Licenses & Permits
License requirements are listed by game animal throughout this book. For many wildlife species a “hunting license” is one of those requirements. There are many different types of “hunting licenses” that meet this requirement, and rather than listing all of them with every species, we have listed them below. So, if a “hunting license” is required, you must possess any one of the following:
If you are a resident
a “hunting license” is any one of the following:
- Annual Hunting License
- Annual Combination Hunting/Fishing License
- Annual Youth Hunting License
- Annual Youth Combination Hunting/Fishing License
- Fiscal-Year Hunting License
- Fiscal-Year Combination Hunting/Fishing License
- Fiscal-Year Youth Hunting License
- Fiscal-Year Youth Combination Hunting/Fishing License
- 5-Year Hunting License
- 5-Year Combination Hunting/Fishing License
- 5-Year Disability Hunting License
- Lifetime Hunting License
- Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License
- Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting/Fishing License (under 60 percent disability)
- Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting/Fishing License (60 percent or more disability)
- Lifetime Senior Citizen Hunting License
- Lifetime Senior Citizen Combination Hunting/Fishing LicenseIf you are a nonresident
a “hunting license” is any one of the following:
- Nonresident Annual Hunting License
- Nonresident Fiscal-Year Hunting License
- Nonresident 5-Day Hunting LicenseNote: Nonresidents who hold a resident lifetime license (hunting or combination) have the same exemptions as a resident lifetime license-holder.The Nonresident Lifetime Hunting, Nonresident Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing, Lifetime Nonresident Small Game Hunting and Lifetime Nonresident Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing licenses are no longer available for purchase. However, these licenses are honored for people already possessing one.
I’m a Resident Hunter. What Licenses Do I Need?
This is a reference chart only. Please read through this guide for complete information about hunter education, license requirements, and exemptions. This chart does not apply to good-for-life licenses such as the lifetime hunting or senior citizen licenses.
|Species Hunted||License(s) residents need:|
|Deer: Archery||Hunting license & Deer archery license for each deer hunted (must be valid for the current calendar year)|
|Deer: Youth Gun||All: Youth deer gun license (antlered or antlerless) for each deer hunted. In addition: |
• 16-17 years old: hunting license
• Younger than 16: exempt from hunting license
• Youths may also harvest a turkey in counties having a fall rifle turkey season, provided the hunter has a Fall turkey license.
|Deer: Muzzleloader||Hunting license & Deer muzzleloader license (antlered or antlerless) for each deer hunted|
|Deer: Gun||Hunting license & Deer gun license (antlered or antlerless) for each deer hunted|
|Deer: Holiday Antlerless||Hunting license & Holiday antlerless deer gun license|
|Elk||Hunting license & Elk license for each elk hunted and written landowner permission|
|Antelope||Hunting license & Antelope license for each antelope hunted and written landowner permission|
|Bear: Archery||Hunting license & Bear license (Must be purchased prior to the start of archery season.)|
|Bear: Muzzleloader||Hunting license & Bear license |
(must be purchased prior to the start of muzzleloader season).
|Squirrel, Rabbit or Prairie Dog||Hunting license|
|Hog (feral swine)||Depends on the time of year. No hunting license is required to pursue hog, except on public lands. However, individuals pursuing hog on private land during any open antelope, bear, deer, or elk firearm seasons must have the appropriate license for that season.|
|Quail & Pheasant||Hunting license|
|Turkey: Fall Archery||Hunting license & Fall turkey license|
|Turkey: Fall Gun||Hunting license & Fall turkey license|
|Turkey: Youth Spring||Hunting license & Spring turkey license|
|Turkey: Spring||Hunting license & Spring turkey license for each bird hunted|
|Dove, Rail (sora & Virginia), Gallinule (purple gallinule & common moorhen), Woodcock, Common Snipe||Hunting license & HIP (Harvest Information Program) permit|
|Teal,Resident Canada Goose, |
Waterfowl (Ducks, Geese)
|Hunting license & HIP (Harvest Information Program) permit & State Waterfowl Stamp & Federal Migratory Bird Stamp|
Anyone buying a hunting or season specific license who has not completed Hunter Education Certification will have the hunter education number on that particular license designated as apprentice. An individual who is in possession of an “apprentice-designated” license must abide by accompanying hunter requirements. For those requirements as well as apprentice-designated qualifications, see below:
- Hunters 30 and younger: Anyone who is not Hunter Education-certified may buy a hunting license that is apprentice-designated. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
- Hunters 9 and younger: Anyone who is not Hunter Education-certified may buy a hunting license that is apprentice-designated. Such hunters must abide by accompanying hunter requirements.
- Accompanying hunter requirements: A person 18 or older who is licensed (unless exempt) and Hunter Education-certified (unless exempt). For big game hunting, an accompanying hunter must be within arm’s length of the apprentice hunter or close enough to take immediate control of the firearm or bow of the apprentice. For small game hunting, the accompanying hunter must be within sight of and able to communicate with the apprentice in a normal voice without aid.
- Anyone 31 or older is not required to have Hunter Education Certification to buy a hunting license.