta’s state committee.”

McDowell, a Delta Waterfowl volunteer, secured additional votes when it appeared the bill might fail.

“Increasing hunter access is critical to reversing our declining numbers,” McDowell said. “I’m proud to be associated with Delta, because Delta fights for hunters. Who cares if you have ducks if you can’t hunt them?”

Delta Waterfowl is committed to further expanding Sunday hunting in North Carolina and in the 10 remaining states with restrictions. Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania prohibit Sunday hunting entirely, while Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia allow hunting, but with added restrictions.

Delta Waterfowl would like to thank its coalition partners, including the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. In addition, Delta appreciates the following North Carolina state legislators for their critical, bi-partisan support:

General Assembly
Speaker Tim Moore
Majority Leader John Bell
Rep. Chris Millis
Rep. Brian Turner
Rep. Michael Wray

President Pro Tempore Phil Berger
Sen. John Alexander
Sen. Danny Britt
Sen. Tom McInnis
Sen. Bill Rabon

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the future of duck hunting in North America. 



  1. Keegan Lynn July 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Worst decision ever! Public hunting is going to just get worse and worse. Double the pressure from all the public hunting sky blasters two days in a row. Just stupid and unproductive. You think new hunters are going to flock to public water and look at empty skies for very long? The “working families” will suffer the most, because there won’t be any ducks on public water. Just like the author said, access is better than having ducks.

  2. Billy Holton July 6, 2017 at 5:13 am - Reply

    No rest day. Not a good idea.. over shooting .. I guess it will. W up to us land holders to do it

  3. Chet July 6, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

    I understand the reasoning and as much as I hate it, I realize it would open more opportunities for 9-5 workers and families. What they need to do is take out a weekday or 2 to give the ducks and us guides a break. I hunt everyday in Currituck NC and cringe every Saturday when I see all the boats and people along with the sound of a war zone. We have a game commission with licensed blinds and strict hunting restrictions, I can’t imagine what it would be like to hunt Saturday and Sunday on public lands where people have to camp out all night to claim their spot.

  4. Stephen Thomas July 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Not necessarily a good idea. The continuous pressure on wintering waterfowl that will push birds out of North Carolina and the “shorter” calendar season will for North Carolina to start their seasons later in the year missing a big migration of birds that occurs in the Tarheel state in mid-November.

    North Carolina has been getting compensatory days for the non-hunting Sundays. This allows NC to open their November season in early to mid-November. When Sundays are counted against the now 60-day offering, the November season will probably open only on the Saturday before Thanksgiving when many migrating waterfowl are already come and gone through North Carolina.

    Again, this is a bad idea and will lower the quality of North Carolina’s waterfowl season with only marginal “payback”. Inside of three years, NC duck hunters will be complaining something like, “what happened to our ducks”?

  5. Jim Markert July 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

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