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Hunting in North Carolina: 4 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 05:18 PM

Hunting in North Carolina is a popular pastime. While there are plenty of places to hunt in the state, including game lands and open forests, there is also a chance to hunt on private property in many areas of the state. The laws remain the same when it comes to permits and seasons, even on private property. There are additional laws in place for hunting on private land.

Here is what hunters need to know about hunting on private lands in North Carolina.

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1. Landowner Protection Act

The Landowner Protection Act was passed in 2011 for hunting in North Carolina and makes it easier for wildlife officers to deal with hunters trespassing on private lands to hunt, according to the Wildlife Resources Commission. It also makes it easier for hunters and landowners to work out agreements to allow hunters access to private property. The law puts into effect a deal where landowners can either post a sign or use purple paint to designate when hunters can get permission to hunt there.

2. Landowner Permission Form

All hunters must possess signed permission forms from the landowner to hunt on private property. The form is available on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website, and it must be carried to show any wildlife officer on the scene. The Landowner Protection Act allows wildlife officers to issue citations on the spot without having to obtain a warrant if a hunter does not have a permission form on private property.

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3. Liability Issues

Whether a hunter has permission or is trespassing, the landowners are not liable for anything that happens in the course of hunting, unless it is due to a malicious act by the landowner. However, if the hunters have to pay the landowner to hunt on their property, the landowner loses liability protection, according to state law.

4. Courtesy

It is important for hunters to understand that landowners allowing hunting on their private property is a privilege. Hunters are asked to seek permission in advance of a hunting trip and not just show up on the way to a hunt to ask permission. They should respect all rules that are laid out by the landowners. This could include not using guns, as not to disturb farm animals or young children. Hunters also should take care not to damage the landowner's land when hunting in North Carolina, including trees and shrubbery. When leaving, they should make sure to thank the landowners.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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