From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission – Special Hunting and Fishing Licensing Privileges for Military Personnel
Raleigh, North Carolina — Military personnel hunting and fishing in North Carolina can enjoy special licensing privileges as long as they meet criteria set by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Military personnel who are residents of North Carolina serving full-time active military duty outside of the state in the Armed Forces or a reserve component of the armed services, and who are home on leave for 30 days or less, do not have to purchase a license to hunt or fish.
When hunting or fishing, they must have with them a military identification card and a copy of the official document issued by their service unit confirming that they are on authorized leave from their duty station outside of North Carolina.
For non-resident, active duty military personnel stationed in North Carolina, a discounted hunting and fishing privilege was created by the N.C. legislature this year. Under a new law that went into effect in July 2013, military personnel who are not residents of North Carolina and would like to hunt or fish in the state can purchase a short-term or annual license at resident prices. They must be active duty at the time they purchase their resident licenses.
All military personnel must comply with all reporting, regulatory and hunter safety requirements, including registering big game harvests, as mandated by the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission, and purchasing any federal migratory waterfowl stamps as required bythe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Big Game Harvest Report Cards for license-exempt hunters can be obtained from wildlife service agents or by calling 1-888-248-6834, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., except state holidays.
To purchase a license:
- Go to www.ncwildlife.org using a computer or mobile device;
- Visit a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state;
- Call the Commission at 888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
For more information on fishing and hunting in North Carolina, or to find the nearest wildlife service agent, visit www.ncwildlife.org.
Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program encourages improvement at your own pace
Fairfax, Virginia – Who isn’t interested in improving their accuracy? If you’re growing tired of trips to the range without defined goals, join in on the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.
The Marksmanship Qualification Program adds structure and achievable goals to your range visits, helping you develop and improve your marksmanship skills. Qualification shooting is completely informal and is available throughout the entire year. The program sets milestones for progress and provides prizes along the way.
As you reach the different rating levels, you'll receive a medal, certificate and patch to recognize your shooting prowess. Everyone starts out with a large discipline patch and the rating patches are smaller so that they can be arranged around the larger one.
While the program starts at the basic levels (Pro-Marksman, Marksman), shooters will travel up the ladder to intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, Expert) and eventually the nationally recognized skill level – Distinguished Expert – the pinnacle of the program. The Distinguished Expert rating is parallel to a competitively classified Sharpshooter. From there you can jump to that classification tree and rise to Expert, Master and High Master.
The beauty of the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is that shooting can be conducted anywhere — on public ranges, at your favorite club range, even on your own home range. Because of this, the program is run on the honor system and there's no incentive to cheat since you're just working on marksmanship and not competing with other shooters.
Air gun qualification courses are especially suited for informal home air gun ranges and family learning environments, so good news for all you BB and pellet gun shooters. Parents can shoot side by side with their children or start a neighborhood air gun shooting sports program for their children and their friends.
BB gun, air rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, pistol, rifle, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program has it all and anyone can participate. Check out the website for more information and start having some individual or group fun that can last a lifetime.
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