North Carolina offers 2.1 million acres of public land and a host of fishing and hunting options that are diverse: From mountain trout, to coastal salt water species, to laurel-living bears, to green-field whitetails.

Dupont State Forest
• 10,430 acres
• Good deer, turkey and small game hunting
• Fishing options include lakes, rivers and streams

South Mountains Game Lands
• 21,647 acres in multiple tracts
• Good deer, turkey, small game and dove hunting
• Trout fishing in cold water streams

Pisgah National Forest
• 500,000 acres
• Deer, turkey, bear and small game hunting
• Good trout fishing in rivers and streams

Nantahala National Forest
• 531,148 acres
• Excellent brook, rainbow and brown trout fishing in mountain streams
• Good deer, turkey and bear hunting

Uwharrie National Forest
• Offers two boat launches
• River, stream and lake fishing for trout and warmwater species
• Good deer and turkey hunting

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Lake Julia, DuPont State Forest

Photo credit: flickr