Under a new law, military personnel that would like to hunt, fish or trap in North Carolina — but who are not official residents of the state — can now purchase short-term or annual license at reduced, resident-only prices. The law went into effect on July 1.
Senate Bill 25 provides that any active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces outside the State of North Carolina is now considered a resident of the state for the purposes of obtaining any of the following licenses:
- Annual Resident Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses
- Ten-Day Resident Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses
- Resident Annual Combination Hunting and Inland Fishing Licenses
- Annual Sportsman Licenses
- Resident State Hunting Licenses
- Resident Annual Comprehensive Hunting Licenses
- Resident Big Game Hunting Licenses
- Resident State Trapping Licenses
- Resident Annual Comprehensive Inland Fishing Licenses
- Resident State Inland Fishing Licenses
- Resident 10-Day Inland Fishing Licenses
- Annual Resident Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses
- Annual Resident Unified Inland/Coastal Recreational Fishing
Non-resident military personnel must be active duty at the time they purchase their resident licenses and must comply with all reporting, regulatory and hunter safety requirements, including registering big game harvests (as mandated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission) and purchasing any federal migratory waterfowl stamps (as required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
A report released earlier today by the Department of Commerce‘s Labor & Economic Analysis Division points out that the military accounts for nearly 10 percent of all economic activity in North Carolina. The military supports 540,000 jobs, including 340,000 in the private sector, and boosts the state’s personal income by more than $30 billion. North Carolina has the third-largest military population in the United States. Nearly 110,000 active duty military personnel are assigned to units in North Carolina.
“North Carolina has made it a priority to be one of the most military-friendly states in the Union,” said Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County, who introduced the bill. “In a small way, this bill will continue to move our state in that direction on quality-of-life issues for our active duty military.”
To purchase a license, click here or visit a local Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state. You can also call the Wildlife Commission at 888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.