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License & Permit Fees

Virginia Bird Hunting

(Issuance fee is included in all prices.)

Resident and nonresident licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase except the bear license, deer/turkey license, and the Virginia migratory waterfowl conservation stamp (which are valid July 1-June 30 only), the apprentice hunting license (valid for 2 years from date of purchase), and lifetime licenses. The bear license and deer/turkey license that are part of a package (e.g. Sportsman’s License or combo licenses) are also only valid July 1–June 30. For information on Hunter Education requirements go to www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education.

Resident Hunting Licenses

Licenses

Fee

Resident Sportsman’s License (age 16 and older)

$133.00

Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, muzzleloading license, freshwater fishing license, and trout license.
Resident Hunting License* (age 16 and older)
1-year license

$23.00

2-year license

$44.00

3-year license

$65.00

4-year license

$86.00

Resident County or City Hunting License* (age 16 and older)

$16.00

For county or city of residence only.
Resident Apprentice Hunting License*

$11.00

Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
Resident Senior Citizen Hunting License* (age 65 and over)

$9.00

Resident Annual Hunting License for 70 Percent Partially Disabled Veterans

$12.00

Resident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent service-connected disability upon certification. Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the headquarters office or via a mail-in application. Application available online.
Resident Junior Hunting License*
(age 12 to 15; optional for under 12 years old)

$8.50

Resident Youth Combination Hunting License (age 12 to 15)

$16.00

Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, and muzzleloading license.
Resident Junior Lifetime Hunting License (under age 12)

$255.00

No annual bear license, deer/turkey license required until age 12. National Forest Stamp, State Forest Use Permit, and Bonus Deer Permits, if applicable, are required in addition to this license. Upon proof of completion of a hunter education course or equivalent, the license is transferable to a lifetime hunting license at no additional fee. Available through the headquarters office or by mail.
Resident Legacy Lifetime Hunting License

$125.00

Must be purchased before age 2. Available through the headquarters office or by mail.
Resident Lifetime Hunting License
Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the headquarters office or by mail.
Age 12-44 (hunter education course required under age 16)

$260.00

Age 45-50

$210.00

Age 51-55

$160.00

Age 56-60

$110.00

Age 61-64

$60.00

Age 65 and over

$20.00

Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special Hunting Lifetime License

$15.00

Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be obtained in person at the headquarters office or via a mail-in application. Application available online.
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Veteran Resident Lifetime Hunting License

no charge

For qualified resident disabled veterans. Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, and muzzleloading license. All other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the headquarters office or via a mail-in application. Application available online. A license for freshwater fishing is also available.

Nonresident Hunting Licenses

Licenses

Fee

Nonresident Hunting License* (age 16 and older)

$111.00

Nonresident 3-Day Hunt License* (age 16 and older)

$60.00

Must be 3 consecutive days
Nonresident Apprentice Hunting License*

$21.00

Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
Nonresident Annual Hunting License for 70 Percent Partially Disabled Veterans

$56.00

Nonresident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent service-connected disability. Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the headquarters office or via a mail-in application. Application available online.
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Nonresident Veteran Annual Hunting License

$28.50

For nonresident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having a total and permanent disability that is service connected. Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this hunting license. Can be purchased in person at the headquarters office or via a mail-in application. Application available online.
Nonresident Junior Hunting License* (under age 12)

$13.00

Nonresident Junior Hunting License* (age 12 to 15)

$16.00

Nonresident Youth Combination Hunting License (under age 16)

$31.00

Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license, archery license, and muzzleloading license.
Nonresident Legacy Hunting License

$250.00

Must be purchased before age 2. Available through the headquarters office or by mail.
Nonresident Lifetime Hunting License

$555.00

Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the headquarters office or by mail.
* Annual bear license, deer/turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license.

Miscellaneous Licenses, Permits, and Stamps

One or more of the following may be required in addition to a resident or nonresident hunting license.

Licenses

Fee

All blind licenses are available for purchase online at www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com or through any number of DGIF license agents throughout the state. There is an option to select if a metal plate is needed (new or replacement). If purchased online or through a license agent you will receive a license showing your blind information; the decal and metal plate (if requested) will be mailed separately within 5 to 7 business days.
Stationary Blind

$23.50

When purchasing a stationary blind license, you must provide GPS coordinates along with a description of where the blind is located. These coordinates are needed to help evaluate whether blinds are within the required distances, and they will help in future improvements of the blind licensing process. Coordinates should be reported as latitude and longitude and can be entered in one of three formats: 1) Degrees, minutes, seconds (35° 45’ 52”), 2) Degrees and decimal minutes (35° 45.87’), or 3) Decimal degrees (35.76°).
Floating Blind

$41.00

Offshore Blind Stake (limit 4 per licensee)

$6.00

Nonresident Hunting Preserve

$23.00

To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed shooting preserve, in lieu of other required licenses.

Permits

Fee

National Forest Permit

$4.00

To hunt and trap within National Forest. Not required of residents under the age of 16 to trap; residents who have an annual senior citizen hunting license ($9.00) or a lifetime license issued before 7/1/88.
Virginia State Forest Use Permit (age 16 or older)

$16.00

Allows hunting, trapping, fishing, mountain biking, and horse riding. No motorized vehicles on gated roads/trails (open or closed). Sold in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Access Permit

$4.00 per day

  • The permit fee is $4 for a daily permit or $23 for an annual permit. The access permit may be purchased online or at any license agent.
  • An access permit is not required of any person, 17 years of age or older, accessing a wildlife management area or DGIF fishing lake, if they have in their possession a valid hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license or current boat registration.
  • The access permit requirement does not apply to Department-owned boat ramps or segments of the Appalachian Trail on Department-owned land.
  • Daily group rates are available. For more information go to www.dgif.virginia.gov/access permit/.

Stamps

Fee

Federal Migratory Duck E-Stamp

$27.50

To take migratory waterfowl; required of persons 16 years of age and over in addition to hunting license. Valid July 1 through June 30.
Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp

$10.00

Required of persons 16 years of age and older, unless license exempt. Valid July 1 through June 30.

What Licenses Do I need?

To Hunt Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, or Rail

A hunting license (unless license exempt), and a HIP registration is required. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required.

To Hunt Waterfowl

A hunting license (unless license exempt), a HIP registration, a Federal Duck stamp (16 years and older), and a Virginia Duck Stamp (16 years and older, unless license exempt) are required. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required.

Where to Obtain a License

  • Online: At www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com. Select the license(s) you want, pay with your credit card, and print (if needed) your license(s) after you pay.
  • In Person: Sold by some clerks of the Circuit Court and hundreds of license agents around the state.
  • By Phone /Mobile Phone:
    1-866-721-6911 during regular
    business hours or use your GoOutdoors Virginia
    mobile app.

Don’t Forget to Register With HIP

All hunters (whether licensed or license-exempt) who plan to hunt migratory game birds including dove, waterfowl, rail, woodcock, snipe, coots, gallinules, or moorhens, must be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP). A new HIP registration is required each year. Hunters are no longer given a separate HIP number, but confirmation of your HIP registration will be printed on your license, or issued separately for license-exempt hunters. Information obtained from HIP is vital for the management of migratory birds in Virginia. Register for HIP online at www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com or call 888-788-9772.

If you DO NOT hunt the migratory birds noted above, you DO NOT need to register for HIP.