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How to Get a Hunting License

If that bare spot on your mantle is in need of a trophy buck, this guide will get you on your way by helping you get the proper permits.


  • Step 1: Determine type of license Determine what type of license you need. Factors to consider include your age, experience, and the type of wildlife you intend to hunt.
  • TIP: Check online with your state's Department of Natural Resources or Wildlife Department for restrictions and qualifications.
  • Step 2: Visit a location Go to an authorized vendor, such as an outdoor supplies store, big box store, or a firearm supply store. You can also visit your state's Department of Natural Resources or Wildlife Department office to get your license.
  • Step 3: Bring your ID Bring your state identification card or your driver's license when you purchase a hunting permit in person. Most states allow persons under 17-years old to get a license with an ID, but requirements vary by region.
  • Step 4: Use a previous permit Use a previous year's permit to get a new license if you forgot your ID, don't have one, or would just like to renew without any changes.
  • TIP: Some states offer a lifetime pass to eliminate the hassle of renewing each year.
  • Step 5: Purchase online Purchase your hunting license online through your state's website using a credit card if you can't go in person.
  • TIP: Most states will e-mail your license, which you can print, but some will mail it. Plan ahead in you're in a rush.
  • Step 6: Plan for cost Plan to spend between $10 and $150 per permit depending on the season, weapon, and type of game. Happy hunting!
  • FACT: The Quagga was a half horse, half Zebra subspecies that was hunted to extinction in Africa in the 1870s.

You Will Need

  • License type
  • Authorized vendor
  • Department of Natural Resources or Wildlife Department office
  • State ID card or driver's license
  • Old permit
  • License fee

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