About Hunting in North Carolina

There is so much to offer when spending time in the wildlife here with so many different species offered. The community wanted to be sure that for a while they were still available. Since 1947 there has been dedicated conservation to the resources. Waterfowl days are February 6 to 13th, Legal species include ducks, geese, brant , tundra swans, mergansers and coots. With the coastal area it is known as the waterfowl capital of the Eastern Atlantic and includes mallards, pintails, gadwall, bluebills, wigeon and more.

North Carolina Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Bear, Deer

Small Game: Bobcat, Armadillo, Beaver, Coyote, Fox, Feral Swine, Groundhog, Nutria, Opossum, Rabbit, Raccoon, Skunk

Birds: Crow, Grouse, Pheasant, Quail, Dove, Waterfowl

North Carolina Hunting zones

North Carolina Season Dates 2021

SeasonDateZoneLimit
ArcherySept 12- Oct 2,2020NE and SE6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Sept 12- Oct 30,
2020
Central6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Sept 12- Nov 6,
2020
NW6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
BlackpowderOct 3-16, 2020NE and SE6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Oct 31- Nov 13,
2020
Central6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Nov 7-20,2020NW6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Sept 28- Oct 10,
2020
Western6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
GunOct 17, 2020-
Jan 1,2021
NE and SE6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Nov 14- Jan 1,
2021
Central6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Nov 21- Jan 1,
2021
NW6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless
Nov 23- Dec 12,
2020
Western6 deer- 2 antlerless and 4 antlerless

North Carolina Hunting License Info

Purchase hunting or fishing licenses and permits:
https://www.ncalvin.org/Alvin/default.aspx?MenuTabID=138&SiteID=1&TranTabID=488&trid=41
&vid=0

HuntingResidentNonresident
Big Game Hunting License$14$130
Annual Sportsman$35
Bear Management Stamp$11$11
Bonus Antlerless Deer License$11$11
Game Land License privileges are with most annual and lifetime traipsing and inland fishing licenses$16$16
Big game$14N/A
Controlled Hunting Preserve Hunting License$22$22

Find a Hunting Guide

Hunting guides in North Carolina

Bear hunting guides

North Carolina Hunting News

There is also a diversity project offered to learn about projects and programs that benefit nongame species, which more than 1000 call north Carolina home. That is why the contributions brought forth help save animals who may be listed as Endangered, Threatened or special concern include analysis of what has been causing the decline of the species and measures that can be taken to restore it.

Get involved with so many different courses of actions including municipalities / counties different programs offered as well as being on the nongame wildlife advisory committee!

Links to Official Sites

Buy license in North
Carolina: https://www.ncalvin.org/Alvin/default.aspx?MenuTabID=138&SiteID=1&TranTabID=48
8&trid=41&vid=0

North Carolina State Regulation Site: http://www.eregulations.com/northcarolina/hunting-fishing/
Link to State PDF: http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20NCAB-LR5.pdf