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 Deer Hunting Dates 2021 – 2022

ArcherySept 11- Oct 1,2021NE and SE
Sept 11- Oct 29, 2021Central
Sept 11- Nov 5, 2021NW
Sept. 11 – Oct. 3, 2021
Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 2021
Dec. 12, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022 (antlered only)
BlackpowderOct 2-15, 2021NE and SE
Oct 30- Nov 12, 2021Central
Nov 6-19, 2021NW
Oct 4-16, 2021Western
GunOct 16, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022NE and SE
Nov 13 – Jan 1, 2022Central
Nov 20 – Jan 1, 2022NW
Nov 22 – Dec 11, 2021Western


• The season and possession bag limit is six deer, two of which may be
antlered, and four of which may be antlerless.
• There is no daily bag limit.
• Antlerless deer harvested and reported on Bonus Antlerless Harvest Report
Cards do not count towards the season or possession limit.
• Bonus Antlerless Harvest Report Cards allow for the harvest of two
additional antlerless deer per card. These are ONLY valid for use for deer
taken within participating municipalities during the Urban Archery Season
(described on Deer Regulations). Unlimited Bonus Antlerless Harvest
Report Cards are available to each hunter. Bonus Antlerless Harvest Report
Cards can be obtained on or after Jan. 1 at most wildlife service agents, or
online at ncwildlife.org or by calling 888-248-6834.
• Antlerless deer harvested under the Deer Management Assistance Program
(DMAP) and tagged with harvest tags provided with the program are not
included in normal statewide bag limits.

North Carolina Hunting License Info

Purchase hunting or fishing licenses and permits:

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

Hunting Licenses and Permits
State Regulation Site
North Carolina Hunting Regulations PDF