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State permit policies & procedures

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North Carolina


    North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

    The permit page is here:
    but as of June 2009, the wildlife collection permit is not on the website.   


    Daron K. Barnes, Permits Supervisor
    North Carolina Wildllife Resoources Commission
    Division of Wildlife Management
    1722 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1722
    Phone:  (919) 707-0060

Is a permit needed for banding?

    Yes. (pers.comm. D. Barnes to E. Paul, February 2009)

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - Available here
    be sure to complete the Research Proposal Request form, too here
  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - same form

  • Salvage - same form (specify that you intend to salvage)

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.



(a)  Collection Licenses.  The Executive Director is authorized to license qualified individuals to take or collect any species of wildlife resources except that endangered, threatened and special concern species may not be taken or collected except under a special permit issued by the Executive Director for research purposes.  This Rule shall not prohibit an individual from killing an endangered, threatened, or special concern species in defense of his own life or the lives of others without a permit.  Individuals who annually collect less than five reptiles or less than 25 amphibians that are not on the endangered, threatened or special concern lists are exempted from this license requirement.  Such license shall be issued upon payment of a fee in accordance with the General Statutes, except that licenses shall be issued to representatives of educational or scientific institutions or of governmental agencies without charge.  Such license shall be used in lieu of any other hunting or trapping license required by law and shall authorize possession and transportation of the wildlife incidental to the authorized taking, except that it shall not authorize the taking, possession or transportation of any species of wildlife in violation of federal laws or regulations.

(b)  Limits on collection. Individuals shall collect no more than 10 turtles from the family Chelydridae (snapping turtles) per day and no more than 100 per calendar year.  Individuals shall collect no more than 10 turtles from the family Kinosternidae (mud and musk turtles) per day and no more than 100 per calendar year.

(c)  Qualifications of Licensees.  In addition to representatives of educational and scientific institutions and governmental agencies the collection license may be issued to any individual for any purpose when such is not deemed inimical to the efficient conservation of the species to be collected or to some other wildlife species that may be dependent thereon.

(d)  Methods of Taking.  The manner of taking wildlife resources under a collection license may be specified by the Executive Director pursuant to G.S. 113-272.4(d) and need not be restricted to the usual methods of hunting or trapping.

(e)  Term of License.  The Executive Director may, pursuant to G.S. 113-272.4(c), impose time limits and other restrictions on the duration of any collection license, but unless so restricted the license shall be valid from January 1 through December 31 of the applicable year.

(f)  Report of Collecting Activity.  Each individual licensed under this Rule shall submit a written report to the Executive Director within 15 days following the date of expiration of the license.  The report shall be on a form supplied by the Wildlife Resources Commission and shall show the numbers of each species taken under the license and the use or disposition thereof.  The Executive Director may require additional information for statistical purposes such as the dates and places of the taking and the sex, size, weight, condition, and approximate age of each specimen taken.  Such additional information may be required on the form of report or by a separate writing accompanying the form.

(g)  Other Requirements and Restrictions.  The Executive Director may, pursuant to G.S. 113-272.4(d), impose such other requirements and restrictions on persons licensed under this Rule as he may deem to be necessary to the efficient administration of the wildlife conservation laws and regulations.


b)  The following species of resident wildlife are designated as state‑listed endangered species:

(2)           Birds:

(A)          American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum);
(B)           Bewick's wren (Thryomanes bewickii).

(b)  The following species of resident wildlife are designated as state‑listed threatened species:

(2)           Birds:

(A)          Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
(B)           Gull‑billed tern (Sterna nilotica aranea);
(C)           Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus).


The following species of resident wildlife are designated as state‑listed special concern species:

(2)           Birds:

(a)           American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus);
(b)           Bachman's sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis);
(c)           Black‑capped chickadee  (Poecile atricapillus);
(d)           Black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis);
(e)           Black skimmer (Rynchops niger);
(f)            Brown creeper (Certhia americana nigrescens);
(g)           Cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea);
(h)           Common tern (Sterna hirundo);
(i)            Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus);
(j)            Golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera);
(k)           Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii);
(l)            Least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis);
(m)          Least tern (Sterna antillarum);
(n)           Little blue heron (Egretta caerulea);
(o)           Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus);
(p)           Olive‑sided flycatcher (Contopus cooperi);
(q)           Painted bunting (Passerina ciris);
(r)            Red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra);
(s)           Snowy egret (Egretta thula);
(t)            Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor);
(u)           Vesper sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus);
(v)           Wilson's plover (Charadrius wilsonia);
(w)          Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius appalachiensis).