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Privilege Licenses, Stamps & Certifications

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Privilege Licenses, STAMPS and Certifications

Annual privilege licenses, stamps and certifica­tions authorize particular hunting or inland fishing activities and must be obtained in addition to the appropriate basic license. Privileges and stamps may be purchased separately if the purchaser holds a valid license. Unless otherwise specified, privilege licenses, stamps and certifications are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. HIP Certification is required for all those planning to hunt migratory game birds, including lifetime license-holders. A $2 transaction fee may be added to your total order (NCGS 113-270.1B).

License Type

Resident

NonResident

Hunting and Trapping

Big Game Hunting License: Needed to hunt deer, bear and wild turkey. Residents must also purchase a bear management e-stamp to hunt bear. Nonresidents hunting bear must also purchase the bear hunting license and bear management e-stamp. $13 $80
Residents of Georgia $195
Residents of South Carolina $100
Residents of Tennessee $160
Residents of Virginia $85
Big Game Hunting­ 10-Day License: Needed to hunt deer, bear and wild turkey during the 10-day period specified on the license. Nonresidents hunting bear must also purchase the bear hunting license and bear management e-stamp. N/A $60
Residents of Georgia* $195
Residents of South Carolina* $100
Residents of Tennessee $105
Residents of Virginia* $85
Bear Management Stamp: This electronic stamp is needed to hunt bear. Resident hunters must possess a valid hunting license with big game privileges in addition to this e-stamp. Nonresident hunters must possess a valid hunting license, big game privilege license and bear hunting license in addition to this e-stamp. Individuals who purchased a lifetime license with big game privileges prior to July 1, 2014 do not have to purchase this additional e-stamp; however they must obtain a no-cost e-stamp to hunt bear. This e-stamp expires June 30 of each year. $10 $10
Bear Hunting License (nonresident): Needed by nonresident license holders, in addition to the hunting license, big game privilege license, and bear management e-stamp, to hunt bear. Nonresident individuals who purchased a resident or nonresident lifetime license prior to May 24, 1994 do not have to purchase this additional license to hunt bear. This license expires June 30 of each year. N/A $225
Bonus Antlerless Deer License: Allows the harvest of two additional antlerless deer per report card in any municipality enrolled in the Urban Archery Season. Not valid outside of enrolled municipalities. This license will be available for purchase on January 1 and expires on June 30 of each year. Refer to the “Big Game” section for more information. $10 $10
Game Land License: Needed to hunt or trap on game lands. Refer to the “Game Lands” section for other uses that require a game lands license. $15 $15
Migratory Waterfowl Hunting License (state): Needed to hunt waterfowl. $13 $13
Federal Duck Stamp: The Federal Duck Stamp may be ordered online at ncwildlife.org, by calling 888-248-6834 or visiting a wildlife service agent from July 1 to April 1 of each year. Those who order the stamp online, by phone or at a wildlife service agent will be provided a proof-of-purchase receipt for a Federal Duck E-Stamp that is valid for 45 days from the date of purchase and immediately authorizes the same privileges as the physical Federal Duck Stamp. The e-stamp proof-of-purchase is nationally recognized as a valid Federal migratory bird hunting and conservation stamp, is valid in any other state, and must be carried on your person when exercising the privileges authorized. The physical Federal Duck Stamp will be mailed to you within 45 days of the order date. Upon receipt of the physical stamp, you must sign and carry it on your person when exercising the privileges authorized. The Federal Duck Stamp expires June 30 of each year. $26.50 $26.50
HIP Certification (federal requirement): Needed to hunt migratory game birds (waterfowl, doves, rails, gallinule, snipe and woodcock). Persons exempt from the hunting license requirement are not required to obtain the HIP certification. FREE FREE
Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permit: This permit is needed to purchase a hunting license by those who have not held a N.C. hunting license prior to July 1, 2013 or who have not satisfactorily completed the hunter education course requirements. This permit authorizes the permittee to hunt if accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age who is licensed to hunt in this state, or if accompanied by an adult landholder or spouse exempted from the hunting license requirement as defined by law, provided the licensee is hunting on the landholder’s land. “Accompanied” means that the licensed adult maintains a proximity that enables the adult to monitor the activities of the apprentice by remaining within sight and hearing distance at all times, without use of electronic devices. This permit is valid only for the term of the hunting license purchased under the authority of the permit. FREE FREE

Fishing

Trout Fishing License: Needed to fish in Public Mountain Trout Waters. Includes trout fishing on game lands. $13 $13