Hunting Season Starts in Western North Carolina

MST15-Hunting season startsToday, Monday October 18, is the first day of bear hunting season in Western North Carolina.

Western Bear Season
Oct. 18 – Nov. 20
Dec. 13 – Jan. 1

Western Deer Season

Bow-and-arrow: Sept. 13 – Oct. 2 and Oct. 18 – Nov. 20
Muzzleloader: Oct.
4 – Oct. 16
Gun: Nov. 22 to Dec. 11

See all the details at the North Carolina
Wildlife Commission


Most people consider the Bear Hunting season as the hunting season. But really you can hunt something all year round.

You can only hunt in National Forests and never on Sundays. So if you hike in Pisgah or Nantahala, make sure to wear orange and stay on trails.

But there’s never any hunting in national parks , like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the Blue Ridge Parkway. No hunting either in North Carolina state parks.

It is always important to know where you are in life, but it is particularly important during hunting season.

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