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 North Carolina Hunting & Fishing License Badges 

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 The items shown on this page are not for sale, but please contact me if you have any for sale or trade.  There are some NC badges, as well as other states on my sale pages. Fishing and Hunting License  Sales Pages

License Badges

All badges are resident, celluloid, and 1 3/4 inches  unless noted. 

1927 State Fishing

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The first badge issued,  celluloid over metal back. 

1927 County Hunting

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1927 State Hunting

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Unusual to find consecutive number badges. 

1928 State Fishing

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1928 County Hunting

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1928 State Hunting

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1929 County Fishing

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1929 State Fishing

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1929-30 County Fishing

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1929-30 State Fishing

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1929-30 County Hunting

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1929-30 State Hunting

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1930-31 County Hunting

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1930-31 State Hunting

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1931 County Fishing

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1931 State Fishing

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1931-32 County Hunting

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1931-32 State Hunting

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1932 County Fishing

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1932 State Fishing

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1932-33 County Hunting

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1932-33 State Hunting 

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1933 State Fishing

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1933-34 County Hunting

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1933-34 State Hunting

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1934 County Fishing

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1934 State Fishing

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1934-35 County Hunting

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1934-35 State Hunting

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1934-35 State Fishing

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1935-36 County Hunting

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1935-36 State Hunting

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1935-36 State Hunting & Fishing

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1936 County Fishing

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1936-37 County Hunting

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1936-37 State Hunting

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1936-37 State Hunting & Fishing

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All metal 1 3/8 inches. 

1937 State Fishing

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Copper plated metal. 

1937-38 County Hunting

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1937-38 State Hunting

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1937-38 State Hunting & Fishing

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Enamel, nickel plate, brass metal, 1 1/2 in. . 

1937-38 State Trapping

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1938 County Fishing

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1938 State Fishing

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Enamel, nickel on brass 1 3/4 in.. 

1938-39 County Hunting

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1938-39 State Hunting

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1938-39 State Hunting & Fishing

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Nickel plate on brass 13/8 in.

1939 County Fishing

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1939 State Fishing

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The last year that license badges were  issued by North Carolina.
Nickel and enamel on brass. 2 inches. 

From 1927 to 1939 the State of North Carolina issued badges that you had to wear when hunting or fishing.

All North Carolina Hunting & Fishing licenses badges are hard to find. There are many badges not shown here. There were  non-resident badges and a complimentary badge.  

The County badges would only allow you to hunt or fish in the county they were issued in. They were cheaper than the state badges. You were required to wear the badge when hunting or fishing. 

The six all metal badges are unique to North Carolina. No other state issued metal badges like these. Especially the Bluegill shaped badge, and the stylized Acorn shaped badge. While it is not the rarest badge, the bluegill is one of  the most unusual badges from any state. 

There also were North Carolina Licensed guide badges issued, I have seen them from 1939-1941, but I do not know the exact years they were issued yet. 

There also were both state and county North Carolina Migratory Waterfowl licenses issued. I have seen three different ones, one state, two county. None of them had a year listed on the badge itself, but my guess would be late 1930s to early 1940s. 

1935-36 License Fees

County fishing  $1.10 County hunting  $1.10
State fishing     $2.10 State hunting     $2.10

State hunting & fishing  $3.10

Paper Licenses that went with the badges. 

You also were required to have the paper license that went with the badge in your possession. This was to prevent multiple individuals from using a badge. Some badges had a pocket on the back to hold the folded license. 

1930-31 County Hunting

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1931 State Fishing

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1932-33 County Hunting

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Later Paper Licenses

1946 State One Day Fishing

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1953 State Fishing

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1961-62 County Hunting

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North Carolina Hunting & Fishing Regulation Booklets

1953 Fishing

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1955 Fishing

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1963-64 Hunting & Trapping

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 North Carolina Lifetime License Buttons

These were given to hunters or fishermen  when they bought a lifetime license from the state. These are not "official" license badges, required to be worn, they were just a thank you gift from the state for buying the license. 1 3/4 inch. 

Lifetime Fisherman

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Lifetime Hunter

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Lifetime Sportsman

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North Caroline Lifetime License Card

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Plastic, 2 1/3 x 3 3/8 inches. This was the official license you are required to carry. 


North Carolina Fish Net Tags

Used on gill nets and etc. 


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Brass, 3 1/2 inches


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Aluminum, 2 1/2 inches. 


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Aluminum, 3 1/2 inches.


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Aluminum, 2 1/4 inches.


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Aluminum, 2 1/4 inches. 


North Carolina Fish & Game Warden Badges

Badge #1921

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This was from when the Wildlife Department was under Department of Conservation and Development. Slightly larger than badge 2, by a different maker, also uses a bit different style of the letters. Less concave. Copper finish. 


Badge # 3035

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A bit later than the first badge. Smaller pin, badge is a bit shorter. More concave. There is also a version of this badge that says Protector on it. Heavy, bronze finish. 


Newer Badge

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1970s-1980s? Was bought from the estate of a Game Warden. Heavy plated metal. 2 1/4 inches. 

Other North Carolina Wildlife Badges

2002 Wildlife Commission

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From the NC State Fair. 1 3/4 inches

Fish For Fun

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission 1980s? 2 inches. 

Think Habitat

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From the Wildlife Commission, 1990s, 1 1/2 inch. 

Check For Wildlife

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To promote a $1.00 donation for wildlife on NC State tax forms. 1 1/2 inch. 

Certified Safe Hunter Pin

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1 inch, 1980s? 

Kinston, NC Safe Hunter Tournament 

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Tie Tack 3/4 inch. 1970s?



Wildlife In North Carolina State Fair Buttons






Largemouth Bass


Peregrine Falcon


Pair of Ducks


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Black Bear


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Whitetail Deer


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Black Capped Chickadee


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River Otter


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Loggerhead Sea Turtle *


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Wood Duck


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Wild Turkey


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Owl **


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Salamander (Neuse River Waterdog)


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Indigo Bunting


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Eastern Coral Snake


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Box Turtle


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Striped Bass


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American Beaver


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Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat


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Robust Redhorse


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Timber Rattlesnake


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Brook Trout


Fox Squirrel (black phase)


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Gopher Frog


North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission State Fair pins This is a list of the pins, eventually a photo of all the pins. 

"The NC Wildlife Resources Commission State Fair pins feature a different species each year. The species correspond to the theme of the commission's State Fair exhibit. 

The oldest dated State Fair pin is 1983. There are two others, squirrel and heron, that don't show a date. The squirrel came first in 1981, the heron in 1982. 

* The pin for the 1992 State Fair had an incorrect year. It was dated 1993. The two 1993 pins feature a morning dove and a turtle. The species for 1992 was the turtle, the 1993 pin has a morning dove.

** The 1997 pin also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Its date is 1947-1997.

 In 2002 there were 2 pins given out at the exhibit. One was the Eastern Coral Snake as the species pin. The other was a larger pin featuring the commission's stationery logo.

 The 2002 pin was the first year the species was labeled on the pin. They have been labeled since then." (Information courtesy of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Department. )

I do have some of the State Fair pins, as well as North Carolina, and other Hunting & Fishing Licenses and pins for sale.  Click Here to visit that page.

North Carolina has a wonderful, award winning, wildlife and nature magazine called Wildlife in North Carolina, it is published by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission and features the wildlife of the state, fishing, hunting, and just observing nature. Beautiful nature  photography, and excellent writing. Click Here to Subscribe.

Other items from North Carolina State Wildlife

Common Fish Caught in North Carolina

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Nice Plastic laminated common fish card from the Wildlife Resources Commission. 

2005 North Carolina Sample Badges

The badges below were designed by an artist, and submitted in 2004 to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. They were not selected for use, but the designs are still under consideration for some use in the future. The artist had 100 sample sets made up, and the wildlife commission gave permission for him to sell them, as long as he waited till after 2005, and added a disclaimer that they were not official, nor were they endorsed by the Wildlife Commission. Who knows, maybe one day we will see badges again. These are wonderful designs. Well made, metal Around 2 inches. 


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Hunting & Fishing

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Other North Carolina Hunting & Fishing Items 

Cape Hatteras Angler's Club

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1971 Contestant's badge for their annual surf fishing tournament

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club

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Club Patch 4 inches.

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club

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1974 Surf Fishing Tournament Patch 4 inches. 

 Cape Hatteras Anglers Club

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1965 sterling silver 2nd place Surf Fishing Tournament pin. 1 inch.

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club

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1960 Bronze or Copper Third place award. 


Nag's Head Surf Fishing Club

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1962 Contestant's badge for their annual surf fishing tournament. 



Nags Head Surf Fishing Club

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Club Patch 4 inches.




Nags Head Surf Fishing Club

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1954 1st Award Team Angler 10k gold.
From the annual tournament they hold every year. 

Nags Head Surf Fishing Club

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1955 3rd Place Team. Copper plated. 


Scotch Bonnet Fishing Pier

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Season Pass badge, and Complimentary Season pass badge, 1981. Topsail Island, NC


I am always interested in buying North Carolina badges both ones not shown here, or these same badges for sale or trade. 

I collect, sell, and trade fishing & hunting license badges. If you have any badges to sell or trade, please e-mail me at the address below. I am primarily interested in southern licenses, but will consider other badges. I also collect Field & Stream award and honor pins, and other fishing related pins. If you have any for sale or trade, please contact me below: 

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Telephone: (828)-448-5091

The badges on this page are not for sale, I do have some North Carolina badges, and other hunting and fishing badges for sale or trade on the following pages:

Old Fishing and Hunting License  Sales Pages 

Fake North Carolina Badge

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Fake North Carolina Badge


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Real North Carolina Badge

The badge, above left, came from the Bob Timberlake Gallery in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Cost was $2.95. It isn't a full reproduction, as you can see it is a repro of the 1938 badge, but they changed the date to 1937 (someone told me Timberlake was born in 1937), and they reversed the colors of the black and silver, the pin on the back is different. The new badge is constructed out of cheaper metal, the old badge is nickel plate on brass. New badge is flat, the old badge is concave. . Even with these differences I will bet some folks will be selling the new badge as old, and probably some will be replacing the new style pin, and dirtying the badge up a bit to make it look old. The new badge is made in China.  I have seen  a reproduction  a 1939 County Hunting badge, that was a very poor fake done on a modern badge machine, with poor photocopying.  I saw seven North Carolina fakes being sold on eBay as reproductions. The seller listed the size as 2 1/4 inches. They looked pretty good, and if someone just had a picture to go by, and did not know the size, they could fool even a regular collector. 

The last few months I have been seeing many fake badges for sale on eBay. Some are 1 3/4 inch fakes, some  aged to look old and fool collectors. Some are 2 1/4 inch reproductions. I have seen New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, California, Mississippi, and others. Some sellers are selling them as old, some are selling them as reproductions. One of the problems is that even the sellers that are being honest are selling badges that are not plainly marked as reproductions. Unscrupulous sellers are buying these badges on eBay and then selling them as old, original badges. The quality of these fakes vary from good quality fakes that might fool a collector, to very poor fakes that are unlikely to fool anyone with a personal inspection of the badge. The problem is that all a person has to go by on eBay is a small picture, the description, and the experience and honesty of the seller. Know your seller. If you have any doubts ask questions, ask if they will guarantee the authenticity and age of the badge. .

I also collect other fishing and hunting items, rods, reels, lures, accessories and memorabilia, in addition to other fishing and hunting badges, pins, and medals, some of which will be shown if you click on the links below:

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Hunting and Fishing Badges, Pins, Medals, and etc

Hunting & Fishing Memorabilia

Field & Stream Badge Information

Every badge I sell is an authentic, old, badge, unless noted otherwise. I guarantee such, and if you have doubts, you are welcome to return the item for a refund. Make sure any dealer will stand behind what he sells.

To visit one of our other pages, click on one of the links below:

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