North Carolina Hunting Laws and Regulations
Who is required to complete hunter education in North Carolina?
According to North Carolina law, all first-time hunters and hunters younger than 16 years old who intend to hunt without an adult must complete hunter education certification in order to hunt in North Carolina.
Is completion of the North Carolina state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?
Yes. In order to buy a license, North Carolina requires that first-time hunters must first complete a course approved by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and IHEA-USA.
Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the North Carolina Hunter Education Certificate. Likewise, North Carolina will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
What Makes a Course Approved?
To be approved by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, a course must teach hunters to become:
- Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
- Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
- Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
- Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)
Meets IHEA-USA Standards
This North Carolina Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission hunter safety mandate.
About the Standards
In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.
Our Commitment to Hunter Education
Hunter Ed is committed to making sure North Carolina hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this North Carolina online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making North Carolina a leader in conservation and wildlife management.
We accomplish that goal by working with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.
As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions North Carolina Hunting students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions