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North Carolina Hunting Season 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to North Carolina hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

North Carolina Hunting Seasons

North Carolina Hunting Season Dates

Having trouble finding the info you need about  North Carolina hunting seasons? NC is a great place so if this is your first time hunting you are in for a great experience. Whichever you choose you’re sure to have a safe and fun time while in the state of NC!

North Carolina Deer Season 2023

Youth Day: September 25, 2023

Urban Archery: January 15, 2024 - February 20, 2024

Archery: September 11, 2023 - November 5, 2023

Muzzleloader/Blackpowder: October 2, 2023 - November 19, 2023

Firearms: October 16, 2023 - January 1, 2024

North Carolina Wild Turkey Season 2023

Spring Youth Season: April 2, 2024 - April 8, 2024

Spring General Season: April 9, 2024 - May 7, 2024

North Carolina Small Game Seasons 2023

Raccoon and Opossum: October 18, 2023 - February 28, 2024

Gray and Red Squirrel: October 18, 2023 - February 28, 2024

Fox Squirrel: October 18, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Rabbit: October 18, 2023 - February 28, 2024

Quail: November 20, 2023 - February 28, 2024

Grouse: October 18, 2023 - February 28, 2024

Bobcat: October 18, 2023 - February 28, 2024

Pheasant: November 20, 2023 - February 1, 2024

North Carolina Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of NC's hunting zones:

North Carolina Bag Limits 2023

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 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 2023

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

North Carolina Hunting Regulations 2023

You can hunt on Sundays (for the most part). You'll have to double check that it's allowed in your zone.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

What animals can you hunt in North Carolina?

NC is known for black bear and deer hunting, but you can also hunt turkey, coyote, hog, fox, bobcat, goose, pheasant, duck and more.

When is deer hunting season in North Carolina?

NC deer season opens as early at September 11, 2023 and goes as late as January 1, 2024 depending on the zone.

Can you hunt alligators in North Carolina?

Yes, you can hunt gators in NC but you need a permit.

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