Access Guide for Sportsman with Disabilities

Introduction

 The North Carolina General Assembly and Wildlife Resources Commission have worked cooperatively to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in hunting, fishing and other related outdoor activities. In keeping with the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), great strides have been made towards providing reasonable access and opportunities for hunters and anglers. Currently, North Carolina has one of the more progressive programs in the United States for sportsmen with disabilities. This effort is directed towards assisting access to favorable game and fish areas, allowing the use of equipment designed to overcome specific disabilities, and to encourage persons with disabilities to take advantage of the state's hunting and fishing opportunities. The Commission strongly urges any person with a disability that has a question or an interest in hunting and fishing to contact:

    Disabled Access Program 
    N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission 
    1722 Mail Service Center 
    Raleigh NC 27699

     

Note

For the purpose of this publication, reference to the terms disabled, handicapped and accessibility are used as follows. Official titles of programs are used without change, i.e., "Disabled Access Program" or "Disabled Sportsman Program." In referring to individuals, "persons with disabilities" is used. The term "handicapped" is used in conjunction with designated parking spaces to be consistent with wording used in state regulations. When "accessible" is used, it means that the fishing pier, trail, restrooms, etc., are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Programs

 The Disabled Access Program and the Disabled Sportsman Program form the foundation for the Commission's efforts to provide access and increased opportunities for persons with disabilities. The programs have different objectives. One is designed to improve access (with landowner agreement) on game lands. The other implements legislative requirements enacted by the 1993 General Assembly by providing permit hunts for persons with disabilities.


Huntmaster Hunt Unit Program

Disabled Access

 This program allows persons with limited physical mobility to operate vehicles on open-gated or designated roads on certain game lands otherwise closed to vehicular traffic. Participants are issued permanent identification cards, companion cards and vehicular access permits, valid as long as their disability persists. The vehicular access permit must be displayed in the passenger area of the vehicle. One able-bodied person, carrying the "Companion Card," may accompany the person with the disability. The companion must remain in visual or verbal contact with the hunter at all times. There is no charge for this program.

Qualifications

Competent medical evidence substantiating a physical mobility disability that makes normal utilization of game lands impossible without vehicular assistance.

Game Land Areas Involved

  • Bertie County
  • Bladen Lakes
  • Butner Falls of the Neuse (waterfowl blind for disabled hunters only)
  • Goose Creek (waterfowl blind for disabled hunters only)
  • Holly Shelter
  • R. Wayne Bailey – Caswell
  • Roanoke River Wetlands
  • Sandhills
  • Suggs Mill Pond
  • Thurmond Chatham
  • Tillery

See current Game Lands maps or Map Book for details.

Application Procedures

You may contact the License Section at 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) to obtain a copy of the Crossbow Permit Nongame Fishing Application.

 

Huntmaster Hunt Unit Program 

Huntmaster Hunt Unit Program

Huntmaster Hunt Unit

In an ongoing effort to provide opportunities for all of North Carolina’s outdoor enthusiasts, the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission (WRC) will allow the public to use the Huntmaster Hunting Unit (Huntmaster) mobile hunting and wildlife viewing blind for organized disabled special-needs hunts.

Due to cooperative efforts between the N.C. Handicapped Sportsman (NCHS) and the WRC, 10 of these new lifts were purchased at a cost of $100,000 by the NCHS. The WRC provided $50,000 while the NCHS raised the other $50,000 from various donors.

The Huntmaster is a mobile hunting blind with a heavy-duty trailer that can be set up easily by one individual. They feature all-steel heavy-duty construction throughout, and offer a fail-safe hydraulic system powered via a heavy-duty, solar-powered, 12v deep-cycle battery. Set-up features include four rugged, steel-beam outriggers, each with adjustable stabilizers. The Huntmaster has a roomy 6x6 foot interior and can lift up to 750 pounds to 20 feet, providing not only a great vantage point, but also reducing the element of human scent for that hunt of a lifetime opportunity.

Designated wildlife depots within each of the agency’s nine districts will house the Huntmasters and offer their use via advanced reservation. The Huntmasters will be made available for organized disabled special-needs hunts only and will not be provided for individual use.

First priority will be given to WRC-organized events. Second priority will be to partner agencies/entities that allow public hunting or wildlife viewing opportunities for the disabled. Third priority will be given to organized hunting or wildlife viewing events that are put on by private groups (Note: the application form will require that the event is being conducted by an established organization and request the name of the organization as well). These Huntmasters may also be used under the same priority structure for use at expos or other special events to promote hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities available for disabled North Carolinians.

It is extremely important that every North Carolinian have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the state’s natural resources, whether disabled or not, and that WRC considers this goal as being paramount to providing opportunities for all outdoor recreationists in North Carolina. 

Crossbow Permit Nongame Fishing

 This program authorizes taking of nongame fish by persons with permanent or long-term disabilities that render them incapable of sufficient arm movement to draw other legal bows. Permit is valid as long as the qualifying disability persists.

Qualifications

    1.The limitation on use of standard bows must be from a physical disability that cannot be overcome with exercise and physical therapy.

    2. The disability must be long term (greater than one year).

    3. The disability must prevent the person from drawing a bow with 35 pounds of pull for a distance of 15 inches and holding at a reduced pull of 12 pounds for 5 seconds.

Areas Involved

For current-year dates for bow-and-arrow seasons, and all legal weapons seasons, refer to the Regulations Digest printed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Application Procedures

You may contact the License Section at 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) to obtain a copy of the Crossbow Permit Nongame Fishing Application.

Fishing Programs and Boating Access Areas

 With help from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, a federal excise tax and import duty on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel, the Commission has developed bank fishing sites and boating access areas across the state. The bank fishing access areas are known as Public Fishing Areas (PFAs), some of which are Community Fishing Program sites (CFPs). There are also boating access areas (BAAs) that allow free 24 hour access to 80 different bodies of water in North Carolina. Some of these locations are accessible to anglers with disabilities. Development at PFA sites varies from simple brush removal to the construction of accessible fishing piers and boat launching facilities. Most CFP sites are periodically stocked with catchable size channel catfish during the fishing season. The mileage figures given in the location descriptions are approximations.

Public Fishing Areas

PFAs are open to the public at no charge; however, use is generally restricted to fishing activities. The mooring of boats and jet skis, swimming and camping are prohibited at most PFAs. The total number of PFAs and the number of PFAs that are accessible is constantly increasing. For a complete up-to-date list of all PFAs, contact the Wildlife Resources Commission at 919 707-0220 or visit the N.C. Fishing Access Map.

Community Fishing Program Sites

 CFPs are cooperatively operated by the Commission and local governments. The Commission provides 75% of the operating funds through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, while local governments fund 25% and provide the fishing site. CFPs are open to the public, and many have regular opening and closing hours.

Most CFPs are located in city- or county-owned parks; therefore, other recreational opportunities are usually available. Most CFPs have fishing facilities for persons with disabilities. As the number of CFPs is constantly increasing, contact the Fisheries division at 919 707-0220 for a current list or see the CFP sites here.

Adaptive Fishing Gear

Manage

First-time and novice anglers in North Carolina are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year. The loaner rods and reels are provided by various city and county parks statewide and by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission through the Commission's Tackle Loaner Program (TLP). The Commission created the Tackle Loaner Program to introduce North Carolinians, especially children, to fishing and to encourage novice anglers to continue developing their angling skills. The Commission works cooperatively with the American Sportfishing Association to expand the tackle loaner program to parks that are already participating in the Commission's Community Fishing Program.


Here's how it works
The Tackle Loaner Program operates just like a library. Anglers of all ages register at participating parks to receive a tackle loaner ID card, which allows them to check out a rod and reel. Anglers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. After returning the loaner rods and reels to the park office, first-time participants under 16 years of age will receive a free mini-tackle box containing hooks, bobbers, sinkers, and a stringer. Tackle loaner ID cards can be used at other participating sites in North Carolina, but rods and reels must be returned to the original loaner site.

A list of Tackle Loaner Program sites appears below. Be sure to also see Fishing Publications for more information. For further assistance or to receive a brochure with directions, contact (919) 707-0220. Directions to Community Fishing Program sites can also be also found on theN.C. Fishing Access Map.

Adaptive Fishing Gear
Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

 

Current NC Tackle Loaner Program Sites

SITE

COUNTY

COOPERATOR

Cammack Lake Office

Alamance

Burlington Recreation and Parks

Graham-Mebane Lake Office

Alamance

Graham Recreation and Parks

Stoney Creek Lake

Alamance

Burlington Parks and Recreation

Ashe Park Pond

Ashe

Ashe County Parks & Recreation

Tomahawk Lake Complex

Buncombe

Black Mountain Recreation and Parks

Frank Liske Park Office

Cabarrus

Cabarrus County Parks & Recreation

Lake Rim Park Office

Cumberland

Cumberland County Parks and Recreation

Durham Parks and Recreation Office

Durham

City of Durham Parks and Recreation

Eno River State Park Office

Durham

NC Division of Parks and Recreation

Falls Lake State Recreational Area

Durham

NC Division of Parks and Recreation

Dallas Park

Gaston

Gaston County Parks & Recreation

Rankin Lake Park

Gaston

Gastonia Parks and Recreation

Lake Devin

Granville

Oxford Parks and Recreation

Brandt Lake Marina

Guilford

Greensboro Parks & Recreation

Bur-Mil Park Office

Guilford

Greensboro Parks & Recreation

Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina

Guilford

Burlington Parks and Recreation

Higgins Lake Marina

Guilford

Greensboro Parks & Recreation

High Point City Lake Office

Guilford

High Point Parks & Recreation

Oak Hollow City Lake Office

Guilford

High Point Parks & Recreation

Oka T. Hester Complex

Guilford

Greensboro Parks & Recreation

Townsend Lake Marina

Guilford

Greensboro Parks & Recreation

San-Lee Park Office

Lee

Lee County Parks & Recreation

Neuseway Nature Park Complex

Lenior

Kinston/Lenoir County Parks & Recreation

Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center

McDowell

Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

McDowell Nature Preserve

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

Matthews Community Center
loans tackle for Squirrel Lake

Mecklenburg

Matthews Parks & Recreation

Carthage Area-2 sites

Moore

Moore County Parks & Recreation

Anderson Community Park

Orange

Carrboro Recreation and Parks

Mayo Park

Person

Person County Parks and Recreation

River Park North Complex

Pitt

Greenville Recreation & Parks

Laughter Pond

Polk

Polk County Parks & Recreation

Lake Lucas

Randolph

Asheboro Parks and Recreation

Hinson Lake

Richmond

Rockingham Parks and Recreation

Mayo River State Park

Rockingham

NC Division of Parks and Recreation

City Park

Rowan

Salisbury Parks and Recreation

Salisbury Community Park

Rowan

Salisbury Parks and Recreation

Albemarle Park Office

Stanly

Albemarle Parks & Recreation

Elkin Park Office

Surry

Elkin Parks & Recreation

Tumbling Rock Reservoir

Surry

Mount Airy Parks and Recreation

Cane Creek Lake Marina

Union

Union County Parks & Recreation

Apex Park Office

Wake

Apex Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Bass Lake

Wake

Holly Springs Parks and Recreation

Bond Lake Park Office

Wake

Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Lake Crabtree County Park

Wake

Wake County Parks and Open Space

Harris Co. Park Office

Wake

Wake County Parks & Recreation

Lake Benson

Wake

Garner Parks and Recreation Department

Lake Johnson

Wake

Raleigh Parks & Recreation

Umstead State Park office

Wake

NC Division of Parks and Recreation

Wheeler Lake Complex

Wake

Raleigh Parks & Recreation

Wilkesboro Town Hall

Wilkes

Town of Wilkesboro

Wilson Park Office

Wilson

Wilson Parks & Recreation

Patience Park

Yancey

Yancey County Parks and Recreation

First-time and novice anglers in North Carolina are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year. The loaner rods and reels are provided by various city and county parks statewide and by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission through the Commission's Tackle Loaner Program (TLP). The Commission created the Tackle Loaner Program to introduce North Carolinians, especially children, to fishing and to encourage novice anglers to continue developing their angling skills. The Commission works cooperatively with the American Sportfishing Association to expand the tackle loaner program to parks that are already participating in the Commission's Community Fishing Program.

Here's how it works
The Tackle Loaner Program operates just like a library. Anglers of all ages register at participating parks to receive a tackle loaner ID card, which allows them to check out a rod and reel. Anglers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. After returning the loaner rods and reels to the park office, first-time participants under 16 years of age will receive a free mini-tackle box containing hooks, bobbers, sinkers, and a stringer. Tackle loaner ID cards can be used at other participating sites in North Carolina, but rods and reels must be returned to the original loaner site.

A list of Tackle Loaner Program sites appears below. Be sure to also see Fishing Publications for more information. For further assistance or to receive a brochure with directions, contact (919) 707-0220. Directions to Community Fishing Program sites can also be also found on theN.C. Fishing Access Map.

Adaptive Fishing Gear
Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

First-time and novice anglers in North Carolina are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year. The loaner rods and reels are provided by various city and county parks statewide and by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission through the Commission's Tackle Loaner Program (TLP). The Commission created the Tackle Loaner Program to introduce North Carolinians, especially children, to fishing and to encourage novice anglers to continue developing their angling skills. The Commission works cooperatively with the American Sportfishing Association to expand the tackle loaner program to parks that are already participating in the Commission's Community Fishing Program.

Here's how it works
The Tackle Loaner Program operates just like a library. Anglers of all ages register at participating parks to receive a tackle loaner ID card, which allows them to check out a rod and reel. Anglers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. After returning the loaner rods and reels to the park office, first-time participants under 16 years of age will receive a free mini-tackle box containing hooks, bobbers, sinkers, and a stringer. Tackle loaner ID cards can be used at other participating sites in North Carolina, but rods and reels must be returned to the original loaner site.

A list of Tackle Loaner Program sites appears below. Be sure to also see Fishing Publications for more information. For further assistance or to receive a brochure with directions, contact (919) 707-0220. Directions to Community Fishing Program sites can also be also found on theN.C. Fishing Access Map.

Adaptive Fishing Gear
Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.
Manage

First-time and novice anglers in North Carolina are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year. The loaner rods and reels are provided by various city and county parks statewide and by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission through the Commission's Tackle Loaner Program (TLP). The Commission created the Tackle Loaner Program to introduce North Carolinians, especially children, to fishing and to encourage novice anglers to continue developing their angling skills. The Commission works cooperatively with the American Sportfishing Association to expand the tackle loaner program to parks that are already participating in the Commission's Community Fishing Program.

Here's how it works
The Tackle Loaner Program operates just like a library. Anglers of all ages register at participating parks to receive a tackle loaner ID card, which allows them to check out a rod and reel. Anglers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. After returning the loaner rods and reels to the park office, first-time participants under 16 years of age will receive a free mini-tackle box containing hooks, bobbers, sinkers, and a stringer. Tackle loaner ID cards can be used at other participating sites in North Carolina, but rods and reels must be returned to the original loaner site.

A list of Tackle Loaner Program sites appears below. Be sure to also see Fishing Publications for more information. For further assistance or to receive a brochure with directions, contact (919) 707-0220. Directions to Community Fishing Program sites can also be also found on theN.C. Fishing Access Map.

Adaptive Fishing Gear
Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

Boating Access Areas

 Boating is undoubtedly one of the state's more popular sports, with more than 200,000 boats registered in North Carolina. To assist boaters, the Commission has established free boating access areas (BAAs) across the state. The following launch areas have facilities to assist the boater with disabilities. New areas are being established on a continuing basis. Obtain the latest list of accessible BAAs by contacting the Disabled Access Program, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1720 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699 OR view the interactive BAA Locator with identified disabled access.

Other Information

·    For information on a wide variety of public and private programs, request a free copy of ACCESS North Carolina produced by the Vocational Rehabilitation Services, N.C. Department of Human Resources, and distributed in cooperation with (write to):

Division of Travel and Tourism 
N.C. Department of Economic and Community Development
Raleigh, NC 27611
or call 1-800-Visit NC (1-800-847-4862)

·     For information on deer hunts, duck blinds, fishing piers and other accessible recreational opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries in the state, contact:

Public Affairs Office 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Richard B. Russell Federal Building 
75 Spring Street, SW, Room 1200 
Atlanta, GA 30303

·     For information on accessible National Park Service programs in the state, contact: 

Office of Public Affairs 
National Park Service 
P.O. Box 37127 
Washington, D.C. 20013-7127

·     For information on hunting, fishing and other accessible outdoor recreational programs on National Forests in the state, contact:

Public Affairs Office 
U.S. Forest Service 
P.O. Box 96090 
Washington, D.C. 20013-6090

·     For information on North Carolina's nature preserves, natural areas, parks and recreational areas contact:

N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation 
P.O. Box 27687 
Raleigh, NC 27611-7687


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