The content on this webpage was designed to assist readers in educating themselves about the crossbow hunting regulations in North Carolina. Please remember this information is not to be used to replace legal advice. We put our best efforts forward to keep the most accurate and up-to-date information on our site; however, crossbow regulations change frequently therefore it is always best that you consult the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to verify its accuracy.
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Crossbow Regulations in North Carolina
Update on October 2015: minimum crossbow draw weight allowed has been reduced from 150 to 100 lbs. A great change, as it opens up hunting possibilities to owners of older compound crossbows, many of which are below 150 lbs. Happy shooting!!
Crossbows have been legal for hunting in North Carolina since August 1rst, 2010 during any season in which bow and arrows are permitted. In regard to deer, during any open archery, gun, or muzzleloader season it is permissible to use crossbows. Crossbows may be used to harvest any other game animal, game bird, and/or nongame animal which has a season.
- It is unlawful to take migratory game birds with a crossbow on Sundays.
- Regardless of impairment, any license exempt or properly licensed hunter is legally permitted to use a crossbow in North Carolina.
- Crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 100 pounds.
- Bolts must be with fixed broadheads no less than 7/8 of an inch wide. Mechanically opening broadheads must be no less than 7/8 of an inch wide when in the open position. These may be used for harvesting deer; bear; wild turkey; and/or wild boar.
- Blunt style bolts may be used to harvest birds and small animals. Examples are squirrels; rabbits; grouse; pheasants; and quail.
- It is unlawful to use bolts which are barbed; poisoned; drugged; or equipped with explosives to harvest any type of game.
- It is no longer necessary to obtain a pistol permit for purchasing a crossbow in North Carolina.
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