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Hunting & Trapping Licenses

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Hunting Licenses

Following is a list of short-term, annual and lifetime hunting licenses. Privilege licenses, stamps, and certifications authorize a particular hunting activity not included with a basic license type. Privileges may be pur­chased separately if the purchaser holds a valid basic license. Basic hunting licenses do not include privileges such as big game hunting, bear hunting, hunting or trapping on game lands, or hunting for waterfowl. Refer to Privilege Licenses for a complete list of privilege licenses, stamps, and certifications. A $2 transaction fee may be added to your total order (NCGS 113-270.1B).

License Type

Resident

NonResident

Short-Term Licenses

Additional privilege licenses may be required with the licenses listed below. Refer to Privilege Licenses for more information. Short-term licenses are valid for the period specified on the license. Unless otherwise specified, privilege licenses are valid 12 months from the date of purchase.
State Hunting 10-Day (basic): Statewide hunting for nonresidents during the 10-day period specified on the license. N/A $60
Residents of Georgia $60
Residents of South Carolina $75
Residents of Tennessee $70
Residents of Virginia* $110

Annual Licenses

Additional privilege licenses, stamps, and certifications may be required with the licenses listed below. Refer to Privilege Licenses for more information. Unless otherwise specified, annual licenses, privilege licenses, stamps, and certifications are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
State Hunting (basic): Statewide hunting during a license term. $20 $80
Residents of Georgia $100
Residents of South Carolina $125
Residents of Tennessee $90
Residents of Virginia $110
Comprehensive Hunting: Statewide hunting for residents during a license term. Also includes the privileges of hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and hunting for waterfowl (does not include the bear management e-stamp or federal duck stamp). $36 N/A
Controlled Hunting Preserve Hunting: Needed for those 16 years of age or older, regardless of residency, to hunt fox or pen-raised game birds on a licensed commercial hunting preserve. This license is not necessary for those who hold a valid Basic Hunting, Comprehensive Hunting, Sportsman, or Lifetime License that authorizes hunting. And likewise, it is not necessary for those who hold a valid Controlled Hunting Preserve Hunting License to purchase any other hunting license when hunting on a licensed preserve. $20 $20

Lifetime License

Additional privilege licenses, stamps, and certifications may be required with the license listed below. Refer to Privilege Licenses for more information. Lifetime licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license-holder. Unless otherwise specified, privilege licenses, stamps, and certifications are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
Comprehensive Hunting: Statewide hunting, hunting for big game, hunting on game lands and hunting for waterfowl (does not include the bear management e-stamp or federal duck stamp). $250 N/A

Trapping Licenses

License Type

Resident

NonResident

Annual License

Additional privilege licenses may be required with the license listed below. Refer to Privilege Licenses for more information. Unless otherwise specified, annual and privilege licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. A $2 transaction fee may be added to your total order (NCGS 113-270.1B).
State Trapping (basic): Statewide trapping during a license term (does not include trapping on game lands). $30 $125