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What agency/group can help me get a hunting or fishing license?

Judy Royal
People fish on the beach at Oak Island.

People fish on the beach at Oak Island.

Enjoying the great outdoors may seem like a free way to pass the time, but that’s not always so. If you’re going to hunt or fish, it comes with a fee. Residents may purchase a 10-day, basic freshwater or saltwater state fishing license for $5. Annual licenses for state fishing and hunting each start at $15. An annual coastal recreational fishing license starts at $15. Trapping starts at $25. A basic combination hunting and inland fishing license starts at $20. Individual county licenses also are available. County hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for $10 each. Comprehensive inland fishing licenses start at $20. Comprehensive hunting (big game, special weapons, game lands and waterfowl) licenses start at $30. A combination “sportsman” license is available at $40. Hunting, fishing and trapping are all subject to additional licenses and fees. For more information, log on to www.ncwildlife.org or call (888) 248-6834 (have your Visa or MasterCard number ready). Or you can visit a local Wildlife Service agent at one of the following locations:

New Hanover County

Alford Seafood

5330 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington [Map this]

Blue Marlin Apts & Beach Shop

309 Fort Fisher Boulevard N., Kure Beach [Map this]

Canady’s Sport Center

3220 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington [Map this], N.C. 28403

County Line Bait and Tackle

6401 Castle Hayne Road, Castle Hayne [Map this]

Dick’s Sporting Goods

816 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this]

Division of Marine Fisheries

Wilmington Office

127 Cardinal Drive, Wilmington [Map this]


815 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this]


120 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach [Map this]

Reel Bait and Tackle

6132-3 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington [Map this]

Tex’s Tackle and Bait Inc.

215 Old Eastwood Road, Wilmington [Map this]


5135 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington [Map this]


5226 Sigmon Road, Wilmington [Map this]

Brunswick County

Beach Mart Enterprises

3368 Holden Beach Road S.W., Supply [Map this]

Blue Water Point Motel & Marina

5710 57th Place West, Oak Island [Map this]

Carolina Country Store

218 Mt. Pisgah Road SW, Supply [Map this]

CJ’s Cornerstone

5501 Oak Island Drive, Oak Island [Map this]

Island Tackle

6855-3 Beach Drive S.W., Ocean Isle Beach [Map this]

Midway Seafood

1446 Midway Road S.E., Bolivia [Map this]

Coastal Hardware & Supply

594 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach [Map this]

Ocean Isle Fishing Center

65 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach [Map this]

Outback Shooting Range

6019 Simmons Road NW, Ash [Map this]

Oak Island Marine

4305 Long Beach Road, Oak Island [Map this]

Rod and Reel Shop

3401 Holden Beach Road SW, Supply [Map this]


1114 New Pointe Blvd., Leland [Map this]


4540 Main St., Shallotte [Map this]


1675 N. Howe St., Southport [Map this]

Pender County

Brown’s Minute Market

201 U.S. 117 S., Burgaw [Map this]

Lanier Hardware & Rental

307 W. Wilmington St., Burgaw [Map this]

Danny’s Pawn & Sports

16865 U.S. 17 S., Hampstead [Map this]

Eastern Outfitter’s

180 N.C. 210 W., Hampstead [Map this]

East Coast Sports

409 Roland Ave., Surf City [Map this]

Herrings Outdoor Sports

701 N. New River Drive, Surf City [Map this]

Black River Trading post

32530 N.C. 210 W., Currie [Map this]

Luann’s Store & Grill

5235 Malpass Corner Road, Currie [Map this]

Milam Hardware

315 U.S. 117 S., Burgaw [Map this]

Northeast Sporting Goods

11261 U.S. 117 S., Rocky Point [Map this]

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