Damn fellas: since the last weekend in January I’ve actually got some work done….i.e., not checking duck chat 3x a day at work. You guys have ruined that. This is really an interesting dilemma.
Hyde: You need to send a script of this entire thread to UNC Law School. Let a couple of 1L's play with this and tell you what they think. I bet you there is at least one Law School Professor there (or maybe at Campbell......forget Duke) who is a hunter and would have fun with this.
You'll then know if there is a fighting chance in the courts or not. Correction: you'll have the opinion of a bunch of 1L's as to whether or not there is a fighting chance. Not exactly Perry Mason here…
I am torn on this. There is no doubt in my mind that this law is likely abused by folks. I have heard of the blinds that are nothing but 4 posts and some old camo net, which are just there to close areas.
There is also no doubt in my mind that this area, if this law was entirely removed, would get severely overhunted, and one of the great natural wonders of NC would slowly disappear. It might take a decade or 2, but we are at 9.2 million, and will be at 12 million by 2030.
So I am taking the easy route and saying I am torn here.
Too lazy to do the research: if I am reading the posts correctly, this law started as what we call a “local bill”. So the County Boards in Carteret, Dare, and Pamlico Counties asked their State Reps (local bills start in the House, not the Senate) to submit a local bill to the entire NC House. The strictly enforced unwritten rule is that you never, ever, ever vote against a local bill if the Representative from that County sponsored the bill, which then of course is in effect only in that Rep’s area. The corollary to this is the law will never be changed in the legislature unless these County Board’s go to their reps and ask to change this.
So Hyde, if you are going the legislative route (as your opening letter suggests), you have to start with the County Boards in those Counties. This of course is a waste of time….so the courts are your only option.
Which takes me back to the first year law students. Would be fun to see what those future blood-suckers think.