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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

 

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Cherry Point, North Carolina
 Hunting Aboard MCAS Cherry Point

Authorized Participation
The following persons are authorized to hunt, fish, or trap within the boundaries of the Air Station subject to this Manual. Requests for exceptions will be submitted to the Commanding Officer, MCAS Cherry Point, for approval.

• Military Personnel. All active duty or retired military personnel and their dependents.
• Civilian Employees. Federal government civilian employees stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, MCB Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River and outlying fields, and federal government civilian employees retired from MCAS Cherry Point.
• Guests. Persons that do not qualify for a regular permit are considered to be guests. Active duty military personnel from MCAS Cherry Point; outlying fields; MCAS New River; or Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune must obtain a regular permit in order to hunt, fish, or trap and therefore can not hunt as a guest. Guests must be sponsored by a person holding a regular MCAS Cherry Point hunting, fishing, or trapping permit. Guests are subject to all regulations and permit requirements except that the hunting permit test will not be required. The sponsor is responsible for the proper conduct of his guest. Individual hunters may sponsor no more than two guests on any one hunting trip. Sponsors must accompany their guests. Those active duty or retired military personnel and their dependents who live outside a 60-mile radius of MCAS Cherry Point may elect to hunt as a guest.

Permits
Permits are available at the Marine Corps Exchange Customer Service Area.

PERMITTING AND LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
All persons authorized to hunt, fish, or trap on the Air Station will have in their possession, and will display upon request to persons authorized to enforce this Manual, the appropriate North Carolina license and Air Station permit. Persons hunting, fishing, or trapping on MCAS Cherry Point property are not exempt from state license requirements. If you are sponsoring a guest, the guest must be present with you to purchase their Cherry Point base permits.

Hunting Permits
a. All hunters must obtain, and have in their possession when hunting, an Air Station Hunting or Combination permit. Prior to being issued a permit each hunter will:

1. Have successfully completed a written examination administered by the Conservation Law Enforcement staff (guest hunters and persons 12-15 years of age excluded) on the contents of this Manual.
2. Fill in the blanks directly from the web page and use a printer to produce the document by selecting File/Print from Intranet top menu screen. User can also saved the blank or completed file to their computer by selecting File/Save As from the Intranet top menu screen. Save the doc file to desired destination location on the computer hard drive (ex: C:\WordDocs)
3. Have executed the Certificate of Understanding attesting to the comprehension of current federal, state, county, and Air Station regulations, as applicable.
4. Trapping Permits. An Air Station trapping permit is required for all persons trapping on any MCAS Cherry Point property. Persons under age 16 must be accompanied by or possess the state license of a parent or guardian.
 
Regulations for MCAS Cherry Point
Hunting Regulations. Persons are considered to be hunting on the Air Station when they are using weapons to take or attempt to take wildlife on any property under jurisdiction of the Commanding General, MCAS Cherry Point. Firing at game into or across any area under jurisdiction of the Commanding General of this Air Station, from areas outside the boundaries of the Air Station by any persons not authorized to hunt thereon, is prohibited.   WeaponsHunting is permitted with shotguns, bow and arrow, muzzleloading rifles, muzzleloading shotguns, and twenty-two (.22) caliber rimfire rifles firing twenty-two (.22) caliber short or long rifle ammunition. Rifles chambered for twenty-two (.22) caliber rimfire magnum ammunition are prohibited.

All weapons being utilized to hunt aboard the Air Station must be registered at Pass and Identification to include bows.

Legal weapons for taking deer are shotguns of 20 gauge or larger, bow and arrow, muzzleloading rifles of forty-five (.45) caliber or larger, and muzzleloading shotguns.

Legal weapons for taking wild turkey are shotguns of 20 gauge or larger, muzzleloading shotguns and bow and arrow.

All repeating shotguns will be plugged to restrict capacity to three shells in the magazine and chamber combined when hunting migratory birds. The plug shall be incapable of being removed from the loading end of the magazine.

Silencers or devices designed to muffle the report of a shot will not be attached to a firearm or carried at any time.

Small game may be taken with #2 shot or smaller. Slugs or buckshot may be used for deer. Steel shot up to and including size T may be used for waterfowl. Wild Turkey may be taken only with lead shot sized #4, #5, or #6.

Muzzleloading rifles used for deer hunting must be forty-five (.45) caliber or greater. Muzzleloading rifles used for small game hunting must be of forty (.40) caliber or smaller, and may be used only in that part of Area 5 south of Anderson Creek. Muzzleloading shotguns may be used in any firearm area for any legal game.

Twenty-two (.22) caliber rimfire rifles firing short or long rifle ammunition are permitted only for small game hunting, and only in that part of Area 5 south of Anderson Creek. Plinking or target practice is not allowed. Twenty-two (.22) caliber rimfire magnum rifles are not permitted.

Hunting or capturing wild animals using nets, snares, deadfalls, pits, fires, salt licks, bait, or poisons is prohibited. Products such as "deer cocaine" and "deer suckers" are considered to be bait, and may not be used or possessed.
  
Safety
All persons under 16 years of age desiring to hunt must be accompanied by, and under direct supervision of, a licensed adult 18 years of age or older.

Loaded weapons may not be carried in or on a vehicle. A loaded weapon is defined as having ammunition in the chamber, magazine, or both. A percussion cap weapon is considered to be unloaded when a percussion cap is not present in the firing mechanism and the weapon is cased or not readily accessible.

Persons hunting on the Air Station must wear a garment with a total of 400 square inches of blaze orange, visible on both front and back of the upper extremities. A blaze orange cap alone is not sufficient. This does not apply to bow hunters while hunting in bow hunting only areas, to waterfowl hunters in boats, or in blinds along the shoreline of Slocum, Tucker, Anderson, or Hancock Creeks, or to dove and waterfowl hunters before or after the firearm deer season.

All hunters are strictly accountable for the observance of all reasonable and necessary safety precautions in the use of weapons. They will be familiar with the weapon they are using and will observe the Ten Commandments of Hunting Safety, Appendix B.

Firing across or from any hard surface or unimproved road is prohibited. Firing across any runway or taxiway is prohibited. Firing in such a way as to cause shot or slugs to land on any runway or taxiway is prohibited. Firing or hunting from inside or on top of any vehicle is prohibited.

Hunting is strictly prohibited within 200 yards of any inhabited area, squadron, battalion, quarters, club, recreational area, pasture, runway, taxiway, or other aircraft operating area. The safety limit for bow hunting only areas is 100 yards.
  
Hunting Areas
Free-lance (individual) hunting for all legal game is authorized in Air Station hunting areas 1-7 and the designated bow hunting areas as shown in figure 2-1 on each day of the authorized season, except that Area 1 and Bow Area 3 are open Monday-Friday only, and closed on federal holidays. Actual use of these areas is dependent upon safety and operational considerations. It is a violation to hunt in any area while that area is in a closed status.

The tributaries of Slocum Creek within the Air Station Golf Course and Bow Area 2 are designated off-limits to all firearm hunting. Bartlett, Catfish, and Duck Ponds are also closed to hunting.

Hunting in any area not specifically authorized by this Manual is prohibited.
  
Area Clearance
Hunters may check out to an area 1 1/2 hours prior to sunrise and must check back in no later than 1 1/2 hours after sunset. Alternate methods of hunter control may be devised and posted by the Conservation Law Enforcement for the small game season after the deer season has closed. Hunters are required to conform to the rules of this alternate system, including checking all posted information pertaining to closed areas or seasons.

The maximum number of hunters allowed in each area will be determined by using a ratio of one hunter per fifty acres of hunting area. Free-lance hunters desiring to enter a hunting area must obtain a hunting area clearance daily by personal appearance at the Conservation Law Enforcement office, MCAS Cherry Point, Building 4223. Hunters may check-out to a hunting area one hour prior to sunrise and must check-in from the hunting area not later than one hour after sunset, except for raccoon hunting.

A hunting area pass will be issued to each hunter granted area clearance. This area clearance must be terminated by personal appearance at the conclusion of the hunt. The hunting area pass is not a daily pass. Due to the small numbers of passes available for some hunting areas, hunters may not retain their passes while at home or work.

All game taken by hunters must be reported during the check-in process. Hunters will comply with requests for samples or examinations of harvested game for biological, game management, or law enforcement purposes.
  
Seasons and Limits
Open Seasons and bag limits are as described by applicable federal regulations when published, except as modified by this Manual or amplified by special bulletin issued by the Commanding Officer, MCAS Cherry Point. A violation of the regulations set by any such bulletin will be considered to be a violation of this Manual.

The taking of bear is prohibited on the Air Station or outlying fields. Bears will not be killed, run, or molested in any manner.

Beaver may be taken only with traps, with permission from the Natural Resources Manager, when their activities are causing damage to property.

Hunting of all animals (except wild turkey) is prohibit* during March-August, inclusive, except that pen raised quail may be shot during licensed bird dog field trials.

During any hunting season, species which are designated the EAO to constitute a public health hazard may be taken within guidelines established by the Commanding General, MCAS Cherry Point Such designations shall be in accordance with federal and state endangered, migratory, and game species regulation. Guidelines will! be posted in the Conservation Law Enforcement office, MCAS Cherry Point.
  
Bow and Arrow Hunting
Bow and arrow hunting will be in accordance with North Carolina regulations. Special hunting areas are restricted to bow hunting only. All other hunting areas are open to bow hunting as long as the color requirements of outer garments contained in subparagraph 2003.Ib(3) are met.

"FLUFLU" fletched arrows will be used for elevated shot as when squirrel hunting. Poison, explosive, or barbed arrows are prohibited. The use of crossbows is prohibited. Firearms may not be carried while bow hunting. Broadheads or broadhead pointed arrows may not be used possessed when small game hunting in an area closed to deer hunting when a hunter does not possess a valid big game tag. Field, target or judo points may be used.
  
Deer Hunting
Man driving for deer is prohibited. Man driving is defined as one or more moving hunters attempting to push deer to or or more motionless hunters. The use or possession of dogs during freelance deer hunting is prohibited. All elevated stands must be marked with the name of the owner, or of the person using the stand if the owner does not have valid hunting permit. Stands not so marked will be removed. Stands may not be left in the hunting areas after hunting season. Stands not be nailed, spiked or screwed to trees. Spikes or nails may not used as steps or to attach steps. Screw-in steps are permitted, provided they are removed when the stand is removed. A safety belt will be used.  

Waterfowl Hunting
Several locations are available for duck blinds at MCAS Cherry Point. Blinds will be available on a first come first serve basis. Persons may not hunt from shore within 300 yards of an established blind. Waterfowl hunting on Sunday is prohibited. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited after 1300 at MCAS Cherry Point, except for the shoreline or water of Slocum, Tucker, Anderson, and Hancock Creeks.  

Dove Hunting
The season and regulations for the dove field will be as follows:
During the first part of the federal three-part season the dove field will be open on opening day, Labor Day, Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Hunting hours are 1200-1800. During the second and third parts of the season the dove field will be open every day. Hunting hours will be one half hour before sunrise until sunset. All hunting will be on a first come, first served basis or by lottery, to be decided by the Deputy Conservation Law Enforcement, MCAS Cherry Point. The maximum number of hunters will be determined by the Conservation Law Enforcement. A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is not needed for dove hunting; however, all other Federal Migratory Bird Regulations apply.

The following actions are prohibited:
1. Parking on the road between the two sections of the dove field or driving vehicles into the field.
2. The use of lead shot sizes larger than #7&, or steel shot larger than #6.
3. Shooting in the direction of the Marine Air Control Squadron (MACS) -2 area. Hunters will position themselves so that their line of fire will not coincide with the MACS -2 area.
These regulations will apply to the area bounded on the south and east by Still Gut, by Reeds Gut on the north, and by Rifle Range Road on the west. Dove hunting in other open firearm hunting areas will be in accordance with state regulations.
  
Raccoon Hunting
Night hunting of raccoon and opossum is authorized in all firearm hunting areas between the hours of sunset and 0100. Permission must be granted at the Conservation Law Enforcement office, MCAS Cherry Point, at least one working day in advance. Only one firearm may be carried in each hunting party. Night hunting without dogs is prohibited. All hunting party members must have a MCAS Cherry Point hunting permit.  

Turkey Hunting
Shooting hours for hunting turkey will be one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. The season limit is two bearded turkey per person.   TrappingAll trapping is in accordance with the North Carolina state trapping regulations. Trappers must report their catch weekly to the Conservation Law Enforcement's office.   MiscellaneousIt is prohibited to allow dogs to run or chase wildlife, except when legally hunting game or training dogs. No dog training on wild game is allowed 1 March - 31 August. Permission from the MCAS Conservation Law Enforcement is required to train dogs on wild game from 1 September -1 March. The use of dogs trained for small game hunting is allowed.

Sunday hunting is permitted on the Air Station and outlying fields. Hunters are reminded that Sunday hunting is not permitted off government property and that violators are subject to fines by state authorities.

During open gun season on deer; jogging, bike riding, and hiking are prohibited on fire trails, paths, or timber access roads traversing wooded tracts in firearm hunting areas.

Vehicles used to transport hunters to and from hunting areas must not be parked in such a manner as to block any roadway or driveway, and the hunting area pass must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle so that it is visible from the outside of the vehicle.

Littering or the pollution of any land or water area of MCAS Cherry Point shall be a violation of this Manual.

The use of a hand held or vehicle mounted light to search for deer is prohibited from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise.

No species of native, domestic or exotic animal may be released, introduced, transported, or removed from the wild without permission of the EAO.

Areas posted as wildlife nesting or breeding areas will not be disturbed by foot or vehicular travel.

Driving motorized vehicles on roads or areas closed by signs and/or barriers is prohibited. Off-road or cross-county travel by motorized vehicle is prohibited except for official purposes.

All persons witnessing violations of this Manual must report the violation immediately to the MCAS Conservation Law Enforcement. It is a violation of this Manual to aid or abet any violation.

The taking or molesting of any animal or plant which has been listed as a threatened or endangered species by the federal government or the state of North Carolina is prohibited. Listed species which may occur are; the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), the red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), the Gull-billed tern (Sterna nilotica), the Spring goldenrod (Solidago verna, and the Carolina goldenrod (Solidago pulchra). This section does not apply to those federal actions that may affect listed species that have been reviewed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the North Carolina Department of Agriculture or Wildlife Resources Commission, as appropriate.

All illegally/accidentally killed game (auto, aircraft, poaching, etc.) will immediately be turned over to the Conservation Law Enforcement, MCAS Cherry Point, for disposition.

The placing of grain, salt, or other feed for the purpose of attracting wild animals is prohibited without the permission of the EAO. Bird feeders in residential areas are excepted.

Regulations for MCALF BogueHunting, fishing, trapping, and boating will be in accordance with the following exceptions:
1. Hunting is allowed in areas 1 through 4.
2. MCALF Bogue is closed to hunting during normal working hours and during nonworking hours when flight operations are taking place. However, bow hunting will be allowed in Area 1 during nonworking hours when flight operations are in progress. Additional closures may be imposed due to training exercises or other military requirements.
3. Muzzleloading rifles may be used only for deer. Twenty-two (.22) caliber rifles and muzzleloading rifles less than forty-five (.45) caliber are not permitted.
4. All hunting and trapping area clearance, check-out/check-in, and game reporting will be conducted through the MCALF Bogue Security Department at the main gate.
5. Hunting seasons will follow the dates set for Carteret County by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, except that bear season is closed at MCALF Bogue.
6. Waterfowl hunting is not allowed on Sunday. Waterfowl shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. 
 
Regulations for MCOLF Atlantic
Hunting, fishing, trapping, and boating will be in accordance with MCAS Cherry Point with the following exceptions:
1. Hunting is allowed in areas 1 through 4.
2. Area 4 will be closed while joggers are using the runways during scheduled physical fitness training.
3. Twenty-two (.22) caliber rifles and muzzleloading rifles less than forty-five (.45) caliber are not permitted.
4. All hunting and trapping area clearance, check-out/check-in, and game reporting will be conducted through the MCOLF Atlantic noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) or his representative, located at Building 7019.
5. Hunting seasons will follow the dates set for Carteret County by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, except that bear season is closed at MCOLF Atlantic.
6. Waterfowl hunting is not allowed on Sunday in Barry Bay. Waterfowl shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. 
 
Regulations for the Piney Island Bombing Range (BT-11)
1. All hunting is prohibited. This includes hunting from water in prohibited (target) areas.
2. The possession, transportation, or placing of feed or grain on land or in water for wildlife feeding or attracting purposes is prohibited without the written consent of the EAO.
3. Fishing, shell fishing, and crabbing in the coastal waters of the Neuse River and West Bay adjacent to BT-ll is regulated by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF). All such activities will be in accordance with NCDMF regulations. For further information, contact NCDMF at (919) 726-7021.


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 Course Information

Cherry Point Base Hunter Orientation classes are held at the Training and Education Bldg • 1200-1300. For more information or questions, please contact Officer Steinhauer at 252-466-3242.

North Carolina State Hunter Safety Courses
are held at the Training and Education Bldg. Sign up on line
www.ncwildlife.org