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The Wildlife Endowment Fund

Lifetime Hunting, Trapping, and Inland Fishing Licenses

Lifetime hunting, trapping, and inland fishing licenses are a great deal for sportsmen. Purchasing a life­­time license saves you money over the years, may be charged to a VISA or MasterCard, and supports North Carolina’s rich wildlife heritage. Funds from lifetime license sales are deposited directly into the Wildlife Endowment Fund, which supports wildlife conservation programs.

Several types of lifetime licenses are available as noted under the “License Information” section beginning on License Information. Lifetime sportsman and lifetime comprehensive hunting licenses include big game hunting and the state waterfowl privilege. Some lifetime licenses are sold only to residents of North Carolina. However, nonresidents may purchase the nonresident lifetime sportsman license. Lifetime licenses may also be personalized for an addi­tional $5 fee (some exclusions apply). There are no residency restrictions for the infant and youth lifetime licenses. You may also give a lifetime license as a gift. All of these licenses are good for the life of the license-holder. Even if you move out of North Carolina, you can use the license anytime you return to the state.

Note: Lifetime hunting licenses do not authorize trapping. Lifetime or annual trapping licenses must be purchased separately.

Lifetime licenses can be purchased at your local wildlife service agent, online at, by phone 888-248-6834 or by mail from the Wildlife Resources Commission. Please note that infant and youth lifetime licenses require a copy of the birth certificate; these two licenses cannot be purchased online or by phone. Disabled licenses must be purchased by mail or in person at NCWRC Headquarters. A $2 transaction fee may be applied to your total order at time of purchase. To obtain a lifetime license appli­cation visit or call 888-248-6834.

Tax Deductible Contributions to the Wildlife Endow­ment Fund

Donations to the Wildlife Endowment Fund are deductible from your taxable income. Donations can be made directly to the fund, as a bequest from a will or as a memorial gift to honor a deceased friend or family member. The fund can also be named as a beneficiary to a life insurance policy. When making a memo­rial donation, include the name and address of the donor(s) as well as the name of the person(s) being remembered. A card will be sent to the donor acknowledging the contribution.

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