Goose Hunting

    goose hunting

    As part of the Atlantic Flyway, Currituck County – and the Currituck Sound in particular – is an ideal location for waterfowl hunting during the fall and winter months. Migratory birds such as geese and swans make their way south along the Atlantic coast, and many choose Currituck as their resting area for the winter months. Due to the extremely high population of resident and migratory geese, the Algonquian Indians actually named this area “Carotank”, which means “land of the wild goose.”

    The most popular North Carolina Goose Hunting consists of the Canada goose and the snow goose. While Canada goose hunting season changes frequently, please refer to the NC Wildlife website for season dates.  Fortunately, waterfowl hunters in North Carolina can hunt the numerous snow geese from November to March. Most geese hunts are combined with other types of waterfowl hunting in North Carolina in order to maximize the excitement and challenge of the hunt.

    The greater snow goose, a subspecies of the snow goose, is known to be most sought-after goose for avid waterfowl hunters. With over 40,000 acres of farmland and marshland in the Currituck Sound, hunters have plenty of room to harvest some of the estimated 2 million snow geese that make this land their wintering home.

    Goose hunting in North Carolina is regarded as a more challenging choice of waterfowl hunting, so the reward and excitement is always worth the price of admission. Decoys are permitted, but electronic callers are not permitted; so strap up your waders and practice your goose calls for the best goose hunting in North America.

    Season Dates and Bag Limits provided by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission.

    Duck Hunting

    duck hunting

    Waterfowl hunting in North Carolina is in high demand by all hunters, and there is no shortage of duck hunting in Currituck County. Various habitats in and around the Currituck Sound, from open water territories to marsh estuaries and grassy flats, are home to several species of ducks.

    North Carolina duck hunting allows for a long season during the winter months as long as one possesses a North Carolina hunting license and a duck stamp. Different species of duck that are common in the area include: teal, pintails, mallards, black ducks, blackheads, ruddy ducks, buffleheads, canvasbacks, and redheads.

    To take full advantage of North Carolina waterfowl hunting environments, one should have a good set of waders and rain gear on hand. Warm clothes are also a must during the time of year that duck hunting is available in Currituck County.

    Many hunters combine duck hunting with other waterfowl or deer hunting in North Carolina. By choosing a reputable guide, some quality decoys, and a trusty canine companion, duck hunting in North Carolina can be a rewarding and exhilarating waterfowl hunting experience.

    Season Dates and Bag Limits provided by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission

    Swan Hunting

    swan hunting

    As most migratory birds head south for the winter, flocks of tundra swans make their way to northeastern North Carolina each year in order to take advantage of the hospitable climate and bountiful food supply. Around 65,000-75,000 swans fly to Currituck County each fall, and these swans populate the Currituck Sound and surrounding fields, giving waterfowl hunters in North Carolina a chance to take home these beautiful trophy birds.

    North Carolina swan hunting produces more successful tundra swan hunting excursions than any other state, with most hunting lodges or associations guaranteeing a hunting success on all guided hunting runs.

    Swan hunting is also popularly combined with other waterfowl hunting. Swan and goose hunting can be done over fields, while swan and duck hunting works well around the marshy Currituck Sound. Over 20,000 acres of land are available for Currituck swan hunting.

    There are 5,000 permits available at the end of the summer, and interested North Carolina hunters or non-resident hunters can receive their permit by being chosen from the lottery system. To apply for your North Carolina swan hunting permit, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

    Season Dates and Bag Limits provided by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission.

    Deer Hunting

    Deer hunting is a popular pastime across America, and deer hunting in North Carolina is no exception. Currituck County deer hunting is usually confined to private land belonging to various hunt clubs or hunting guide groups. The Whitetail Deer is the most common species that makes its home in Northeastern North Carolina, and this variety of deer can be found throughout the temperate forest land, low lying marshes, and wet grasslands of Currituck County.

    The Quality Deer Management Association is a governing body for deer hunting regulations, aiming to conserve the deer populations in North Carolina so that enough Whitetail bucks are available each season for hunters. In accordance with QDMA regulations, bucks must have a minimum of six points in order to be eligible for taking by North Carolina deer hunters.  **QDMA is a volunteer program and while they may have restrictions of antler size and/or quantity of deer taken, most lands in Currituck are not under QDMA restrictions.  There are no size limits on male deer (bucks).  NC Hunting laws currently allow the harvest of 2 bucks and 4 doe in the Easter Deer Season which includes Currituck County.

    **State game lands are available in Currituck County with more than 20,000 acres of public land.

    • Currituck Banks Game Land – 228 acres.
    • North River Game Lands – 20,318 acres (some of which is in neighboring Camden County)
    • Northwest River Marsh Game Land – 2900 acres.

    Most Currituck deer hunting is done from tree stands, but baited hunting is also allowed by North Carolina law.  **Deer season starts Mid September for archery, early October for black powder (muzzleloading), and, Mid October through January 1st for gun hunting.

    **local hunter submitted information

     

    Season Dates and Bag Limits provided by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission.

    Black Bear Hunting

    With no shortage of black bears in the area, Currituck County is one of the most popular destinations on the East Coast for black bear hunting. The area’s hunting tradition follows a long lineage of hunting enthusiasts that gathered in the area around the Currituck Sound to track and hunt these magnificent creatures since the early 1700s. Now, through conservation efforts and the development of sanctuaries, black bear populations are stable and flourishing in the area, providing Currituck black bear hunters with the opportunity to test their skill during the established hunting season.

    Over 5,000 acres of hunting ground is set up for North Carolina black bear hunting, with much of this land bordering a bear sanctuary where these bears can grow and mature in their natural environment, eventually migrating outside of this sanctuary and into the designated hunting zones. These sanctuaries are maintained to ensure the survival and prosperity of the species for years to come.

    Due to the high density of preferred food sources and desirable climate conditions, many of these black bears are able to grow to sizes much larger than their mountainous cousins. In recent times, the winter hunting in Currituck has often seen hunters bagging over 30 bears per year, with bears that weighed in excess of 500 pounds.

    **Dog hunting and unprocessed bait are allowed for Currituck black bear hunting and, numerous stands have been set up near food plots and berry groves that are popular with the bears during hunting season.  There are two (2) seasons for bear hunting in Currituck County (1 week in mid November and 2 weeks in mid December).  Hunters are allowed to harvest one (1) black bear annually.

    **local bear hunter submitted information.

    Season Dates and Bag Limits provided by the NC Wildlife Resource Commission

    Duck Shack

    Ducks, geese and birds carved by the owner.

    Store Hours:
    Sunday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    Off season hours: Varies, call ahead for hours.