A Controlled Hunting Preserve Operators License for Rabbits is an area of any size that is completely and permanently enclosed with a fence designed to prevent the escape or entry of wild rabbits at any time, where wild rabbits are pursued with dogs. This license authorizes the holder and his/her guests to take rabbits with dogs year-round.
A controlled rabbit hunting preserve must be completely and permanently enclosed with a fence designed to prevent the escape or entry of wild rabbits at any time, where box-trapped wild rabbits are released for the purposes of hunting with dogs.
The NCWRC defines "wild rabbits" as eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), Appalachian cottontail (Sylvilagus obscurus), marsh rabbits (Sylvilagus palustris), and species indistinguishable from these species.
A controlled rabbit hunting preserve allows for the pursuit of wild rabbits by dogs throughout the year. Participation in the pursuit of rabbits with dogs requires the participant to have a valid resident or nonresident hunting license or controlled hunting preserve hunting license in his or her possession while participating.
One controlled hunting preserve operator license is required for each wild rabbit enclosure, except that one license is permitted for the same operator on properties not greater than 100 acres of contiguous acres of land regardless of the number of enclosures.
Applicants must be prepared, upon request, to show proof of ownership or legal lease of the land contained in the proposed controlled rabbit hunting preserve.
Operators operating within the established rabbit seasons and bag limits found in 15A NCAC 10B .0207, may box trap rabbits inside an enclosure and move rabbits between enclosures with a valid controlled rabbit hunting preserve operator license or valid hunting license.
Each individual who obtains a Controlled Hunting Preserve Operators License for Rabbits shall submit an annual report form post-marked within 15 days following the expiration of the permit as instructed in 15A NCAC 10H .1601 (i)(2)
Operator licenses are issued to a single individual at least 18 years of age or older.
Controlled Hunting Preserve Operator Licenses for Rabbits are valid from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.
Download the current Controlled Hunting Preserve Operator License for Rabbits Rules from the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings:
Fill out a completed Controlled Hunting Preserve Operator License Application for Rabbits and submit it to the NCWRC address listed at the bottom of the page. This license has a $25 application/renewal fee plus a $2 transaction fee that may be paid by:
All license fees are non-refundable.