Turkey Hunting in North Carolina

North Carolina



Wild Turkey Population


Turkey Subspecies

322,044 (2020 estimate)

Number of Licenses Sold Annually


Cost of Resident License and Permit

$80 to $100

10-day hunting, $80; annual, $100 (fees vary for residents of Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia)

Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

From swamps and coastal lowlands to farm country, rolling hills, and full-scale Appalachian ridges and mountains, North Carolina has a range of diverse turkey habitat.

Part of the reason for a solid B grade is the state’s extensive network of game lands — more than 2 million acres — open to public hunting.

The Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan national forests are included in that list, as is the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge.

Traditionally, the Tar Heel State’s top turkey country includes the northern Piedmont and the foothills, but all counties have at least some birds.

Three counties (Northampton, Halifax, and Rockingham) typically account for about 10% of North Carolina’s annual turkey kill.

Turkey Hunting in North Carolina (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

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