License Description


A Controlled Hunting Preserve Operators License for Game Birds authorizes the holder and their guests to take or kill domesticated pheasants, chukar partridges, Hungarian partridges, Mallard ducks, and other domesticated game birds, except wild turkey. This license also authorizes the purchase, possession, propagation, sell, transport and release of propagated migratory game birds and propagated upland game birds, with the exception of the wild turkey.

Last Revised on 12/16/15

License Restrictions, Rules, and Conditions

Applicants must be prepared to show proof, upon request, of ownership or of legal leasing for the land which the preserve is established on. The preserve must be greater than or equal to 100 acres and established as one block of land. The preserve must be operated following the Rules of 15A NCAC 10H .0102-.0110.

Preserves that also use this license to purchase, possess, propagate, sell, transport and release of propagated migratory game birds and their eggs, and propagated upland game birds, except wild turkey, are subjected to the additional Rules in 15A 10H .0900.

As required by law, every hunter hunting on a controlled hunting preserve must have in their possession a proper resident or nonresident hunting license, or a Controlled Hunting Preserve hunting license for the current year.

Each individual who obtains a Controlled Hunting Preserve Operators License for Game Birds shall submit an annual report form post-marked within 15 days following the expiration of the permit as instructed in 15A NCAC 10H .0101 (b). (CSP Game Birds Report Form).

Operator must also maintain a daily record of each game bird species released on the preserve and have it available for inspection by an authorized Commission personnel upon request.

Operator licenses are issued to a single individual at least 18 years of age or older.

Unless otherwise indicated on the license form, Controlled Hunting Preserve Operator Licenses for Game Birds are valid from July 1st through June 31st of the following year.

Download the current Controlled Hunting Preserve Operator License for Game Birds Rules from North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings:

How to Obtain License

Fill out a completed Controlled Hunting Preserve Operator License Application for Game Birds and submit to the Commission address listed at the bottom of the form. This license has a $100.00 application/renewal fee plus a $2.00 transaction fee which may be paid by:

  • To pay by credit card over the phone, call 1-888-248-6834 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm).
  • To pay by check or money order, make payable to NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
All license fees are non-refundable.


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License Contact Information


Address:   North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission 
Customer Service Section
1707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1700
 Phone: 1-888-248-6834 or  919 707- 0391
 Fax: 919-707-0292