Hunting in B.C.

The 2019 fall limited entry hunting draw has been run.

You may check the result of the draw by signing in to BC Hunting Online, visiting a FrontCounter BC or Service BC office, or by contacting the FrontCounter BC contact centre at 1-877-855-3222. Limited entry hunting authorizations will not be mailed to successful applicants. You do not need to carry your limited entry hunting authorization while hunting. You are required to carry and complete upon a harvest your Harvest Report for shared limited entry hunting.

Need help with renewing your B.C. Resident Credential?  See the Step By Step guide here.

Please note that resident hunters are required to prove they are a resident of British Columbia every 3 years.  For more information click here to view the B.C Residency section.

New hunting restrictions for moose in the Chilcotin

See Important Notices for more information

WILDFIRE NOTICE Stay up to date on regulation changes and vehicle/access restrictions during wildfire season. While planning your hunting expedition please see B.C. Wildfire Service Fire Bans and Restrictions for the most up to date information. For in-season changes to Wildlife Act regulations visit

New Non-Resident Licence Types Starting in 2018/19

The Province of B.C. introduced restricted and unrestricted non-resident/non-resident alien hunting licences in hunting licence year 2018/19. You must complete hunter safety training to be eligible to apply for an unrestricted licence and hunt small game unaccompanied. This new policy is in effect on March 1, 2018, affecting pre-sales.

Please note that the licence fees remain the same. For more information on restricted and unrestricted non-resident hunting licences click on Non-Resident Hunting on the left side bar.

All hunters should be familiar with B.C. hunting laws and regulations.

Resident hunters need a Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID) to apply for Limited Entry Hunting or to buy a hunting licence.

Where to Buy

You can buy hunting licences or Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) applications in a number of ways:

In Person

At any Service BC or FrontCounter BC office, or at a participating vendor. You will need:

  • Photo ID
  • FWID (or Hunter Number)
  • Hunt codes (for LEH)


Through the BC Hunting online service.  You will need:

  • A Basic or Personal BCeID
  • Your Fish & Wildlife ID or your Hunter Number  
  • A credit card for online payment
  • Hunt codes (for LEH) which are listed in the LEH Regulations Synopsis (PDF, 11.7MB). You can also view them online when you apply.

You can apply for your FWID and hunting credentials online or at Service BC or FrontCounter BC. 

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.

Need Help With the BC Hunting Online System?

Please click here for About BC Hunting Online.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Please click here for Step-by-Step Instructions and Quick Reference Guides