Trapping Seasons

Statewide Restrictions

It is unlawful to:

  • Sell or otherwise transfer ownership of the carcass or pelt of a fox*, bobcat or otter without first tagging it with the appropriate tag available from the Wildlife Resources Commission. The fee is $2.20 for each bobcat or otter tag and $2.25 for fox*. You may purchase these tags by tele phone, 888-248-6834, using a VISA or MasterCard credit card, or you can mail your request along with the fee to: NCWRC, Bobcat/Otter/Fox Tags, 1707 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1707. Include your name, address, date of birth and WRC number. NOTE: All fox*, bobcat and otter fur must be tagged within 10 days of the close of the applicable season. *except Beaufort, Davidson, Hyde, Johnston, Rockingham and Stokes counties and Winston-Salem where local laws do not require fox tagging.
  • Open or damage a beaver lodge without a permit from the Wildlife Resources Commission.
  • Sell, keep or transfer ownership of any live animals, except foxes or coyotes and box-trapped rabbits. Foxes and coyotes may be sold live only to licensed fox preserves and only up to 10 days after the trapping season.
  • Take red and gray fox except where provided by state or local law. For more information about fox trapping seasons, visit the trapping page at and click on the "fox" tab.
  • Take wild animals by trapping upon the land of another without having in possession written permission issued and dated within the previous year by the landowner or his agent. This restriction does not apply to public lands on which trapping is not specifically prohibited including tidelands, marshlands, and any other untitled land.
  • Remove or disturb any lawfully set trap or remove any fur bear ing animal from a trap without permission of the trap owner.

Statewide Trap-type Restrictions

  • All traps must have a weather-resistant permanent tag attached legibly with the trapper’s name and address.
  • Unlawful to set or use a trap so that animals or birds will be suspended when caught.
  • Unlawful to set or use a hook of any sort or type to take wild animals or wild birds.

Request a Regulations Digest copy to be mailed to you

or call or write to the following address or telephone number:

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