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2016-17 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digest

Contains information on license requirements, inland fishing regulations, hunting regulations, trapping regulations, Game Lands regulations and restrictions, local laws, Big Game Harvest Reports, and Permit Hunt Opportunities.

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County Fox Harvest Seasons Legislated by the North Carolina General AssemblyThis document provides a general listing of current statutes pertaining to allowing the harvest of foxes by the NCGA. It includes all known “local laws” as well as a listing of those counties that fall under the fox firearms season set by G.S. 113-291-4A. “Local laws” which prohibit an activity or harvest are listed in the Regulations Digest.Download the document
Wildlife in North CarolinaWildlife in North Carolina magazine is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It is dedicated to the sound conservation of North Carolina's wildlife and other interrelated natural resources and also to the environment we share with them.

Subscribers to this magazine can enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and our state's environment.
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N.C. Wildlife Action Plan (2005)The N.C. Wildlife Action Plan is a comprehensive management tool developed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and more than 50 partners to help conserve and enhance the state’s full array of fish and wildlife species and their habitats.Download the publication
Wildlife Action Plan Series of articles (2005)This five-part series, originally published in Wildlife in North Carolina in 2007, discusses the N.C. Wildlife Action Plan and how the plan is being implemented in different regions of the state. The final piece, entitled "A New Cooperation," outlines statewide projects and initiatives.Download this publication
Understanding the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife in North Carolina (2010)This report provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of climate change science relevant to the state of North Carolina, the potential vulnerability of wildlife and their habitats, and the options for response through conservation planning, adaptive management, strategies, and actions.Download the publication
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Cover ImageBird Houses and FeedersThis publication contains beautifully illustrated instructions for designing and constructing bird houses and feeders. Also covers improvements you can make to nesting habitats.Download the publication
Cover ImageFertilizing Wildlife Food PlotsThis publication gives recommended procedures for wildlife food plots.Download the publication This publication is from the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.
Cover ImageInviting Reptiles and Amphibians to Your BackyardBy following some easy-to-do suggestions you can improve the quality of your yard for amphibians and reptiles.Download the publication
Cover ImageKeep Bass Alive
A Guidebook For Tournament Anglers & Organizers
In this second edition, our objective remains the same - to provide anglers with information to maximize the survival of bass that are caught and released during tournaments. We have created a guidebook that can do just that. This version of KBA hits the highlights. Anglers and tournament organizers can find more detail in the web version on www.Bassmaster.com in Community > Conservation > Keeping Bass Alive.Download the handbook
Cover ImageRecommendations for Conserving Priority Habitats and SpeciesThe intent of this document is to make relevant information readily available to land use planners, natural resources professionals and land managers. The recommendations presented summarize existing studies and pull together information that NCWRC makes available through outreach efforts such as the Green Growth Toolbox. This document will provide consistency and efficiency for NCWRC recommendations. It is not a regulatory document and it is not the intent of this document to impose specific regulations. It is our intention that these recommendations be used to inform conservation, land use, and land management decisions, and it is our hope that it will help NCWRC and our partners to be more effective at protecting and enhancing the public trust wildlife resources of our state.Download the document
Cover ImageTarheel WildlifeA Guide for Managing Wildlife on Private Lands In North CarolinaDownload the publication
Cover ImageUsing Fire to Improve Wildlife HabitatThis booklet explains the importance of fire-maintained habitats and provides recommendations for how to manage these habitats. Information includes when to burn, how to burn, and considerationsDownload the booklet
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Image CoverBirds of Sandy Bush Game LandsThis list contains 153 species of birds observed by NCWRC biologists and Elisha Mitchel Audubon Society members since 2005.Download the Sandy Mush Game Land Birding Check List
Image CoverEndangered Species In North CarolinaThis booklet provides a list of species designated as North Carolina Endangered, North Carolina Threatened, and North Carolina Special Concern.  Collectively, species listed in these categories are referred to as state-listed species. Federal listing status, as designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is provided where applicable.Download the booklet
Image CoverReptiles and Amphibians in Your BackyardLearn the value of reptile and amphibian populations in the ecosystem and learn how to conserve their habitats.Download the publication
Image CoverUrban Wildlife Fact SheetThis fact sheet developed in 2007 discusses conservation focus, working with local government,  improving citizens' quality of life and how you can help encourage urban wildlife.Download the fact sheet (low resolution)

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Image CoverUpland GazetteStay up-to-date with North Carolina small game issues and wildlife habitat information in the Upland Gazette newsletter!

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Image CoverWildlife in North CarolinaWildlife in North Carolina magazine is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It is dedicated to the sound conservation of North Carolina's wildlife and other interrelated natural resources and also to the environment we share with them.

Subscribers to this magazine can enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and our state's environment.
Learn more about the magazine and how to subscribe.
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Image CoverConservation Reserve Program (CRP)The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary conservation program for private landowners that targets removing highly erodible cropland from production and improving habitat for declining wildlife species on cropland and pastureland. CRP offers financial and technical assistance for the establishment and management of permanent vegetation to stabilize soil, improve water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.Download the fact sheet
Image CoverEnvironmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants in addressing resource concerns on eligible agricultural and forested land. Common concerns addressed by EQIP include livestock issues, soil quality and stabilization, forest health, and wildlife habitat quality.Download the fact sheet
Image CoverTrout Fishing Partnership OpportunitiesThis brochure discusses trout fishing partnership opportunities for communities in western North Carolina with the N.C. Wildlife Resources CommissionDownload the brochure
Image CoverWetlands Reserve Program (WRP)The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Tribes to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring eligible land from agricultural production. Enrollment options include permanent easements, 30-year easements, and restoration cost-share agreements.Download the fact sheet
Image CoverWildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for private and Tribal land to develop or improve high quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance.  Land eligible for WHIP includes private agricultural lands (e.g., cropland, grassland, pasture), nonindustrial private forestland, and native American land.Download the fact sheet

 

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Legal Trap TypesLegal Trap Types is a list with descriptions of the different legal trap types allowed in North Carolina.Download this document
County Fox Harvest Seasons Legislated by the North Carolina General Assembly
This document provides a general listing of current statutes pertaining to allowing the harvest of foxes by the NCGA. It includes all known “local laws” as well as a listing of those counties that fall under the fox firearms season set by G.S. 113-291-4A. “Local laws” which prohibit an activity or harvest are listed in the Regulations Digest.Download the document
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Trapper Education Manual

The IAFWA trapper education manual was designed to assure that content taught to students was consistent among state agencies, despite differences in trapping regulations. This is a similar method used by state hunter educational programs.

Each state is unique concerning the species and numbers of furbearers present, regulations, and traditions. Please consult North Carolina’s trapping regulations for specific restrictions regarding permissible trap-types, furbearer species and other regulations pertinent to North Carolina.

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Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation
Trapping and Furbearer Management in North American Wildlife Conservation is a compilation of the knowledge, insights and experiences of professional wildlife biologists who are responsible for the conservation of wildlife resources throughout the United States and Canada. It is based on the original Trapping and Furbearer Management:Perspectives from the Northeast published in 1996 by the Northeast Furbearer Resources Technical Committee.Download the document
The Wildlife Society’s Position Statement on Traps, Trapping, and Furbearer ManagementInternationally accepted principles of natural resources conservation stipulate that resource management activities must maintain essential ecological processes, preserve genetic diversity, and ensure continued existence of species and ecosystems. Regulated trapping in North America is consistent with all three criteria and is a versatile, safe, effective, and ecologically sound method of harvesting and managing furbearers.Download the document
Fox and Coyote Populations Study Final Report (April 1, 2012)

In June 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly directed the Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) to study fox and coyote populations and to recommend management methods and controls designed to ensure statewide conservation of fox populations while managing adverse effects of coyote populations. Since that time, the Commission has gathered information about the attitudes and perspectives of numerous stakeholder groups.

In addition, the Commission compiled all available information on the harvest and status of foxes and coyotes by hunters and trappers. Included herein is a detailed presentation of the different authorities for regulating take of foxes and coyotes, including the Commission’s limited authority for regulating take of foxes, and the resulting significant variation in fox hunting and trapping seasons.

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Best Management Practices for Trapping Beaver in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. BMPs are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of ongoing work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Beaver BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Bobcats in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Bobcat BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Coyotes in the Eastern United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Coyote BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Gray Foxes in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Fox (Gray) BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Mink in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Mink BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Muskrats in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Muskrats
Best Management Practices for Trapping Nutria in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Nutria BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Opossums in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Opossum BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Raccoons in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Raccoon BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Red Foxes in the United StatesTrapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Fox (Red) BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Striped Skunk in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Striped Skunk BMPs
Best Management Practices for Trapping Weasels in the United States
Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide options, allowing for discretion and decision making in the field. Best Management Practices are meant to be implemented in a voluntary and educational approach, and do not present a single choice that can or must be applied in all cases. BMPs are the product of on-going work that may be updated as additional traps are identified through future scientific testing.Download the Weasel BMPs
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Fishing Access for the Coastal Region of North CarolinaThis guide contains information on fishing in the coastal region of North Carolina. Types of access, fish species available and universally accessible amenities are included.View online:
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Fishing Access for the Mountain Region of North CarolinaThis guide contains information on fishing in the Mountain region of North Carolina. Types of access, fish species available and universally accessible amenities are included.View online:
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Fishing Access for the Piedmont Region of North CarolinaThis guide contains information on fishing in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Types of access, fish species available and universally accessible amenities are included. View online:
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North Carolina Trout Fishing MapsPrinted copies of the North Carolina Trout Fishing Maps (2007) are no longer available; however, if you own a copy, you can view a list of updates here.

Please visit the N.C. Interactive Fishing Access Map to find information regarding Public Mountain Trout Waters. Users can view all Public Mountain Trout Waters, search for specific waters or regulatory classifications, select counties of interest, find driving directions, and print maps.

Public Mountain Trout Waters are displayed in colored lines that correspond to colors of existing signs conspicuously posted along waters. Tract boundaries and designated portions of streams are not precise, but are approximations of actual locations.

Users should identify boundaries on the ground before fishing. Maps are provided as a guide to trout waters and users should refer to the current North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations Digest or see the trout regulations to obtain additional information and confirm regulations in effect.

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Age and Growth of FishesThis publication describes fish longevity and growth and how habitat can affect growth rate.This pamphlet is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

View online:
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Catfishes of North CarolinaThis pamphlet contains information on how to identify the catfish species found in North Carolina waters. It also provides information on catfish fishing tips, regulations and fishing hot spots.This booklet is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

View online:
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Do you know the difference between a northern snakehead and a bowfin?FLYER NOTICE: It is unlawful to transport, purchase, possess or sell live snakehead in North Carolina. If you catch a snakehead, DO NOT RELEASE IT! Keep the fish, freeze it or place it on ice and contact N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download the flyer (PDF)
Herring and Shad in North CarolinaThis pamphlet contains information on how to identify the six herring and shad species found in North Carolina waters. It also provides information on conserving herring and shad populations in North Carolina's coastal rivers.Access online:
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This booklet is available free of charge. To order by telephone, call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
North Carolina Sport Fish Identification Pocket GuideThis pocket-sized guide contains information on various freshwater sport fish species that inhabit our state's waters.

Learn more about Sport Fish in the Fishing Species section.
This guide is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

Write:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Pond Management GuideThis guide contains information on how to stock and manage recreational ponds properly, including the basic principles and requirements for maintaining high-quality fishing and solving pond problems.This guide is available free of charge.

To order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at (919) 707-0220. Copies can also be obtained from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.

View online:
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Smallmouth Bass in Western North Carolina Streams and RiversThis pamphlet summarizes a study conducted between 2007 and 2009 by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to determine the distribution of smallmouth bass and collect population data from several rivers and streams in western North Carolina.Download the pamphlet. (PDF)
Trout Fishing Partnership OpportunitiesThis brochure discusses trout fishing partnership opportunities for communities in western North Carolina with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download the brochure. (PDF)
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2016-17 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulations DigestContains information on license requirements, inland fishing regulations, hunting regulations, trapping regulations, Game Lands regulations and restrictions, local laws, Big Game Harvest Reports, and Permit Hunt Opportunities.

This publication is available free of charge.

By Mail
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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1707
(919) 707-0391

Coastal, Joint, and Inland Fishing Waters Designations in North CarolinaThis guide to North Carolina’s Coastal, Joint, and Inland fishing waters, listed by county, is intended to serve as a quick reference in determining the designations of these named water bodies.Download the guide. (PDF)
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Game and Fish RecipesA collection of favorite recipes from employees, friends and family of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download the recipe booklet. (PDF)
Quick Facts: From the 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (USFWS)The 2006 National Survey of Fishing,Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a comprehensive source of wildlife-related recreation information.Download the brochure. (PDF)
Ready, Set, Go Fishing!Coloring and acitivity book for children. This guide is available free of charge.Order by telephone:
Call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Division of Inland Fisheries at 919 707-0220.

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North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1721 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1721
Sport Fish Restoration in North CarolinaLearn more about the Sport Fish Restoration Project and its accomplishments in this report.Download the report. (PDF)
The Economic Impact of Mountain Trout Fishing in North CarolinaA study on the economic impacts of trout fishing opportunities provided and managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.Download a two page summary of this report (PDF)

Download the full 69 page report (PDF)
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Cover ImageVessel Operator’s GuideThis Vessel Operator’s Guide is produced by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as a convenient reference to the requirements of North Carolina boating laws and regulations.Download the guide. (PDF)
Cover ImageNorth Carolina Coastal Boating Guide

The 2012 guide (folded map) is available online only and may be downloaded from our website. It features a map of the state’s coastline, along with information about boating safety, museums and parks, boating access areas, marinas, boatyards, recreation, licenses and fishing piers. It also offers facts on the Intracoastal Waterway and other coastal resources. The annually updated guide (multiple-pages) is available each year in the Spring Fishing & Boating Guide produced by Wildlife in North Carolina magazine. A subscription to Wildlife in North Carolina insures that you receive the latest coastal boating access information each year.

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Download the large version of the Coastal Boating Guide.
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Download a multiple-page version of the map as it appears in the latest Spring Fishing & Boating Guide.

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View interactive Boating Access Area Locator!

Cover ImageNorth Carolina Report of Boating Accidents and FatalitiesThe purpose of this annual report is to provide statistical information on the causes, frequency and location of serious boating accidents. These statistics are analyzed to aid in determining the direction of measures to deter boating accidents.

Caution: Files are large so it may take time to download.

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2015 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2014 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

Addendum to 2014 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report: County Totals (xls spreadsheet)

2013 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2012 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2011 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2010 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2009 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2008 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2007 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2006 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2005 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

2004 Boating Accident and Fatalities Report (pdf)

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N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Wildlife Law Enforcement Division
1717 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1717     

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Wildlife Law Enforcement Division:
(919) 707-0030

Cover ImageWildlife in North CarolinaWildlife in North Carolina magazine is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It is dedicated to the sound conservation of North Carolina's wildlife and other interrelated natural resources and also to the environment we share with them.

Subscribers to this magazine can enjoy exceptional color photography and great articles on hunting, fishing, natural areas, wildlife research and our state's environment.
Learn more about the magazine and how to subscribe.