B.C. Resident Hunting
Hunting provides British Columbians an opportunity to get out into British Columbia’s world-renowned backcountry and enjoy the natural wonders of our province.
Resident hunters should be familiar with B.C. hunting laws and regulations.
B.C. resident hunters will need a Fish & Wildlife ID (FWID) to apply for Limited Entry Hunting or to buy a hunting licence.
The FWID replaces the old B.C. resident Hunter Number card. There is no cost to obtain one. Your FWID is linked to your personal online profile, which can be updated at any time.
Resident hunting credentials provide proof that you are qualified to hunt in British Columbia.
Hunters can apply for their FWID and hunting credentials using the new online service:
Definition of B.C. Resident
Under the Wildlife Act, a B.C. resident is:
- 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 6 calendar months out of the 12 calendar months immediately preceding the date of making an application under this Act or doing another thing relevant to the operation of this Act
- A person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but 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 preceding the date of making an application under this Act or doing another thing relevant to the operation of this Act
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.
As a resident of the British Columbia, you need a Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC) or the new federal firearms licence (PAL or POL) in order to legally possess firearms in B.C.
If you do not own a firearm and your hunting partner lends you a firearm, as long as he or she provides direct and immediate supervision, you may hunt with that firearm. The person supervising will need a federal firearms licence.
Youth (ages 10 to 17 inclusive) who participate in hunting 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:
- 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 that person