North Carolina Bear Hunting Season 2023-2024

Specific Dates and Zones for Bear Hunting

Mountain Bear

  • Dates:
    • October 16 - November 18, 2023
    • December 11, 2023 - January 1, 2024
  • Location: In and west of Surry, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, and Cleveland counties.

Piedmont Bear

  • Dates and Locations:
    • November 11, 2023 - January 1, 2024 in Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Granville, Guilford, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, and Union.
    • October 14, 2023 - January 1, 2024 in Franklin, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Vance, Wake, and Warren.
    • November 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024 in Alexander, Catawba, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Stokes, and Yadkin.

Coastal Bear

  • Zone 1:
    • Dates: November 11 – November 26, 2023
    • Location: Dare, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties.
  • Zone 2:
    • Dates: November 10 – November 19, 2023 in Camden, Chowan, and Pasquotank; November 11 – November 19, 2023 in Gates, Currituck, and Perquimans.
  • Zone 3:
    • Dates: November 11 – November 19, 2023
    • Location: Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Martin, and Washington counties.
  • Zone 4:
    • Dates: November 18 – December 17, 2023
    • Location: Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Lenoir, Nash, Northampton, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
  • Zone 5:
    • Dates: November 13, 2023 - January 1, 2024
    • Location: Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico (use of dogs for hunting bears prohibited in this county), Pender, Robeson, and Sampson.

Important Considerations

  • Hunters must ensure compliance with specific regulations and restrictions within each zone and county.
  • Acquiring the appropriate licenses and stamps, as discussed earlier, is crucial for legal bear hunting.
  • It is essential to be aware of and respect local wildlife management and conservation practices.

This detailed breakdown provides a comprehensive guide to the bear hunting season across different regions and zones in North Carolina, allowing hunters to plan accordingly.

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