The North Carolina Constitution and NC General Statute 145 define all North Carolina Citizens rights under the public trust doctrine as: "the right to navigate, swim, HUNT, fish, and enjoy all recreational activities in the watercourses of the State."
My purpose is not to rant online but inform everyone of the facts. Based on the simple but powerful statement above I would think every right thinking person should see that the Pamlico law violates our state constitution. How can anyone sit silent on this?
I guess many politicians count on citizens that are uninformed or spineless. Many have suggested that our current president has taken this concept to an art form. I cannot stand silent on this issue, it affects future generations of citizens. What better place to keep this issue in front of duck hunters than on this forum?
I am trying to get duck hunters to step up and say "no" to this abuse.
Not only have I raised it to the NC WRC, the Craven County Commission, the North Carolina Attorney General (I was informed that a 2012 State Appeals Court Ruling stated the North Carolina Attorney General has the responsibility to litigate NCPTD issues)
and my legislative representative. I met Sunday with a group that is equally concerned. Our goal will be to raise money to do the following:
1. Get a statewide rule that preempts local laws, conforms to the NCPTD, and ensures a quality outdoor experience in our sounds, bays and rivers.
2. In the short term, ask the court for a stay on the Pamlico law.
3. Educate hunters on responsible, ethical and safe set ups for public water hunting.
You can sit in your chair in the Piedmont and trash good public water hunters (Willy) who have tried to take action against this wrong but I prefer to fight it with my time, energy and money. His data was valid as presented.
Do you hunt Pamlico or Albemarle sound on your own? If you have made the type commitment it takes to do this then you should be with us.
I will probably never hunt in Pamlico county but I do not want a few to take what is guaranteed to all. When I was a young man, I believed a politician who said " Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"
I am using "county" as a metaphor for the average NC duck hunter.