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Regulations for Specific Game Lands

Hunting Regulations Icon North Carolina Hunting & Fishing

Either-Sex Seasons and Other Rules Applying to Individual Game Lands

Each game land falls into one of three categories and is so designated in the individual game lands listings. A special permit may be required for some species on any of these areas (apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt). The three designations are as follows:

  • Six-day-per-week areas: Game lands on which any game may be taken Monday through Saturday during the open seasons. Falconry may be practiced on Sundays.
  • Three-day-per-week areas: Game lands on which any game may be hunted unless otherwise noted. Open days are Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. days. These areas are closed to hunt­ing on other days of the week, unless specifically opened under the individual game lands listings. Falconry may be practiced on Sundays.
  • Permit-only areas: Game lands on which a special permit is required to hunt or trap. To apply for any special permits in the listings below, visit ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.
  • Falconry on Game Lands: Within established hunting seasons and on open hunting days, falconry is allowed on Archery and Safety Zones in game lands.

Individual Game Lands

Alcoa Game Land – Davie, Davidson, Montgomery, Rowan and Stanly counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – 23 in that portion in Montgomery County (moderate season); Nov. 17 – Jan. 1 in that portion in Davie County and Nov. 10 – Jan. 1 in that portion in Davidson, Rowan and Stanly counties (maximum season).
  • On the Lick Creek Tract, deer and bear hunting is archery only.

Alligator River Game Land – Tyrrell County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season)
  • Bear may only be taken on November 10, 12, 13 and December 15, 17, 18.

Angola Bay Game Land – Duplin and Pender counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Bachelor Bay Game Land – Bertie and Washington counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Bertie County Game Land – Bertie County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • On the Johnson Landing Tract, discharge of centerfire rifles is prohibited.

Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land – Bladen County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Rifles larger than .22 caliber rimfire shall not be used.
  • On the Singletary Tract, hunting deer and bear with dogs is prohibited.
  • Turkey hunting on the Singletary Tract is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Youth-adult permit hunts are available on Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.
  • Discharge of centerfire rifles is prohibited.
  • The use of dogs for pursuing or taking foxes is prohibited March 15 – July 15.

Brinkleyville Game Land – Halifax County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Oct. 26 (moderate season).
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited.

Buckhorn Game Land – Orange County

Buckridge Game Land – Tyrrell County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season)
  • Bear may only be taken on November 10, 12, 13 and December 15, 17, 18.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Buffalo Cove Game Land – Caldwell and Wilkes counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Deer Season: Nov. 19 – Dec. 8 in all portions of the game land
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24 (introductory season) in all portions of the game land.
  • Blackpowder Season: Oct. 1 – Oct. 13 in all portions of the game land.
  • Archery Season: Sept. 8 – Sept. 29, Oct. 15 – Nov. 17, and antlered deer only from Dec. 10 – Jan. 1 in all portions of the game land.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited except on designated trails May 16 through Aug. 31, and all horseback riding is prohibited from Sept. 1 through May 15. This rule includes all equine species.

Bullard and Branch Hunting Preserve – Robeson County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan 1 (maximum season).

Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land – Durham, Granville and Wake counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – 23 in that portion in Durham and Granville counties and Oct. 13 – 26 in that portion in Wake County (moderate season).
  • Waterfowl may be taken only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satur­days, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. and New Year’s days, and on opening and closing days of the applicable water­fowl seasons. On the posted waterfowl impoundments, a special permit is required for all waterfowl hunting after Nov. 1.
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited.
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in designated camping areas, except on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Camping Area.
  • Camping is allowed at any time on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Camping Area, not to exceed a maximum stay of two consecutive nights, and campfires are prohibited.
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only (apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt), except on those areas posted as Archery Zones.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • The use of dogs for hunting deer is prohibited on that portion west of N.C. 50 and south of Falls Lake.
  • Except for hunters engaged in the act of hunting, bicycle riding is allowed only in designated areas from May 15 through August 31 and only on Sundays from September 1 through May 14.

Buxton Woods Game Land – Dare County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Season: Oct. 13 – Jan 1. (maximum season)
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Cape Fear River Wetlands Game Land – Pender and New Hanover counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only on the Roan Island Tract. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • On the Canetuck Tract, hunting deer and bear with dogs is prohibited.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Carteret County Game Land – Carteret County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Oct. 26 (moderate season)
  • Dogs may not be used for hunting deer.

R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell Game Land – Caswell County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Nov. 10 – 21 (conservative season).
  • Horseback riding is allowed only during June, July and August and on Sundays during the remainder of the year, except during open turkey and deer seasons. Horseback riding is allowed only on roads opened to vehicular traffic and on those gated roads and trails that are posted for equestrian use. Participants age 16 or older must obtain a game lands license prior to engaging in horseback riding on this area.
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in designated camping areas.
  • The area posted with signs stating “CURE Wildlife Game Lands, Special Regulations Apply” and encompassed by the following roads is closed to all quail and woodcock hunting and all bird dog training: From Yanceyville south on N.C. 62 to the inter­section of S.R. 1746, west on S.R. 1746 to the intersection of S.R. 1156, south on S.R. 1156 to the intersection of S.R. 1783, east on S.R. 1783 to the intersection of N.C. 62, north on N.C. 62 to the intersection of S.R. 1736, east on S.R. 1736 to the intersection of S.R. 1730, east on S.R. 1730 to N.C. 86, north on N.C. 86 to N.C. 62.
  • On the posted waterfowl impoundments, a special permit is required for all waterfowl hunting after Nov. 1.
  • Target shooting is prohibited except on the Caswell Shooting Range.

Chatham Game Land – Chatham County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – Nov. 23 (moderate season).
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is allowed only during June, July and August and on Sundays during the remain­der of the year, except during open turkey and deer seasons.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Chowan Game Land – Chowan County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Chowan Swamp Game Land – Bertie, Gates and Hertford counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Bear may only be taken on November 10, 12, 13 and December 15, 17, 18, except that on the portion of Chowan Swamp Game Land in Gates County east of Highway 158/13, south of Highway 158, west of Highway 32, and north of Catherine Creek and the Chowan River the bear season is Nov. 10 – 18 and Dec. 8 – 23.
  • Camping is restricted to to Sept. 1 – Feb. 29 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited except during May 16 – Aug. 31 and on Sundays only Sept. 1 – May 15 on those roads that are open to vehicular traffic and those gated roads and trails posted for equestrian use.
  • Target shooting is prohibited on that area south of the Virginia line, east of the Chowan River, and north of Highway 13 and Highway 158.

Cold Mountain Game Land – Haywood County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24 (introductory season)
  • Horseback riding is prohibited except on designated trails May 16 – Aug. 31, and all horseback riding is prohibited from Sept. 1 – May 15. This rule includes all equine species.

Columbus County Game Land – Brunswick and Columbus counties

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Croatan Game Land – Carteret, Jones and Craven counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Waterfowl may be taken only on Tuesdays and Saturdays; on Thanksgiving, Christmas, NewYear’s and Martin Luther King Jr. days; and on the opening and closing of the applicable water­fowl seasons.
  • On the first two open days of dove season, a permit is needed to hunt on posted areas.
  • Hunting from Disabled Sportsmen blinds on the Catfish Lake waterfowl impoundment is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)

Currituck Banks Game Land – Currituck County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season)
  • Permanent waterfowl blinds in Currituck Sound adjacent to these game lands shall be hunted by permit only after Nov. 1. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Licensed hunting guides may accompany the permitted individual or party, but may not use a firearm.
  • The boundary of the game land shall extend five yards from the edge of the marsh or shoreline.
  • Dogs shall be allowed only for waterfowl hunting by permitted hunters on the day of their hunt.
  • No screws, nails or other objects penetrating the bark shall be used to attach a tree stand or blind to a tree.

Dan River Game Land – Rockingham County

  • Permit-only area (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt)
  • Target shooting is prohibited
  • Horseback riding is prohibited, except on those areas posted for equestrian use. Persons age 16 or older horseback riding must possess a Game Land Use License

Dare Game Land – Dare and Hyde counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct 13 – 19 (conservative season).
  • No hunting on posted parts of bombing range. Selected roads may be closed for military training.
  • The use and training of dogs is prohibited from March 1 – June 30.
  • Bear hunting is by permit only (apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt) on the Bombing Range Bear Sanctuary.

Dover Bay Game Land – Craven County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season)

DuPont State Forest Game Land – Henderson and Transylvania counties

  • Permit-only area. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Training and the use of dogs is prohibited except during sched­uled permit hunts.

Elk Knob Game Land – Watauga County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov 17 – 23 (conservative season).

Embro Game Land – Halifax and Warren counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – 26 (moderate season).
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited.

Goose Creek Game Land – Beaufort and Pamlico counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Prior to Oct 1, waterfowl may be taken only on Tuesdays and Saturdays and on the opening and closing days of the statewide waterfowl seasons on the posted impoundments.
  • Beginning on the first open waterfowl season day in October and through the end of the waterfowl season, waterfowl hunting is by permit only on posted waterfowl impoundments.
  • Hunting and vehicular access on the Parker Farm Tract is restricted from Sept. 1 through Jan. 1 and April 1 – May 15 to individuals that possess a valid hunting opportunity permit. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.

Green River Game Land – Henderson and Polk counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov 17, except that portion in Henderson Co. where the season is Nov 24.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited. This rule includes all equine species.

Green Swamp Game Land – Brunswick County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • On the Little Macedonia Tract, the use of dogs for hunting deer or bear is prohibited and deer, bear, and turkey hunting is by permit-only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)

Gull Rock Game Land – Hyde and Tyrrell counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • On posted waterfowl impoundments, hunting of any species of wildlife is limited to Tuesdays and Saturdays; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. days; and opening and closing days of the applicable waterfowl seasons.
  • Bear may only be taken November 10, 12, 13 and Decem­ber 15, 17, 18, except that portion of the game land designated as bear sanc­tuary. Bear hunting is prohibited on the bear sanctuary.
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.

Harris Game Land – Chatham, Harnett and Wake counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – 23, except those parts in Wake and Harnett counties where the season is Oct. 13 – Oct. 26 (moderate seasons).
  • Waterfowl may be taken only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Satur­days; on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days; and on the opening and closing days of the applicable waterfowl seasons.
  • The use or construction of permanent hunting blinds is prohibited.
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only (apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt), except on those areas posted as Archery Zones.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited.

Headwaters State Forest Game Land – Transylvania County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24

Hill Farm Game Land – Stokes County

Holly Shelter Game Land – Pender County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Waterfowl hunting is allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. days; and on the opening and closing days of the applicable waterfowl seasons.
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.
  • Dogs may be used for hunting deer and bear on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days only.
  • On the portion of the game land that is north of the Bear Garden Road, west of Shaw Road to Baby Branch, east of the Northeast Cape Fear River, south of N.C. 53 and west of N.C. 50, deer hunt­ing and bear hunting are by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.) Other species may be hunted on this area only during the normal open days for this game land.
  • Hunting deer and bear with dogs on the Pender 4 and Greentree impound­ment tracts is prohibited.
  • Hunting and vehicular access on the Pender 4 Tract is restricted from Sept. 1 to the last day of February and April 1 to May 15 to individuals that possess valid hunting opportunity permits. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Hunters who possess a Disabled Access Permit to operate all terrain vehicles are allowed on and within 100 yards of trails designated for Disabled Sportsman Access. See the online game land maps for designated trails.
  • Target shooting is prohibited except on the Holly Shelter Shooting Range.
  • Geocaching is allowed only on closed days for taking bear, deer, turkey, and waterfowl.

Hyco Game Land – Person County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – Nov. 23 (moderate season).
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

J. Morgan Futch Game Land – Tyrrell County

Johns River Game Land – Burke County

Jordan Game Land – Durham, Chatham, Orange and Wake counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – Jan. 1, except that part in Wake Co. where the season is Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum seasons).
  • Waterfowl may be taken only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sat­urdays; on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days; and on the opening and closing days of the applicable waterfowl seasons.
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is allowed only on those areas posted as American Tobacco Trail and other areas specifically posted for equestrian use. Unless otherwise posted, horseback riding is permitted on the American Tobacco Trail anytime the trail is open. On all other posted equestrian trails, horseback riding is limited to the months of June, July and August, and Sundays the remainder of the year except during open turkey and deer seasons. Participants age 16 and older must obtain a game land license prior to engaging in horseback riding on any area other than the American Tobacco Trail.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only (apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt), except on those areas posted as Archery Zones.
  • Except while hunting, bicycle riding is restricted to designated areas.

Juniper Creek Game Land – Brunswick and Columbus counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.

Kerr Scott Game Land – Wilkes County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 17 – Jan. 1 (maximum season)
  • Use of centerfire rifles is prohibited.
  • Deer may be taken by archery equipment only except during the blackpowder season.
  • Tree stands may not be left overnight and no screws, nails, or other objects may be used to aid in climbing or to attach a tree stand or blind to a tree.
  • Turkey hunting is archery only.

Lantern Acres Game Land – Tyrrell and Washington counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Dogs may not be used to hunt deer on the Godley Tract.
  • Waterfowl hunting on posted waterfowl impoundments is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)

Lee Game Land – Lee County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – Nov. 23 (moderate season).
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Light Ground Pocosin Game Land – Pamlico County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Linwood Game Land – Davidson County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Lower Fishing Creek Game Land – Edgecombe and Halifax counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Oct. 26 (moderate season).
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited.
  • Dogs may not be used for hunting deer.

Mayo Game Land – Person County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – 23 (moderate season).
  • Waterfowl may be hunted only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; Christmas and New Year’s days; and on opening and closing days, of the applicable waterfowl seasons.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Mitchell River Game Land – Alleghany and Surry counties

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Nov 17 – 28 (conservative season).
  • Horseback riding is prohibited except on designated trails. May 16 – Aug. 31. All horseback riding is prohibited. Sept. 1 – May 15. This rule includes all equine species.

Nantahala Game Land – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24 in that portion in Transylvania County (introductory season).

Needmore Game Land – Macon and Swain counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited except on designated trails May 16 – Aug. 31. All horseback riding is prohibited from Sept. 1 – May 15. This rule applies to all equine species.
  • On posted dove fields, dove hunting on the opening day of dove season is by permit only.

Neuse River Game Land – Craven County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season)

New Lake Game Land – Hyde and Tyrrell counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Nicholson Creek Game Land – Hoke County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Deer Season: Open days during Nov. 10 – Dec. 8
  • Archery Season: Open days during Sept. 8 – Oct. 26
  • Blackpowder Season: Open days during Oct. 27 – Nov. 7
  • Gun Either-Sex Season: Nov. 10 (introductory season)
  • The use of dogs for hunting deer is prohibited.
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Swimming and internal combustion engines are prohibited at Lake Upchurch.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

North River Game Land – Camden and Currituck counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • The boundary of the game land shall extend five yards from the edge of the marsh or shoreline in Currituck County.
  • Hunting on the posted waterfowl impoundment is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)

Northwest River Marsh Game Land – Currituck County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • The boundary of the game land shall extend five yards from the edge of the marsh or shoreline.

Pee Dee River Game Land – Anson, Montgomery, Richmond and Stanly counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – Nov. 23, except that part in Richmond Co. where the season is Oct. 13 – Oct. 26 (moderate seasons).
  • Use of centerfire rifles is prohibited in that portion in Anson and Richmond counties north of U.S. 74.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Horseback riding is allowed only on roads open to vehicular traffic and only during the months of June, July and August, and Sundays the remainder of the year except during the open turkey and deer seasons.

Perkins Game Land – Davie County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov 17 (introductory season).
  • Horseback riding is prohibited from November 1 through January 1.

Pisgah Game Land – Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey counties

  • Six-day-per week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24, except that portion in Watauga County where the season is Nov. 17 (introductory seasons)
  • Hunting raccoon, opossum and wildcat on the Harmon Den and Sherwood Bear sanctuaries in Haywood County is allowed.
  • Bear hunting on Mt. Mitchell and Daniel Boone bear sanctuaries is by permit only.
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited on the Black Bear (McDowell County), Linville River (Burke County), and Little Tablerock tracts (Avery, McDowell and Mitchell counties).

Pond Mountain Game Land – Ashe County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov 17 – 23 (conservative season).
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited except on designated trails and allowed only from May 16 through August 31 and on Sundays only from September 1 through October 31. All horseback riding is prohibited from November 1 through May 15.

Pungo River Game Land – Hyde County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Rendezvous Mountain State Forest Game Land – Wilkes County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Nov 17 – 28 (conservative season).
  • Bear Hunting is prohibited.

Rhodes Pond Game Land – Cumberland and Harnett counties

Roanoke Island Marshes Game Land – Dare County

Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land – Bertie, Halifax, Martin and Northampton counties

  • Permit-only area. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Vehicles are prohibited on roads or trails, except those vehicles operated on official Wildlife Resources Commission business or by permit holders.
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas. (Camping is allowed anytime within 100 yards of the Roanoke River.)

Robeson Game Land – Robeson County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).

Rockfish Creek Game Land – Hoke County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Deer Season: Open days during Nov. 10 – Dec. 8
  • Archery Season: Open days during Sept. 8 – Oct. 26
  • Blackpowder Season: Open days during Oct. 27 – Nov. 7
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 (introductory season)
  • The use of dogs for hunting deer is prohibited.
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Taking fox squirrels is prohibited.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Rocky Run Game Land – Onslow County

Sampson Game Land – Sampson County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

Sandhills Game Land – Hoke, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Deer Season: Open days during Nov. 10 – Dec. 8, except on the field-trial grounds, where the season is the open days during Nov. 10 – Nov. 24.
  • Archery Season: Open days during Sept. 8 – Oct. 26 and Dec. 12 – Jan. 1 except on the field trial grounds where the archery season is open days during Sept. 8 – Oct. 26.
  • Blackpowder Season: Open days during Oct. 27 – Nov. 7 and and Dec. 10 – Jan. 1 except on the field trial grounds where the blackpowder season is open days during Oct. 27 – Nov. 7 (Deer of either sex may be taken on these days.)
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: By permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Squirrel (fox and gray) hunting on the field-trial grounds is allowed on open days during Nov. 12 – Nov. 24.
  • Opossum and raccoon hunting on the field-trial grounds is allowed on open days during Oct. 15 – Feb. 28.
  • Rabbit hunting on the field-trial grounds will be allowed on open days during Nov. 10 – Nov. 24.
  • Dove hunting on the field-trial grounds will be prohibited from the third Sunday in September through the remainder of the hunting season.
  • Waterfowl hunting on the field trial grounds is allowed on open days during any waterfowl season.
  • Except for the opossum, raccoon, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl and deer seasons (including bow and arrow, blackpowder and gun) specifically indicated above for the field-trial grounds, the field-trial grounds are CLOSED to all hunting during the period of Oct. 22 – March 31. This restriction does not apply to permit hunts offered to disabled sportsman.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited on the J. Robert Gordon Field- Trial Area Oct. 22 – March 31, except by people riding in field trials.
  • In addition to the regular open days, waterfowl may be taken on the opening and closing days of the applicable waterfowl seasons.
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Dog training is prohibited on the field trial grounds. Elsewhere, dog training is restricted to Mondays, Wednesdays and Satur­days from Oct. 1 – April 1.
  • Swimming in lakes is not permitted.
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in designated camping areas.
  • All of Sandhills Game Land in Moore County is located within the Sandhill Township (See Moore County “local laws” for rifle caliber restrictions and additional restrictions.)
  • Target shooting is prohibited except on the John F. Lentz Hunter Education Complex.

Sandy Creek Game Land – Franklin and Nash Counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Oct. 26 (moderate season).
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited.
  • Dogs may not be used for hunting deer.

Sandy Mush Game Land – Buncombe and Madison County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24 (introductory season).
  • Horseback riding is prohibited except on designated trails May 16 – Aug. 31, and all horseback riding is prohibited from Sept. 1 – May 15. This rule includes all equine species.
  • Dogs may only be trained on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and only during that time period when dog training is allowed on game lands.
  • Dove hunting is by permit only for the first four open days of the dove season. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)

Second Creek Game Land – Rowan County

Shocco Creek Game Land – Franklin, Halifax, Nash and Warren counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Oct. 26 (moderate season).
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited.
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.

South Mountains Game Land – Burke, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Deer Season: Nov. 19 – Dec. 8 in all portions of the game land.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24 (introductory season) in all portions of the game land.
  • Blackpowder Season: Oct. 1 – Oct. 13 in all portions of the game land.
  • Archery Season: Sept. 8 – Sept. 29, Oct. 15 – Nov. 17, and antlered deer only from Dec. 10 – Jan. 1 in all portions of the game land.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited, except on designated trails May 16 – Aug. 31, and all horseback riding is prohibited from Sept. 1 – May 15. This rule includes all equine species.

Stones Creek Game Land – Onslow County

  • Six day-per-week area.
  • Swimming in all lakes is prohibited.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Waterfowl may be taken only on Tuesdays and Saturdays; on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. days; and on the opening and closing days of the statewide waterfowl season.
  • Dogs may be used for hunting deer on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Geocaching is allowed only on closed days for taking bear, deer, turkey, and waterfowl.

Suggs Mill Pond Game Land – Cumberland and Bladen counties

  • Permit-only area. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.
  • During scheduled permit hunts, only hunters and trappers with permits may enter the game land, EXCEPT the public may use Campground Road to access the pond at the dam.
  • The use of vessels on managed waterfowl impoundments on Suggs Mill Pond Game Land is restricted to permitted waterfowl hunters from November 1 – March 15 and, except for Sundays, from November 1 – January 31 on Suggs Mill Pond Lake and Little Singletary Lake.

Sutton Lake Game Land – Brunswick and New Hanover counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – 19 (conservative season).
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Discharge of centerfire rifles is prohibited.

Tar River Game Land – Edgecombe County

Texas Plantation Game Land – Tyrrell County

Three Top Mountain Game Land – Ashe County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov 17 – 23 (conservative season).
  • Horseback riding is prohibited. This includes all equine species.

Thurmond Chatham Game Land – Alleghany and Wilkes counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 17 – 30 (moderate season).
  • Horseback riding is prohibited except on designated trails May 16 – Aug. 31, and all horseback riding is prohibited from Sept. 1 – May 15. This rule includes all equine species. Partici­pants age 16 or older must obtain a game lands license prior to horseback riding on this area.

Tillery Game Land – Halifax County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – 26 (moderate season).
  • Horseback riding, including all equine species, is prohibited.
  • Dogs may not be used for hunting deer.
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)

Toxaway Game Land – Transylvania county

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24 (introductory season).
  • Horseback riding is prohibited, except on designated trails May 16 – Aug. 31, and all horseback riding is prohibited from Sept. 1 – May 15. This rule includes all equine species.

Uwharrie Game Land – Davidson, Montgomery and Randolph counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 10 – Nov. 23 (moderate season).
  • On the posted waterfowl impoundment, waterfowl may be taken only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. days; and on the opening and closing days of the applicable waterfowl seasons.
  • Target shooting is prohibited except on the Flintlock Valley Shooting Range.

Vance Game Land – Vance County

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • The use of dogs, centerfire rifles and handguns for hunting deer is prohibited on the Nutbush Peninsula Tract.

Van Swamp Game Land – Beaufort and Washington counties

  • Six-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Bear may only be taken on November 10, 12, 13 and December 15, 17, 18.

Voice of America Game Land – Beaufort County

Whitehall Plantation Game Land – Bladen County

  • Permit-only area. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Camping is restricted to Sept. 1 – Feb. 28 and March 31 – May 14 in areas both designated and posted as camping areas.

White Oak River Game Land – Onslow County

  • Three-day-per-week area.
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Open days during Oct. 13 – Jan. 1 (maximum season).
  • Prior to Oct. 1, waterfowl may be taken only on Tuesdays and Satur­days; and on the open­ing and closing days of the statewide water­fowl hunting seasons on the posted impoundments.
  • Beginning on the first open waterfowl season day in October and through the end of the waterfowl season, waterfowl hunting is by permit only on posted waterfowl impoundments.
  • Waterfowl hunting on the Huggins and Morton tracts is by permit only for the entire waterfowl season. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • A hunting opportunity permit is needed to access Hargett Avenue and Sloan Farm Road.
  • On the Huggins and Morton tracts, dogs may not be used to hunt deer, there is no discharge of centerfire rifles allowed, AND hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)
  • Turkey hunting is by permit only. (Apply at ncwildlife.org/PermitHunt.)

William H. Silver Game Land – Haywood County

  • Six-day-per-week area
  • Gun Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 24 (introductory season)