on Aug 18, 2010 12:00 AM • Views 5684
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2010) - With dove season opening on Sept. 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses now by visiting www.ncwildlife.org

The last week of August is traditionally the busiest week of the year for hunting license sales. With opening day of dove season again falling on the long Labor Day weekend, a time when many beach-bound anglers purchase their Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, the agency expects a rush on license sales. 

To avoid the rush, sportsmen can go to the agency’s website to purchase a hunting or fishing license for immediate use. They can also click on the ‘Locate a Service Agent’ link to find a wildlife service agent nearest them.

Other ways to purchase a license include:

  • Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting good stores and larger chain stores;
  • Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week through October.

In addition to purchasing licenses and finding a wildlife service agent online, visitors can access information related to dove hunting, such as season dates, bag limits and license requirements.

To hunt doves in North Carolina, residents must purchase an annual basic hunting license ($15), an annual comprehensive license ($30) or an annual Sportsman license ($40). Holders of a basic hunting license who are hunting on game lands must purchase a game lands privilege license. The $15 privilege license is included in the cost of a comprehensive or Sportsman license.
Those hunting doves and other migratory game birds, including waterfowl, are required to have a HIP certification, which is issued free of charge by calling the Commission or visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. 

For more information on other services available online, including renewing vessel registrations, reporting big game harvests, registering for hunter and boating education courses and downloading the 2010-2011 Regulations Digest, click here.