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    Default Firearms in national forrest, specifically uwharrie

    I am planning a primitive camping trip with my wife in Uwharrie National Forest. I possess a NC concealed handgun permit and know it is legal for me to conceal a handgun on national forest land, but I was wondering if any one knows if open carry is restricted in Uwharrie. Also, I know there are certain hunting regulations, but I want to know if carrying firearms besides handguns is permitted. Since I see myself as responsible for the safety of my wife, I would appreciate being able to have something more than a handgun for protection. It would be extremely obvious to anyone and everyone that we are not in any way hunting. So is this legal? I could not find anywhere that says it was illegal, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks for your time and knowledge, guys!

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    id call the park to make absolutly sure or your state ranger office

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    From the NC Wildlife website under Gameland:

    Weapons
     Weapons
     It is unlawful to discharge any weapon:
    􀀀 - from a vehicle,
    - within 150 yards of any residence located on or adjacent to
    game lands,
    - within 150 yards of any game lands building or game lands
    camping area (unless otherwise posted).
    The 150-yard provision of this rule does not apply to the use of
    archery equipment on Butner-Falls of Neuse and Jordan game lands.
     Firearms may be carried openly, or concealed with a valid con -
    cealed handgun permit, at any time on game lands, except for
    the game lands noted in this section. Hunting is allowed ONLY
    during the open seasons on game birds and game animals.
    On Buckhorn, Butner-Falls of Neuse, Chatham, Harris, Hyco,
    Jordan, Kerr Scott, Lee, Mayo, Sutton Lake, and Vance game
    lands and Pee Dee River Game Land north of U.S. 74, and that
    portion of R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land that is located
    north of U.S. 158 and east of N.C. 119 during closed seasons
    and closed hunting days on game birds (waterfowl, doves, wood -
    cock, snipe, rails, gallinules, moorhens, coots, grouse, pheasant,
    quail, turkey) and game animals (deer, bear, fox, rabbits, squirrels,
    boar, bobcats, opossum, raccoon), it is unlawful to possess any
    firearm readily avail able for use. During that time in which fox
    season is the only open season for a game animal, it is also unlawful
    to possess these weapons. However, persons may possess a
    firearm during the closed season on these game lands if:
    - it is cased or not immediately available for use;
    - it is used by persons participating in field trials on field trial
    areas;
    - it is possessed in designated camping areas for defense of persons
    and property;
    - or if it is a 22-caliber pistol with a barrel, not greater than 7.5
    inches in length and shooting only short, long or long rifle
    ammunition, carried as a side arm.:
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    Thanks Soilman!
    By the way, you wouldn't happen to be from perquimans would you?

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    No. I live near New Bern. Lived and worked in Montgomery Co. (Uwharries) for 5 years though. Used to go camping there a lot when I was in Scouts.

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    Personally I never open carry in a national forest. I always conceal it just in case somebody doesn't know the law or just gets freaked out. I haven't been to Uwharrie in a long time but living in Bertie County it's a little bit of a trip. I am about ready to do some camping as soon as planting season is over and I have some spare time.

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    My personal opinion, living in the same type geography, is that there is nothing in NC you can not kill with a .357 revolver, which can be concealed.

    I would feel equally comfortable with either .40 or .45 acp w/flashlight on rail for night work.

    If I felt I needed more for guarding the campsite I might stash the 12ga in a case and carry it, but not if backpacking. Too much wasted weight.

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    Uwharrie is pretty gun friendly. They used to have an open gun range but closed it after someone got shot (I do not know the details). Walking from the truck to the camper carrying an AR doesn't even raise eyebrows. Turkey season is coming up next month, I think. If you are down there during turkey season and carrying a shotgun, I would load it with rounds that are in no way turkey loads and you shouldnt have a problem. But calling the ranger station is always a good idea too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soilman View Post
    From the NC Wildlife website under Gameland:

    Weapons
    Weapons
    It is unlawful to discharge any weapon:
    - from a vehicle,
    - within 150 yards of any residence located on or adjacent to
    game lands,
    - within 150 yards of any game lands building or game lands
    camping area (unless otherwise posted).
    The 150-yard provision of this rule does not apply to the use of
    archery equipment on Butner-Falls of Neuse and Jordan game lands.
    Firearms may be carried openly, or concealed with a valid con -
    cealed handgun permit, at any time on game lands, except for
    the game lands noted in this section. Hunting is allowed ONLY
    during the open seasons on game birds and game animals.
    On Buckhorn, Butner-Falls of Neuse, Chatham, Harris, Hyco,
    Jordan, Kerr Scott, Lee, Mayo, Sutton Lake, and Vance game
    lands and Pee Dee River Game Land north of U.S. 74, and that
    portion of R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land that is located
    north of U.S. 158 and east of N.C. 119 during closed seasons
    and closed hunting days on game birds (waterfowl, doves, wood -
    cock, snipe, rails, gallinules, moorhens, coots, grouse, pheasant,
    quail, turkey) and game animals (deer, bear, fox, rabbits, squirrels,
    boar, bobcats, opossum, raccoon), it is unlawful to possess any
    firearm readily avail able for use. During that time in which fox
    season is the only open season for a game animal, it is also unlawful
    to possess these weapons. However, persons may possess a
    firearm during the closed season on these game lands if:
    - it is cased or not immediately available for use;
    - it is used by persons participating in field trials on field trial
    areas;
    - it is possessed in designated camping areas for defense of persons
    and property;
    - or if it is a 22-caliber pistol with a barrel, not greater than 7.5
    inches in length and shooting only short, long or long rifle
    ammunition, carried as a side arm.:
    I'm not sure if this is accurate. It looks like you are quoting the NC state wildlife website. Uwharrie is a National Forest. Firearms are usually allowed, typically you can hunt on US Forest Service land. I'm not sure about concealed carry. Check with these guys.

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc...48934&actid=30

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