North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Lifetime License Types

  • Lifetime licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license-holder.
  • Additional privilege licenses may be required with a basic license.
  • Infant, Youth, and Disabled Lifetime Licenses cannot be purchased online. Infant and youth applications must be received at WRC Headquarters or processed at a Wildlife Service Agent no later than the day before the child turns 1 or 12 years of age. Applications received on or after the child’s 1st or 12th birthday CANNOT be processed as an infant or youth license. A copy of the birth certificate must accompany applications for infant and youth licenses.
  • A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase.
  • Senior License Eligibility: Residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953 are eligible to purchase a senior lifetime license when they turn 65 years of age. Those born after Aug. 1, 1953 are eligible to purchase a senior lifetime license when they turn 70 years of age.

 

 
  • Lifetime licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license-holder.
  • Infant, Youth, and Disabled Lifetime Licenses cannot be purchased online. Infant and youth applications must be received at WRC Headquarters or processed at a Wildlife Service Agent no later than the day before the child turns 1 or 12 years of age. Applications received on or after the child’s 1st or 12th birthday CANNOT be processed as an infant or youth license. A copy of the birth certificate must accompany applications for infant and youth licenses.
  • A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase.
  • Senior License Eligibility: Residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953 are eligible to purchase a senior lifetime license when they turn 65 years of age. Those born after Aug. 1, 1953 are eligible to purchase a senior lifetime license when they turn 70 years of age.

 

Hunting & Inland Fishing - Lifetime Resident Cost

Senior Sportsman (see above for eligibility requirements)
Statewide hunting and inland fishing for residents. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$15

 

Hunting, Inland and Coastal Fishing - Lifetime Resident Cost

Senior Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing (see above for eligibility requirements)
Statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.

$30

 

Fishing - Lifetime Resident

Cost

Senior Comprehensive Inland Fishing (see above for eligibility requirements)
Statewide inland fishing for residents. Includes fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$15

Senior Coastal Recreational Fishing (see above for eligibility requirements)
Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$15
  • Lifetime licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license-holder.
  • Additional privilege licenses may be required with a basic license.
  • Infant, Youth, and Disabled Lifetime Licenses cannot be purchased online. Infant and youth applications must be received at WRC Headquarters or processed at a Wildlife Service Agent no later than the day before the child turns 1 or 12 years of age. Applications received on or after the child’s 1st or 12th birthday CANNOT be processed as an infant or youth license. A copy of the birth certificate must accompany applications for infant and youth licenses.
  • A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase.
            
  • Lifetime licenses are valid for the lifetime of the license-holder.
  • Additional privilege licenses may be required with a basic license.
  • Infant, Youth, and Disabled Lifetime Licenses cannot be purchased online. Infant and youth applications must be received at WRC Headquarters or processed at a Wildlife Service Agent no later than the day before the child turns 1 or 12 years of age. Applications received on or after the child’s 1st or 12th birthday CANNOT be processed as an infant or youth license. A copy of the birth certificate must accompany applications for infant and youth licenses.
  • A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase. 

 

Hunting & Inland Fishing - Lifetime Nonresident Cost

Sportsman (ages 12 & older)

Statewide hunting and inland fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$1200

Sportsman (ages 1–11)

Statewide hunting and inland fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$350

Sportsman (under age 1)

Statewide hunting and inland fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.

$200

 

Hunting, Inland and Coastal Fishing - Lifetime Nonresident Cost

Unified Adult Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 12 & older)

Statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.

$1550

Unified Youth Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 1–11)

Statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.

$450
Unified Infant Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing (under age 1)

Statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.
$275

 

Coastal Recreational Fishing - Lifetime Nonresident Cost

Adult Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 12 & older)

Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$500

Youth Coastal Recreational Fishing (ages 1–11)

Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters.  It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$150

Infant Coastal Recreational Fishing (under age 1)

Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.

$100

 

 

Privilege licenses authorize particular hunting and inland fishing activities and must be obtained in addition to the appropriate basic license. Unless otherwise specified, privilege licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

  • A $2 transaction fee as mandated by NCGS 113-270.1B may apply at time of license purchase.
Privilege Resident Nonresident

Big Game Hunting (Resident) or (Nonresident)
Needed to hunt deer, bear and wild turkey. Residents must also purchase a bear management e-stamp to hunt bear. Nonresidents must also purchase the bear hunting license and bear management e-stamp to hunt bear.

$13 $ 80
$195 GA
$100 SC
$160 TN
$ 85 VA

Big Game Hunting –10-Day (Nonresident)
Hunting of deer, bear and wild turkey during the ten-day period specified on the license. This license privilege is needed in addition to the basic state hunting license. Does not include the nonresident bear hunting privilege.

N/A $ 60
$195 GA
$ 100 SC
$ 105 TN
$ 85 VA
Bear Management E-Stamp (Resident) or (Nonresident)
Needed to hunt bear. Resident hunters must possess a valid hunting license with big game privileges in addition to this e-stamp. Nonresident hunters must possess a valid hunting license, big game privilege license and bear hunting license in addition to the bear management e-stamp. Lifetime license holders who purchased their license prior to July 1, 2014 do not have to purchase this additional e-stamp; however they must obtain a no-cost bear management e-stamp to hunt bear.
 $10 $10

Bear Hunting (Nonresident)
Needed by nonresident license holders, in addition to the hunting license, big game privilege license, and bear management e-stamp, to hunt bear.

Nonresident lifetime license holders who purchased their license prior to May 24, 1994 do not have to purchase this additional privilege license to hunt bear. Those who purchased their license after this date must purchase this additional privilege license to hunt bear.

N/A $225

Federal Duck Stamp: (Resident) or (Nonresident)
The Federal Duck Stamp may be ordered online at ncwildlife.org, by calling 888-248-6834 or visiting a wildlife service agent from July 1 to April 1 of each year. Those who order the stamp online, by phone or at a wildlife service agent will be provided a proof-of-purchase receipt for a Federal Duck E-Stamp that is valid for 45 days from the date of purchase and immediately authorizes the same privileges as the physical Federal Duck Stamp. The e-stamp proof-of-purchase is nationally recognized as a valid Federal migratory bird hunting and conservation stamp, is valid in any other state, and must be carried on your person when exercising the privileges authorized. The physical Federal Duck Stamp will be mailed to you within 45 days of the order date. Upon receipt of the physical stamp, you must sign and carry it on your person when exercising the privileges authorized. The Federal Duck Stamp expires June 30 of each year.

 $26.50 $26.50 

Bonus Antlerless Deer (Resident) or (Nonresident)
Allows the harvest of two additional antlerless deer per report card in counties or parts of counties with a maximum either-sex season or any municipality enrolled in the Urban Archery Season. Not valid for use on game lands. Refer to the Big Game section for more information.

$10 $10

Game Lands(Resident) or (Nonresident)
Needed to hunt or trap on game lands. See the Game Lands section for other uses that require a game lands license.

$15 $15

Waterfowl Hunting(Resident) or (Nonresident)
Needed to hunt waterfowl.

$13 $13

HIP Certification (federal requirement)
(Resident) or (Nonresident)

Needed to hunt migratory game birds (waterfowl, doves, rails, gallinule, snipe and woodcock).

FREE FREE

Special Trout Fishing (Resident) or (Nonresident)
Needed to fish in Public Mountain Trout Waters. Includes trout fishing on game lands.

$13 $13