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Big Game Harvest Reporting

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Reporting big game harvests is a requirement in North Carolina. Hunters should carry their Big Game Harvest Report Card with them while hunting deer, bear or wild turkey. A harvest report card is furnished with the issuance of a big game hunting license and is valid for only one hunting season, July 1 through June 30. Hunters should retain only one copy of their harvest report card per hunting season.

Validating a Harvest

Upon harvesting a bear, deer or wild turkey, and before moving the animal from the site of kill, the successful hunter must validate the Big Game Harvest Report Card by cutting or punching out the corresponding day and month the harvest occurred. Instructions in this section also apply to the Bonus Antlerless Report Card.

Registering a Harvest

The successful hunter must register any harvested bear, deer or wild turkey BEFORE any of the following occur:

  • The animal is skinned or dismembered;
  • The animal is left unattended by the successful hunter;
  • The animal is placed in the possession of another person; or
  • 12 p.m. (noon) the day following the harvest.

Big game harvests may be registered in one of three ways:

  1. By calling 800-I-GOT-ONE (800-446-8663). A touch tone telephone is required. Each Harvest ID can only be used once.
  2. By clicking the “Report a Big Game Harvest” link located on the NCWRC home page (ncwildlife.org/IGotOne).
  3. By reporting the harvest to a participating wildlife service agent location (ncwildlife.org/WildlifeServiceAgent).
  • The Big Game Harvest Report Card contains a Harvest ID number located above each harvest authorization line. Hunters will be required to provide a Harvest ID number when reporting each harvest.
  • Hunters who obtain their license and big game privilege by phone or internet will be given their Harvest ID numbers for temporary use until they receive their official Big Game Harvest Report Card in the mail. If the hunter harvests a big game animal before receiving their official Big Game Harvest Report Card, the hunter must retain the authorization number for the reported harvest. Immediately upon receipt of the Big Game Harvest Report Card, the hunter must transcribe those authorization numbers and validate the appropriate line on their card.
  • Big game animals may be field dressed before being registered. Field dressing includes bleeding and removal of digestive, respi­ratory and circulatory organs, but the hunter may not mutilate the carcass in a manner that obscures the species, age or sex.

Registration in Remote Areas

  • When a hunter harvests an animal in a remote area, the animal must be registered by 12 p.m. (noon) the day after leaving the remote area.
  • When a kill occurs in a remote area and the carcass cannot be transported intact, the animal may be skinned and dismembered before registration.
  • Big game harvested in a remote area may be left with another person, provided the person has the successful hunter’s name and date of the kill.

Recording the Authorization Number

When a success­ful hunter registers a big game harvest, the hunter will be issued an authorization number for the animal. The hunter shall then record the authorization number in the space provided on the Big Game Harvest Report Card. This record shall thereafter constitute the authorization for continued possession of the carcass.

Reporting for License-Exempt Hunters

Persons who are by law exempt from the Big Game Hunting License requirement shall obtain a License-Exempt Big Game Harvest Report Card from a wildlife service agent or by calling 888-248-6834 at no cost (Note: License-Exempt Cards are not available online.) Upon harvest­ing a bear, deer or wild turkey, the exempt person shall validate their card and report the big game kill using the same registration methods listed above.

  • License-exempt youth should not report their harvest on their parent’s Big Game Harvest Report Card, but obtain their own card.

Deer Management Assistance Program Harvest Reporting

Persons harvesting deer from properties enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) or the Community Deer Management Assistance Program (CDMAP) and opting to use the special tags provided by these programs to report their harvest, should follow the validation and registration requirements described in the participant packet. When registering the harvest, they will be directed to select the “Report a DMAP Tag” option and to provide the pre-printed number on the tag. Successful hunters shall record and maintain their authorization numbers. For more information about the DMAP or CDMAP, please visit ncwildlife.org/deer