When the Outdoor Heritage Act of 2015 passed, it removed the absolute prohibition on hunting with firearms on Sunday in North Carolina that had been in place since 1868. On July 25, 2017, the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act was signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper granting authority to the Wildlife Commission to implement new options for hunting on Sundays on its game lands, though hunters are still prohibited from hunting:

  • with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.;
  • deer with the use of dogs; and
  • within 500 yards of a place of worship. 

 

The agency has been gathering data and public input to help inform its decision about allowing Sunday hunting on game lands. With the help of Group Solutions, the Commission is undertaking a comprehensive stakeholder involvement process to gather data and diverse public input to inform this important decision. The Commission sought citizen and constituent participation in an online survey in late January to early February, to help identify issues and options related to Sunday hunting on game lands. Public input meetings (seven in-person at locations across the state and two virtual) were also held in February. If you were unable to attend a meeting, you can view the meeting presentation slides or listen to the recording of a virtual public input meeting. Information collected through the survey and the public input meetings will be used to help the agency better understand how the public uses game lands.


 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question not addressed in the FAQs below, email opinions@ncwildlife.org. Emails will not be answered individually, but the FAQs will be updated periodically.

Is Sunday hunting currently allowed on game lands? 
No, Sunday hunting is not allowed on any game lands at this time. All game lands are designated as three-day-per-week areas, six-day-per-week areas, or permit-only areas for hunting during open seasons. None of these designations currently include Sundays.

Does the Commission have the authority to allow Sunday hunting?
Yes, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been granted authority by the Legislature, to create regulations pertaining to Sunday hunting on public lands (Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act).

If the Commission allows Sunday hunting on game lands, will there be any restrictions?
Yes, as specified in the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced Act, the following activities will be prohibited: 

     - Hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 
     - Hunting deer with the use of dogs, and
     - Hunting within 500 yards of a place of worship.