The North Carolina Camouflage Coalition is a group of hunters and anglers committed to preserving their traditions.
The North Carolina Camouflage Coalition is a statewide electronic network of sportsmen and women that allows hunters and anglers to monitor and impact issues that affect hunting, fishing, and conservation on a local, state, and national level. The purpose of the Camouflage Coalition is to organize hunters and anglers to act quickly when issues arise that affect hunting and fishing.
Cervids are hooved ruminant mammals whose males usually have antlers and include white-tailed deer and elk. Cervids are the host animal for a disease-causing agent that can lead to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which has not yet been detected in North Carolina herds. CWD can devastate wild populations of deer, however, and NCWF, led by its Camo Coalition under the direction of coordinator Richard B. Hamilton, mounted an ongoing effort that focused on the management of captive deer and elk, expansion of captive deer farms in North Carolina, and legal issues surrounding the fencing of wild animals— a public-trust resource of the State.
NCWF is participating at a high level in the revision of the forest management plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, the guidelines of which will deter mine how 1.1 million acres of public lands in western North Carolina will be managed for the next 15 years. This plan revision is a major rewrite of the 1987 management plan using new science and addressing new concerns about how these public lands are managed.
In 2014, NCWF embarked on a campaign to reform marine resources conservation in North Carolina, an effort that carries into 2015 as the Federation’s marquee initiative called Sound Solutions. Our state is blessed with a unique barrier island system and an inshore marine ecosystem of vast expanse, having the largest sounds on the East Coast behind only the Chesapeake. These sounds and the rivers, creeks, and inlets that feed them and their surrounding wetlands are the lifeblood of the nurseries for shellfish, finfish, and numerous wildlife species including endangered and threatened species. Recognizing inconsistencies with science-based management of the state’s marine resources, NCWF launched a campaign comprised of education, awareness, and actions to make significant changes.