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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologist not to be harmful to native wildlife in the area and such releases are in the public interest or advance the programs and goals of the Wildlife Resources Commission.
(m)  Non-Highway Licensed Vehicles.  It is unlawful to operate motorized land vehicles not licensed for highway use on Game Lands except for designated areas on National Forests.  People who have obtained a Disabled Access Program permit are exempt from this rule but must comply with the terms of their permit.
(n)  Disabled Access Program.  Permits issued under this program shall be based upon medical evidence submitted by the person verifying that a handicap exists that limits physical mobility to the extent that normal utilization of the game lands is not possible without vehicular assistance.  Persons meeting this requirement may operate electric wheel chairs, all terrain vehicles, and other passenger vehicles on ungated or open-gated roads otherwise closed to vehicular traffic on game lands owned by the Wildlife Resources Commission and on game lands whose owners have agreed to such use.  Those game lands where this Paragraph applies shall be designated in the game land rules and map book.  This Paragraph does not permit vehicular access on fields, openings, roads, paths, or trails planted to wildlife food or cover.  One able-bodied companion, who is identified by a special card issued to each qualified disabled person, may accompany a disabled person to provide assistance, provided the companion is at all times in visual or verbal contact with the disabled person.  The companion may participate in all lawful activities while assisting a disabled person, provided license requirements are met.  Any vehicle used by a qualified disabled person for access to game lands under this provision shall prominently display the vehicular access permit issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission in the passenger area of the vehicle.  It shall be unlawful for anyone other than those holding a Disabled Access Permit to hunt, during waterfowl season, within 100 yards of a waterfowl blind designated by the Wildlife Resources Commission as a Disabled Sportsman's hunting blind.
(o)  Public nudity.  Public nudity, including nude sunbathing, is prohibited on any Game Land, including land or water.  For the purposes of this Section, "public nudity" means a person's intentional failure to cover with a fully opaque covering the person's genitals, pubic area, anal area, or female breasts below a point from the top of the areola while in a public place.
(p)  Definitions:  For the purpose of this Subchapter "Permanent Hunting Blind" shall be defined as any structure that is used for hunter concealment, constructed from man made or natural materials, and that  is not disassembled and removed at the end of each day's hunt.
(q)  Shooting Ranges.  On state-owned game lands, no person shall use designated shooting ranges for any purpose other than for firearm or bow and arrow marksmanship, development of shooting skills or for other safe uses of firearms and archery equipment.  All other uses, including camping, building fires, operating concessions or other activities not directly involved with recreational or competitive shooting are prohibited, except that activities which have been approved by the Commission and for which a permit has been issued may be conducted, provided that the permit authorizing such activity is available for
inspection by wildlife enforcement officers at the time the activity is taking place.  No person, when using any shooting range, shall deposit any debris or refuse on the grounds of the range.  This includes any items used as targets, except that clay targets broken on the range, by the shooter, may be left on the grounds where they fall. No person shall shoot any items made of glass on the grounds of the range.  No person may leave any vehicle or other obstruction in such a location or position that it will prevent, impede or inconvenience the use by other persons of any shooting range.  No person shall leave parked any vehicle or other object at any place on the shooting range other than such a place or zone as is designated as an authorized parking zone and posted or marked as such.  No person shall handle any firearms or bow and arrow on a shooting range in a careless or reckless manner.  No person shall intentionally shoot into any target holder, post or other permanent fixture or structure while using a shooting range.  No person shall shoot a firearm in a manner that would cause any rifled or smoothbore projectiles to travel off of the range, except that shotgun shot, size No. 4 or smaller may be allowed to travel from the range if it presents no risk of harm or injury to any person(s).  Persons using a shooting range must obey posted range safety rules and those persons who violate range safety rules or create a public safety hazard must leave the shooting range if directed to by law enforcement officers or Commission employees.  No person shall handle any firearms on a shooting range while under the influence of an impairing substance.  The consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages on a shooting range is prohibited.   Shooting ranges are open from sunrise to sunset on Monday through Saturday.  Firearms are to be unloaded and cased when being transported to the shooting range while on Game Lands.  No person, when using any shooting range, shall do any act which is prohibited or neglect to do any act which is required by signs or markings placed on such area under authority of this Rule for the purpose of regulating the use of the area.

History Note:Authority G.S. 113134; 113264; 113270.3; 113291.2; 113291.5; 113305; 113306;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1993; April 1, 1992;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 11, 1993;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; July 1, 1996; July 1, 1995; July 1, 1994;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2000;

Temporary Amendment Eff. August 31, 2001;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2004; (this amendment replaces the amendment approved by RRC on July 17, 2003);

Amended Eff. May 1, 2008; May 1, 2007; May 1, 2006; November 1, 2005.


(a)  Safety Requirements.  No person while hunting on any designated game land shall be under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic drug, or fail to comply with restrictions enacted by the National Park Service regarding the use of the Blue Ridge Parkway where it adjoins game lands listed in this Rule.

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