Hunter Safety

The State of North Carolina requires either a hunting license or a preserve license to
hunt at our facility. Either may be purchased online and printed immediately for your
convenience from their website:

At Poplar Springs Farm, your safety is our goal. The following rules and regulations are in place to ensure that your hunting adventure is a safe experience. We reserve the right to refuse hunting to any person who fails to exhibit proper safety procedures. Hunters are subject to inspection by State and Federal officials.


  • A North Carolina hunting license or preserve license is required. We do not provide licenses, however they are available at your local sporting goods store for $15.00.
  • We allow only shot size #7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, and 9.
  • Each hunter must bring a “hunter orange” hat or vest to wear during the hunt.
  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited before and during the hunts.
  • Game must be tagged and registered before leaving the preserve grounds.
  • Each guide can take up to 4 hunters per hunt.


  • Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm.
  • Control the direction of your firearm’s muzzle. Carry your firearm safely, keeping the safety on until ready to shoot.
  • Identify your target and what is beyond it. Know the identifying features of the game you hunt.
  • Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions and that you have only ammunition of the proper size for the firearm you are carrying.
  • Unload firearm when not in use. Leave the actions open. Firearms should be carried empty in cases to and from shooting area.
  • Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot. Avoid all horseplay with a firearm.
  • Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm. Never pull a firearm towards you by the muzzle.
  • Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water. During target practice, be sure your backstop is adequate.
  • Store firearms and ammunition separately beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before or while shooting.


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