Deer Hunting in Richmond County – A Sportsman’s Paradise

October 14, 2011



Richmond County has quite the understated reputation as a Sportsman’s Paradise, home to two state game lands, the Pee Dee River and the Sandhills. So if you choose to visit Rockingham, Hamlet or Ellerbe-based locales to do your hunting, be advised—big bucks await you.  Richmond County is also home to excellent outfitters such as Big Rock Sports, DeWitt’s Outdoor Sports and the Ammo Shack.  The county is also home to the nationally famous quail hunting preserve known as the Webb Farm. If you’re interested in experiencing an excellent hunt in the Piedmont region, Richmond County is a prime destination.

In accordance with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, who set all statewide rules and regulations for hunting, the following information is an accurate glimpse of everything you need to know in order to hunt for deer inside Richmond County’s borders.


Hunters interested in bagging deer in Richmond County must have a valid 2011-2012 license, available for purchase and processing online. All first-time hunting license applicants must complete a required safety course. Per the NCWC, “…as of July 1, 1991, a person, regardless of age, may not procure a hunting license in this State without producing a certificate of competency or a hunting license issued prior to July 1, 1991, or signing a statement on a form provided by the Wildlife Resources Commission that he had such a license.” To sign up in Richmond County, the North Carolina (District 6) Hunter Education Specialist is Randy Thomas, available by phone at (704) 782-9097 or you may email him at If you take a deer during a successful hunt, remember that you must report the harvest to the NCWC by calling (800) I-GOT-ONE or you may register your kill online.


North Carolina deer hunters had another successful season in 2010, tagging 175,157 bucks, does and button bucks. The statewide harvest total was the second-highest on record, according to Evin Stanford, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s big-game project leader. Deer season, more specifically the Eastern Deer Season (which covers Richmond County), includes hunting with guns from October 15, 2011 – January 2, 2012.


Hunting in the 61,225-acre, public Sandhills Gamelands (the northern 1/3 of Richmond County) has different time frames for specific weapons used to hunt and a specific set of rules and regulations in addition to state laws. Hunting on game lands requires the purchase of a separate game lands license. The Sandhills Gamelands only allows hunting three days of the week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays). The weapons and allowable dates to hunt in this specific area for deer of either sex are as follows:

Gun Season: Open days during Nov. 12 – Dec. 10, 2011, except on the field-trial grounds, where the season is the open days during Nov. 14 – Nov. 26, 2011.

Archery Season: Open days during Sept. 10 – Oct. 28, 2011

Muzzleloader Season: Open days during Oct. 29 – Nov. 11, 2011

Hunting in the 6,829-acre, public Pee Dee River Gamelands (northwestern tip of Richmond County) also includes specific time frames for hunting. This game land is a six-day per week hunting area. The seasons and specific rules are as follows:

Gun – Either-Sex Deer Season: Nov. 12 – Nov. 18, 2011 and Dec. 27, 2011 – Jan. 2, 2012, except that part in Richmond Co. where the season is Oct. 15 – Oct. 21, 2011 and Dec. 27, 2011 – Jan. 2, 2012 (moderate seasons).

– Use of centerfire rifles is prohibited in that portion in Anson and Richmond counties north of U.S. 74.

– Target shooting is prohibited.


Lastly, the photo here is hunter Tony Norman of Mt. Gilead, N.C. posing with his trophy buck, labeled “Deer of the Year” on the cover of North Carolina Sportsman magazine’s February 2011 Issue. Last year, he took down one of the widest-racked Whitetail Deer in the entire state—and it happened right here in Richmond County. He was interviewed by the Richmond County (N.C.) Daily Journal. Here is the entire story.

Contact Information: The 61,225-acre Sandhills Game Lands are operated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1722. Phone: (919) 733-7291.

Access: To reach the Scotland Lane section from the Richmond County town of Hoffman, NC at the intersection of US 1/SR 1475, drive south for two miles on US 1. Turn left on Old Lauren Hill Road (SR 1346), cross the railroad tracks, and drive approximately 1.5 miles. At the first main graded intersection, turn left on the unmarked dirt road and drive approximately .5 mile and park. Scotland Lane is on the right side of the road.

Map: View a map of the area.

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