What’s New For the 2019-2020

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As part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to keep you informed, we reserve this page of the digest each year to identify significant regulatory, legislative and agency-related changes that you should be aware of each season. Please note that the information found on this page is not a complete list of regulation changes. For your convenience, all regulation changes appear throughout the digest in RED.

Following is a list of significant changes for the 2019-2020 season:


  • It is unlawful to possess striped bass or Bodie bass (striped bass hybrid) regardless of size in the inland and joint waters of the Central-Southern Striped Bass Management Area, which includes the Neuse and Tar rivers. See Warmwater Game Fish Regulations.


  • Slingbows were legalized for use in hunting wild turkeys, small game, and certain other species. Several species were added to broadhead and minimum pull requirements, and the prohibition on the use of barbed arrowheads was eliminated. See General Hunting Regulations.
  • Fox squirrel hunting season was opened in all 100 counties and the season was extended to close on January 31, instead of December 31. See Small Game & Other Seasons.
  • Rabbit hunting season was extended by opening it on the Monday on or nearest October 15, instead of the Saturday before Thanksgiving. See Small Game & Other Seasons.
  • The importation of cervid carcasses and carcass parts from any location outside of North Carolina was made illegal, except as specified. See General Hunting Regulations.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now allows states to designate up to two special waterfowl hunting days for veterans and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training). Beginning with the 2019-20 waterfowl season, the Commission established two “Veterans/Military Waterfowl Days” to be held concurrent with the two Youth Waterfowl Days. See Migratory Game Bird Seasons.


  • A uniform statewide trapping season was established for all 100 counties from November 1 through the last day of February. See Trapping Regulations.

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