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Seasonal Hunting

2015-2016 Big Game Season Dates

Courtesy of North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

 

This document serves as a quick reference guide to the 2015-2016 big game season dates. Hunters should always refer to the 2015-16 Regulations Digest for a complete list of regulations, season dates, local laws and bag limits.

 

Eastern Deer Season

Archery:

Sept. 12 – Oct. 2, 2015

Blackpowder:

Oct. 3 – Oct. 16, 2015

Gun:

Oct. 17, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2016

 

Central Deer Season

Archery:

Sept. 12 – Oct. 30, 2015

Blackpowder:

Oct. 31 – Nov 13, 2015

Gun:

Nov. 14, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016

 

Northwestern Deer Season

Archery:

Sept. 12 – Nov. 6, 2015

Blackpowder:

Nov. 7 – Nov. 21, 2015

Gun:

Nov. 21, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016

 

Western Deer Season

Archery:

Sept. 12 – 27, 2015 and Oct. 11 – Nov. 22, 2015

Blackpowder:

Sept. 28 – Oct. 10, 2015

Gun:

Nov. 23 – Dec.12, 2015

 

Gun Either-Sex Deer Seasons

Introductory Season:

Last open day of the applicable gun season.

Conservative Season:

Last six open days of the applicable gun season.

Moderate Season:

First six open days and last six open days of the

applicable gun season.

Maximum Season:

All open days of the applicable gun season.

 

Urban Archery Deer Season

(open in participating cities only refer to the Regulations Digest for list and contact information)

 

Archery Only: Jan. 9, 2016 – Feb. 13, 2016



Youth Deer Hunting Day

On this day, youth under the age of 16 may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either-sex.  Refer to the Regulations Digest for description of legal weapons.


Any Legal Weapon: Sept. 26, 2015


 

Western Bear Season Oct.

Oct. 12 – Nov. 21, 2015 and Dec. 14, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016:

In and west of Surry, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke and Cleveland counties.

 

Central Bear Seasons

Nov. 14, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016:

Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham,

Granville, Guilford, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange, Person,

Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties.

 

Oct. 17, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016:

Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Vance,

Wake and Warren counties.

 

Nov. 21, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016:

Alexander, Catawba, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Stokes, and

Yadkin counties.

 

Eastern Bear Seasons

Nov. 9 – Nov. 14, 2015 and Dec. 14 – 26, 2015:

Beaufort, Camden*, Chowan*, Craven, Dare, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax,

Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank*, Pitt, Tyrrell,

Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.

*Per local law, bear season opens Nov. 7 in these counties.

 

Nov. 7 – Nov. 14, 2015 and Dec. 14 – 26, 2015:

Bertie, Currituck, Gates, Hertford and Perquimans counties.

 

Nov. 9, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016:

Bladen, Carteret, Cumberland, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico,

Pender and Sampson counties.

 

Dec. 7, 2014 – Dec. 26, 2015:

Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties.

 

Wild Turkey Spring Season (male or bearded turkey only)

Apr. 9 – May 7, 2016

 

Wild Turkey Youth-only Season (male or bearded turkey only)

Apr. 2 – 8, 2016