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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 specific license type. Privileges may be pur­chased separately if the purchaser holds a valid license. Some hunting licenses do not include privileges such as big game hunting, bear hunting, or hunting for waterfowl. Refer to Privilege Licenses, Stamps & Certificates 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, Stamps & Certificates 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: Statewide hunting for nonresidents during the 10 day period specified on the license. License includes hunting on game lands. N/A $80
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, Stamps & Certificates 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: Statewide hunting during a license term. License includes hunting on game lands. $25 $100
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). $39 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 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. $22 $22

Lifetime License

Additional privilege licenses, stamps, and certifications may be required with the license listed below. Refer to Privilege Licenses, Stamps & Certificates 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). $265 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, Stamps & Certificates 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: Statewide trapping during a license term. $32 $133

Lifetime License

State Trapping: Statewide trapping includes trapping on game lands. $300 N/A