The Tar Heel State is known for its dense forests and beautiful, woody and rugged landscape in many areas. It’s hunting seasons provide ample bounties for hunters close to the Appalachian Mountains and further east.
If you’re hunting in North Carolina, expect to find seasons for black bears, wild turkey and white-tailed deer. In addition, the state offers accommodating small game seasons that encompass armadillos, pheasants, quail and more.
Looking for more information on North Carolina hunting regulations, licenses and other details for a safe and legal hunting? Be sure to visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.
Black Bear Seasons
|Western Bear Season||Oct. 17-Nov. 19
Dec. 12-Jan. 2
|Piedmont Bear Season||Oct. 15-Jan. 2*|
|Eastern Bear Season||Nov. 14-Jan. 2|
*Season dates vary by county. Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website for specific county dates.
It is illegal to take cubs (less than 75 pounds) or female bears with cubs. Nonresidents must obtain a bear hunting license prior to hunting.
|Youth Deer Hunting Day||Sept. 24|
|Eastern Deer Season||Archery: Sept. 10-30
Blackpowder: Oct. 1-14
Gun: Oct. 15-Jan. 2
|Central Deer Season||Archery: Sept. 10-Oct. 28
Blackpowder: Oct. 29-Nov. 11
Gun: Nov. 12-Jan. 2
|Northwestern Deer Season||Archery: Sept. 10-Nov. 4
Blackpowder: Nov. 5-18
Gun: Nov. 19-Jan. 2
|Western Deer Season||Archery: Sept. 10-Oct. 2 and Oct. 16-Nov. 20
Blackpowder: Oct. 3-15
Gun: Nov. 21-Dec. 10
Wild Turkey Seasons
|Spring Youth Season||Apr. 1-7, 2017|
|Spring Season||Apr. 8-May 6, 2017|
Small Game Seasons
|Raccoon and Opossum||Oct. 17-Feb. 28|
|Gray and Red Squirrel||Oct. 17-Feb. 28|
|Fox Squirrel||Oct. 17-Dec. 31|
|Rabbit||Nov. 19-Feb. 28|
|Quail||Nov. 19-Feb. 28|
|Grouse||Oct. 17-Feb. 28|
|Bobcat||Oct. 17-Feb. 28|
|Groundhog, Nutria, Coyote, Skunk, Armadillo, Feral Hogs||Open Season|
|Pheasant||Nov. 12-Feb. 1|
*Some areas of North Carolina limit hunting to particular dates.
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for North Carolina hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.