Hunting in North Carolina

North Carolina Hunting at Glance

In North Carolina, there are many different types of hunting that take place. The most popular is deer hunting, however, there are also many people who hunt for other animals such as bear, turkey, and quail. Duck and geese hunting are also popular.

The regulations for hunting in North Carolina are fairly simple. You must have a hunting license, and you must follow the rules of the season. The most common type of hunting is deer hunting, which takes place during the fall and winter months.

North Carolina ranks #24 in the nation for hunting license per capita and has a strong hunting culture with over 5.8% of the population classified as registered hunters.

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Hunters (Based on Hunting Licenses)
Population: 10,439,388
Hunters 605,485
Hunter % 5.80%
Hunters Rank 24

The state of North Carolina is predominantly private land and only 4.426% of the total acres could be considred huntable public land. In fact, North Carolina ranks #36 overall in acres of public huntable land.

Land Types (Acres)
Acres % Rank
Total 31,179,500
Huntable Public 1,380,000 4.43% 36
Private Land 28,942,430 92.83% 20
Tribal Land 56,600 0.18% 21

North Carolina ranks #20 for the percentage of private land vs total acres and number 21 in terms of acres of tribal land.

North Carolina Hunting Seasons & Requirements

For the most accurate information on North Carolina Hunting Seasons, along with the state’s requirements for tag and bag limits, it’s a good idea to check with the North Carolina DNR.  We’ve provided their contact information below, along with links to helpful resources, including licensing.

North Carolina DNR

1751 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

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Popular Game to Hunt in North Carolina

There are many different types of big game that can be found in North Carolina, including deer, bear, turkey, and quail. Small game such as rabbits, squirrels and turkey is also abundant.

Small Game Hunting in North Carolina

North Carolina is a popular destination for small game hunters. The most popular species include dove, quail, squirrel, rabbit, and turkey. Each offers its own unique challenges and rewards. Dove are fast and agile, making them challenging to shoot but also providing excellent table fare. Quail are notoriously difficult to locate but make for a fun and challenging hunt. Squirrels are small and quick, making them perfect for a beginning hunter or someone looking for an easy meal. Rabbits are relatively easy to find but can be difficult to take down with a single shot. Turkeys are perhaps the most popular game bird in North Carolina, as they offer exciting hunting opportunities and delicious meat. No matter what your preference, there is sure to be a small game species that is perfect for you in North Carolina.

Big Game Hunting in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to a variety of big game, including white-tailed deer black bear, mountain lion, and elk. However, the most popular game to hunt in the state are white-tailed deer. This is likely due to the fact that they are the most populous big game animal in North Carolina. In addition, they can be found in all 100 counties in the state. Black bears are the third most popular game to hunt in North Carolina. They are found predominantly in the western part of the state. Mountain lions are the fourth most popular game to hunt in North Carolina. They are found predominantly in the western part of the state. Elk are the fifth most popular game to hunt in North Carolina. They are found predominantly in the western part of the state.

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Where are the Best Areas to Hunt in North Carolina

North Carolina offers great hunting opportunities across the state, both on public and private land. We’ve included some of the best areas for public hunting below and as we have access we’ll be adding more private land too.

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Popular Public Hunting Land in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to some of the best hunting grounds in the country. With over 5 million acres of public land to choose from, hunters can find the perfect spot to bag their trophy. Each of the forests offers a unique hunting experience, with plenty of game to choose from. In addition, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a popular destination for hunters looking for a challenge. With its rugged terrain and abundance of wildlife, the park is a true hunter’s paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice just getting started, North Carolina has something to offer every hunter.

1. Croatan National Forest
2. Nantahala National Forest
3. Pisgah National Forest
4. Uwharrie National Forest
5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hunting Private Land in North Carolina

Since the majority of North Carolina is private land getting access for hunting can be very appealing. When you hunt private land, it’s not only less crowded, the animals also tend to be less skittish and this means you’ll have a better day out in the field.  Traditionally, accessing private land for hunting has been complicated and expensive.  You either needed to join a club, hire a guide, or start knocking on doors.

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