B.C. Resident Hunting Licences & Fees

The following hunting licenses are available to residents of British Columbia.

A B.C. resident is a person who:

  1. Is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and whose only or primary residence is in British Columbia, and who has been physically present in B.C. for the greater portion of each of six months out of the preceding 12 months
  2. Is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, but whose only or primary residence is in British Columbia, and has been physically present in B.C. for the greater portion of each of the preceding 12 months

Prices are subject to change. 5 % GST is not included in the prices listed below.

Hunting Licence Fees

Licence Type

Fee

HCTF Surcharge

Hunting Licence issued to:

A resident to hunt wildlife

$25

$7

A resident, who is a Canadian citizen, 65 years of age or older, to hunt wildlife

$6

$1

A resident applicant for a youth licence

$6

$1

A resident applicant for an initiation licence

$15

$4

A person to hunt in the Gulf Islands special hunting area

$2

$0

A person to hunt in the Fraser Valley special hunting area

$8

$2

Species Licence Fees

Licence Type

Fee

HCTF Surcharge

Resident Species Licence to hunt:

Bison (LEH Only)

$56

$14

Black Bear

$16

$4

Bobcat

$7

$1

Caribou

$16

$4

Cougar

$24

$6

Elk

$20

$5

Grizzly Bear

$64

$16

Lynx

$7

$1

Moose

$20

$5

Mountain Goat

$32

$8

Mountain Sheep

$48

$12

Mule Deer

$12

$3

Haida Gwaii Deer

$8

$2

White-tailed Deer

$12

$3

Wolverine

$7

$1

The Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit is a federal government permit. It is available for purchase online, and through Canada Post Offices and some independent vendors.

Limited Entry Hunting Application Fees

Licence

Fee

HCTF Surcharge

Limited Entry Hunt

$5

$1

Special Mountain Sheep

$5

$10

Replacement Licences

Licence

Fee

Replace a species licences that was lost/destroyed/stolen:

A resident senior citizen hunting licence (paper licence only)

$1

A youth hunting licence (paper licence only)

$1

A Gulf Islands Special Area hunting licence (paper licence only)

$1

All species licence replacements

$10

Fees for duplicate licences have increased. Duplicate Senior, B.C. Disabled, Youth and Gulf Island Special Area hunting licences will remain at $1.00.

Lost, Stolen or Destroyed Licences

The Statement of Loss is a form that an individual completes when they lose their hunting or angling licences. The form does not require authorization by a B.C. Government official. The form will be available at all licence vendors as well as Service BC offices. There is no charge for this form.

Form

Fee

Statement of Loss for a lost, stolen or destroyed licence

No Charge

The Declaration Form for Lost Licences is no longer in use. This form has been replaced by the Statement of Loss.

Initiation Licence

The initiation hunting licence is a mentoring licence that allows a person, 18 years of age or older, who has never previously held a hunting licence in British Columbia, to try hunting for a one-year period.

The requirement to complete Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education is waived for this one-time-only licence.

The initiation hunting licence can be purchased at any Service BC office or local vendor. The licence costs $19.00 ($15.00 licence fee plus $4.00 Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation surcharge).

To be eligible for the initiation hunting licence, a person:

  • Must have a Fish and Wildlife ID
  • Must be a B.C. resident
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must not have held a B.C. hunting licence in the past, with the exception of a youth hunting licence
  • Must be under the close personal supervision of a licensed adult who satisfies the qualifications to be a supervising hunter

Supervising Hunter for an Initiation Hunter

A person who holds an initiation hunting licence must be accompanied by, and under the close personal supervision of, a supervising hunter who is 18 years of age or older and meets the prescribed qualifications. It is an offence for an initiation hunter to hunt without a supervising hunter.

Download the supervisor form

The prescribed qualifications to be a supervising hunter are:

  1. The person must be a resident of B.C. and hold a resident hunting licence other than an initiation hunting licence.
  2. The person must have held a hunting licence in B.C. (other than an initiation hunting licence) or a licence to hunt elsewhere in not fewer than three of any of the licence years preceding the current licence year.
  3. If the person is exempt from the requirement to hold a hunting licence, paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply and the person must have received training in hunting and previously hunted lawfully without supervision.
  4. The person must not be prohibited from carrying a firearm in any jurisdiction.

If the holder of an initiation hunting licence is hunting with a licensed guide, paragraph (b) of the prescribed qualifications does not apply to the supervising hunter.

The supervising hunter may accompany no more than:

  • Two initiation hunting licence holders at one time
  • One youth and one initiation licence holder at one time

Bag Limits

The holder of the initiation licence does not have an individual bag limit and is ineligible to obtain a species licence.

The supervising hunter must hold the appropriate uncancelled species licence for any species that is hunted. Any game harvested by the holder of an initiation licence must be accounted for and is part of the bag limit of the supervising hunter.

The holder of an initiation hunting licence is ineligible to participate in limited entry hunting.

Youth Licence

The youth hunting licence is available for youth aged 10 to 17 years, inclusive.

The youth hunting licence can be purchased at any Service BC office or local vendor. The licence costs $7.00.

A parent or guardian must purchase, as well as hold, the youth hunting licence on behalf of the youth. To purchase the youth hunting licence, the parent or the guardian must sign a written undertaking form (previously known as an Acknowledgement of Responsibility form), confirming that the parent or guardian will be fully responsible for the actions of his or her child or ward while the child or ward is hunting or carrying a firearm in B.C. The form must be submitted with the application for hunting licences. A hunting licence cannot be issued to a youth without this form.

Previously, the age range of the youth hunting licence was 10 to 13 years. The age range of the licence was expanded to ensure that hunting remains affordable for youth and their families. It also makes it easier for youth ages 14 to 17 to give hunting a try and to have more mentorship opportunities, as they are no longer required to first complete the Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) course. A youth who is a B.C. resident and has completed CORE may purchase an adult hunting licence; however, a FWID and resident hunting credentials are required.

Supervising Hunter for a Youth Hunter

Youth who participate in hunting in B.C. must be accompanied by, and under the close personal supervision of, an adult 18 years or age or older, who holds a hunting licence (unless exempted) and meets the qualifications as a supervising hunter.

A supervising hunter must be 18 years of age or older, hold a hunting licence (other than an initiation hunting licence) or be exempted from holding a hunting licence, and meet the prescribed qualifications.

The prescribed qualifications to be a supervising hunter are:

  1. If the person is a resident, the person must hold a FWID and resident hunting credentials (unless exempted)
  2. If the person is a non-resident or non-resident alien, the person must have passed a hunter safety training course anywhere in Canada or the USA
  3. The person must have held a hunting licence in B.C. (other than an initiation hunting licence) or a licence to hunt elsewhere in not fewer than three of any of the licence years preceding the current licence year (or be exempted from holding a licence)
  4. If the person is registered under the Indian Act (Canada) and residing in B.C., items (a) to (c) do not apply and the person must have received training in hunting and previously hunted lawfully without supervision
  5. The person must not be prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm

If the youth, on whose behalf a youth hunting licence has been issued, is hunting with a licensed guide, items (a) to (c) of the prescribed qualifications do not apply to the supervising hunter.

The supervising hunter may accompany no more than:

  • Two youth hunting licence holders at one time
  • One youth and one initiation licence holder at one time

Bag Limits

The holder of the youth licence does not have an individual bag limit and is ineligible to obtain a species licence .

The supervising hunter must hold the appropriate uncancelled species licence for any species that is hunted. Any game harvested by a youth must be accounted for and is part of the bag limit of the supervising hunter.

A B.C. resident youth who holds a valid youth hunting licence may hunt in a Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) if accompanied by, and under the close supervision of, an adult who holds a valid species licence and a valid LEH authorization. The supervising hunter must cancel the species licence when an animal is harvested and it is part of their bag limit.

If the youth, on whose behalf a youth hunting licence has been issued, is hunting with a licensed guide, the youth is allowed their own bag limits for small game only.

Refunds

It is important to review the licences to ensure they are correct prior to completing your purchase. Licences are non-refundable and non-transferable with few exceptions.

Refund requests must be received in writing and the licences requested for a refund must be forwarded to the Fish & Wildlife Branch:

4th Floor, 2975 Jutland Road
Victoria BC
V8T 5J9 for review

Refunds will not be issued if you bought a licence and did not use it, or you bought the wrong species licence.