When Does Coon Season End

When Is Common Cold Season?

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You can get a cold year-round, but most people consider the winter months to be common cold season. The viruses that cause colds also spread more easily just after a drop in temperature and humidity.   Generally, this means the United States’ cold season starts sometime around September and ends sometime around April.

However, this doesn’t mean the cold weather itself makes you sick. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause very serious illnesses like hypothermia, but there is no strong evidence to show that cold temperatures can give you a cold. Only exposure to a virus that causes the common cold can do that.

Why Colds Are More Common at Certain Times

Colds are more common during certain times of the year for several reasons:

  • People spend more time indoors and closer to each other during the winter.
  • Children are in school and sharing germs with many more children than they do during the summer.
  • The viruses that cause the common cold spread more easily after drops in humidity and temperature, which are more common during the cold months.
  • Your nasal passages are drier during the winter (due to drier air), allowing cold viruses to take hold and make you sick more effectively than they can during the spring and summer months.
  • According to preliminary research in mice, cold-causing viruses replicate better at temperatures just below body temperature (such as in a nose that’s breathing in cold air).  

Cold weather doesn’t make you sick, but it does make your body a more suitable environment for the rhinovirus and other viruses that cause the common cold to flourish.

How to Avoid Colds During Cold Season

You have a lot of options for reducing your risk of getting a cold, even when the climate is just right one.

Wash Your Hands

The simple act of washing your hands is an incredibly important part of keeping yourself and those around you healthy. You touch your face thousands of times a day, and you touch things in your environment even more often. Washing those germs off your hands is essential to keeping them out of your body.  

It may sound silly, but you could be washing your hands the wrong way, which leaves you at risk for illness.

Cover Your Cough

If you are sick and coughing, use your elbow to cover your mouth when you cough.   When you cough into your hands, you just spread the germs onto everything you touch—and then to anyone else who might touch those things after you.

Changing how you cover your cough really isn’t that difficult and it makes a big difference in the spread of germs.

Take Precautions

It’s hard to stay away from sick people. Many parents are reluctant to keep their children home from school, meaning they take their germs into your child’s classroom. Your co-workers may not want to call in sick, so they come to work and infect you. Traveling can mean dry, recycled airplane air and exposure to germs from all over.

Washing your hands frequently is still the number one suggestion to keep yourself healthy, no matter where you are. Beyond that, washing toys, shared phones, and other things people touch frequently can help.

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A Word From Verywell

People will likely blame the common cold on cold weather for years to come, despite evidence that points to a complex set of contributing factors—the weather being but a minor player. Although more people get sick with colds during the winter months, the temperature outside is not the direct cause of these illnesses. Cold season falls during colder months for all of the reasons discussed, and possibly some that aren’t even known yet.


North Carolina Hunting Seasons, 2019-2020

The Tar Heel State is known for its dense forests and beautiful, rugged landscape in many areas. It’s hunting seasons provide ample bounties for hunters close to the Appalachian Mountains and further east.

If you’re hunting in North Carolina, expect to find seasons for black bears, wild turkey and white-tailed deer. In addition, the state offers accommodating small game seasons that encompass armadillos, pheasants, quail and more.

Looking for more information on North Carolina hunting regulations, licenses and other details for a safe and legal hunting? Be sure to visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.

North Carolina Black Bear Seasons

General Season Oct. 14-Jan. 1**

**Season dates vary by zone. Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website for specific county dates. It is illegal to take cubs (less than 75 pounds) or female bears with cubs. Nonresidents must obtain a bear hunting license prior to hunting.

North Carolina Deer Seasons

Youth Day Sept. 28
Archery Sept. 7-Jan. 1**
Blackpowder Sept. 28-Nov. 22**
Firearms Oct. 12-Jan. 1**

**Season dates vary by zone. For more information on specific season start and end dates in your area, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.

North Carolina Wild Turkey Seasons

Spring Youth Season Apr. 4-10
Spring General Season Apr. 11-May 9

North Carolina Small Game Seasons

Raccoon and Opossum Oct. 14-Feb. 29
Gray and Red Squirrel Oct. 14-Feb. 29
Fox Squirrel Oct. 14-Feb. 29
Rabbit Oct. 14-Feb. 29
Quail Nov. 23-Feb. 29
Grouse Oct. 14-Feb. 29
Bobcat Oct. 14-Feb. 29
Pheasant Nov. 23-Feb. 1

**Season dates vary by zone. Some areas of North Carolina limit hunting to particular dates.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for North Carolina hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.


When does hunting season end in North Carolina ?

Wiki User
December 07, 2011 4:51PM

depends what season, deer usually ends jan. 1st.

Additional Info:


Archery: Sept. 10 — Sept. 30

Muzzleloader: Oct. 1 — Oct. 14

Gun: Oct. 15 — Jan. 2


Archery: Sept. 10 — Oct. 28

Muzzleloader: Oct. 29 — Nov. 11

Gun: Nov. 12 — Jan. 2


Archery: Sept. 12 — Oct. 1 and Oct. 17 — Nov. 19


when do the seasons officially start and end?

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SUMMER SOLSTICE: The first day of the Season of Summer. On this day (JUNE 20 or 21 in the northern hemisphere*) the Sun is farthest north and the length of time between Sunrise and Sunset is the longest of the year.

WINTER SOLSTICE: The first day of the Season of Winter. On this day (DECEMBER 21 or 22 in the northern hemisphere*) the Sun is farthest south and the length of time between Sunrise and Sunset is the shortest of the year.

* In the southern hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged. Summer: December 22. Winter: June 21.

Two times of the year when night and day are about the same length. The Sun is crossing the Equator (an imaginary line around the middle of the Earth) and it is an equal distance from the North Pole and the South Pole.

SPRING EQUINOX: The first day of the Season of Spring — and the beginning of a long period of sunlight at the Pole. In the northern hemisphere: MARCH 20 or 21 (the Sun crosses the Equator moving northward). In the southern hemisphere: SEPTEMBER 22 or 23 (the Sun crosses the Equator moving southward).

AUTUMN EQUINOX: The first day of the Season of Autumn — and the beginning of a long period of darkness at the Pole. In the northern hemisphere: SEPTEMBER 22 (the Sun crosses the Equator moving southward). In the southern hemisphere: MARCH 20 (the Sun crosses the Equator moving northward).

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Seasons & Hours



Dates :

Nov 15 2020 to Jan 31 2021

Daily limit: Any number
Possession limit: Any number

During any portion of the firearms deer season, furbearer hunters must also possess an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit.

Small Game Hunting Permit

Limits :

Limits are set for each species’ hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.

Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit

Limits :

Limits are set for each species and hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.

Resident Trapping Permit

Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit

Limits :

Limits vary by species and season.

Military Reduced Cost Permit

Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit (residents only)

Lifetime Conservation Partner (Hunting and Fishing) Permit (residents only)

Archer’s Hunting Permit

Limits :

Deer: Two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken before November 16.
Turkeys: Two turkeys of either sex.
Furbearers: See Seasons for prescribed limits. Hunters may sell furbearers harvested under this permit. Nonresidents may not harvest furbearers with this permit.
Small game: See Seasons for prescribed limits.

Allowed Methods

Hunting Methods

  • Pistols, revolvers, and rifles propelling a single projectile at one discharge
  • Firearms powered by spring, air, or compressed gas
  • Shotguns not larger than 10 gauge with magazine cut off or plugged to reduce the capacity to no more than three shells.
  • Bows, including longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows.
  • Crossbows
  • Atlatls
  • Slingshots
  • Dogs may be used
  • Artificial lights are allowed if raccoons are treed with the aid of dogs.
  • Electronic calls or electronically activated calls may be used.

During fall deer season, hunters must have an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit and a permit to hunt small game.

Trapping Methods

  • Traps must have smooth or rubber jaws only
  • Foot-hold trap
  • Conibear or other killing-type trap
  • Foot-enclosing trap
  • Cage-type trap
  • Colony traps with openings no greater than 6 inches in height and 6 inches wide
  • Cable restraint devices
  • Snare set underwater

Within communities having 10,000 or more inhabitants, only cage-type or foot-enclosing traps, may be set within 150 feet of any residence or occupied building.

Prohibited Methods

  • Arrows containing any drug, poison, chemical, or explosive
  • Poisons, tranquilizing drugs, chemicals, or explosives
  • Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive, or molest wildlife
  • Artificial lights to search for, harass, or disturb wildlife
  • You may not take wildlife from or across a public roadway with a firearm, bow, or crossbow
  • Snares set on land
  • Pitfalls
  • Deadfalls
  • Nets
  • Traps may not be set in paths made or used by people or domestic animals
  • Killing-type traps may not be set along public roadways.

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Dogs may not be used during daylight hours from Nov. 1 through the end of the November portion statewide and antlerless portion in open counties.


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    Furbearers Seasons


    NOTE: All furbearer hunting, trapping, and running seasons begin at 12:01 on opening day and close at midnight of closing day.

    Species: badger, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, swift fox, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk, weasel.

    Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 13, 2019 — Feb. 15, 2020 Limit: No limit.


    • Season Dates (statewide): Nov. 18, 2019 — March 31, 2020
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    • Species: bobcat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and gray fox.
    • Season Dates (statewide): March 1-Nov. 8
    • Legal hours for running furbearers is 24 hours daily. Furbearers cannot be killed or taken during the running season. A furharvester license is required to run furbearers. It is illegal to possess any firearm or other hunting or trapping equipment while pursuing these animals during the running season.


    • Season Dates (statewide): All year
    • Possession Limit: No limit.

    No closed season for trapping or hunting coyotes. Motor vehicles and radios in vehicles may be used to hunt coyotes only. Furharvester license required to trap and sell; hunting license required to hunt.


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