Did you know that feral pigs as large as 300 pounds roam the forests
of Howell Woods?
While the environmental learning center offers outdoor programs and
activities for nature enthusiasts, it is also a popular hunting spot for
wild pig, whitetail deer, wild turkey, and other game.
Why Hunt at Howell Woods?
As areas become more urban, it can be difficult to find places that
are available for hunting. At Howell Woods, you get an opportunity
to hunt in a pristine area where you can "get away from it all," enjoy
the camaraderie of fellow hunters, and if you've had a good hunt, you
get a natural, additive-free meat for your dinner table.
The Quality of the Habitat
The quality and well-regulated habitat makes Howell Woods one of the
best hunting areas in eastern North Carolina. Hunters from within a
100-mile radius and many hunters from other states have experienced the
great hunting from September through March on the 2,800 acres of Howell
With the application of specific game laws and ethical and humane harvest techniques,
hunting can be a valuable management tool for wildlife. Wildlife species (game and
non-game) and their habitats are managed on the property of Howell Woods
by four technicians. Game species, properly managed, are seen as a natural, renewable
Because we are foremost an educational facility, education is our top priority. We
believe hands-on practical applications of the principles we are teaching is the best
way to learn those principles. As you read through the information about hunting at
Howell Woods, please keep in mind our mission to promote the sustainable
use of natural resources and to enhance an awareness and appreciation of
the conservation, preservation, and restoration of North Carolina's
The rules and regulations are designed to ensure a safe hunting experience,
ensure an equal opportunity to participate in hunting sports for the general public in
well managed habitats, and ensure proper game management by applying humane and
scientific harvest techniques and regulations.
The staff will not tolerate unsafe or unethical hunters as any true sportsperson
should not either! We hope after a hunting experience at Howell Woods that each
hunter will have a new respect for outdoor safety, the profession of wildlife
management, fellow hunters, native ecosystems, and all wildlife species in general!
Everything You Need to Finish the Hunt
At Howell Woods, you have the opportunity to hunt for different game
and can expect to find all the necessary equipment needed to start and
finish the hunt. In addition to stands and feeders, Howell Woods is also
equipped with a processing area that includes gambrels, butchering
tools, and walk-in coolers where you can properly prepare your game
after the hunt.
Thank you for your interest in hunting at Howell Woods
and good luck!