Privilege Licenses

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 six-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.

 $16 $16

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