RALEIGH, N.C. (March 5, 2015) — After receiving numerous reports of damaged property on Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding target shooters that it is illegal to remove, damage or destroy state property.
Target shooters recently have used signs, gates, trees, shrubs and other vegetation on the game lands as make-shift targets and backstops. Shooting any kind of structure on a game land is considered destruction of state property and is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable at the discretion of the court.
Holly Shelter and Stones Creek game lands encompass nearly 67,000 acres in Pender and Onslow counties and are popular destinations for hunters, anglers, birders, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. They also have become popular destinations for target shooters. But without a designated place to shoot, target shooters have set up temporary target areas throughout the game lands, which has resulted in si