Hunting and Fishing


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Fishing and waterfowl hunting are allowed on Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge. Seasons as well as bag limits are in accordance with statewide regulations unless otherwise noted, as specified below. 

Two boat ramps, one at Thorofare ditch off Hwy 12 and one at the end of Lola Rd., offer boat access to waters adjacent to the refuge. 

To learn more about changes in hunting and fishing opportunities on Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, watch Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter and Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Hunt/Fish Rule 2020

On Cedar Island Refuge, 400 acres of marsh is open to waterfowl hunting in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations.  The hunt area extends from John Day Ditch to Thorofare Ditch along the shoreline of West Bay and West Thorofare Bay as indicated on the hunting map. The hunt area extends 300 feet from the shoreline into the marsh.  Within this hunt area, waterfowl may be hunted according to seasons and regulations set by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  

The following additional regulations apply:

1. We allow portable blinds, but you must remove them each day. Construction of

permanent blinds is prohibited.

2. Hunters/hunt parties must not hunt closer than 150 yards apart.

3. Decoys may be used, but must be removed daily.

4. All weapons must be unloaded and also dismantled or encased while being transported

in a vehicle or boat.

5. Hunters using the refuge are subject to inspections of permits, licenses, hunting

equipment, bag limits, vehicles, and their contents by Refuge or State enforcement


6. Using or possessing alcoholic beverages is prohibited.


Emergency Contact Numbers

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office: 252-504-4800 or (911)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 252-926-4021

NC Wildlife Resources Commission: 1-800-662-7137