Folks, there's a lot of experience here and I'd appreciate hearing some of it.
I don't have access to private land and would like to hunt some crows on gamelands this summer, the season opens tomorrow, I believe.
I'm reading the NC gameland regulations, http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg02_Regs/pg2a3.pdf
and under "Game Lands Restrictions" (p.45 of the book) it says "During closed seasons on game birds and game animals, it is unlawful to possess any firearm or bow and arrow readily available for use." There are some exceptions listed, such as being allowed to carry a .22lr pistol as a sidearm.
I checked the NCWRC definition of "game birds" located at http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg02_Regs/pg2d1.htm
and crows are NOT listed under Migratory game birds, or Upland game birds.
So, taking what I read literally, it appears as though a person cannot hunt crows on gamelands outside of other open game seasons.
Has anyone ever discussed this with the NCWRC gamelands people, or with an enforcement officer? I plan to contact both, but would like to hear other folks experiences as well, especially if you've ever discussed it with your local enforcement officer.