From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
-- Hunters in North Carolina are being advised 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 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 HuntT 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 which is offered free across the state. For the schedule and availability call (919) 707-0031 for more information or check online.