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.
To apply for the Huntmaster Hunt Unit, click on the “Application Process” to the right.
(Note: be sure to read all the information provided on the Application process page before continuing the application process. Doing so will help to prevent processing delays or potential problems later on.)