50 million tourists spent $23 billion in North Carolina last year, an all-time high, according to a new report by the U.S. Travel Association. These tourism dollars supported 45,000 small businesses, 218,340 jobs, and generated $3.6 billion in taxes. And much of that spending was undoubtedly linked to outdoor recreation; figures also released today by the Outdoor Industry Association show that in 2016, outdoor […]
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest honors Representative Bell in a video message to the attendees of the NC Coastal Conservation Association‘s Triangle Chapter Banquet on April 28th.
[youtube_sc url=”https://youtu.be/C_O1V2nRjKQ” width=”590″ modestbranding=”1″ autohide=”1″ fs=”1″ border=”1″ hd=”1″] Legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly directing the North Carolina Commission of Public Health to establish rules governing plants which accept charitable donations from hunters of venison to feed the hungry in North Carolina. Every year, hunters harvest deer from an over-populated habitats, meat processors produce high-protein deer […]
Governor Pat McCrory’s office announced yesterday that the Governor has signed the following pieces of legislation into law: House Bill 552 – A bill sponsored by Representative Bell creating the criminal offence of graffiti vandalism (more information on the bill here). House Bill 574 – A bill providing that no state or local statues, rules, regulations […]
Legislation signed into law last year (House Bill 936) is aimed at reducing the incidents of wildlife poaching. Representative Bell was a primary sponsor of the bill. The new law creates the Wildlife Poacher Reward Fund for the purpose of paying out rewards up to $1,000 to anyone who reports information leading to the arrest and conviction […]
This past June, Representative Bell and a bipartisan group of more than one hundred members of the General Assembly joined Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, Richard Childress (of Richard Childress Racing and owner of Childress Vineyards), Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane, Governor Pat McCrory and many other distinguished supporters of our sportsmen’s community […]
Under a new law, military personnel that would like to hunt, fish or trap in North Carolina — but who are not official residents of the state — can now purchase short-term or annual license at reduced, resident-only prices. The law went into effect on July 1. Senate Bill 25 provides that any active duty […]
From the Kinston Free Press: New hunting legislation will snap the barrier for wildlife newcomers. The Hunting Heritage Apprentice Program, established under House Bill 296, was announced at the Neuse Sport Shop Friday. The program distributes a privilege permit, allowing those 16 and older to purchase a hunting license without completing North Carolina’s hunter’s education […]