I hate to be the bearer of bad news but things have gotten worse around duck hunting on Lake Norman and everyone has been very quiet about it. Apparently, the genius legislators from Troutman pushed a bill up to the NC House. House Bill 186 which is currently under review in the NC General Assembly submitted by legislators Jeter (Mecklenburg), Cotham (Mecklenburg), and Pittman (Cabarras). In this bill, they are requesting that each town (inclusive of CORNELIUS, COUNTIES, DAVIDSON, HUNTERSVILLE, IREDELL COUNTY, LAKE NORMAN, LAKES & RIVERS, LOCAL, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, LOCAL ORDINANCES, MECKLENBURG COUNTY, MOORESVILLE, MUNICIPALITIES, TROUTMAN and any others they plan to add) can extend their town ordinances 2,500 feet over the high water mark of Lake Norman. Essentially 1/2 mile into the lake which covers almost all of the Lake (lake Norman) one side to the other. The ordinances of the towns say you cannot discharge a firearm in town limits and this would give the towns authority to arrest anyone doing so on the lake. So, while they are not "banning" duck hunting in essence they are unless you plan on hunting them with a bow and arrow and even then, I believe that is considered a "firearm". This is extremely bad as not only would it essentially ban duck / goose hunting on Lake Norman but it would set a precedent for all other NC counties to do the same and essentially ban all duck / goose hunting on all lakes of NC. I have already written all my legislative reps for Iredell complaining, alerted the NRA, DU, and Delta Waterfowl about it but for every hunter that starts pushing to get rid of this bill, the better. I believe this is all coming up from that incident with the lady on the lake who lives in Troutman. Plus, Federal laws state that they have jurisdiction over all water from the high tide mark but if NC passes this, they will over ride that and it would require legal action by citizens to bring it up to the State Supreme Court to overturn it. Good luck with that one. If this rediculous law is passed, you can essentially forget all duck / goose hunting on lakes in NC. Once it clears the house, it will go up to the Gov to sign into law. My guess is that even if it fails, they will "negotiate" the distance of enforcement to less distance but still get it passed. It is important that this bill is completely squashed. This is very very important to defeat for every duck / goose hunter in the entire state of NC if you plan to hunt on any NC lake. If you don't believe this is happening, feel free to check on the state gov website searching for bill 186. It has already undergone two readings and reviews.