North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission


On this page are publications produced by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, separated by topic. Publications include books, pamphlets, fliers, fact sheets, magazines and more. Unless otherwise noted, publications are free and available for download on this page. 

Agency Publications

Publication Name Description How to Obtain
North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digest View online

Download PDF

2015 N.C. Wildlife Action Plan - is a comprehensive management tool to help conserve and enhance the state’s full array of fish and wildlife species and their habitats. Download book

Visit NC Wildlife Action Plan webpage

Wildlife in North Carolina - the agency's flagship publication. Subscribers to this magazine can enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and our state's environment. More information and Subscribe

Game & Fish Recipes - A collection of favorite recipes from employees, friends and family of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Download booklet

NCWRC Geocaching Policy - A guideline to geocaching on agency game lands. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Download booklet

Law Enforcement Publications

Publication Name Description How to Obtain


Careers in Wildlife Enforcement - Learn about what it takes to become a Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer, including training, certification, duties, compensation and benefits. Download booklet
Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact - a multi-state agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in all Compact member states.. Download manual

Visit Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact webpage
Dove Hunting in North Carolina - a summary of regulations pertaining to dove hunting in North Carolina, including an overview of baiting. Download pamphlet

Fishing Publications

Publication Name Description How to Obtain


Age & Growth in Fishes - This pamphlet describes fish longevity and growth and how habitat can affect growth rate Download pamphlet
Snakehead and Bowfin Identification - Learn the difference between the native bowfin and the non-native, invasive snakehead. Download handout
Catfishes of North Carolina - Learn the identifying characteristics of North Carolina's catfishes in this one-page flier. Download handout
Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Western North Carolina - this pamphlet summarizes smallmouth bass distribution in several western North Carolina waters.  Download pamphlet
Herring and Shad Identification - this flier reviews identifying characteristics of herring and shad species found in North Carolina Download handout
Pond Management Guide of North Carolina - This 44-page booklet contains information on how to stock and manage recreational ponds properly. Download booklet
Trout Fishing in North Carolina - this pamphlet describes trout fishing partnership opportunities for western NC communities Download
Sport Fish Restoration in North Carolina - Learn more about the Sport Fish Restoration Project and its accomplishments in this report. Download
N.C. Sport Fish Identification Pocket Guide - contains information on various freshwater sport fish species in NC waters. Write: NC Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Keeping Bass Alive - this guidebook, by B.A.S.S., provides information for tournament anglers and organizers on how to keep largemouth bass alive.

Hunting Publications

Publication Name Description How to Obtain


County Fox Harvest Seasons Legislated by the North Carolina General Assembly - 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. Download
Fox and Coyote Population Study, 2012 - a report on 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. Download
Tarheel Wildlife - A Guide for Managing Wildlife on Private Lands In North Carolina. Download
Upland Gazette - Stay up-to-date with North Carolina small game issues and wildlife habitat information in the Upland Gazette newsletter.  More Information
Wildlife Restoration in North Carolina - Learn more about the Wildlife Restoration Program in North Carolina and its accomplishments in this report. Download

Boating Publications

Publication Name Description How to Obtain


North Carolina Coastal Boating Guide - A map of the state’s coastline, along with information about boating safety, museums and parks, boating access areas, marinas, boatyards, recreation, licenses and fishing piers.

Download the 2012 large version of the Coastal Boating Guide.

Download a multiple-page version of the map as it appears in the latest Spring Fishing & Boating Guide.

View interactive Boating Access Area Locator!

Vessel Operator's Guide - A convenient reference to the requirements of North Carolina boating laws and regulations.

Download the guide 

Download the guide-Spanish version 

Boating Accidents & Fatality Reports - These annual reports contain statistics extracted from boating accident reports submitted to the NCWRC, and boating-related information for the respective calendar year.

2018 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report 

2017 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report 

2016 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report 

2015 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report 

2014 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report 

Addendum to 2014 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report: County Totals (xls spreadsheet)

Trapping Publications


Nongame Publications

Publication Name Description How to Obtain


N.C. Wildlife Action Plan - is a comprehensive management tool to help conserve and enhance the state’s full array of fish and wildlife species and their habitats.
Download plan (PDF)

Visit NC Wildlife Action Plan webpage


Protected Wildlife Species of North Carolina - A list of wildlife species in North Carolina listed as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern.
Bird Houses & Feeders - This publication contains beautifully illustrated instructions for designing and constructing bird houses and feeders. Also covers improvements you can make to nesting habitats..
Download booklet
Inviting Reptiles & Amphibians to Your Backyard - This publication provides some easy-to-do suggestions to improve the quality of your yard for amphibians and reptiles.
Download the handout
Urban Wildlife Program - an overview of the Urban Wildlife Program, which was created to promote open space conservation in the Triangle Region (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) through land use planning and land protection. Download handout
Birds of Green River Game Land - a checklist of bird species found on the Green River Game Land in Henderson and Polk counties. Download the checklist
Birds of Sandy Mush Game Land - a checklist of bird species found on the Sandy Mush Game Land in Buncombe and Madison counties. Download checklist

Habitat Management Publications

Publication Name Description How to Obtain


Fertilizing Wildlife Food Plots - This publication, from the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, gives recommended procedures for wildlife food plots.
Download PDF
Conservation Recommendations for Priority Terrestrial Wildlife Species & Habitats in NC - This publication is for land use planners, natural resources professionals and land managers and provides recommendations to inform conservation, land use, and land management decisions.
The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Tribes to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agricultural production. Enrollment options include permanent easements, 30-year easements, and restoration cost-share agreements. Download the handout
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants in addressing resource concerns on eligible agricultural and forested land. Download the handout
The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for private and Tribal land to develop or improve high quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance.  Land eligible for WHIP includes private agricultural lands (e.g., cropland, grassland, pasture), nonindustrial private forestland, and native American land. Download the handout

Other Publications

Fishing Summary Fact Sheets - information highlighting past and ongoing research studies as well as summaries of monitoring surveys conducted by Commission staff on sport fish and other species throughout North Carolina. 

Fisheries Research Reports - Reports and summaries of monitoring and research studies on sport fish and other species throughout North Carolina.

Game Harvest Reports - harvest reports for black bear, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, wild boar.

Trapping Surveys and Reports -  information on trapping harvest statistics, as well as the N.C. Furbearer Management newsletters.

Wildlife Diversity Program Quarterly Reports - Quarterly reports provide an overview of projects conducted by Wildlife Diversity Program staff on behalf of nongame and endangered wildlife species.