Non-resident Hunting Licences & Fees

The following hunting licenses are available to non-residents and non-resident aliens of British Columbia.

A non-resident is a person who is not a resident but who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, or whose primary residence is elsewhere in Canada and has resided in Canada for the preceding 12 months.

A non-resident alien is a person who is neither a B.C. resident nor a non-resident.

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

Hunting Licences

Licence

Fee

HCTF Surcharge

Hunting Licence issued to:

A non-resident to hunt wildlife

$53

$22

A non-resident alien to hunt wildlife

$126

$54

A non-resident applicant for a youth licence

$6

$1

A person to hunt in the Gulf Islands special hunting area

$2

$0

A person to hunt in the Fraser Valley special area

$8

$2

Species Licences

Licence

Fee

HCTF Surcharge

Non-resident and non-resident alien Species Licence to hunt:

Bison

$490

$210

Black bear

$126

$54

Bobcat

$28

$12

Caribou

$161

$69

Cougar

$161

$69

Elk

$175

$75

Grizzly bear

$1000

$30

Lynx

$28

$12

Moose

$175

$75

Mountain Goat

$245

$105

Mountain Sheep

$434

$186

Mule Deer

$88

$37

Haida Gwaii Deer

$18

$7

Upland Game Birds

$35

$15

White-tailed Deer

$88

$37

Wolf

$35

$15

Wolverine

$28

$12

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.

Replacement Licences

Licence

Fee

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

A youth hunting licence (paper only)

$1

A Gulf Islands Special Area hunting licence (paper only)

$1

All species licence replacements

$10

Fees for duplicate licences have increased. Duplicate 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 This form has been replaced by the Statement of Loss.

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 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.

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
  • Two initiation hunting licence holders at one time

Bag Limits

The holder of the youth licence does not have an individual bag limit for game.

Individual species licences may not be purchased under the youth hunting licence. The supervising hunter must hold the appropriate uncancelled species licence for any species that is hunted. Any game killed by a youth must be accounted for and is part of the bag limit of the supervising hunter.

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.