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Cold Mountain Range Changes

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When you arrive at the range you will also be asked to sign in and indicate where you are from and what type of firearm you will be shooting. My contact says the purpose for this is to get a sense of how far people come to shoot and what people are shooting with an eye toward expanding the range to allow for a separate pistol range. There are also plans to bring in portable toilets which couldn’t be done without supervision and also a small utility building for an office. The range is south of Lake Logan on NC Highway 215. Right now it has only 5 shooting stations with 25, 50, and 100 yard target stands. We believe these improvements will help expand the range and improve safety for all shooters.

Speaking of ranges, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Foothills Public Shooting Complex in Cleveland County near Shelby on April 19th. The complex is a great example of a collaborative effort among the Cleveland County Commissioners, WRC, and NRA. The county provided the land, WRC used Pittman-Robertson funds, and the NRA provided a grant to build not just a range but a true shooting complex. It will have a 250 yard rifle range, five 50 yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap courses and a 3D archery course. I only wish the County Commissioners in our area had as much forethought and concern for the shooting sports.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on proposed rule changes to the state’s game land, wildlife management and inland fishing regulations. Of the 37 proposed rule changes, 34 were approved as taken to public hearings; one game land regulation was amended and approved; one wildlife management regulation was removed from consideration and one wildlife management regulation was disapproved.

The effective date for the approved regulations, which are for the 2016-17 seasons, is August 1, 2016.

The wildlife commissioners approved eight wildlife management proposals, including one that would establish the framework to open an elk hunting season in western North Carolina. Along with this proposal, they adopted a complementary resolution delaying the issuance of any elk hunting permits until state, federal and tribal land organizations have determined appropriate allocation of permits based on annual sustainable harvest goals and population viability. “Our next step will be to work closely with our partners, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, to establish clear metrics to guide a permit-only hunt sometime in the future,” said Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director. “Together we will work to determine sustainable harvest goals and how to allocate harvest across the population range.” As defined, the elk hunting season will be from October 1 through November 1 with a bag limit of one per permit. The manner of take would be any legal firearm or archery equipment.

Out of an abundance of caution and desire for additional biological information, commissioners disapproved a proposed alligator hunting season, Because the take of alligators in some situations is reasonable and appropriate, the commissioners directed Director Myers, through a resolution, to examine options that would utilize the skills and expertise of North Carolina sportsmen and women to provide assistance in removal of alligators under nuisance or depredation circumstances. Wildlife Commissioners did not vote on a proposed regulation to remove the Eastern cougar as a federally listed species in North Carolina. Pursuant to state law, federally listed animals must have the same designation in the state as their federal status. The Commission expected the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Eastern cougar from the federal list, but this action has been delayed.

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