North Carolina

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North Carolina Wild Boar

Resident License: A basic hunting license is needed to hunt hogs in North Carolina, which is $15.00 annually.

Non-Resident License: A basic non-resident hunting license is needed to hunt hogs in North Carolina, which is $40 for a 6 day or $60 annually. Other county fees may apply.

Resident Tag Fee: No tag required

Non-Resident Tag Fee: No Tag Required

Limit: No Limit of wild pigs in NC

Season: Unregulated, you may hunt wild boar 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in North Carolina

Legal Method of Take: Any weapon other than fully automatic firearms are allowed to take wild boar in North Carolina. There is no firearm hunting allowed on Sundays, but archery, and hunting with dogs is ok on Sunday.

Dogs: Yes

Night Time Hunting: Yes, you may hunt wild boar at night in North Carolina on private land only with night vision or artificial light.

Baiting: Yes

Trapping: Yes, on private land only. You must purchase a trapping permit, and use a box or corral trap in North Carolina.


Most wild boar can be found in the eastern part of North Carolina with 75% of all harvested boar taken out of Graham County. (A more updated distribution map is below in the resources section) The rules and regulations concerning feral swine loosen each year as the prolific breeding habits cause great concern in North Carolina.

Night Hunting was just allowed on private lands without a permit in 2012. You can use artificial light, night vision equipment, and any weapon other than a fully automatic rifle. 

It should be noted that if you are hunting in a “bear sanctuary”, it is unlawful to hunt wild boar with dogs, and you must be hunting during deer season, or small game season with method of take for that season.


North Carolina State Wild Boar Page

North Carolina Wildlife Resources and Commission 

Wild Boar Hunting Books

North Carolina Feral Swine Distribution Map

Essential Wild Boar Hunting Equipment

Interactive Game Land Mapping System For North Carolina