To qualify for any hunt at Howell Woods, hunters must possess a valid NC resident
or non-resident hunting license and any other required stamp or tag and be 10 years
or older. Hunters between the ages of 10 and 15 must hunt with an adult relative (21
years or older) in the same stand/blind.
All hunters must sign in and out upon arrival or leaving the property at the designated
location and have all harvested game inspected by a Howell Woods staff member or designated
All harvested game must be inspected by a Howell Woods staff member or designated
volunteer before processing. Field dressing or disposing of entrails or any other
body parts of harvested game on the property is not allowed.
All processing of game and disposal of waste must be conducted at the designated area.
All hunters and their equipment/vehicles and harvested game are subject to inspection
by Howell Woods staff or designated volunteer, or state and/or federal officials at
anytime while on the property.
Four wheel drive vehicles and ATV's (All Terrain Vehicles) are allowed but must stay
on marked roads or trails and proceed at a safe speed. Safety helmets must be worn
at all times when operating an open ATV.
All vehicle types are allowed on roads marked with green road signs.
Only ATV's are allowed on road/trails marked with brown road signs.
Other areas may be off limits to ATV traffic due to management or maintenance issues
and will be posted or advised by a Howell Woods staff member or volunteer prior to
All hunters must take the mandatory Howell Woods Hunter Orientation and Safety Open
Book test and pass with a minimum score of 90% with all safety questions answered
correctly (marked with an asterisk). Hunters who fail to correctly answer the required
number of questions will be given the opportunity to take the test again, answering
only the missed questions.
Only after passing the test will hunters be allowed to hunt on the property. Each
species, except deer and feral pigs, have separate tests. Each test has to be taken
only once every calendar year. Unless otherwise stated in the Species Specific Regulations,
all firearms/bows used and their appropriate season for use must meet the requirements
as set forth in the North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations
Digest for the current year.
Scheduled hunts will be held regardless of the weather with the exception of severe
flooding or wind damage on the property or the closing of the main campus of Johnston
Community College for inclement weather conditions. Refunds or rescheduled hunts will
not be considered for inclement or poor weather conditions for hunting, acts by other
hunters (Howell Woods permitted hunters or trespassers) or other natural or human
related conditions that are out of the control of the Howell Woods staff. If the Howell
Woods staff cancels a hunt for any of the above reasons, a complete refund will be
given for the cost of the hunt fee only (not lottery fee or monies paid for other
services related to hunting). Dates for Management Partners hunts may be rescheduled
according to the availability of Howell Woods.