Public Hunting Opportunities
As days get shorter and hints of autumn begin to surface many outdoorsmen are
reminded of one thing: hunting season is near.
Youíve weathered the hot, rainy days of summer when it seemed that fall
would never arrive. By now youíve
probably gotten much of your equipment out of the closet and began practicing so
youíll be at the top of your game. Finally,
the chance to escape civilization and spend quite, relaxing hours in the woods
are fortunate to have one less thing to worry about as they gear up for hunting
season. Many hunters around
and the rest of the nation must try to find a landowner who is willing to let
them pursue game on their property. This
is where local hunters have a leg up.
sits in the midst of an incredible amount of public hunting opportunities.
is comprised of roughly 50,000 acres of public hunting opportunities.
Much of the forest has easy access via roadways.
However, if youíre willing to put in a little extra hiking there are
still places throughout the forest that very rarely see a human visitor.
Such areas can provide an excellent opportunity to harvest an animal in a
very natural setting.
If hunters still long for more public lands they only have to travel a
few miles outside of the county. The
is one of the largest state owned properties in the entire southeast at
approximately 57,500 acres. Owned
and managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commision, the
has become known throughout the state for its vast size and incredible hunting
One additional public hunting opportunity lies along the
. The Pee Dee National Wildlife
Refuge contains nearly 8,000 acres of property managed entirely for wildlife.
Many of the hunts on this property are through a drawing system.
However, if youíre interested in hunting some of the most productive
property in the state the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge may be worth a look.
Many folks from throughout
travel to these areas to pursue the game of their choice.
During their quest they spend untold dollars at local supply stores, gas
stations, hotels and restaurants. These
dollars being brought into the local economy also come with a very small price
tag for the community. Hunters and
fishermen donít need extensive infrastructure improvements to continue coming
. They generally donít warrant
additional police services or administrative costs.
All they want is a friendly community with lots of wildlife.
thatís exactly what theyíve found: a friendly community with lots of