Hunting Seasons at DuPont State Recreational Forest

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DuPont State Recreational Forest is participating in the NC Wildlife Commission’s Game Land Program.

Hunting is by permit only. Seasons are established for deer, turkey and small game.

Registered as North Carolina Game Lands, hunting is by lottery only. Deer is typically Friday and Saturday in season; turkey is typically Thursday, Friday and Saturday in season. No Sunday hunting.

Hunting safety zones have been established within the forest around heavily used areas and areas overlooking private land. It is unlawful to shoot into or from a hunting safety zone. Hunting safety zones include the area from Hooker Falls Access Area up Staton Road to the Buck Forest Access Area and east to the Little River, an area across from the private plant entrance, the area from Bridal Veil Falls east to Lake Julia and south to Short Cut Trail including the airstrip, areas east and west of Hickory Mountain, the Flatwoods area around the Guion Farm and the area north of Guion Road. Refer to the DuPont State Recreational Forest Map for more detail on safety zones.

Hikers and other forest visitors should wear hunter orange blaze or other bright colors on hunting days when using trails outside the hunting safety zones.

Go to for more detailed information. See Permit Hunt Opportunities in NC and also NC Regulation Digest.

For information on obtaining a permit or for questions regarding hunting regulations, contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission at (919) 662-4370.

To report hunting violations call 1-800-662-7137.