B.C. Resident Hunting

Hunting offers residents the opportunity to explore B.C.'s world-renowned back-country and enjoy the natural wonders of our province. Hunters should be familiar with B.C. Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

All resident hunters must have a Fish and Wildlife ID and hunting credentials. If you are signing on to BC Hunting Online, you will need a basic BCeID. You do not need a BCeID if you go to a participating vendor, a Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.

Definition of B.C. Resident

Under the Wildlife Act, a B.C. resident is a person who is:

  1. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, whose only or primary residence is in British Columbia and who has been physically present in British Columbia for the greater portion of each of 6 calendar months out of the 12 calendar months immediately before doing a thing under the Wildlife Act

OR

  1. A person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, whose only or primary residence is in British Columbia and who has been physically present in British Columbia for the greater portion of each of the 12 calendar months immediately before doing a thing under the Wildlife Act

Licences

There are three types of hunting licences available to B.C. residents:

  • Hunting Licence
  • Initiation Hunting Licence
  • Youth Hunting Licence

A hunting licence, in combination with the appropriate species licence (if required), provides a hunter with a personal bag limit.

Firearm Regulations

As a resident of B.C., you need a federal firearms licence (PAL or POL) in order to legally possess firearms here. The old Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC) is expired and must be converted to PAL. For more information please visit Canadian Firearms Program.

If you do not own a firearm and your hunting partner lends you one, provided that he or she directly and immediately supervises you, you may hunt with that firearm. The person supervising must have a federal firearms licence (PAL or POL).

Youth (ages 10 to 17 inclusive) who hunt in B.C. must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) who holds a valid hunting licence. Under the Wildlife Act, “accompanied” means to remain:

  • In the company of the other person
  • Able to see the other person without the aid of any device other than ordinary corrective lenses
  • Able to communicate by unamplified voice with the other person

For more information on resident hunting, licence fees and how to submit an application for a licence, permit or authorization please see B.C. Resident Hunting Credentials, B.C. Resident Licences, Frequently Asked Questions and Quick Reference Guides.