Non-resident Hunting in B.C.

Non-resident hunters should be familiar with B.C. hunting laws and regulations.

Before you hunt, make sure:

  • You have a non-resident or non-resident alien hunting licence
  • You have species licences for those species you intend to hunt
  • The species you wish to hunt are in the area you plan to hunt in
  • You will need an Accompany to Hunt Permit if hunting big game.

Definition of Non-resident

Under the Wildlife Act, a non-resident is a person who:

  1. Is not a B.C. resident but who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada


  1. Is not a B.C. resident but whose only or primary residence is in Canada and has resided in Canada for the 12 month period immediately before doing a thing under the Act

A non-resident alien means a person who is neither a B.C. resident nor a non-resident.

Types of Game

Big game includes:

  • Deer, elk, moose & caribou
  • Mountain sheep & mountain goat
  • Cougar, lynx & bobcat
  • Wolf
  • Black bear
  • Wolverine

All non-resident hunters wishing to hunt big game in the Province of British Columbia are required to be accompanied by a registered guide outfitter or by a resident who holds an Accompany to Hunt Permit.

Small game includes:

  • Game birds
  • Fox & coyote
  • Raccoon & skunk
  • Hare

All non-resident hunters wishing to hunt small game may do so without the being accompanied by a guide outfitter or a resident who holds an Accompany to Hunt Permit.

Guide Outfitters

Guide outfitters employ assistant guides to assist in providing guiding services. Guide outfitters set their own guiding fees.

It is suggested that you contact several guide outfitters in the area of your choice to obtain full particulars regarding:

  • Species of game available
  • Recommended period to hunt
  • Rates
  • Services provided
  • Reservations

The assurance of a successful and enjoyable hunt is most dependent upon a clear understanding between the hunter and guide outfitter as to what each expects from the other.

A licensed guide may not have more than two hunters in the field at one time.


In order to apply for a Non-Resident Hunting License , the Hunting Guide or Accompanying Hunter of the Non-Resident must have applied for and been issued an Accompany To Hunt Permit.

Apply for a hunting licence and species licence:

Mail your application, accompanied by your remittance in Canadian Funds by Bank Money Order or Draft on a Canadian Bank, 60 days in advance of your hunting trip to any Service BC location or to the Fish & Wildlife Branch:

Ministry of Environment
Victoria, B.C.  V8W 9M4

Alternatively, you may purchase your licences from a Service BC office from Monday to Friday during business hours.

If you have booked your guide or your accompanying hunter has received their permit, you may purchase your hunting licences through the mail. Please communicate with your guide outfitter or permit holder about the purchase of your licences because they may purchase them on your behalf. Have a clear understanding with your guide as to who is purchasing the licences.

It is an offence to have more than one licence and the monies for this type of error are non-refundable.

Firearm Regulations

To bring firearms into Canada for hunting purposes, non-residents from outside of the country must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Declare firearms at the first point of entry into the country

To declare firearms, non-residents must fill out a firearm declaration form which must be confirmed by a Canadian customs officer.