Limited Entry Hunting (LEH)
The 2020 spring limited entry hunting draw is now open to applications.
The deadline for applications is Friday February 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Apply early to avoid the last minute rush.
The 2020 Special Mountain Sheep resident draw has been run.
You may check the result of the draw by signing in to BC Hunting Online, visiting a FrontCounter BC or Service BC office, or by contacting the FrontCounter BC contact centre at 1-877-855-3222.
The 2019 Fall Limited Entry Hunting Draw has been run.
You may check the result of the draw by signing in to BC Hunting Online, visiting a FrontCounter BC or Service BC office, 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 a harvest your Harvest Report for shared limited entry hunting.
Important messages for SUCCESSFUL applicants of the 2019 Fall LEH Draw.
Below are important messages for ONLY THOSE who have won a LEH authorization. Clicking on the link below does not mean you won a LEH authorization, and is not authorizing you to hunt in these areas. Hunters must log into their online hunting profile or contact their local Service BC or FrontCounter BC office to check their results.
Please Note: This list is not authorizing you to hunt in these areas these messages are for LEH winners only.
Bison in Region 7B; hunt codes 0001 to 0015. Click here for important information.
Mule Deer in MUs 5-04 and 5-05; hunt codes 7043 and 7044. Click here for important message.
Elk in MU 8-04 Zone A; hunt codes 2212 and 2213. Click here important message.
Antlerless Elk in MUs 1-10 Zone B, C, D, E, F, 1-06 Zone A and 1-09 Zone A; hunt codes 2006, 2008, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2021 to 2025. Click here for important message.
Moose in MUs 5-05 and 5-04 Zone B; hunt codes 4163 to 4168. Click here for important message.
Moose in in MU 5-04 Zone A; hunt codes 4160 to 4162. Click here for important message.
Mountain Goat in MU 4-16 Zone B; hunt code 5030. Click here for important message.
Mountain Goat in MU 5-04 Zones B, E and H; hunt code 5090, 5091 and 5093.
Click here for important message.
Mountain Goat in MU 5-04 Zones F and J; hunt code 5092 and 5094. Click here for important message.
Mountain Goat in MU 5-04 Zone A; hunt code 5089. Click here for important message.
Mountain Sheep in Region 8; hunt codes 6036 to 6040. Click here for important message.
About Limited Entry Hunting
There are two types of hunting seasons available to licensed hunters in British Columbia: general open seasons (GOS) and limited entry hunting (LEH). General open seasons are open to all licensed hunters, and harvest is managed through season length, restrictions on class of animal and bag limits.
Limited entry hunting gives wildlife managers the ability to more closely control the number of hunters that can hunt a species, or class of species, in a specific area and during a specific time, and is generally in place when additional control, beyond what is feasible through a GOS, is required. The province has substantial hunting opportunities through both GOS and LEH, and the use of each system provides a balance of hunting opportunities in the best interest of the public and the resource.
LEH draws are random. The previous year's odds are published beside each hunt to give an indication of the likelihood of a successful application, but this is not a guarantee of success.
Successful applicants have their chances reduced in subsequent draws in order to improve the chances of those who have been unsuccessful.
Important: For shared hunts only, hunters are required to carry a paper Record of Harvest form while hunting. The Record of Harvest form is on the bottom part of the shared limited entry hunting authorization. Your shared limited entry hunting authorization is available online in your Fish and Wildlife profile. You can request a copy of your limited entry hunting authorization, which contains your Record of Harvest form, at a Service BC or FrontCounter BC Office.
All hunters 16 years of age and older are required to carry government picture ID, know their FWID and carry all of their species licences purchased for the current licence year, including both cancelled and uncancelled species licences, while hunting.
For further details about LEH in British Columbia:
- How Limited Entry Hunting Works (PDF, 127KB)
- Important information about LEH online applications
- Applying for Group/Shared hunts
- If you receive an LEH authorization, please click here to review the appropriate Zone Map