The 2020-21 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest is now available online at The regulations will be in effect through July 31, 2021.

A rule prohibiting the possession or use of any substance that contains excretion from a cervid for the purposes of taking or attracting wildlife was approved by the Commission for the 2020-21 season. However, 10 letters of objection to this rule were received by the NC Rules Review Commission, making it subject to legislative review in the January 2021 session. As such, there are currently no regulations related to the possession or use of cervid excretions, including urine and other bodily fluids. Any updates to this will be posted at as they become available.

The Wildlife Commission now has available applications for permitted hunting opportunities, including waterfowl hunts. Applications can be obtained by visiting the Commission’s website, a Wildlife Service Agent or calling 888-248-6834, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Application deadlines vary starting in August.

The Commission is seeking the public’s assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer. You have until Aug. 31 to take the online survey, found at Information entered during this two-month period gives an indication of annual wild turkey productivity, gobbler carryover and other population trends, all of which help agency biologists manage the state’s wild turkey population.