About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is the state government agency created by the General Assembly in 1947 to conserve and sustain the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input. The NCWRC is the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of North Carolina’s fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws.

The sale of hunting and fishing licenses, federal grants and other receipts provides financial support of the agency. The agency has an operational budget of approximately $85 million and employs approximately 650 full-time staff and 100 seasonal temporary staff across the state, including wildlife and fisheries biologists and technicians, wildlife law enforcement officers, wildlife educators, communication specialists, and customer service, information technology and administrative professionals.

Given 2022 marks the agency's 75th anniversary, throughout the year we'll be highlighting significant agency accomplishments over the past 75 years.



Mission Statement

To conserve North Carolina’s wildlife resources and their habitats and provide programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters; other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.


Strategic Plan


Download Strategic Plan



Agency Organizational Overview - 2021


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Low Resolution PDF for Viewing Online/Emailing ~7MBs 

Download High Resolution PDF for Printing ~40MBs


Financial Summaries & Historical Budget

NC Wildlife Endowment Fund Balance