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Can I target shoot inside Holly Shelter gamelands?

UNCW students and Audubon Society volunteers Carson Wood and Lexi Perillo look into the trees in the Holly Shelter Game Land during Audubon Society's annual Christmas bird count in December 2011. StarNews photo by Jeff Janowski.

UNCW students and Audubon Society volunteers Carson Wood and Lexi Perillo look into the trees in the Holly Shelter Game Land during Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count in December 2011. Shooting at trees in the gamelands is illegal. StarNews photo by Jeff Janowski.

Yes, you can target shoot at the Holly Shelter Gamelands, and Officer Doug Jones of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement says target shooting at the site is allowed year round

“This time of the year the gate is normally shut, during summer months, because there’s no open hunting season, but people can park off to the side of gate and walk in to target shoot,” Jones said.

People who want to shoot at targets in Holly Shelter must adhere to certain regulations. In addition to making sure that the weapons they are using are legal to possess, Jones said, target shooters can’t shoot near certain structures. “They cannot discharge a firearm within 150 yards of any hunter camping area or any N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission building,” Jones said.

Target shooters also should stay clear of trees while shooting their firearms.

“It’s very important not to shoot any kind of structure, such as trees,” Jones said. “All of the trees and any of the growth in there belongs to the state so that can be considered destruction of state property. It’s very important for them to understand that they cannot shoot the trees. So they would need to prop their targets up on some type of target stand or something that they bring in. We will enforce that very strictly, or any of the laws that concern state’s gamelands are enforced strictly.”

While target shooting at the gamelands, Jones said be careful not to leave items you bring in behind. “Anything that they bring in they must bring back out. Any kind of spent shell casings, brass, and stuff like that from shooting they must bring out, anything that they leave in would be considered littering.”

Jones said shooter should also make sure to use a good backstop.

One day Holly Shelter Gamelands could have a designated target shooting area, but it would depend upon the state’s budget.

“As of right now there is no designated target shooting area,” Jones said. “That has been considered for the Holly Shelter Gameland. There has been talks about building a shooting range at the Holly Shelter.

For more information about regulations regarding Holly Shelter and other N.C. Gamelands, visit the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website at www.ncwildlife.org and read the commission’s Regulations Digest.

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