on Aug 18, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 7673
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2011) – With dove season opening on Sept. 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses now by visiting www.ncwildlife.org

Some reciprocal license fees for Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia have changed.
A list of reciprocal license fees for each state is on page 6 of the new 2011-12 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.

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 significant peak in license sales activity. 

To avoid the rush, sportsmen can go to the agency’s website at www.ncwildlife.org to purchase a hunting or fishing license for immediate use.

Other ways to purchase a license include:

  • Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents 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 ($15). The privilege license fee 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 available online services, including renewing vessel registrations, reporting big game harvests, registering for hunter and boating education courses and downloading the 2011-12 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, go to the licensing page on our website.