RALEIGH, NC (News&Observer) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission staff is proposing first-ever hunting seasons for elk in the mountains and alligators in the coastal plain in 2016. Hunting would be by special permit only.
The proposals will go to public hearings for comments in January.
The elk herd has grown from 52 animals reintroduced in 2001-02 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to about 150-200, including those living outside the park, primarily in Haywood County.
An elk season would run from Oct. 1-Nov. 1 on private lands and would be limited to one elk per permit. An alligator season would run Sept. 1-Oct. 1 and would be limited to one gator per permit.