Trapping Regulations and Information

Trapping seasons are designed to allow the sustainable harvest of furbearers during a time of year when the fur is prime and can be utilized as a renewable natural resource. The trapping season also occurs when the annual rearing of young is past and the young are independent from their parents. That is why you cannot trap outside the regulated trapping season unless an animal is causing damage and you have a depredation permit.

2014 - 2015 Season Trapping Map and Regulations

2013-14 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.

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  • 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