Small Game & Other Seasons
North Carolina Hunting & Fishing
|Oct. 15 – Feb.28||Opossum: No bag limits |
Raccoon daily limit 3: No possession or season limits
|General Restrictions |
|Gray and Red (statewide): Oct. 15 – Feb. 28||Daily limit 8; No possession or season limits|
|Fox Squirrel: Oct. 15 – Dec.31||Daily limit 1; Possession 2; Season 10|
|Fox squirrels may only be taken in the following counties: |
Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wayne, Wilkes
|Nov. 17 – Feb.28 (hunting and box-trapping*)||Daily limit 5; No possession or season limits|
|* A trapping license is not required to box-trap rabbits, but a valid hunting license is necessary. The sale of live rabbits is prohibited.|
|Nov. 17 – Feb. 28||Daily limit 6; Possession 12; Season, no limit|
|Oct. 15 – Feb. 28||Daily limit 3; Possession 6; Season 30|
|Oct. 15 – Feb. 28||No limits|
|There is no closed hunting season.||There is no bag limit|
See Migratory Game Bird Regulations for more information about the Canid Cooperator Program and distinguishing the differences between red wolves and coyotes.
|Nov. 17 – Feb. 1 (male pheasant only)||Daily limit 3; Possession 6; Season 30|
|Year Round (including Sundays)|| |
|Nov. 17 – Jan.1||Daily limit 2; Season 10|
|This season applies as follows: |
|Jan. 5 – 26||Daily limit 2; Season 10|
There is no open weapons hunting season in any other county except where provided by local laws. To see if your county has a hunting season on foxes, visit ncwildlife.org/FoxSeasons, or call 919-707-0050 to request a copy.
|Oct. 15 – Feb. 28 (Applies only to rabbits)||Outside of Regular Season Dates: |
Rabbits: Daily limit 3; Possession limit 6
Regular species bag limits apply during regular seasons.
|There is an open season for taking beaver with firearms or bow and arrow during any open season for the taking of wild animals, provided that permission has been obtained from the owner or lessee of the land on which the beaver is being taken.|
|Oct. 1 – Mar. 31||No limits.|
|This applies to domestically raised birds (mallard ducks and upland game birds) only. |
No wild turkey may be taken.