Boating, Fishing, Hunting & Trapping in North Carolina
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency created by the General Assembly in 1947 to conserve and sustain the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of North Carolina boating, fishing, hunting, and trapping laws.
Boating in North Carolina
Boaters can explore more than 5,000 miles of North Carolina waters. Find a boat ramp near you. Title and register your vessel. Get information on regulations and safety requirements.
Fishing in North Carolina
Whether it’s fishing a cold mountain stream, a warm Piedmont pond or a blackwater coastal river, North Carolina has many opportunities for the 1.2 million anglers who fish in North Carolina. Find out everything you need to know about fishing in North Carolina.
Many saltwater anglers land their first fish from a pier and they have always been an excellent way to enjoy fishing in North Carolina. Unfortunately fishing piers have been under increasing financial pressure from real estate development and hurricanes and more are closing every year. The North Carolina fishing piers that remain offer what is quite simply some of the best pier fishing in the world.
Hunting in North Carolina
From the coast to the mountains, year after year, both resident and non-resident North Carolina hunters anxiously await the coming hunting seasons.No matter what game you choose to hunt, start your hunt here with information on seasons, bag limits, licenses, safety requirements, public and private hunting access opportunities and more.
Trapping in North Carolina
Regulated trapping is an integral component of wildlife conservation programs, as it controls abundant wildlife, removes nuisance animals, aids in restoring native species, and protects habitat, property and threatened and endangered species.
Page updated: 10/22/18