Wildlife Law Enforcement in North Carolina

The agency’s Law Enforcement Division enforces the game, fish and boating laws of North Carolina as established by the N.C. General Assembly and the agency. Wildlife officers are state law enforcement officers, with arrest authority for state and federal violations. Each holds a Basic Law Enforcement Training certification.


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The N.C. Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program is a silent witness, anti-poaching program that encourages the public to report any suspicious activity or knowledge about poaching violations.


Boating Safety Campaigns

The Law Enforcement Division promotes safe and responsible recreational boating by participating in joint state and national campaigns that include a proactive combination of public outreach, education, and increased law enforcement patrols.


Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is a multi-state agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in all Compact member states. This means, any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a Compact state may also be suspended in all other Compact states, depending on the laws of each state.

The Compact prevents poachers who are under revocation in one state from hunting, fishing or trapping in other states. This cooperative interstate effort will enhance the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s ability to protect and manage the state’s wildlife resources.

If a person with a suspended N.C. license plans to hunt, fish or trap in another state, it is their responsibility to contact the other state to verify that they can legally hunt, fish or trap there.

For additional information, contact the NC Wildlife Violator Compact Administrator.


Fallen Wildlife Enforcement Officers

Since 1930, 11 officers have given their lives in service to the agency and to the conservation of North Carolina’s valuable wildlife resources.


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