North Carolina Whitetail Deer Hunting Rules and Regulations


2017-2018 North Carolina Big Game Season Dates

North Carolina deer hunting regulations & information

NC hunters should always refer to the 2017-2018 North Carolina Hunting Regulations Digest for a
complete list of regulations, season dates, and bag limits, on the NC wildlife link below the deer harvest information.




YOUTH DEER HUNTING DAY
Sept. 23, 2017
On this day, youth under the age
of 18 may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either-sex.

Refer to the Regulations Digest for a description of legal weapons.
Youth ages 16 and 17 must be properly licensed to hunt deer

North Carolina eastern section whitetail deer hunting season

Eastern whitetail deer bow hunting season: Sept. 9 – Sept. 29, 2017

Eastern whitetail deer muzzleloader season: Sept. 30 – Oct. 13, 2017

Eastern whitetail deer gun season : Oct. 14, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

North Carolina central section whitetail deer hunting season

Central whitetail deer bow hunting season: Sept. 9 – Oct. 27, 2017

Central whitetail deer muzzleloader hunting season: Oct. 28 – Nov. 10, 2017

Central whitetail deer gun hunting season: Nov. 11, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

North Carolina northwestern section whitetail deer hunting season

Northwestern whitetail deer bow hunting season: Sept. 9 – Nov. 3, 2017

Northwestern whitetail deer muzzleloader hunting season: Nov. 4 – Nov. 17, 2017

Northwestern whitetail deer gun hunting season: Nov. 18, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

North Carolina western section whitetail deer hunting season

Western whitetail deer bow hunting season: Sept. 9 – Oct. 1, 2017; Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, 2017;Dec. 10, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018 (antlered deer only) *

Western whitetail deer muzzleloader hunting season: Oct. 2 – Oct. 14, 2017

Western whitetail deer gun hunting season: Nov. 20 – Dec.9, 2017

NC Urban Archery Deer Season, Archery Only, Jan. 13 – Feb. 17, 2018

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Either-Sex Deer Seasons
Youth Deer Hunting Day
 Deer of either sex may be taken by hunters under the age of
18 on this day.

Archery Deer Season
 Deer of either sex may be taken during archery deer season in
all areas (includes game lands).
Blackpowder Firearm Deer Season
 Deer of either sex may be taken during the last day of the
blackpowder firearm deer season in and west of Henderson,
Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery counties (includes game
lands).
 Deer of either sex may be taken anytime during the blackpowder
firearm deer season in and east of Polk, Rutherford, McDowell,
Burke, Caldwell, Watauga and Ashe counties (includes game lands).
Gun Either-Sex Deer Season

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Deer of either sex may only be taken during the gun season
during those dates indicated on pages 48–51. Most gun either
sex seasons fall under one of the following four categories in
North Carolina:
– Maximum: Either-sex harvest is allowed the entire gun season.
– Moderate: Either-sex harvest is allowed the first six open days
and the last six open days of the regular gun season.
– Conservative: Either-sex harvest is allowed the last six open
days of the regular gun season.
– Introductory: Either-sex harvest is allowed the last open day
of the regular gun season.

Urban Archery Deer Season
(open in participating cities onlyrefer
to the Regulations Digest
for list and contact information)
Archery only: Jan. 14 – Feb. 18, 2017
Information for Hunters
 The intention of the Urban Archery Season is to enable cities,
towns and villages to reduce urban deer populations through
increased hunter opportunity. Hunting during the Urban Archery
Season is allowed ONLY in participating municipalities.
 Each city, town and village will decide if hunting is allowed on
public property and restrictions, if any, for hunting on private
property within the city, town and village limits.
 Hunters wishing to hunt in an area participating in the Urban
Archery Season should call the participating city, town or village
or visit its website to obtain a map showing lawful areas to hunt
and additional information on specific restrictions that may
apply to each area.
 The Urban Archery Season does not obligate private landowners
to allow hunting on their property, nor does it eliminate the
ethical requirement for obtaining permission from the landowner
before hunting. Hunters are legally required to obtain written
permission to hunt on posted property.
The 2016 participating cities, towns and villages are:
Albemarle 704-984-9560 www.ci.albemarle.nc.us
Archer Lodge 919-359-9727 www.townofarcherlodge.com
Belmont 704-825-5586 www.cityofbelmont.org
Boiling Springs 704-434-2357 www.boilingspringsnc.net/police
Chapel Hill 919-968-2785 jorr@townofchapelhill.org
China Grove 704-857-2466 www.chinagrovenc.gov
Clayton 919-553-5002 www.townofclaytonnc.org
Cleveland www.clevelandnc.org
Concord 704-920-5047 wilhelmd@concordnc.gov
Earl 704-481-1500 www.townofearl.org
Elkin 336-794-6464 www.elkinnc.org
Fairview 704-564-3412 www.fairviewnc.gov
Franklinville 336-824-2604 franklinvillenc@triad.rr.com
Granite Quarry 704-279-5596
Harrisburg 704-455-0708 wkrimminger@harrisburgnc.org
Huntersville 704-875-6541 www.huntersville.org
Indian Trail 704-821-5401 www.indiantrail.org
Jamestown 336-454-1138 www.jamestown-nc.us
Jefferson 336-846-9368
Jonesville 336-835-3426 www.jonesvillenc.gov/archery.htm
Kannapolis 704-920-4000 jwchavis@kannapolisnc.gov
King 336-983-8265 www.ci.king.nc.us
Landis 704-857-2411 Andrew@townoflandis.com
Locust 704-888-4744 www.locustnc.com
Midland 704-888-2232 nboyden@midlandnc.us
Ext.10
Mineral Springs 704-243-0505 www.mineralspringsnc.com
Mooresboro 704-434-5666
Morganton 828-432-2673 www.ci.morganton.nc.us
Mount Pleasant 704-436-9803 www.townofmountpleasantnc.org
Nags Head/ 252-441-2525
Kill Devil Hills
New London 704-463-5423 newlondonnc@ctc.net
North Wilkesboro 336-667-7129 townmanager@north-wilkesboro.com
Ext. 3012
Norwood 704-474-3416 townofnorwood@carolina.rr.com
Oak Ridge 336-215-5005 www.oakridgenc.com
Oakboro 704-485-3351 www.oakboro.com
Pineville 704-889-2291 www.townofpineville.com
Pittsboro 919-542-3200 www.pittsboronc.gov
Pleasant Garden 336-674-3002 www.pleasantgarden.net
Randleman 336-495-7500 www.cityofrandleman.com
Richfield 704-463-1308 richfieldnc@aol.com
Ronda 336-835-2061 townofronda@embarqmail.com
Sanford 919-777-1104 www.sanfordnc.net
Shelby 704-484-6801 www.cityofshelby.com
St. James 910-253-4730 www.townofstjamesnc.org;
Stallings 704-821-8557 www.stallingsnc.org
Stanfield www.stanfieldnc.com
Stokesdale 336-643-4011 www.stokesdale.org
Summerfield 336-643-8655 www.summerfieldgov.com
Trent Woods 252-637-3030 police@trentwoodsnc.org
Troutman 704-528-7600 www.townoftroutman.org
Unionville 704-226-1989 townofunionville@aol.com
Valdese 828-879-2120 www.ci.valdese.nc.us
Wake Forest 919-435-9612 www.wakeforestnc.gov
Walnut Creek 919-778-9687 www.walnutcreeknc.com
Waxhaw 704-843-2195 www.waxhaw.com
Weddington 704-846-2709 www.townofweddington.com
Wentworth 336-342-6288 www.townofwentworth.com
Yadkinville 336-679-8732 pwilliams@yadkinville.org
 Season bag and possession limits for both antlerless and antlered
deer, including Bonus Anterless Harvest Report Cards, that
apply to the general archery, blackpowder, and gun deer
seasons also apply to the Urban Archery Season.
 Deer of either sex may be harvested in participating areas during
the Urban Archery Season. Hunters harvesting an adult buck
that has dropped its antlers should validate the kill and insert
the harvest authorization number on an authorization space
specified for an antlerless deer on the hunter’s Big Game Harvest
Report Card or Bonus Antlerless Harvest Report Card.
Information for cities, towns and villages
The Urban Archery Season is available for cities, towns and villages
that submit to the Wildlife Resources Commission by April 1
of each year a letter of intent to partici pate in the season. A map
clearly defining the area included in the season should also
accompany the letter of intent. Interested municipalities should
call the Division of Wildlife Management at 919-707-0050
and request to be contacted by a district wildlife biologist.




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Manner of taking

Definition of Take To take is defined as all operations during,
immediately preparatory and immediately subsequent to an attempt,
whether successful or not, to capture, kill, pursue, hunt or otherwise
harm or reduce to possession any fisheries resource or wildlife resource.
Season Dates For most species, hunting seasons are set to open
on the same day of the week every year and at the same general
time. For example, rabbit season opens every year on the
Saturday before Thanksgiving and ends on the last day of
February. Changes in season dates that are a result of newly
adopted regulations will appear in red ink. However, most
seasonal dates that are different from last year are the result
of the annual shift of days in each year’s calendar.
General Restrictions
 Lawful seasons and bag limits for each species apply beginning
with the first day of the listed season and continuing through the
last day of the listed season, including Sundays for private lands,
with Sunday hunting restrictions listed in the next paragraph.
 It unlawful to hunt on Sundays on public lands, except that
military installations under the exclusive jurisdiction of the
federal government may allow hunting on Sundays.
On Sundays, on private lands, the following apply:
 Hunting with firearms between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is
prohibited except on controlled hunting preserves;
 Hunting migratory birds is prohibited;
 The use of firearms to take deer that are run or chased by dogs
is prohibited;
 Hunting within 500 yards of a place of worship or any accessory
structure thereof, or within 500 yards of a residence not owned
by the landowner, is prohibited; and
 Hunting in Wake and Mecklenburg counties is prohibited.
NOTE: Hunting on Sundays with firearms becomes legal October 1,
2015. Until that day, the only legal manners of take are archery
equipment and falconry.
 Shooting hours. Game birds and animals may be taken only
between 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset
with rifle, pistol, shotgun, bow and arrow, dogs or by means of
fal conry with the following exceptions: raccoons, feral swine and
opossums may be taken at night. Coyotes may be taken at night in
all counties except Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington.
Call 800-675-0263 for shooting hours for migratory birds.
Retrieval
 If a hunter kills or wounds a big game animal during legal shoot –
ing hours the hunter may use a portable light source and a single
dog on a leash to assist the hunter in retrieving the dead or wound –
ed big game animal and may dispatch a wounded big game animal
using a .22-caliber rimfire pistol, archery equipment, or a hand gun
otherwise legal for that hunting season. If necessary, the hunter
may also retrieve wounded big game in this manner from 30 min –
utes after sunset to 11:00 p.m. The hunter may not use a motor –
ized vehicle when searching for the wounded animal.
Taking
 It is unlawful to use any of the following in taking wild birds
or animals:
– artificial lights (including laser sights), except for big game
retrieval and taking feral swine and coyotes at night
– electronic or recorded calls (except electronic calls are
per mitted for crow, coyote and feral swine hunting)
– fire
– motor vehicles—at no time may any wild animals or birds be
taken with the aid of a motor vehicle while the passenger
area is occupied or while the vehicle engine is running
– vessels: under sail, under power, or with the engine running,
or while still in the motion from such propulsion, except crippled waterfowl (see page 61); or
– airplanes
 It is unlawful to take wild birds with the use or aid of bait, which
includes any salt, salt lick, grain, fruit, honey, sugar-based material
or substance, animal parts or animal products. Regulations for
taking bear with unprocessed foods are on page 46.
 No wild turkey may be taken from an area in which bait has
been placed until the expiration of 10 days after the bait has
been consumed or otherwise removed.
 It is unlawful to take deer that are swimming or in water above
the knees of the deer.
 Migratory game birds may be taken only during the hours and
in the manner permitted by federal regulations.
 It is unlawful to shoot at or into a squirrel’s nest.
 Individuals engaged in box trapping rabbits must have an
appropriate hunting license to take or transport live rabbits.
 It is unlawful to accept the gift of wildlife lawfully taken unless
you possess in writing the donor’s name, address and hunting
license number.

It is unlawful to dump animal remains anywhere without permission.
Archery
 Archery hunting is limited to longbows and recurved bows having
a minimum pull of 40 pounds, com pound bows with a minimum
pull of 35 pounds and crossbows with a minimum draw weight
of 100 pounds. Only arrows with a fixed minimum broadhead
width of 7/8 inch or a mech an ically opening broad head with a
minimum width of 7/8 inch in the open position may be used for
taking bear, deer or wild turkey. Blunt-type arrowheads may be
used in taking small animals and birds, including but not limited
to, rabbits, squirrels, quail, grouse, pheasants. Poisonous, drugged,
barbed or explosive arrowheads may not be used for taking any
game. Bolts must use broadheads as described for arrows
Shotguns
 Shotguns must be no larger than 10-gauge.
 When hunting migratory game birds, shotguns must be plugged
so as to limit their maximum capacity to three shells.
Pistols
 During the open hunting season for rabbits, squirrels, opossums,
raccoons, furbearing animals and legal nongame animals and
birds, these species may be taken with a pistol. There are no
restrictions on caliber and barrel length.
 A hunter or trapper lawfully taking wildlife by another method
may use a pistol to dispatch the animal or bird taken, except as
noted below.
 Deer and bear may be taken with a handgun during the established
gun hunting season. There are no restrictions on barrel length
or caliber.
 It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with pistols.
Rifles
 Fully automatic rifles are unlawful. All other rifles are legal except:
– Rifles are prohibited by federal law in hunting migratory game birds.
– Local laws prohibit or restrict rifles in some counties. See the
local laws section on page 73.
– It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with rifles.
Blackpowder
 During the blackpowder deer season, the only lawful firearms are
blackpowder shotguns, rifles and handguns. The Commission
defines a blackpowder firearm as any firearm that cannot use
fixed ammunition.
Hunting with Dogs
 It is unlawful to hunt, run or chase deer at any time in these
counties and all counties west of the line they form: Rockingham,
Guilford, Randolph, Montgomery, Stanly and Union counties.
This does not apply to the use of a single dog on a leash to assist
the hunter in retrieving a dead or wounded deer.

It is unlawful to hunt, run or chase deer at any time in these
counties and parts of counties:
– Alamance – Durham – Lee
– Chatham – Johnston – Wayne
– Anson west of N.C. 742
– Chowan south of U.S. Highway 17 and U.S. Highway 17
Business and east of a line drawn from the intersection of the
western city limits of the Town of Edenton and U.S. Highway
17 Business and extending due south to the Albemarle Sound
– Orange south of I-85
– Richmond west of Little River and to that portion east of Little
River and bounded by N.C. 73 to the north, by Hough Road
to the east, and by Grassy Island Road to the south.
– Wake south of N.C. 98
 This does not apply to the use of a single dog on a leash to assist
the hunter in retrieving a wounded deer.
 In all other counties hunting deer with dogs is allowed, but local
law may impose further restrictions. See “Local Laws” section.
 In counties where hunting deer with dogs is allowed, game land
rules may prohibit this activity. See “Game Lands” section.
 It is unlawful to hunt deer with dogs during Archery and
Blackpowder seasons, except a hunter may use a single dog on a
leash to assist the hunter in retrieving a dead or wounded deer.
 It is unlawful to hunt bears with dogs in the following counties:
Alamance south of Interstate 85, Anson west of N.C. Hwy 742,
Cabarrus, Chatham, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford,
Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange south of
Interstate 85, Pamlico (per local law) Randolph, Rockingham,
Rowan, Stanly, Union, and Wake south of N.C. Hwy 98.
 Except for deer and bear as described above, hunting game
animals and game birds (except for wild turkey) with dogs is
allowed in all counties of the state, subject to the restrictions
applied by local laws and game land rules. See “Local Laws”
and “Game Lands” sections.
 It is unlawful to intentionally remove or destroy an electronic collar
or other electronic device placed on a dog by its owner
to maintain control of the dog.
Training Dogs
 It is unlawful to run or chase deer during closed season, except
when under the control of the owner. This applies only to
counties where hunting deer with dogs is allowed. In counties
or parts thereof and game lands where hunting deer with dogs
is prohibited, running or chasing deer is prohibited at all times.
See map on page 52.
 This does not apply to the use of a single dog on a leash to assist
the hunter in retrieving a wounded deer.
 Except as allowed in authorized field trials and training using
domestically-raised waterfowl or game birds, it is unlawful to
possess axes, saws or tree-climbing equipment while training
or running dogs during closed season.
 Individuals engaged in training dogs and individuals who are active
participants in field trials must have an appropriate hunting license.
 When training dogs during the closed season, hunters may use
domestically-raised waterfowl or game birds provided that they
use shot shells with shot of number 4 size or smaller and the
shot is nontoxic when training with waterfowl. All birds must
be banded on one leg with the propagator’s license number.
 Further restrictions apply to training dogs on game lands during
the closed season. See “Game Lands” section.
Field Trials
 Commission-sanctioned field trials may allow hunters to conduct
field trials with dogs in areas and at times authorized with the
use of approved weapons and ammunition and may authorize
the use of certain domestically raised birds.
 Active participants in field trials are people who handle dogs
or firearms.
 For commission-sanctioned field trials, active participants
may use a hunting license from their state of residence. For
all other types of field trials, active participants must have a N.C. hunting license.

LANDOWNER
PROTECTION ACT

Sportsmen need written permission, dated within the past 12
months, signed by the land owner or lessee, to hunt, fish, or trap
on lands posted with signs no more than 200 yards apart or purple
paint 100 yards apart. The property should also be posted at
entrances and corners. You must carry written permission on
your person. If a hunting club has leased the land, hunters must
have a copy of their hunting club membership and a copy of the
landowner permission given to that club. Wildlife officers will
enforce the Landowner Protection Act.
The Landowner Protection Act does not change general trespass
laws nor have any effect on lands which are not posted. It does
not repeal any local acts currently in effect that require written
permission to hunt, fish or trap.
North Carolina law encourages owners of land to make property
available for recreational use. The law states that a landowner
who allows someone, without charge, onto their land for
recreational purposes owes them the same duty of care they
would owe a trespasser.

For commission-sanctioned field trials, judges do not need to
have a hunting license. For all other types of field trials, judges
must have a N.C. hunting license.
 Applications for authorization of a Commission-sanctioned field
trial must be submitted in writing to a wildlife enforcement
officer at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event.
 Applications for authorization of a Commission-sanctioned field
trial may be obtained online at ncwildlife.org/ Licensing
Boats Deer may not be hunted from boats or other floating
devices in some counties. Also see restrictions for taking with
vessels on page 41.
Hunter or Blaze Orange Any person hunting bear, feral swine,
rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant and quail with the use of fire –
arms must wear a cap or hat made of hunter-orange material
or an outer garment of hunter orange visible from all sides.
Any one hunting deer during a deer firearms season, regard less
of weapon, must wear hunter orange visible from all sides.
This includes archery hunters that hunt on Sunday during
the deer firearms season and anyone hunting on Youth Deer
Hunting Day. This require ment does not apply to a landholder,
his or her spouse and children if they are hunting on the
landholder’s property.
Artificial Lights
 In addition to the prohibition of taking wildlife with the use of
artificial light, except for big game retrieval, many counties have
local regulations that prohibit shining lights on deer or searching for
deer with lights 30 minutes after sunset or after 11 p.m. A colorcoded
map showing county shining laws is presented on page 53.
 The flashing or display of any artificial light between 30 minutes
after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise in any area that is fre –
quented or inhabited by wild deer by any person who has acces –
sible to him or her a firearm, crossbow or other bow and arrow con –
stitutes prima facie evidence of taking deer with the aid of an
arti ficial light.
 Raccoon and opossum may be taken at night, with dogs during
open seasons, with the use of artificial lights commonly used
to aid in taking raccoon and opossum. Where feral swine and
coyotes may be hunted at night, artificial light may be used.
Road Hunting Local laws prohibit or restrict hunting or shooting
from public roads or possession of a loaded firearm on road
right-of-ways in some counties.
OTHER RESTRICTIONS
Local Laws There are many local laws affecting hunting and trap –
ping in North Carolina. An abstract of local laws that are more
restrictive than general regulations is included in this Digest.
See the “Local Laws” section.
Exotic Species It is unlawful to place exotic species of wild animals
or wild birds not indigenous to that area or feral swine in an area
for the purpose of stocking the area for hunting or trapping.
(There are cer tain limited exceptions for licensed-controlled
hunting preserves.)
Transfer of Wildlife An individual may accept the gift of wildlife
lawfully taken within North Carolina if taking possession does
not cause the individual to exceed the applicable possession
limit. The individual must note and preserve in writing the name
and address of the donor and under what license require ments
the wildlife was taken.
Trespass The establishment of open seasons does not obligate the
private landowner to allow hunting on his property, nor does it
eliminate the ethical requirement for obtaining permission from
the landowner before hunting. In some counties, hunters are
required to obtain permission to hunt on private property.
State Fish Hatcheries It is unlawful to possess a loaded fire arm
within a posted restricted zone on any state-owned fish hatch ery
or to discharge a firearm into or across such a restricted zone.
Sale of Wildlife In general, whole animals or their parts may not
be bought or sold in North Carolina. There are some exceptions.
More information may be found at: ncwildlife.org/ Licensing/
Regulations/NongameandOtherRegulations/SaleofWildlife
Regulations.aspx

Cervid Carcass Parts Only the following deer, elk or moose carcass
parts harvested in states or provinces with Chronic Wasting
Disease (CWD) will be allowed in North Carolina:
– meat that is cut and wrapped
– quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal
column or head attached
– meat that has been boned out
– caped hides
– cleaned skull plates
– antlers
– cleaned teeth
– finished taxidermy products
These parts or their containers must be labeled with the hunter’s name
and address; state or province of origin; date the animal was killed; the
hunter’s hunting license number; and the destination of the parts or
containers. A current map of CWD-infected states and provinces is
available at: http://www.cwdinfo.org/index.php/fuseaction/about.map
HUNTING ON FEDERAL LANDS
State regulations and license requirements apply on federal lands.
Some of the areas listed below may be closed to hunting. For
specific information, contact the appropriate federal entity:
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1969, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone 252-473-1131
Camp Lejeune
Conservation Law Enforcement Office, Assistant Chief of Staff
Installation Security and Safety Dept, Building PT-3,
Camp Lejeune, NC 28542
Phone 910-451-5226
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone 252-473-2111
Cape Lookout National Seashore
131 Charles St., Harkers Island, NC 28531
Phone 252-728-2250
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone 757-986-3705
Fort Bragg
Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Center, Fort Bragg, NC 28307
Phone 910-396-7506
Mackay Island and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges
P.O. Box 39, Knotts Island, NC 27950
Phone 252-429-3100
Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point
Environmental Affairs Dept. Natural Resources Manager,
PSC Box 8003, Marine Corps Air Station,
Cherry Point, NC 28533-0006
Phone 252-466-3593
Cedar Island, Mattamuskeet and Swan Quarter National
Wildlife Refuges
85 Mattamuskeet Rd., Swan Quarter, NC 27885
Phone 252-926-4021
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1969, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone 252-473-1131
Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge
5770 US Hwy 52 North, Wadesboro, NC 28170
Phone 704-694-4424
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 329, Columbia, NC 27925
Phone 252-796-3004
Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 430, Windsor, NC 27983
Phone 252-794-3808
U.S. Forest Service
160 Zillicoa St., Suite A, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone 828-257-4200
Blue Ridge Parkway
Permits and information about special parkway regulations govern ing
access to adjoining game lands may be obtained from: The Super –
intendent, Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service, 199 Hemphill
Knob Rd., Asheville, NC 28803. Phone 828-271-4779.

Anyone returning with a deer, elk or moose
taken in Virginia, North Dakota, Missouri,
Michigan, New York, West Virginia, Utah,
Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Minnesota, New
Mexico, Wisconsin, Kansas, Maryland,
Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming,
Colorado, Texas, Iowa, Pennsylvania and
Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces
where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
has been confirmed must follow North
Carolina processing/ packaging reg ulations,
which allows:
 meat cut and wrapped
 quarters of meat with no part of spinal
column or head attached
 meat that has been boned out
 cleaned teeth
 cleaned skull plates
 caped hides
 finished taxidermy products
 antlers
Parts or containers holding parts must
be labeled with the hunter’s name and
complete address; state or province of
origin; date the deer (or moose or elk)
was killed; the hunter’s hunting license
number; and the destination of the parts.
Taxidermists should immediately inform a
wildlife off icer if a full head or parts other
than those listed are received from a
CWD-verified state or province.



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