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New Bodie Island Hunt Blind to Open

Entrance to hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform. Photo: NPS

Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s new Architectural Barriers Act, or ABA, accessible hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform will be open to hunters with limited mobility starting Dec. 14 to hunt waterfowl during authorized dates, the seashore announced Thursday.

Waterfowl hunting season dates and information on reserving the platform can be found on the Seashore’s waterfowl hunting webpage.

Starting April 1 after hunting season, all visitors can use the new hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform located about two miles north of the Bodie Island Lighthouse for wildlife-viewing, educational and photography opportunities. For more information on the wildlife-viewing platform, visit the nature viewing and photography web page.

“I am pleased to improve accessibility options for important recreational activities in the Seashore,” David Hallac, Superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said in a statement. “We appreciate the technical support and guidance from our partners with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to bring this project to completion.”

Waterfowl hunting was first authorized at the seashore on June 29, 1940. It is permitted, in accordance with federal and state regulations, on 1,500 acres of Bodie Island, 500 acres of Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island, except Ocracoke Village.

In March 2019, the National Park Service approved the seashore’s plan to construct the accessible hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform after the preparation of an environmental assessment with public review. Copies of the EA and Finding of No Significant Impact can be found on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website.

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