Hunting Licences

The Province has introduced electronic-based hunting licences. You can now buy your licences online, or at any Service BC, FrontCounter BC or vendor location.

When you buy a licence, the licence information is associated to your online Fish and Wildlife profile. Only species licences will continue to be paper-based. Non-species licences won’t have a paper version.

Conservation Officers can now access your Fish and Wildlife profile on their mobile devices or in-car computers, allowing them to view your credentials, licences, permit to accompany a non-resident or non-resident alien to hunt big game and limited entry hunting authorizations. Your species licence also has a barcode that can be scanned, allowing the conservation officer to verify if the licence is valid.

Species Licences

  • Each species licence has a barcode that is linked to your Fish and Wildlife profile.
  • You must carry all of your species licences for the applicable year, including both cancelled and uncancelled species licences, while hunting.
  • Your Fish & Wildlife ID must appear on your species licence.
  • You must notch your species licence to cancel it as soon as you harvest an animal. 
  • If you buy your species licence online, it will be mailed to you. You cannot buy a species licence online and pick it up in-person. If you want to hunt within a few days you have the option to buy your species licences at a vendor or at any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location where you will receive your licences immediately.
  • Some species licences require a two-day waiting period before they can be used. The 2-day waiting period begins at 12:01 am the day AFTER you buy your licence. For example, if you buy a licence at 10:00 am on November 1, the two-day waiting period ends at 12:01 am on November 4.

Your licences will be visible on your Fish and Wildlife profile. If you buy your licences at a vendor, Service BC or FrontCounter BC location, you’ll be given a receipt that will include each licence you bought, and the licence number. If you buy online, you can print or view your receipt at any time. You don’t need to carry this receipt when you’re hunting, but it’s proof that you have bought licences.

For more information on hunting licences and how to apply please see the Frequently Asked Questions and Quick Reference Guides.