Helpful Tips For Securing a Deer Hunting License


Securing a deer hunting license is one of the first things you need to do prior to organizing your hunting trip. This license is not simply for fun but for very specific purposes, for both the fish, game and wildlife authorities as well as the hunter. Keep in mind that while many of the regulations for obtaining a license are the same from state to state, each state typically has some of its own rules so for the state in which you plan to deer hunt, it is  imperative that you get a copy of the current regulations.

The deer hunting license must be carried every time you hunt so if an official from the fish, game and wildlife department were to check you could be covered. Without having the license on your person, you would not only be booted from the hunt but also charged a significant penalty. A deer hunting license is designed to help officials know the name of the person hunting, where the person is hunting, and the type of deer being hunted. Additionally, a deer hunting license makes it possible for laws in each state to be enforced.

Although deer hunting is needed every year to keep the population down to a safe level, hunts need to be controlled. If officials were not able to follow people using the hunting license, we would see hundreds of thousands of people tromping on private land, hunting unsafely, injuring deer without following through to finish the kill and more. Therefore, a deer hunting license is an imperative part of this activity for both the official, as well as the hunter.

The price for a deer hunting license would vary slightly for each state. In addition, a resident of that state would pay a lower fee to obtain a license than someone who is not a full-time resident. Other residency requirements for getting a hunting license seen for most states includes being a permanent resident for a minimum of six months, being a legal voter and having completed a hunter’s safety course.

We wanted to provide you with some examples of what would be required to obtain a deer hunting license for residents but again, rules for non-residents are different.

• Members of the armed forces being on active duty and stationed in the state

• Students enrolled in one of the state’s universities

• Unnaturalized individuals who own property in the state for a minimum of five years

There are also exceptions in which some residents are not required to secure a deer hunting license. In this case, the people in situations listed below would not require a basic license, whether using a bow, muzzleloader, shotgun or rifle.

• A resident or non-resident as well as his or her spouse, children, grandchildren and parents that hunt on owned land

• Tenants that rent on land would also not require a deer hunting license although they would need to obtain written permission from the official landowner

• Any individual 65 years of age and over hunting on private land in the county or city in which he/she lives

• Hunters age 12 and under who are residents of the state although individuals of this same age who are non-residents would need a license but always supervised by an adult

• A person assisting a disabled hunter would not require a license nor would anyone possessing a state Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime license

• Any American or Native American Indian living on the land being hunted

• A stockholder who owns 50% of the land on which the deer is being hunted


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