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Hunting


Welcome to 2021-22 North Carolina Hunting

What's New

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 2021–2022 season:

Hunting

  • Legal Archery Equipment for White-tailed Deer Hunting: Archery equipment utilizing an elastic string (slingbows) with a minimum pull of 40 pounds may now be used to take white-tailed deer.
  • Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP): The federal HIP Certification which is needed to hunt Migratory Game Birds (waterfowl, doves, rails, gallinule, snipe and woodcock) will no longer be valid for 12 months from the date requested. The HIP Certification will be available July 1 each season and expire on June 30 each year. This change aligns the HIP Certification with the Migratory Game Bird hunting seasons.

Game Lands

  • Sunday Hunting on Game Lands: Forty-five Six Days per week Game Lands were approved as Seven Days per Week Game Lands where hunting is allowed Monday through Sunday during open seasons. Six Three Days per Week Game Lands are now Four Days per Week Game Lands, where hunting is allowed Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during open seasons. The statutory limitations for Sunday hunting, prohibiting hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., using firearms to hunt deer with the use of dogs, and hunting with a firearm within 500 yards of a place of worship or any accessory structure thereof will also apply on game lands. Additionally, hunting migratory game birds on Sunday is prohibited statewide.
  • Goose Creek Game Land: Prohibit the pursuing or chasing of deer or bear with dogs for the purposes of training or hunting on the Beaufort County portion of Goose Creek Game Land except for that portion east of Smith Creek and south of Campbell Creek.

Trapping

  • Remote Trap Checking: Allow for the use of remote trap checking systems in lieu of a physical trap check under specified conditions. See Trapping Regulations.
  • Trapping Live Foxes and Coyotes: A transportation permit is now needed prior to taking possession of live foxes and coyotes for live sale to licensed fox preserves. Other requirements are specified on Trapping Regulations.
  • Trapping on Game Lands: Clarified that food used by trappers may not be processed food products as defined in GS 113-294(r) and that certain feathers, hair, and bones do not need to be covered. See General Game Lands Information for requirements.
  • Trapping on Game Lands: Clarifies that coyotes, armadillos, and groundhogs can be trapped on game lands during the regulated trapping season (November 1 through end of February). Clarifies that foxes can be trapped on game lands during the regulated trapping season in counties with a local law that authorizes fox trapping in that county. Establishes a closed trapping season on game lands from April 1 through October 31. See General Game Lands Information.