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North Carolina

Hunting

Deer Zone Maps

Western Deer Zone

Archery:

Sept. 11 – Oct. 3, 2021

Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 2021

Dec. 12, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022 (antlered only)

(See Deer Regulations for either-sex days during archery season)

Blackpowder:

Oct. 4 – Oct. 16, 2021

(See Deer Regulations for either-sex days during blackpowder season)

Gun:

Nov. 22 – Dec. 11, 2021

Season

Dates

Counties

Gun Either-Sex Season*


– Introductory

Nov. 27

Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, Transylvania


– Conservative

Nov. 22 – Nov. 27

Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey


Maximum

Nov. 22 – Dec. 11

Buncombe: that part east of N.C. 191, south of the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers, west of U.S. 25 and north of N.C. 280.

Henderson: that part east of N.C. 191 and north and west of N.C. 280.

No Either-Sex Season


– None

None

Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain

* Note: Either-Sex Gun Seasons on game lands may vary. See “Game Lands” section for Either-Sex Gun Seasons on the game land you will be hunting.

Northwestern Deer Zone

Archery:

Sept. 11 – Nov. 5, 2021

Blackpowder:

Nov. 6 – Nov. 19, 2021

Gun:

Nov. 20, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Does not include Buffalo Cove and South Mountains Game Lands (see “Game Lands” section).

Season

Dates

Counties

Gun Either-Sex Season*


– Moderate

Nov. 20 – Dec. 3

Cleveland, Polk, Rutherford


– Maximum

Nov. 20, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Catawba, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin, Watauga

* Note: Either-Sex Gun Seasons on game lands may vary. See Game Lands section for Either-Sex Gun Seasons on the game land you will be hunting.

Central Deer Zone

Archery:

Sept. 11 – Oct. 29, 2021

Blackpowder:

Oct. 30 – Nov. 12, 2021

Gun:

Nov. 13, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Season

Dates

Counties

Gun Either-Sex Season*


– Maximum

Nov. 13, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Alamance, Anson, Caswell, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Granville, Guilford, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Union

* Note: Either-Sex Gun Seasons on game lands may vary. See “Game Lands” section for Either-Sex Gun Seasons on the game land you will be hunting.

Northeastern and Southeastern Deer Zones

Archery:

Sept. 11 – Oct. 1, 2021

Blackpowder:

Oct. 2 – Oct. 15, 2021

Gun:

Oct. 16, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Does not include Nicholson Creek, Rockfish Creek and Sandhills game lands. (See “Game Lands” section.)

Season

Dates

Counties

Gun Either-Sex Season*


– Maximum

Oct. 16, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Johnston, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilson


– Maximum

Oct. 16, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington

*Note: Either-Sex Gun Seasons on game lands may vary. See “Game Lands” section for Either-Sex Gun Seasons on the game land you will be hunting.

Deer Hunting With Use of Dogs

– Allowed*
– Prohibited by state and/or local law

* Check “Local Laws” and “Game Lands” sections for additional restrictions that may apply.

Note: See “Manner of Taking: Hunting with Dogs” section on General Hunting Regulations for the allowed/prohibited boundaries within split counties.

Shining Lights in Deer Areas

– No person shall, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1/2 hour before sunrise, intentionally shine a light upon a deer or intentionally sweep a light in search of deer in these areas.
– No person shall, between the hours of 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise, intentionally shine a light upon a deer or intentionally sweep a light in search of a deer in these areas.
– Unlawful to shine a light intentionally upon a deer or to sweep a light in search of a deer at any time.
– No local light laws as of Jan. 1, 2021.