The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking comments on the development of management plans for five of their game lands. Closest to me is the Cold Mountain Game Lands in Haywood County. Yes, it is the same Cold Mountain as in the book and movie. The four other game lands mentioned are way the hell and gone from me down in the eastern North Carolina.
Of particular interest about the Cold Mountain Game Lands is the Wayne Smith Shooting Range which is a free and open to the public range. It is also the closest range of its sort to the Asheville area. If you follow the links below, the draft management plan for Cold Mountain discusses the range in detail including potential plans for a 25-yard pistol range and a trap range. Among the concerns are noise mitigation and degradation of the facility from overuse. There is discussion of adding a fee for its use or limiting the amount of time one can stay and shoot at the range.
Wildlife Commission Invites Public to Comment on Five Game Land Plans
RALEIGH, NC — After conducting a series of public meetings to gather input on developing management plans for game lands across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted draft plans for five game lands on its website for additional public comment.The Commission is accepting comments through March 15 for the following game lands:· Bertie County, comprising 3,884 acres in Bertie County· Cape Fear River Wetlands, comprising 7,191 acres in New Hanover and Pender counties· Cold Mountain, comprising 3,631 acres in Haywood County· Neuse River, comprising 4,900 acres in Craven County· Van Swamp, comprising 5,505 acres in Beaufort and Washington countiesComments can be e-mailed, with the game land name in the subject line and the individual tract within in the body of the email, to email@example.com. For more information on game lands, go to www.ncwildlife.org/gamelands.About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities.Get N.C. Wildlife Update — news including season dates, bag limits, legislative updates and more — delivered free to your Inbox from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.