Autumn Deer

EASTERN DEER SEASON
Bow-and-arrow: Sept. 11 – Oct. 1
Muzzleloader: Oct. 2 – Oct. 15
Gun: Oct. 16 to Jan. 1
CENTRAL DEER SEASON
Bow-and-arrow: Sept. 11 – Oct. 29
Muzzleloader: Oct. 30 – Nov. 12
Gun: Nov. 13 to Jan. 1
NORTHWESTERN DEER SEASON
Bow-and-arrow: Sept. 11 – Nov. 5
Muzzleloader: Nov. 6 – Nov. 19
Gun: Nov. 20 – Jan. 1
WESTERN DEER SEASON
Bow-and-arrow: Sept. 13 – Oct. 2 and Oct. 18 – Nov. 20
Muzzleloader: Oct. 4 – Oct. 16
Gun: Nov. 22 to Dec. 11 

General Restrictions
* Any person hunting deer during a deer firearms season shall wear hunter orange.
* Visible antlers are defined as bony structures that protrude through the skin. Knobs or buttons covered by skin or velvet are not considered visible antlers.
* It is unlawful to carry any type of firearm while bow-and-arrow hunting during the bow-and-arrow seasons.
* Dogs may not be used for hunting deer during the bow-and arrow or the muzzle loading firearm deer seasons.
* Pistols may not be carried while hunting deer during the muzzle loading firearm season.
* During the muzzle loading firearm season, only muzzle loading rifles or muzzle loading shotguns may be used. Bows and arrows are permitted to be used on private lands only during the muzzle loading firearms seasons. Bows and arrows are not permitted to be used on game lands during the muzzle loading firearms seasons except on areas designated and posted as “Archery Zones.”
* During the gun deer season, bow and arrows, pistols (as defined under manner of taking) and muzzle loading firearms are legal weapons.
* The placement of commercially available mineral supplements specifically and exclusively marketed for attracting or feeding deer is allowed anywhere in the state, except on game lands.
Bag Limits
* The big game hunting license authorizes the hunter to harvest
up to six deer. All six deer can be antlerless for all areas of the
state. The season limit for antlered deer in the Eastern Deer
Season is four. The season limit for antlered deer in the Central,
Northwestern, and Western deer seasons is two.
* The daily bag limit is two.
* The possession limit for antlered deer is the same as the season limit.
*The possession limit for antlerless deer harvested in areas with
a maximum either-sex season, or in those areas participating
in the Urban Archery Season, is equivalent to the number of
antlerless deer the hunter is authorized to harvest on his big
game hunting license and any Bonus Antlerless Harvest Report

Registering and Reporting a Kill The hunter must register
any harvested bear, deer, wild boar or wild turkey within 24 hours
of the kill and before it is skinned, dressed or dismembered.

By calling in the registration through the toll-free big game
reporting system, (800) I-GOT-ONE (800-446-8663).
Or by using the Internet to register the kill online at
http://www.ncwildlife.org
Comments
  1. Scott Johnson says:

    What are the laws concerning deer hunting and for that matter any game hunting if you are hunting on your own private farm land? License required? Children of the land owner requirements? (one is older than 16 and the other is younger than 16)

    Thanks,
    Scott

    • Scott,
      Thank you for your questions!! Here are answers to your questions….The answers were posted in another post on the Blog. Thank you for stopping by!! We appreciate readers questions. It helps us figure out what needs to be posted that people are having a hard time finding. Good luck, and good hunting!!

      **My son/daughter is under age 16 and is hunting off my license. Do I have to use my tags on their harvested animals?

      No. Your son/daughter must request a free license-exempt big game report card (formerly known as “tags”) at a wildlife service agent near you or by calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834), M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

      **I hunt on my own property and don’t need a license. Do I have to tag my harvest?

      Yes. Possession of a harvested bear, deer, wild boar or wild turkey without a validated “Big Game Harvest Report Card” (formerly known as “tags”) is unlawful. You can request a free license-exempt big game report card (formerly known as “tags”) at a wildlife service agent near you or by calling (888) 2HUNTFISH, 888-248-6834, M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

      For more information on North Carolina Hunting rules regulations: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/index.htm

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