How Does the Access Program Work?
- The Sportsman Access Program is a permit draw system based on tiered membership enrollment.
- All memberships are on an annual basis.
- Members are given a list of dates and put in for the dates they wish to hunt during their annual membership.
- There are no guaranteed hunts, and hunters are putting in for an opportunity to be drawn.
- Three random Permit Draws per year will be conducted:
March (drawing for April-August dates)
August (drawing for September-October dates)
October (drawing for November-March dates)
- Hunts are issued in week-long blocks (Sundays are designated as ‘scouting-only’ days). Land Trust properties are divided into equitable hunting units to ensure safe, quality hunts. Depending on the species hunted, there may be more or less units available to draw.
- The Land Trust randomly draws winners from the pool of enrolled members.
Sportsman Members are allowed to bring one youth hunter, 15 and under, with the purchase of a Leopold Society Youth Membership ($15)
- If selected for a hunt, members will be provided with a detailed map of the property, specific rules for the hunt, and an access permission pass valid for the dates selected.
- All members must possess a valid NC hunting license.
- Specified parking areas are designated. All access will be walk in only.
- No permanent stands are permitted.
- No baiting is allowed.
- No dog hunting is allowed except during migratory bird hunting (dove and waterfowl).
- Hunters are only allowed to hunt the assigned hunting units.
- Sportsman members will be the only individuals hunting on their block during their week. However, some blocks are subject to agricultural practices and easement monitoring so farmers and other non-hunting individuals may be conducting occasional work on SAP blocks during the week.
- Hunting with a partner(s) (maximum of 3 in a party) is permitted as long as all individuals are SAP members and sign up for the same blocks/dates.