Hunting in B.C.
2021 Special Mountain Sheep draw is now closed for applications.
The deadline for applications was 11:59:59 pm September 25, 2020. Check back here for an announcement when the draw has been run.
Due to the unknowns surround COVID-19, applicants must take into consideration the following:
- The possibility that the Province may move back to more restrictive health orders and/or recommendations that may limit travel and access to hunts
- The policy of the Ministry is to not provide refunds should you not be able to partake in your hunt opportunity due to restrictions in place to protect the health and safety of British Columbians
- Only some FrontCounter BC offices are now open, with restrictions. Check individual offices for opening information before visiting.
- Some retail vendor locations may be closed. Call ahead to confirm.
- Please see the instructions for help submitting applications (PDF, 476 KB)
- Support for submitting applications online is available through FrontCounter BC at 1-877-855-3222
2020 Fall Limited Entry Hunting Draw
The 2020 Fall Limited Entry Hunting Draw has been run.
You may check the results of the draw by signing in to BC Hunting online, 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 harvest your Harvest Report for shared limited entry hunting.
What's New to BC Hunting Online?
The Wildlife and Habitat Branch is pleased to inform that guide outfitter reports and royalty payments, permit to accompany reports and royalty payments and guiding territory certificate transactions have transitioned to BC Hunting online.These transactions will be linked to your Fish and Wildlife ID.
In addition, non-resident aliens can now produce a copy of their passport or driver’s licence that has been certified as a true copy by a B.C. lawyer or B.C. notary public, when required in the field upon request of an officer.
Attention Guide Outfitters
Guide outfitters can now complete and submit guide outfitter reports using BC Hunting online by logging into their Fish and Wildlife ID profile. Upon submission, a copy of the guide outfitter report will be automatically sent to the guided hunter’s Fish and Wildlife profile. View the guide outfitter report section of the website for more information.
Renewing your B.C. Resident Credential
Access the Step-By-Step guide for help.
Resident hunters are required to prove they are a resident of British Columbia every 3 years.
- For more information, view the B.C Residency section
Hunting during Fire Season
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 www.gov.bc.ca/hunting
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:
At a participating vendor (we recommend you call ahead). 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.