Hunting Licences

Hunting licences are available to those who meet the following general requirements, in addition to the residency-specific requirements below:

  • 10 years of age or older
  • Hold a valid FWID
  • Not suspended or prohibited from holding a licence under the Wildlife Act

Types of hunting licences

There are 4 types of hunting licences available in B.C.:

B.C. Resident Hunting Licence

B.C Resident Hunting Licence is available to those who meet the following requirements:

Seniors (65 years of age or older) are eligible for a B.C. Resident Hunting Licence at a reduced cost.

Non-Resident Hunting Licence

Non-residents are required to hold a hunting licence to hunt in British Columbia. For more information, visit Non-Resident Hunting.

All non-residents who wish to hunt upland game birds must also hold an Upland Game Bird Licence. For more information see Species licences.

The following licences are available to non-residents:

Available to a person who:

This type of licence allows you to hunt small game unaccompanied. You must be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting big game.

Available to a person who:

This type of licence allows you to hunt small game unaccompanied. You must be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting big game.

Available to a person who:

This type of licence requires you to be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting both small and big game.

Available to a person who:

This type of licence requires you to be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting both small and big game.

 


Purchasing a hunting licence and fees

Hunting licences can be purchased:

Conditions of a hunting licence:  In additional to all general licence conditions, if hunting deer in Region 4, please view your issued electronic hunting licences for licence conditions related to Chronic Wasting Disease. Directions for submission of white tailed deer or mule deer for testing can be found on the Chronic Wasting Disease Testing webpage.

Licence fees

Prices listed below show the licence fee and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) surcharge. Prices do not include 5% GST.

Licence type Fee HCTF Surcharge
B.C. resident hunting licence $25 $7
B.C. resident hunting licence, 65 years of age or older $6 $1
B.C. resident youth licence $6 $1
B.C. resident initiation licence $15 $4
Gulf Islands special hunting area licence $2 $0
Fraser Valley special hunting area licence $8 $2
 
Licence Fee HCTF Surcharge
Restricted Non-Resident licence $53 $22
Unrestricted Non-Resident licence $53 $22
Restricted Non-Resident Alien licence $126 $54
Unrestricted Non-Resident Alien licence $126 $54
Non-resident/non-residen alien youth licence $6 $1
Gulf Islands special hunting area licence $2 $0
Fraser Valley special area licence $8 $2

Refunds

It is important to review licences to ensure they are correct, prior to completing your purchase. With few exceptions, licences are non-refundable and non-transferable.

For more information on refunds, view the Refund of Fees policy (PDF, 1.13MB).

Refund requests must be received in writing and the licences requested for a refund must be forwarded for review to the Wildlife and Habitat Branch at  FishandWildlife@gov.bc.ca with the subject line “Refund Request”.

Refunds will not be issued if you bought a licence and did not use it, or you bought the wrong licence.