check the interactive gamelands map at the NCwildlife.org website. Lots of info to be had on public land hunting in NC... im a little north of you about 2 hours. never hunted down that way. there are a few kinds of gamelands... ones that are 6 day per week and are open during most open hunting season and do not require a permit. and other that require you to put in through the permit system and have specific hunt dates.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.