Your Guide to the Best North Carolina Hunting


North Carolina’s untouched natural beauty is one of the main reasons individuals choose to visit. And North Carolina hunting is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the outdoors. Casual hunters and serious sportsmen alike find North Carolina hunting among the best venues to pursue their hobby.

This guide will help you discover year-round opportunities to hunt a wide variety of game in North Carolina.

There are several places to hunt that are close to the Outer Banks. These hunting locations allow you to have the best of both worlds. Enjoy your beach vacation and take a day or two to drive a short distance to one of these nearby hunting grounds.

Croatan National Forest

This coastal national forest contains 159,000 acres of estuary, hardwood forest, longleaf pine and pocosin. Recreation areas for camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, hiking and wildlife observation. Fishing and hunting. Free.

Down East Guide Service

Custom hunting and fishing adventures.

Fin & Feather Charter and Guide Services

Fin & Feather offers custom waterfowl hunts on the Pamlico and Currituck Sounds. They operate 17 licensed duck blinds and have more than 1,000 decoys.

Gull Rock Gameland

This North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Game Lands Program encompasses 19,436 acres in central Hyde County. Fox, dove, quail, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, deer, waterfowl and warm water fish may be hunted/caught in season. You will need to get the appropriate game lands license in addition to the appropriate hunting/trapping licenses.

Outer Banks Guide Service

This guide service will take you hunting anywhere from Cedar Island to Portsmouth Island on the Outer Banks. Typical hunts include pole blinds, shore, bush blinds and layout boats to provide a variety of hunting experience.

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Outer Banks Waterfowl

Located in the Oregon Inlet area, Outer Banks Waterfowl harvests 23 to 27 species of waterfowl per season. Due to its unique location between Bodie Island refuge to the north with Pea Island refuge to the south, this outfitters’ blinds have proven to be some of the finest and most consistent in the country.

Parkers Waterfowl Guide Service

This guide services provides open water duck hunting on the historical Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors can enjoy such recreational opportunities as wildlife observation, fishing, and waterfowl hunting. A 6,120-acre area of marsh is open to duck and coot hunting in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations.

As you can see there are a multitude of North Carolina hunting options available to those looking to pursue this sport. And if you are looking for options when booking your lodging, be sure to check out Shoreline OBX. Shoreline OBX was created to provide quality vacation rentals in the Outer Banks. We are confident that you will have a memorable experience when you book one of our quality OBX properties in Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

If you have any questions about our properties, or the Outer Banks area, feel free to check out our Outer Banks Beach Vacation quote form and download our free OBX vacation guide. We’d love to assist you as you plan your next hunting trip!

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>