Well POP the hunting here is from marginal in some areas to great in other areas.
My local area (Eastern area) which is about 2 hours from Raleigh has the longest season of the state which runs from around October 15th to January first unless the first is on sunday like this year then it's the 2nd.
The deer population in this area is high and your allowed to harvest does anytime during the season. The bucks are usually plenty but unless your on some private land or a member of a managed club they usually are not record class ( 150 and up in my book).
There are good chances to harvest 120 to 140 class whitetails in my area and the Raleigh area. I usually see a couple in this range at the local taxidermist during the season.
The bag limits vary a little by area. It's 6 deer but in some areas 4 must be antlerless and other areas only 2 must be antlerless with a 2 per day limit for all areas.
Bear hunting is scattered out through the state with seasons that vary like the wind so it's best if you read the rule book and know the county you will be hunting in good because some seasons are divided by highways and or interstates.
Here is a link to the rules and regs for the state on big game hunting it also shows the season dates for big game and the areas I refered to in my post. I'm in the Eastern maximum season which is highlited in green. I think you would also be in this area in Raleigh. rules and regs
There is a couple of magazines that are published that offer good info on NC hunting and fishing if you would like a copy of them email me your addy and I will pick up a copy and send em to you.
Hope this helps a little.