COVID-19 Update

  • Although the NC Wildlife Resources Commission promotes outdoor recreational pursuits they should be done in a manner consistent with CDC social distancing guidelines and in compliance with any applicable Emergency Orders at the municipality, city, county, state and federal level.

  • There have been no changes to North Carolina hunting or fishing license requirements, seasons, or bag/creel limits.

COVID-19 Related Closings, Cancellations and Postponements-Updated March 27, 2020

Boating Access Area Closures


Event Postponements or Cancellations

March 14 - April 25, 2020
YHEST Tournaments - POSTPONED; Date-TBD
YHEST District Tournament Page

March 14-April 30, 2020
Hunter Education Classes - CANCELLED

March 14 - April 30, 2020
Internet Field Days - CANCELLED

March 15-April 28, 2020
Boater Safety Education Classes - CANCELLED

March 25-30, 2020
Wild Turkey Hunting Seminars - CANCELLED

March 26, 2020
Green Growth Toolbox Workshop in Marion- CANCELLED
Forest Her Workshop in Marion - POSTPONED - Date TBD

March 27, 2020
Green Growth Toolbox in Asheville - CANCELLED

March 28, 2020
Bowhunter Education Workshop - CANCELLED

March 30 & 31, 2020
Public Input Meetings-Deer Hunting with Dogs in Kenansville & Williamston - POSTPONED - Date TBD

April 3, 2020
Green Growth Toolbox in Currituck County - POSTPONED - Date TBD

March 3-5, 2020
Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend in Tyrrell County - CANCELLED

April 15, 2020
Outdoor Days at the OBX in Corolla - CANCELLED

April 16, 2020
Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee Meeting - pending teleconferencing arrangements

April 18, 2020
Trapper Education Workshop in Morrisville - CANCELLED

April 19, 2020
Family Fishing Fiesta in Apex - CANCELLED

Facility Closures

March 17-April 30, 2020

  • Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville 
  • Outer Banks Education Center in Corolla
  • Pisgah Education Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest

March 18, 2020 - Until Further Notice

  • NCWRC Headquarters Customer Service and Sales Counter in Raleigh

March 20, 2020 - Until Further Notice

  • Watha State Fish Hatchery in Watha
  • McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery, in Hoffman
  • Table Rock State Fish Hatchery, in Burke County
  • Armstrong State Fish Hatchery, in McDowell County
  • Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery, in Transylvania County
  • Marion State Fish Hatchery, in McDowell County

March 23, 2020 - Until Further Notice

  • John Lentz Hunter Education Complex in Richmond County
  • Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County
  • R. Wayne E. Smith Cold Mountain Shooting Range in Haywood County
  • Holly Shelter Shooting Range in Pender County
  • Odom Shooting Range in Northampton County


Game Land Closures


Public Fishing Access Area Closures


Public Mountain Trout Waters

Due to COVID-19, public access to some Public Mountain Trout Waters has been closed by the local cooperator. NCWRC staff will not stock areas that are closed or will close to public access as of March 26, 2020. As we become aware of additional closings, we will list them below but this list may not be comprehensive due to fluid situation caused by COVID-19.

Closings as of March 26, 2020 (Updated March 26, 2020 at 5 p.m.)

      • East Prong Roaring River – Delayed Harvest Trout Waters in Stone Mountain State Park, Wilkes County.
      • Jacob Fork - Delayed Harvest, in South Mountains State Park, Burke County 
      • Little River – Delayed Harvest Trout Waters in DuPont State Forest, Transylvania County. 
      • Stone Mountain Creek – Delayed Harvest Trout Waters in Stone Mountain State Park, Wilkes County.

Also due to COVID-19, other Public Mountain Trout Waters may not receive normal stockings this spring.  The NCWRC is adapting stockings as conditions change. Visit the Trout Page to view a list of recently stocked Hatchery Supported and Delayed Harvest trout waters.

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