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Preparing for the 2018 – 2019 Hunting Season

Posted April 26, 2018 by Perry's Gun Shop

As any sportsman knows, the sport doesn’t end when the season is over; there is much that can be done in preparation for the following season. From proper firearm care and maintenance, to organizing gear and continuing conversations with others in the sporting community, the hunting season for a true sportsman never really ends.

Before we dive into the prep work that can be done in the off-season, let’s take a quick look at the individual hunting seasons, courtesy of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission:

Black Bear Seasons:

  • Western – *Oct. 5-Nov. 17, 2018 and Dec. 10, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019
  • Piedmont – *Oct. 13, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019
  • Eastern – *Nov. 9, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Deer Seasons:

  • Youth Hunting Day – Sept. 22, 2018

Eastern

  • Archery – Sept. 8 – Sept. 28, 2018
  • Blackpowder – Sept. 29 – Oct. 12, 2018
  • Gun – Oct. 13, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Central

  • Archery – Sept. 8 – Oct. 26, 2018
  • Blackpowder – Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2018
  • Gun – Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Northwestern

  • Archery – Sept. 8 – Nov. 2, 2018
  • Blackpowder – Nov. 3 – Nov. 16, 2018
  • Gun – Nov. 17, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Western

  • Archery – Sept. 8 – Sept. 30, 2018; Oct. 14 – Nov. 18, 2018; Dec. 9, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 (antlered deer only)
  • Blackpowder – Oct. 1 – Oct. 13, 2018
  • Gun – Nov. 19 – Dec.8, 2018

Wild Turkey Seasons:

  • Spring Youth Season – April 6 – April 12, 2018
  • Spring Season – April 13 – May 11, 2018

See NC Wildlife Resources Commission website for Small Game Seasons:

  • Raccoon and Opossum
  • Gray and Red Squirrel
  • Fox Squirrel
  • Rabbit
  • Quail
  • Grouse
  • Bobcat
  • Groundhog, Nutria, Coyote, Skunk, Armadillo, Feral Hogs
  • Pheasant
  • Fox
  • Beaver

*Season dates vary by county. Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website for specific county dates.

Now that you know the dates, let’s talk about what you should be doing to make sure you’re ready to go on day one.

  1. Familiarize yourself with any new changes or additions to the law and safety guides for North Carolina. Changes are made regularly to ensure the health and safety of hunters, landowners, wildlife, and non-hunters.
  2. Properly clean, maintain, and store your firearms and ammunition to ensure everything stays in pristine condition, as well as for the safety of those in your home. Stop by to speak with a member of our team if you have questions or need assistance regarding cleaning instructions for your individual firearms.
  3. Update or upgrade accessories that may be showing signs of wear from previous use. This includes hearing and eye protection, targets, holsters, and slings.
  4. Take time to meet with landowners to request and/or discuss your hunting plans and ensure that nothing has changed from the previous season. Homeowners may have sold their home or land parcels, they may have new neighbors, children, or animals that you should be aware of. Off-season landowner relations are incredibly valuable to the reputation of hunting.

Lastly, be sure to stop in to see us at Perry’s Gun Shop for the latest in hunting and sporting gear at 21 E. 3rd Street, Wendell, North Carolina, or give us a call at (919) 365-4200.

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