North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Species to Hunt in North Carolina


A class of warm-blooded animals with fur or hair on their bodies. Mammals are vertebrates. The young are born live and feed on milk from their mothers.
ImageSpeciesScientific NameState ClassificationAdditional Information
ImageArmadillo, Nine-banded Dasypus novemcinctusNonGameMore Information
ImageBlack BearsUrsus americanusBig GameMore Information
ImageBobcat Lynx rufusGame & FurbearerMore Information
ImageCoyoteCanis latransNonGameMore Information
ImageGray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteusGame & FurbearerMore Information
ImageGroundhog Marmota monaxNonGameProfile
ImageNutriaMyocastor coypusNonGameN/A
ImageOpossum, Virginia Didelphis virginianaGame & FurbearerProfile
ImageRaccoonProcyon lotorGame & FurbearerMore Information
ImageRed Fox Vulpes vulpesGame & FurbearerMore Information
ImageStriped Skunk Mephitis mephitisFurbearerProfile
ImageWhite-tailed DeerOdocoileus virginianusBig GameMore Information
ImageSquirrel, foxSciurus nigerBig Game

Profile (PDF)

2010-11 Harvest Survey of North Carolina Hunters (PDF 102 KB) 



A class of warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates. Birds are covered in feathers, have wings and a beak. Many birds are able to fly.
ImageSpeciesScientific NameState ClassificationAdditional Information
ImageBobwhite quail, Northern

Colinus virginianus

Game Species

Additional Information

ImageDove, MourningZenaida macrouraGame SpeciesAdditional Information

ImageDuck, BlackAnas rubripesGame Species


ImageDuck, CanvasbackAythya valisineriaGame Species


ImageDuck, MallardAnas platyrhynchosGame Species


Sandy Mush Game Land Birding Check List (PDF) 

ImageGoose, CanadaBranta canadensisGame SpeciesAdditional Information


ImageRail, ClapperRallus longirostrisGame SpeciesAdditional Information
ImageTurkey, WildMeleagris gallopavoBig GameAdditional Information 
ImageSwan, TundraCygnus columbianusGame SpeciesAdditional Information
ImageGrouse, RuffedBonasa umbeliusGame SpeciesAdditional Information
ImagePintail, NorthernAnas acutaGame SpeciesAdditional Information
ImageWaterfowl in North CarolinaN/AGame SpeciesAdditional Information
ImageWigeon, AmericanAnas americanaGame SpeciesAdditional Information
ImageWoodcock, AmericanScolopax minorGame SpeciesAdditional information
ImagePeregrine FalconFalco peregrinusNonGameAdditional Information

Species Classifications


"Endangered" status includes any native species whose continued existence as a viable component of the state's fauna is determined to be in jeopardy and/or is designated "Endangered" by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act.


"Extirpated" status is in reference to a population, no longer present as live individuals in a particular area.


A status of "Threatened" includes any native species likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range within the state and/or is designated "Threatened" by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act.

Special Concern

The "Special Concern" designation applies to any species that is determined to require monitoring.


“Nongame” status includes species that are not classified as game or furbearer. These species are regulated by the NCWRC.


“Game” status includes species that can be hunted in North Carolina.

Big Game

“Big Game” status includes species that can be hunted and must be registered with the NCWRC upon harvest.


“Furbearer” status includes species that can be trapped in North Carolina.

Inland Game Fish

"Inland Game Fish" may be taken only with a hook and line for exceptions see General Regulations For Inland Game Fish.

Nongame Fish

"Nongame Fish" status includes any fish not classified as a game fish when found in inland fishing waters and includes shellfish and crustaceans.