Disabled Sportsman Program
North Carolina Hunting & Fishing
The Wildlife Resources Commission has established increased access and opportunities for persons with disabilities to hunt on agency game lands and other lands. A brief description and the qualifications for each are provided below. To obtain an application, visit ncwildlife.org, call 888-248-6834, or write to NCWRC, Disabled Sportsman Program, 1707 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1700. For specific information on disabled hunt opportunities, visit ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.
Disabled Access Permit
The Disabled Access Permit authorizes persons with limited physical mobility to operate vehicles, including ATVs, on any Commission-maintained road open for vehicular travel, those trails posted for vehicular travel and only on open-gated or ungated roads, otherwise closed to vehicular traffic on game lands listed in the Disabled Access Program, and allows access to special disabled hunting blinds designated for hunters with disabilities. See General Game Lands Regulations for a list of game lands or designated areas within a game land in which this permit is valid. This permit does not allow operation of vehicles on closed roads on game lands unless the game land is listed in the Disabled Access Program. The disabled hunter will be issued a companion and vehicle access card. One companion may accompany the disabled hunter, provided that person possesses the companion card. This permit is valid as long as the qualifying disability persists. This permit is not a license. It does not authorize hunting, fishing, or trapping activities. There is no fee associated with this permit.
Competent medical evidence must be submitted indicating that a disability exists that limits physical mobility, to the extent that normal utilization of the game lands is not possible without vehicular assistance.
Within the national forests in North Carolina, off highway vehicles (OHVs) are permitted only on designated routes. For more information about areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service, including the Nantahala, Pisgah, Croatan and Uwharrie National Forests, visit fs.usda.gov/activity/nfsnc/recreation/ohv.
Disabled Sportsman Hunt Certification
The Disabled Sportsman Hunt Certification is a medical certification used to establish eligibility for participation in disabled hunt opportunities. This certification is only necessary when the applicant does not possess a lifetime disabled veteran or totally disabled license. This certification is not a license; therefore, a valid hunting license, in addition to the hunt permit, is required when participating in a disabled hunt opportunity. There is no fee for this certification. For a list of disabled hunt opportunities, visit ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.
Medical certification in one of the following disabilities:
- Missing fifty percent (50 percent) or more of one or more limbs, whether by amputation or natural causes;
- Paralysis of one or more limbs;
- Dysfunction of one or more limbs rendering the individual unable to perform the task of grasping and lifting with the hands and arms or unable to walk without mechanical assistance, other than a cane;
- Disease, injury or impairment confining the individual to a wheelchair, walker or crutches;
- Legal deafness.
This certification shall remain valid as long as the qualifying disability persists.