North Carolina: Information on Landowner Protection Act Available Online

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With hunting season under way, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted information on its website about the new Landowner Protection Act.

The law, which went into effect Oct. 1, requires hunters, anglers and trappers to obtain written permission from a landowner or leaseholder before hunting, fishing or trapping on privately owned, posted property — including land, waters, ponds or legally established waterfowl blinds.

The Wildlife Commission’s website,, has answers to frequently asked questionsa fact sheet and a sample permission form (full size and wallet size) about this law.

The Landowner Protection Act provides two ways for landowners to post their lands to allow only hunters, trappers and anglers with written permission to enter their property legally. Landowners can now post their land by using vertical purple paint marks on posts or trees, or, as in the past, by placing signs or posters.

The Landowner Protection Act specifically relates only to hunting, fishing or trapping on posted lands. It clarifies the existing N.C.G.S. 14-159.6 requirement for written consent to hunt, fish or trap on posted lands by specifying that written permission, dated within the past 12 months and signed by the landowner, leaseholder or agent of that land, be carried and displayed upon request of any law enforcement officer. If a hunting club has leased the land, a person shall have a copy of their hunting club membership and a copy of the landowner permission granted to that hunting club.

The Landowner Protection Act does not change general trespass laws or affect lands that are not posted. It does not repeal any local acts currently in effect that require written permission to hunt, fish or trap.

Under existing landowner liability law, landowners providing permission for hunting or fishing on their property, without charge, assume no more liability than currently is afforded a trespasser, in accordance with N.C.G.S. 38A-4.


hunter25's picture

It's good to see laws like

It's good to see laws like this one that help the landowner out. if you are on someone elses property that kindly let you hunt it is still your resposibility to take care of yourself. Everywhere you hunt it is pretty standard to have to sign a waiver of somekind. Not a problem but it really shouldn't have to be that way.

Retired2hunt's picture

  A good law in place that


A good law in place that allows a private landowner to allow hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts with written permission to use the property and still assume no more liability currently afforded a trespasser.  This should assist in creating or opening more private lands for law-abiding people to use.