Seashore Duck Blind Permits Available for the 2010-2011 Hunting Season
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250
Harkers Island, North Carolina -- Superintendent Russel J. Wilson announces that permits for temporary duck blinds will be available at the Harkers Island Visitor Center beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and thereafter Monday through Friday.
There is no charge for the permit this year. If you are interested in obtaining a Duck Blind Permit, you must bring your CURRENT NORTH CAROLINA STATE HUNTING LICENSE with a FEDERAL DUCK STAMP, a PICTURE IDENTIFICATION (DRIVER'S LICENSE), and be prepared to identify your blind location on a topographic map.
Superintendent Wilson noted that the use of the lottery system for the first day of registration has been working well and will be continued this year. "The duck blind permit program is an effort by the park to work with hunters to develop a mutually workable program," said Wilson, "we invite the public to make suggestions and to comment on the program."
Hunting is authorized within Cape Lookout National Seashore, subject to State of North Carolina hunting regulations, as well as Federal law. The Duck Blind Permit allows hunters to place and leave temporary duck blinds in the park from September 7, 2010 until March 31, 2011. Blinds must be removed by the permittee no later than March 31, 2011. Construction of permanent duck blinds is illegal. Hunters are advised that failure to obtain a permit or failure to remove blinds at the end of the permit period may result in prosecution (fines), a bill for the cost of removing the blind, and/or exclusion from the program in future years. Illegal duck blinds found in the park will be removed without notice and the cost of removing illegal and abandoned blinds significantly adds to the cost of the program.
Commercial hunting (or fishing) guides must obtain a permit to conduct commercial activities in a national park. Guides should contact park Concessions Manager Richard Huffman about permits at (252) 728-2250, extension 3019.
Did You Know?
In the early 1900s, development plans were proposed for Cape Lookout. The layout had more than 3000 lots and included a railroad connecting Beaufort to the Cape Lookout Coast Guard Station. Photo courtesy of Samuel Lee Willis.