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Public Meeting on Hunting Designation to Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land

  • 30 July 2015
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DURHAM, N.C. (July 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a second public meeting on Aug. 13 to gather comments on a proposal to designate approximately 145 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land from an All Weapons Game Land to a Safety Zone and a Restricted Firearms Zone.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, at Durham Technical Community College, Room 107 in the Northern Durham Center, located at 2401 Snow Hill Road, Durham.

The Commission is holding this meeting to modify its original proposal to designate 45 acres from an All Weapons Game Land to an Archery Only Zone. Based on concerns regarding this section of the game land and its proximity to Little River Elementary School and Durham Technical Community College’s Northern Durham Center, the Commission has modified its proposal to include approximately 37 acres of Safety Zone and 108 acres of Restricted Firearms Zone.  Discharging any weapon within a posted Safety Zone is prohibited and hunting with centerfire rifles is not allowed in Restricted Firearms Zones.  

This modified proposal, if approved by Wildlife Commissioners, will provide an additional buffer to the schools.

The Commission is seeking to comply with the Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, which prohibits the discharge or possession of firearms within 1,000 feet of an elementary or secondary school. See map for details.

Staff will take comments from the public meeting and present them to the Commissioners at an upcoming business meeting. If approved, the designation will go into effect as soon as the site is posted. Staff will erect signs on the game land to advise hunters of the new changes in designation and utilize other methods to communicate the change.

The Commission also will accept comments from people who cannot attend the meeting. E-mailed comments will be accepted until Aug. 14 to jodie.owen@ncwildlife.org or mail comments to: Jodie Owen, MSC 1712 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699.

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Media Contact:
Jodie B. Owen
919-707-0187
jodie.owen@ncwildlife.org
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