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The N.C. General Assembly recently passed legislation to modify the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s (Commission) license structure and fees. As a result, there are significant changes the Commission must make to its license sales system to accommodate. For your convenience, we have listed below the changes that relate to trapping:
Game Lands License
Effective Sept. 1, 2019, all trapping licenses will include the access and use of game lands. Valid trapping license holders will no longer have to purchase a separate Game Land license to trap on game lands.
Effective Oct. 1, 2019, the Commission will issue each trapper a Trapper Identification Number (TIN) at the time they purchase or renew their trapping license. This number will be printed on their license.
Either the TIN and Commission telephone number (800-662-7137) or the trapper’s name and address can be used on trap tags.
If a trapper places a trap on the property of another, the Commission is required to disclose the identity of the trapper to the landowner where the trap is located at the landowner’s request.
Resident Lifetime Trapping License
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, North Carolina residents will be able to purchase a Lifetime Trapping License. The cost will be $300 and all proceeds from the sale of this license will go to the Wildlife Endowment Fund.
Wildlife Control Agent License
Effective in 2020*, any individual who engages in wildlife damage control or wildlife removal activities, including bat eviction, for compensation, including reimbursement for the cost of materials, must first procure a wildlife control agent license. This will be an annual license issued by the Commission for $50. This license will not be required for licensed trappers taking wild animals during the established trapping season for that species.
*At the time of publication, the effective date for this license item was not established.