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North Carolina Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in North Carolina, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and wildlife management areas. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

North Carolina is known for its deer, black bear, and turkey hunting, along with excellent opportunities for waterfowl. Many small game are hunted here, such as raccoons and rabbits, but by far deer are the most popular huntable species.

Terrain

North Carolina’s terrain falls into three different types by region: Appalachian Mountains in the west, the central Piedmont Plateau, and the eastern Atlantic Coastal Plain, which alone covers about 45% of the state. North Carolina covers 53,821 square miles, making it the 28th largest state in the U.S.

North Carolina Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Bear
Bear – Piedmont Bear Management Unit 2
Franklin, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Vance, Wake and Warren counties
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Bear
Bear – Mountain Units 1
Oct 17, 2022 Nov 19, 2022
Bear
Bear – Piedmont Bear Management Unit 1
Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Granville, Guilford, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties.
Nov 12, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Bear
Bear – Coastal Bear Mgmt. Unit 1
Zone 1. (See regulations for specific counties).
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Bear
Bear – Coastal Bear Mgmt. Unit 3
Zone 2, Zone 3 (See regulations for specific counties).
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Bear
Bear – Coastal Bear Mgmt. Unit 5
Zone 5. Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson and Sampson counties.
Nov 14, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Bear
Bear – Coastal Bear Mgmt. Unit 4
Zone 4. Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Nash, Northampton, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson counties.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Bear
Bear – Piedmont Bear Management Unit 3
Alexander, Catawba, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Stokes and Yadkin counties.
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 22, 2023
Bear
Bear – Coastal Bear Mgmt. Unit 2
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3. (See regulations for specific counties).
Dec 10, 2022 Dec 25, 2022
Bear
Bear – Mountain Units 2
Dec 12, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat
No limits.
Oct 17, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
No limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery W 1
Western Season
Sep 10, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery NW
Northwestern Season
Sep 10, 2022 Nov 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Central
Central Season
Sep 10, 2022 Oct 28, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery NE & SE
Northeastern and Southeastern Season
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Hunting Day
On this day, youth under the age of 18 may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either-sex. Refer to the Regulations Digest for a description of legal weapons. Youth ages 16 and 17 must be properly licensed to hunt deer.
Sep 24, 2022 Sep 24, 2022
Deer
Deer – Blackpowder NE & SE
Northeastern and Southeastern Season
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – Black Powder W
Western Season
Oct 3, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun NE & SE
Northeastern and Southeastern Season
Oct 15, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery W 2
Western Season
Oct 16, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – Blackpowder Central
Central Season
Oct 29, 2022 Nov 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – Black Powder NW
Northwestern Season
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun Central
Central Season
Nov 12, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun NW
Northwestern Season
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun W
Western Season
Nov 21, 2022 Dec 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery W 3
Western Season. Antlered Deer Only
Dec 11, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Dove
Dove – Part 1
Daily bag limit 15.
Sep 3, 2022 Oct 1, 2022
Dove
Dove – Part 2
Daily bag limit 15.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Dove
Dove – Part 3
Daily bag limit 15.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – September Teal
Daily bag limit 6.
Sep 13, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Duck
Duck – Inland Zone 1
Daily Limit 6 with the following restrictions: 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 mallards (only 1 hen mallard), 2 black ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck.
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 22, 2022
Duck
Duck – Coastal Zone 1
Daily Limit 6 with the following restrictions: 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 mallards (only 1 hen mallard), 2 black ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck.
Oct 28, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Duck
Duck – Coastal Zone 2
Daily Limit 6 with the following restrictions: 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 mallards (only 1 hen mallard), 2 black ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Duck
Duck – Inland Zone 2
Daily Limit 6 with the following restrictions: 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 mallards (only 1 hen mallard), 2 black ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Duck
Duck – Coastal Zone 3
Daily Limit 6 with the following restrictions: 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 mallards (only 1 hen mallard), 2 black ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Inland Zone 3
Daily Limit 6 with the following restrictions: 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 mallards (only 1 hen mallard), 2 black ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck.
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Fox
Fox – Red & Gray
Daily limit 2; Season 10
Sep 1, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada Goose
Daily bag limit 15.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Goose Regular Season
Daily bag limit 25.
Oct 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada & White-fronted 1
Resident Population Zone. Daily bag limit 5.
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Goose
Tundra Swan
Bag limit 1 per season with valid permit
Nov 5, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada & White-fronted 2
Resident Population Zone. Daily bag limit 5.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada & White-fronted 3
Resident Population Zone. Daily bag limit 5.
Dec 17, 2022 Feb 11, 2023
Goose
Goose – Brant
Daily bag limit 1
Dec 17, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada and White-fronted 4
Northeast Hunt Zone. Daily bag limit 1 with valid permit.
Dec 28, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Light Goose Conservation Order Season
No daily bag limit. No posession Limit
Feb 13, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
Grouse
Grouse
Daily bag limit 3.
Oct 17, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Hog
Feral Swine
No limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant
Daily limit 3 (male pheasant only).
Nov 19, 2022 Feb 1, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail
Daily bag limit 6.
Nov 19, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit and Hare
Daily limit 5; No possession or season limits.
Oct 17, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Youth Spring
Male or bearded Turkey only.
Apr 1, 2023 Apr 7, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring
Statewide (Bearded turkey only).
Apr 8, 2023 May 6, 2023

North Carolina Hunting Regulations

Bear

Bear

Mandatory Bear Tooth Submission

  • It is now mandatory to submit at least one premolar tooth from your harvested bear by January 31st following the applicable bear hunting season. • After pulling both upper premolar teeth (see ad below and instructions at ncwildlife.org/ bear), place one of the teeth in the bear tooth envelope you received in the mail from the Commission. Save the other tooth as a backup until you have been notified by the Commission that we received your tooth. • If you lost the bear tooth envelope, call 919- 707-0050 to have a new envelope sent to you.

Hunter or Blaze Orange

Any person hunting bear, feral swine, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with the use of firearms must wear a cap or hat made of hunter orange material or an outer garment of hunter orange visible from all sides. Anyone hunting deer during a deer firearms season, regardless of weapon, must wear hunter orange visible from all sides. This includes archery hunters that hunt on Sunday during the deer firearms season and anyone hunting on Youth Deer Hunting Day. This requirement does not apply to a landholder, his or her spouse and children if they are hunting on the landholder’s property.

Archery

When used for hunting in North Carolina archery equipment is defined as any device that has a solid stationary handle with two limbs and a string that uses non-pneumatic means to propel a single arrow or bolt.

  • Longbows, recurved bows, compound bows and crossbows are legal for hunting all spe- cies with an open hunting season.
  • When used to hunt bear, deer, elk, wild tur- key, alligator and feral swine:
  • Longbows and recurved bows must haveva minimum pull of 40 pounds
  • Compound bows must have a minimum pull of 35 pounds.
  • Crossbows must have a minimum pull of 100 pounds
  • Only arrows and bolts with a fixed minimum broadhead width of seven-eighths of an inch or a mechanically opening broadhead with a width of at least seven-eighths of an inch in the open position shall be used.
  • Slingbows having a minimum pull of 40 pounds may be used during legal hunting sea- sons for hunting deer, wild turkey, small game animals, nongame animals and nongame fish.
  • Blunt-type arrow heads may be used in tak- ing small animals and birds, including rabbits, squirrels, quail and grouse.
  • Poisonous, drugged, or explosive arrowheads shall not be used for taking any wildlife.

Rifles

Fully automatic rifles are unlawful. All other rifles are legal except:

  • Rifles are prohibited by federal law in hunting migratory game birds.
  • Local laws prohibit or restrict rifles in some counties.
  • It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with rifles.

Shotgun

Shotguns must be no larger than 10-gauge. • When hunting migratory game birds, shotguns must be plugged so as to limit their maximum capacity to three shells.

Pistols

  • During the open hunting season for rabbits, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, furbearing animals and legal nongame animals and birds, these species may be taken with a pistol. There are no restrictions on caliber and barrel length. • Deer and bear may be taken with a handgun during the established gun hunting season. There are no restrictions on barrel length or caliber. A hunter or trapper lawfully taking wildlife by another method may use a pistol to dispatch the animal or bird taken, except as noted below.
  • It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with pistols.
  • During established archery season only a .22-caliber rimfire pistol may be used to dispatch deer (see “Retrieval”).

Legal Hours

30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset

Bear Limits

Daily limit 1; Season limit 1

Deer

Deer

Archery

When used for hunting in North Carolina archery equipment is defined as any device that has a solid stationary handle with two limbs and a string that uses non-pneumatic means to propel a single arrow or bolt.

  • Longbows, recurved bows, compound bows and crossbows are legal for hunting all spe- cies with an open hunting season.
  • When used to hunt bear, deer, elk, wild tur- key, alligator and feral swine:
  • Longbows and recurved bows must haveva minimum pull of 40 pounds
  • Compound bows must have a minimum pull of 35 pounds.
  • Crossbows must have a minimum pull of 100 pounds
  • Only arrows and bolts with a fixed minimum broadhead width of seven-eighths of an inch or a mechanically opening broadhead with a width of at least seven-eighths of an inch in the open position shall be used.
  • Slingbows having a minimum pull of 40 pounds may be used during legal hunting sea- sons for hunting deer, wild turkey, small game animals, nongame animals and nongame fish.
  • Blunt-type arrow heads may be used in tak- ing small animals and birds, including rabbits, squirrels, quail and grouse.
  • Poisonous, drugged, or explosive arrowheads shall not be used for taking any wildlife.

Blackpowder

During the blackpowder deer season, the only lawful firearms are blackpowder shotguns, rifles and handguns. During the blackpowder season the following are also legal weapons: bows and arrows, crossbows, and slingbows.

The Commission defines a blackpowder firearm as any firearm – including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system – manufactured in or before 1898, that cannot use fixed ammunition; any replica of this type of firearm if such replica is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition; and any muzzle-loading rifle, muzzle-loading shotgun, or muzzle-loading or cylinder-loading handgun that is designed to use blackpowder, blackpowder substitute, or any other propellant loaded through the muzzle, cylinder, or breech and that cannot use fixed ammunition.

Rifles

Fully automatic rifles are unlawful. All other rifles are legal except:

  • Rifles are prohibited by federal law in hunting migratory game birds.
  • Local laws prohibit or restrict rifles in some counties.
  • It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with rifles.

Shotgun

Shotguns must be no larger than 10-gauge. • When hunting migratory game birds, shotguns must be plugged so as to limit their maximum capacity to three shells.

Pistols

  • During the open hunting season for rabbits, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, furbearing animals and legal nongame animals and birds, these species may be taken with a pistol. There are no restrictions on caliber and barrel length. • Deer and bear may be taken with a handgun during the established gun hunting season. There are no restrictions on barrel length or caliber. A hunter or trapper lawfully taking wildlife by another method may use a pistol to dispatch the animal or bird taken, except as noted below.
  • It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with pistols.
  • During established archery season only a .22-caliber rimfire pistol may be used to dispatch deer (see “Retrieval”).

Legal Hours

30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset

Bag Limits

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.

Migratory Birds

Dove

Common Snipe – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 8

Woodcock – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 3

Gallinules & Moorhens – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 15 Gallinules and Moorhens either singly or in the aggregate

Crows – Bag Limits

No limit

Rails – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 15 King or Clapper Rails either singly or in the aggregate Daily Limit 25 Virginia Rails or Sora either singly or in the aggregate

Doves – Bag Limits

Daily Limit: 15 Possession Limit: 45

Shooting Hours

Unless otherwise specified, shooting hours for all migratory game birds, including waterfowl, are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunting migratory game birds on Sundays is prohibited.

Harvest Information Program (HIP)

All licensed hunters hunt­ing migratory game birds (doves, rails, gallinules, moorhens, woodcock, snipe or waterfowl) in North Carolina are required to have certification of participation in the federal Harvest Information Program (HIP). Certification can be obtained free of charge by going online at ncwildlife.org, calling 888- 248-6834, or visiting a wildlife service agent.

Shotguns

Shotguns must be no larger than 10-gauge. • When hunting migratory game birds, shotguns must be plugged so as to limit their maximum capacity to three shells.

Small Game

Small Game

Quail – Bag Limits

Daily limit 6; Possession 12; No season limit

Grouse – Bag Limits

Daily limit 3; Possession 6; Season 30

Pheasant – Bag Limits

(male pheasant only)

Daily limit 3; Possession 6; Season 30

Fox – Bag Limits

(Year Round – including Sundays)

  • Must be taken with dogs only; no limits.
  • Local laws may restrict hunting foxes with dogs. Visit ncwildlife.org/FoxSeasons for restrictions.

Nov. 19 – Jan. 1 Season:

  • Daily limit 2; Season 10
  • Some counties have differing season dates or no season at all. Check regulations prior to hunting Fox.

Beaver – Bag Limits

Beaver may be taken year-round with firearms or bow and arrow, provided that permission has been obtained from the owner or lessee of the land on which beaver is being taken.

Groundhog, Nutria, Coyote, Striped Skunk, Armadillo, & Ferel Swine (Hogs) – Bag Limits

There is no bag limit

There is no closed hunting season on private lands. See Game Lands Section for Game Lands regulations.

  • Hunters may use electronic calls for coyotes and feral swine.
  • Feral swine may be hunted at night with lights.
  • Coyotes may be hunted at night with artificial lights except in the counties of Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington. In those five counties, the following apply:
  • Hunting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset in the above listed five counties
  • All coyote hunting in the above listed five counties requires a permit
  • Permits can be obtained at ncwildlife.org or by calling 888-248-6834
  • All coyote harvests in the above listed five counties must be reported.

Raccoon & Opposum – Bag Limits

Opposum: No bag limits. Raccoon: Daily limit is 3 – No possession or season limits

Squirrel – Bag Limits

Gray and Red Squirrel: Daily limit 8; No possession or season limits Fox Squirrel: Daily limit 1; Possession 2; Season 10

Controlled Hunting Preserves

No limits.

This applies to domestically raised birds (mallard ducks, chukars, Hungarian partridges, and upland game birds) only.

No wild turkey may be taken.

Shotguns

Shotguns must be no larger than 10-gauge.

Pistols

  • During the open hunting season for rabbits, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, furbearing animals and legal nongame animals and birds, these species may be taken with a pistol. There are no restrictions on caliber and barrel length. A hunter or trapper lawfully taking wildlife by another method may use a pistol to dispatch the animal or bird taken, except as noted below.

Shooting Hours

30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset with the following exceptions: raccoons, feral swine and opossums may be taken at night. Coyotes may be taken at night in all counties except Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washing- ton.

Rabbit – Bag Limits

(hunting and box-trapping*)

Daily limit 5; No possession or season limits

* A trapping license is not required to box-trap rabbits, but a valid hunting license is necessary. The sale of live rabbits is prohibited.

Turkey

Turkey Game Type

Archery

When used for hunting in North Carolina archery equipment is defined as any device that has a solid stationary handle with two limbs and a string that uses non-pneumatic means to propel a single arrow or bolt.

  • Longbows, recurved bows, compound bows and crossbows are legal for hunting all spe- cies with an open hunting season.
  • When used to hunt bear, deer, elk, wild tur- key, alligator and feral swine:
  • Longbows and recurved bows must haveva minimum pull of 40 pounds
  • Compound bows must have a minimum pull of 35 pounds.
  • Crossbows must have a minimum pull of 100 pounds
  • Only arrows and bolts with a fixed minimum broadhead width of seven-eighths of an inch or a mechanically opening broadhead with a width of at least seven-eighths of an inch in the open position shall be used.
  • Slingbows having a minimum pull of 40 pounds may be used during legal hunting sea- sons for hunting deer, wild turkey, small game animals, nongame animals and nongame fish.
  • Blunt-type arrow heads may be used in tak- ing small animals and birds, including rabbits, squirrels, quail and grouse.
  • Poisonous, drugged, or explosive arrowheads shall not be used for taking any wildlife.

Shotgun

Shotguns must be no larger than 10-gauge. • When hunting migratory game birds, shotguns must be plugged so as to limit their maximum capacity to three shells.

Legal Turkey

Male or Bearded Turkeys Only.

Bag Limits

Daily limit 1; Possession and season limit 2, only one of which may be taken during the youth season. Note: For information on permit hunts for select Game Lands, refer to the “Game Lands” section.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Coots – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 15 coots

Mergansers – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 5 with no more than 2 hooded mergansers

Sea Ducks – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 4 total sea ducks with no more than 3 scoters, 3 eiders (only 1 hen eider) or 3 long-tailed ducks.

  • All sea ducks taken, whether inside or outside of the Sea Duck Area, count toward the general daily limit of 6 ducks.

Duck – Bag Limits

Daily Limits are the same in each duck hunting zone. Daily Limit 6 with the following restrictions: 4 total sea ducks including no more than 3 scoters, 3 eiders (only 1 hen eider), or 3 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 mallards (only 1 hen mallard), 2 black ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck. Prior to Jan. 9 the scaup bag limit is 1, on Jan. 9 and after the scaup bag limit is 2. The season on harlequin ducks is closed. The season on black and mottled ducks is closed until Nov. 19.

September Teal – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 6. The September Teal Season is open only in that area east of U.S. Highway 17.

Brant – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 1

Light Geese CONSERVATION ORDER SEASON (BY PERMIT ONLY) – Bag Limits

No daily limit; no possession limit

  • During the Conservation Order Season for light geese, expanded hunting methods are allowed. These include the use of unplugged guns and electronic calls. In addition, shooting hours are extended until ½ hour past sunset.

Light Geese – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 25; no possession limit

Tundra Swan – Bag Limits

By Permit Only. 1 per season with special permit

September Canada Goose – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 15.

In that area west of U.S. Highway 17 only, expanded hunting methods are allowed for Canada geese. These include: shooting hours are extended to ½ hour after sunset, unplugged guns are allowed, electronic calls are permitted. This applies to this area only during the month of September.

Goose – Northeast Hunt Zone – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 1 Canada goose or white-fronted goose

Goose – Resident Population Zone – Bag Limits

Daily Limit 5 Canada geese or whitefronted geese either singly or in the

aggregate.

Harvest Information Program (HIP)

All licensed hunters hunt­ing migratory game birds (doves, rails, gallinules, moorhens, woodcock, snipe or waterfowl) in North Carolina are required to have certification of participation in the federal Harvest Information Program (HIP). Certification can be obtained free of charge by going online at ncwildlife.org, calling 888- 248-6834, or visiting a wildlife service agent.

Shooting Hours

Unless otherwise specified, shooting hours for all migratory game birds, including waterfowl, are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunting migratory game birds on Sundays is prohibited.

Shotguns

Shotguns must be no larger than 10-gauge. • When hunting migratory game birds, shotguns must be plugged so as to limit their maximum capacity to three shells.

Nontoxic Shot Requirements

In North Carolina, no person shall take waterfowl while possessing shells loaded with any shot other than steel or other approved nontoxic materials. On posted waterfowl impoundments on game lands, it is unlawful to hunt with or have in possession any shotgun shell containing lead or toxic shot while hunting; except shotgun shells containing lead buckshot may be used while deer hunting. Nontoxic shot is required for the taking of captive-reared mallards on shooting preserves, in field trials and during bona fide dog-training activities.

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North Carolina Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

North Carolina hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the official website of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

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Wildlife Management Areas

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