How do I hunt on Fort Bragg?
You must obtain a Fort Bragg Hunting Permit in addition to the appropriate North Carolina state license. To obtain the Fort Bragg Permit, you must complete two requirements: 1) Show proof of completing a state certified hunter education course (from any state) and 2) Attend the Fort Bragg Hunter Orientation Briefing. Additionally, all hunters who have a 3 year lapse (or longer) in active hunting permits will be required to re-take the orientation before their permit may be renewed. The hunter orientations are held at 12:00 and 16:00, Wednesday through Sunday at the Hunting & Fishing Center. Pre-registering an account at bragg.isportsman.net is helpful, but not required. Please be advised that we do not offer the briefing between mid-May and the end of July.
State Hunter Safety Course: Fort Bragg has an exceptional hunter safety record. To keep this level of safety, we will accept only State (all states are recognized) Hunter Safety Classes; you must present verification of the course (previously issued state licenses are not enough). The state offices will frequently fax duplicate records directly to our office (910-396-9474), or they may email them to you. We will assist you in any way we can to obtain these verifications, but we cannot and will not make exceptions. We appreciate your understanding of a stringent hunter safety code.
Can I hunt and fish every day on Fort Bragg?
Unless specifically closed (we'll post signs) all lakes are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fort Bragg is usually closed to hunting and scouting on Mondays and Tuesdays. The only exception is when a Federal Holiday is observed on a Monday; in that case we'll be open that Monday, and closed the following Tuesday and Wednesday. We will also be open for hunting daily during the Army's half-day schedule (usually the week before and week after Christmas). We'll be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Whenever we deviate from our normal hunting schedule we'll post it on the main Hunting page and on our Facebook page.
I heard y'all plant food plots. Where are they and what's planted?
We generally try to plant ~150 food plots scattered across the installation; sometimes more, sometimes less as resources allow. We plant a cool season forage, usually abruzzi rye and/or winter wheat. We'll often mix in some Austrian winter peas or iron clay peas as well. There is a link on our MAPS page that shows all food field locations within a given training area. These maps are not, nor will they be, updated to reflect which specific fields are planted each year; they are merely a reference so you may learn where they are. We believe that scouting is an integral part of hunting.
Where can I find the dates and locations for a Hunter Education Course?
North Carolina Hunter Education Courses are given throughout the year by various groups or agencies. You should check your local newspaper or call the NCWRC for information on course dates and locations. Local scheduled courses can be found by following this link.
What do I have to do to fish on Fort Bragg?
All anglers 16 years of age or older must have a valid Fort Bragg Fishing Permit, in addition to the North Carolina State Fishing License. Please be sure to read the regulations and restrictions for the particular lake you plan to fish.
How much does a Fort Bragg Permit cost?
Prices vary depending on what type of permit you wish. Check out the permits page for a list of permits and the cost associated with each one.
Which fish and wildlife species can be harvested?
Fort Bragg is home to a variety of game animals and fish. White-tailed deer hunting is our most popular activity; however, many permit holders also regularly hunt mourning doves, quail, squirrels (gray and fox), waterfowl, and wild turkeys. Opportunites to hunt coyotes, bobcats, foxes, crows, raccoons, and opossums are also available. Most lakes on the installation feature a largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker) species composition. Channel catfish and black crappies can also be caught. Please refer to the hunting page or the fishing page for additional information.
Is baiting allowed on Fort Bragg?
No. You may not hunt over an area that has been baited, regardless of the game species sought. Please note that while a number of our regulations mirror the State of North Carolina's, this is an example of one that differs.
Where is the Hunting and Fishing Center located?
We are located in Building OT-9034 on McKellars Road, across from McKellar's Lodge. We're about 3 miles north of the intersection of Gruber Road and Longstreet (Gruber turns into McKellar's road next to Pike Field).
What are your hours of operation?
Permit sales are Wednesday through Sunday from 0830 until 1630; the permit sales counter is closed on Monday and Tuesday. However, we are open on all holidays that fall on Monday, in which case we are closed the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
What about cutting firewood on Fort Bragg?
Permits for cutting dead and down trees for firewood are available from the Hunting and Fishing Center. Permits are $5.00 and allow the user 1/2 cord (about a truckload) of dead and down firewood for personal use. Woodcutters must wear hunter orange vests and hats during the hunting season and must sign out and in at the Hunting and Fishing Center.
What is the Quality Deer Management Area and how can I hunt there?
The Muddy Creek Quality Deer Management Area (QDMA) includes Northern Training Areas (NTA) 1 through 8. This area is managed for older age class males, higher buck:doe ratios, and lower hunter density. Antlered deer must have an inside spread of 12 inches or greater OR at least 3 points on 1 side to be legally harvested, regardless of weapon used. This restriction will protect the yearling age class and most of the 2 1/2 yr. age class allowing them to reach older age before harvest. Hunting in this management area, like the rest of Fort Bragg, will be contingent on troop use of the area. Hunter sign-out for these areas will work exactly like signing out to any other lettered training area. However, it is incumbent upon the hunter to know and abide by the harvest restrictions.
I can't find the answer I need. Now what?
You may call us at (910) 432-5415, or contact us via email. Staff office hours are 0730-1700 hours Monday through Friday.
Do I need to register my firearms to hunt on Fort Bragg?
Yes. Please click here for more information on how to accomplish this task.
How may I shoot at the firearm and archery ranges next to your office?
You can inquire directly at the range. Counterintuitive as it may seem, they actually operate independently of us so they (and only they) can adequately address your questions. You may reach them at (910) 432-1391.
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