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Hunting Licenses/Privileges Needed

Identify What You Need

Below provides a quick reference for the types of hunting licenses or privileges required based on the species you are hunting. These apply to both residents and nonresidents.

Deer and Bear Hunting Licenses/Privileges Requirements

Deer and Bear Hunting Season Implement Licenses/Privileges Required
(X = required; blank space = not required)
Hunting
License
Bowhunting
Privilege
Muzzleloading
Privilege
Regular Season
for ages 12-13
Bow only X X
Regular Season
for ages 14+
Firearm X
Bow X X1
Muzzleloader X
Crossbow X2
Special Bowhunting Season Bow only X X
Crossbow X2 X2
Special Muzzleloading Season Muzzleloader only X X
Crossbow X2 X

1 When hunting with a bow during the regular deer and bear hunting season (for ages 14+), either a bowhunting privilege or a valid bowhunter education certificate may be used.
2 Must be 14+. Crossbow Qualification required. See Big Game Seasons for allowable dates.

Small Game Mammals & Furbearers Hunting Licenses/Privileges Requirements

Species Licenses/Privileges Required
(X = required; blank space = not required)
Hunting
License
Other
Requirements
Small game mammals:
squirrels, cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare,
porcupine, woodchuck, and reptiles & amphibians
X
Furbearers:
red & gray fox, coyote, raccoon, bobcat,
skunk, mink, weasel and opossum.
X For bobcat, a special permit may
apply depending on the area
you hunt. Visit the bobcat hunting
page for details.

Game Bird Hunting Licenses/Privileges Requirements

Species Licenses/Privileges Required
(X = required; blank space = not required)
Hunting
License
Turkey
Permit
Harvest Info.
Program
Federal Duck
Stamp
Turkey X X
Woodcock X X
Grouse, Quail, Pheasant X
Ducks, Geese, Rails (Waterfowl) X X X

Fees and Descriptions

For details on cost, how to purchase, and more go to the Hunting Licenses page .