Garner Cleveland: Sports

August 8, 2014

License fees change for hunting, fishing and trapping

Several license fees for hunting, inland fishing and trapping through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have changed this month.

Several license fees for hunting, inland fishing and trapping through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have changed this month.

The changes include:

• Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses.
• Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953.
• Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing.
• Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Non-resident, short-term (10-day) hunting license fees will cost $60 for Georgia residents, $75 for South Carolina residents, $70 for Tennessee residents, and $110 for Virginia residents.
• Also new this year is the Bear Management E-stamp, which is a mandatory $10 e-stamp for bear hunters. Along with the e-stamp, resident bear hunters must possess a valid hunting license with big game privileges. Non-resident bear hunters must possess a valid hunting license, a big game privilege license and a non-resident bear hunting license, in addition to the bear management e-stamp. Lifetime license holders who purchased their lifetime sportsman or hunting license before July 1, 2014 do not have to purchase the $10 bear e-stamp, but still have to obtain the bear e-stamp, at no cost to them, to hunt bear.

While the prices have increased for many hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, the majority increased by less than $10 and there is no increase for resident lifetime licenses. This year is the first time since 1987 that the Commission has raised license fees.

To purchase a license: call 888-248-6834, go to or contact your local Wildlife Service Agent.

Federal duck stamp available online: Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina now have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically. The new "Duck E-Stamp" allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase.

Physical stamps may be obtained directly from select post office locations. For more info, visit

To hunt migratory waterfowl in North Carolina, hunters must have a valid North Carolina hunting license, HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification and a state waterfowl hunting license, also known as the state duck stamp, which is $13. Along with the state duck stamp, hunters also must have a federal duck stamp to hunt migratory waterfowl. These requirements apply to anyone 16 years old and older to hunt waterfowl in North Carolina.

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