Updates to North Carolina Hunting Regulations

2023–2024 Season Updates: Key Changes in Hunting and Fishing Regulations

Introduction to New Regulations

The 2023–2024 season brings several crucial regulatory, legislative, and agency-related updates that are essential for outdoor enthusiasts. The Commission has highlighted these changes in RED throughout the digest for easy reference. However, it's important to understand that the listed updates are not exhaustive.

Significant Changes in North Carolina

Hunting Regulations

  • Antlerless Deer in Madison County: Now permissible throughout the entire blackpowder season.
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Precautions: Enhanced regulations in specific counties including Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Bladen, and others. Refer to page 67 for comprehensive details.
  • Bait and Scent Restrictions: New prohibitions on certain attractants and scents in place. Detailed information on page 55.
  • Big Game Harvest Registration: The GoOutdoors North Carolina App now offers an option to validate and register big game harvests, with or without internet connectivity. See page 58 for more.

Trapping Updates

  • Statewide Trapping Season: The opening date is now October 1. Details on page 52.
  • Trap Identification Requirements: Enhanced tagging rules for various traps, including snares and Conibear™-type traps. Page 53 offers more information.

License and Vessel Registration System

The revamped website,, offers several features:

  • Account management, auto-renewal options, digital licenses, collectable hard card upgrades, event/course registration, and NCWRC merchandise.
  • The mobile app includes digital license storage and big game harvest reporting, functional with or without cell service.

Inland Fishing Adjustments

  • New Seasons, Size, and Creel Limits: Specific changes for species like Atlantic Croaker and Black Drum in inland waters. Consult pages 31 and 42 for details.
  • Roanoke River Regulations: Mandatory use of a single barbless circle hook from April 1 to June 30. More on pages 22 and 42.

Hunting Season Extensions

  • Antlerless Gun Deer Season: Extended season durations in various counties including Madison, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Mitchell, Yancey, Cleveland, Polk, and Rutherford. Detailed breakdown available on page 66.


These updates aim to enhance the hunting and fishing experiences while preserving wildlife and promoting safety. For a comprehensive understanding, it is advisable to read the entire digest, paying particular attention to the changes marked in RED.

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