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Carteret County Hunting in Peletier, Newport, Merrimon, South River, and Down East NC

Where are the best places for hunting in Carteret County NC? Specifically, is it allowed in the Croatan National Forest in Newport NC? What locations? Are there any public land to hunt in Peletier, Merrimon, South River, or in communities in Down East NC?

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Subscribing to comments and using the form below, we are interested in learning more about public land where people can hunt deer, turkey, bear, and duck in Carteret County NC. Additionally, we are interested in private hunting clubs that accept new members. Also, much new information is located in the comments below as hunters leave information they find useful.

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If hunting is allowed in the Croatan National Forest, what are the rules and regulations on doing so? What are directions to locations where hunters can park a truck and legally hunt in Peletier and Newport? What are the rules on tree stands and running dogs?

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In High School, I can remember going to South River and Merrimon with my uncle and duck hunting on Lukens Island, but I understand that there is now a private hunting club there. Are there any public lands in this area? Are there other locations on South River?

Are there any private owned farms in Carteret County where owners allow the public to hunt?

We know that Portsmouth Island NC is a well established duck hunting area, but what about in Cedar Island and other places in Down East? What are the laws and regulations for hunting state land at Portsmouth Island?

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Where is the best place to hunt turkey, deer and bear in the county? We know about Back Creek Hunting Club down Highway 101 near Harlowe and Beaufort, are they accepting new members? Which clubs primarily allow tree stand hunting and which one’s primarily run dogs?

Are there any that primarily focus on bow hunting?

Where in the area are youth hunter safety courses?

Again, please use the comment form below and subscribe to comments so that new residents to the area can learn more about hunting in Carteret County, clubs that are accepting new members, and the best places to hunt deer, bear, duck, and turkey.

Waterfowl season and limits: https://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/Seasons-Limits/Waterfowl-Seasons-Limits

News Information

September 25, 2020: The NC Wildlife Resources Commission announced September 26, 2020 as a youth deer hunting day. On this day, any youth 17 years and younger can take a deer of any sex and can use any legal weapon. Additionally, they do not have to be accompanied by an adult as long as they take and pass a hunter safety and education program. ONLY youth on this one day can take either sex and use any legal weapon. All hunters 18 years of age have to use only the weapon that is legal for the type of season open in their county on this day. And, outside of the youth deer hunting day, only a legal weapon for the season may be used. This applies to all private and public game lands. Hunters must wear blaze orange even when archery hunting.

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is noting the following changes to hunting and trapping licenses and fees starting January 1, 2020.

  1. All hunting and trapping licenses now include the game lands privilege.
  2. Establishment of a resident lifetime trapping license.
  3. Minor fee increases pursuant to the Consumer Price Index.

Big Game: https://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/Seasons-Limits#5555120-big-game

EOF: hunting and trapping licenses, waterfowl season limits, big game limits, new 2020 license changes.

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9 thoughts on “Carteret County Hunting in Peletier, Newport, Merrimon, South River, and Down East NC

  • November 25, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Would like to join a hunting club that doesn’t allow the running of dogs. I enjoy the pursuit or sitting in a tree stand.

  • May 8, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    2021-2022 bird hunting seasons, bag limits and other information is located at this link.

  • December 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Big deer are from hard to come by on the NC coast, plentiful but very small. Our county isn’t the best for harvesting large bucks.

  • December 10, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Does anyone know if the Lukens Island hunting lodge was sold or is still for sale?

  • December 10, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    The laws at Portsmouth are that all state and federal laws on season dates and bag limits must be adhered to. I recommend you use non-toxic shot. Closures are 200 yards of Portsmouth Village, the lighthouse complex, cabin areas, coast guard area, and visitor centers.

    Any of the tidal marshes are a go for duck hunting.

    • December 10, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      But since when is Portsmouth in Carteret County? I always thought it was in Hyde County.

      • December 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm

        No sir, very much Carteret.

  • December 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    The state forest ranger station is located between Havelock and James City on Hwy 70 West, it has a sign out front of Smokey the Bear and today’s fire danger level. They have a public station that has maps, all hunting season dates and regulations along with other information. If you are new to the area and interested in state and federal lands this is the place to start.

  • December 10, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Back Creek off 101 in Harlowe and Beaufort is open to bow hunting or rifle and shotgun along with tree stands.


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