Hunting and Fishing in North Carolina PDF Print E-mail

Hunting and fishing in Halifax County, NC, is every sportsman’s dream, and many hunters and fisherman travel from across the country to visit us during peak seasons.

There is ample open land for hunting, including NC Wildlife Commission land and land for lease by private landowners. Halifax County and neighboring Northampton County consistently alternate in ranking #1 and #2 in North Carolina for both White-Tailed Deer and Wild Turkey harvest. However, hunters will also find that Halifax County is home to a wide variety of other game, including bear, raccoon, opossum, fox, squirrel, rabbit, quail, bobcat, beaver, groundhog, nutria, coyote, skunk, pheasant, duck, merganser, coot, dove, goose, grouse and more. Many hunting guide services and lodges operate in Halifax County and neighboring Northampton, so pack some trail mix, some jerky, and lots of other supplies and head to Halifax County, NC, for your next successful hunting trip.

Fishing in Halifax County, NC is both a recreational activity and a serious sport. With Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids Lake, the Roanoke River and myriad creeks and ponds in our area, there are ample opportunities for the serious sportsman or the novice fisherman of any age to wet their hooks. The most popular sport fishing in Halifax County, NC, is to be found in Weldon, “The Rockfish Capital of the World.” Every Spring Striped Bass, or Rockfish as they are known locally, travel up the river from the Albemarle Sound to spawn, providing anglers two months of keeper season and another two months of catch-and-release. However, rockfish aren’t the only fish to be found here. Fishermen also enjoy the lure of shad, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish, as well as the occasional walleye, yellow perch and chain pickerel. If you prefer someone to lead you to the best fishing spots, there are plenty of guide services available. Whatever fish you are angling for, you are certain to have a “reel” good time here in Halifax County, NC!

You will be comfortable during your stay here with more than 1200 hotel rooms, three bed & breakfasts and plenty of tent and RV camping facilities. Bring the family along with you, as there are plenty of other recreational activities for their enjoyment, including Sylvan Heights, the world's largest bird park; Medoc Mountain State Park, seven hiking trails of various lengths, a creek for fishing, picnic area, and camping; Historic Halifax State Historic Site, a museum and 10 restored colonial/revolutionary buildings; the Roanoke Canal Museum & Trail, a 7.5-mile hiking, biking and nature trail and a museum; the Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum, a fantastic collection of military memorabilia from all wars; Tillery History House, a resettlement farm community; Riverside Mill, an antique, art and outlet mall; Lakeland Theatre Company and The Roanoke Rapids Theatre for live entertainment; and so much more!

2017-2018 NC Hunting Seasons PDF Print E-mail

Bear Season

Halifax & Northampton Counties (East of Hwy. 301) - Nov. 13-18, Dec. 11-23


Open season with firearms or bow & arrow during any open season for the taking of wild animals with permission of landowner


October 16-February 28

Deer Season (Eastern)

Archery—September 9-September 29
Blackpowder—September 30 - October 13
Gun—October 14-January 1


September 2 - October 7 & November 22 - January 15

Ducks, Mergansers & Coots

October 4-7, November 11 - December 2 & December 16 - January 27


Year-round with dogs only, no limits

Geese-Dark (Canada & White-Breasted) Geese

Resident Population Hunt Zone (West of NC 903)
Oct. 4-14, Nov. 11-Dec. 2, Dec. 16-Feb. 10
Southern James Bay Hunt Zone (East of NC 903)
Oct. 4-Nov. 3 and Nov. 11-Dec. 30
Geese-Light (Snow, Blue & Ross' Geese)
Oct. 10-Feb. 10

Groundhog, Nutria, Coyote, Skunk, (striped), Armadillo & Feral Swine

No closed season or bag limit


October 16-February 28

Pheasant (male only)

November 18-February 1


November 18-February 28


November 18-February 28

Raccoon & Opossum

October 16-February 28

Squirrel (gray & red)

Statewide—October 16-February 28

Wild Turkey (male or bearded)

Statewide Spring Season—April 14-May 12, 2018

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