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 Deer Hunting Dates 2021 – 2022
|Archery||Sept 11- Oct 1,2021||NE and SE|
|Sept 11- Oct 29, 2021||Central|
|Sept 11- Nov 5, 2021||NW|
|Sept. 11 – Oct. 3, 2021|
Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 2021
Dec. 12, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022 (antlered only)
|Blackpowder||Oct 2-15, 2021||NE and SE|
|Oct 30- Nov 12, 2021||Central|
|Nov 6-19, 2021||NW|
|Oct 4-16, 2021||Western|
|Gun||Oct 16, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022||NE and SE|
|Nov 13 – Jan 1, 2022||Central|
|Nov 20 – Jan 1, 2022||NW|
|Nov 22 – Dec 11, 2021||Western|
• 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|
|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|
|Controlled Hunting Preserve Hunting License||$22||$22|
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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!