RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is advising hunters that a bill removing the requirement to obtain a pistol permit in order to purchase or transfer ownership of a crossbow has been signed into law.

Previously, state law required anyone buying or otherwise receiving a crossbow in North Carolina to have either a pistol permit from their local sheriff’s office or a concealed handgun permit.

Crossbows are a legal method of hunting in North Carolina, permissible anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed. However, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission does not regulate the sale or purchase of firearms and crossbows.

The Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends these crossbow guidelines:
Never carry a crossbow cocked and loaded with a bolt (arrow).
Keep fingers and thumb below the rail at all times.
When cocking, be sure that your foot is firmly planted in the cocking stirrup.
Never dry-fire a crossbow, which can cause sudden breakage.

In North Carolina, all first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course, offered free across the state. Go towww.ncwildlife.org for schedule and availability or call (919) 707-0031 for more information.

About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

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Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer, 919-707-0186 or geoff.cantrell@ncwildlife.org

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