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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

 

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Cherry Point, North Carolina

Conservation Officer’s Office

 

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Natural Resources Wildlife Information Site
For more information contact the Conservation Law Enforcement Office (Bldg 4223) (252) 466-3242 / 3593

 

 General Information and Introduction

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point encompasses approximately 26,000 of federal land utilized for military training. While the land is not being utilized for training it is opened to Department of Defense personnel and their guests to hunt, fish, trap, and to harvest nonmerchantable firewood.

Cherry Point is surrounded by approximately 18,000 acres of waterways, most of which is salt or brackish water and lies within the Neuse River, Slocum Creek, Hancock Creek, and Bogue Inlet to name a few. There are three freshwater ponds located onboard Cherry Point which are managed by the Environmental Affairs Department and stocked with bass, bluegill, and catfish.  Cherry Point’s Natural Resources Division is also proud to offer an archery site where hunters and hobbyists can practice with both bows and crossbows.

It is the primary responsibility of the Conservation Law Enforcement Office is to provide wildlife enforcement and a safe environment for the enjoyment of the natural resources aboard Cherry Point and its outlying airfields. Officers are responsible for the enforcement of all applicable state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to natural resources aboard the Air Station.

For more information on outdoor recreational activities onboard Cherry Point navigate the Conservation Law Enforcement Office website using the links to the right of the page.

 

 Hunter Orientation Schedule


Cherry Point hunters must attend the orientation class prior to participating in any hunting related activities onboard the Air Station.  This class is required (in addition to a state Hunter Safety Course) purchase a base hunting or trapping license.  Completion of the orientation is valid for three years.  Hunters do not need to register for orientation.

The orientation class is held at the Training and Education Building (Bldg 4335).  Please check the screen for the classroom number as you enter the building. 
All archers (bow and crossbow) who intend to hunt with archery tackle must complete an Archery Qualification Shot Test.  These tests are administered every Saturday morning at 0900 behind the Fire Training Facility on Access Road. This shot test must be renewed every three years.

Please note that class sizes are currently limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Class attendees must abide by all base COVID-19 regulations when attending class at the T&E Building.

Date Time # of Students
October 16, 2020 1200 - 1300 20
October 30, 2020 1200 - 1300 20
November 6, 2020 1200 - 1300 20
November 20, 2020 1200 - 1300 20
December 4, 2020 1200 - 1300 20
December 18, 2020 1200 - 1300 20

 
Past Season Harvest Information
2019 Hunting Season

Deer

  • Number of hunts: 1,595
  • Number of deer harvested in 2019:  85
    • Number of Does: 36  (42%)
    • Number of Bucks: 49  (58%)
    • Average Age: 3.5 years
YEAR BUCK DOE TOTAL % Doe
2014 62 52 114 46%
2015 58 53 111 48%
2016 53 40 93 43%
2017 52 48 100 48%
2018 41 48 89 54%
2019 49 36 85 42%

 

Turkey

  • Number of hunts:  110
  • Number of turkeys harvested:  4
    • Average weight:  19.1 lbs
    • Largest:  19.5 lbs
    • Longest Beard:  10 5/8 inches
    • Longest Spurs:  1 1/8 inches

 

 MCAS Cherry Point Wood Collection
 

Firewood permits for MCAS Cherry Point are available from the Environmental Affairs Department, Natural Resources Division. Permits are FREE and expire 30 days from the date of receipt.  The firewood permit allows patrons to cut one (1) cord of wood per permit. Patrons may only cut trees that are already downed and dead.  NO LIVE TREES may be cut with this permit.

Personal protective equipment must be used while cutting and collecting firewood.  Hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, and chaps are required while using a chain saw.

Areas being logged are not included in this permit. These areas will be released for collection after all logging contracts have been satisfied.