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Important Hunter Information

Hunting Heritage Program

Hunter Education Information

The Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission provides free hunter education courses throughout the year in every county.  More than a firearm safety course, instruction includes ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety.

There are no minimum age requirements, however, classes are taught at a sixth grade level and tests must be completed without assistance. Courses are a minimum of 6 hours, taught by wildlife officers, hunter education specialists and certified volunteer instructors, and certification is accepted in every state and province in North America.

Due to hunter education, hunting accidents have decreased by over 50% during the last twenty years making hunting one of the safest recreational activities.



  • Online Courses
    • Currently, there are four online hunter education courses (with varying fees) that provide a convenient alternative to the classroom course.  Once you complete an online course, you will need to attend a local, 2-hour review session with proctored exam to complete certification.  Click here to register for a review session near you.




  • Home from the Hunt  Learn more about Home from the Hunt, a nationally recognized campaign that encourages everyone to be prepared and be safe during time spent outdoors.



Improving Hunter Skills

  • Skill-Based Seminars -  Visit the Skills-based Seminars calendar page for the current schedule.
    • Turkey Hunting
    • Squirrel Hunting
    • Waterfowl Hunting
    • Deer Hunting 101
    • Deer Processing

 (For question or more information, contact Walter "Deet" James at walter.james@ncwildlife.org,  919-707-0059 (office), or

 984-202-1387 (mobile).





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2020-2021 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting, & Trapping Regulations Digest

Contains information on license requirements, inland fishing regulations, hunting regulations, trapping regulations, Game Lands regulations and restrictions, local laws, Big Game Harvest Reports, and Permit Hunt Opportunities.

This publication is available free of charge.

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View the Registrations Digest online at Eregulations.com
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Obtain a digest from one our Wildlife Service Agents.
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1707
(919) 707-0391

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County Fox Harvest Seasons Legislated by the North Carolina General Assembly

This document provides a general listing of current statutes pertaining to allowing the harvest of foxes by the NCGA. It includes all known “local laws” as well as a listing of those counties that fall under the fox firearms season set by G.S. 113-291-4A. “Local laws” which prohibit an activity or harvest are listed in the Regulations Digest.


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Hunting with Dogs: Hunter Responsibility and Ethics 

This handout provides information on how to hunt ethically and responsibly with dogs.


  Fox and Coyote Populations Study Final Report (April 1, 2012)

In June 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly directed the Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) to study fox and coyote populations and to recommend management methods and controls designed to ensure statewide conservation of fox populations while managing adverse effects of coyote populations. Since that time, the Commission has gathered information about the attitudes and perspectives of numerous stakeholder groups.

In addition, the Commission compiled all available information on the harvest and status of foxes and coyotes by hunters and trappers. Included herein is a detailed presentation of the different authorities for regulating take of foxes and coyotes, including the Commission’s limited authority for regulating take of foxes, and the resulting significant variation in fox hunting and trapping seasons.


   Quick Facts: From the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife -Associated Recreation (USFWS)

The 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a comprehensive source of wildlife-related recreation information. Information is provided in national and state printed reports and at https://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/fhw06-nat.pdf 


   Tarheel Wildlife

A Guide for Managing Wildlife on Private Lands In North Carolina.

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  Wildlife Restoration in North Carolina 

Learn more about the Wildlife Restoration Program in North Carolina and its accomplishments in this report.

Surveys and Reports


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