General Hunting Tips

Hunting Basics: Where Do I Get a License?

The good news is there are lots of places you can quickly and easily get your hunting license. But first, it’s important to know why you need a license. Watch the short video below to find out.

Buying a license directly supports the wildlife and outdoors areas in your state, including habitat restoration, fish stocking, wildlife management, and more. By following the law and purchasing a hunting license, you ensure a legacy of hunting for the future.

The first place to look for a license is your state hunting agency website. If you’re not sure what that is, start by searching for “hunting license” with your state name. If you meet all the legal requirements, such as age and completion of a hunter safety course, you’ll be able to pay the fee. In most states, you can now buy your license online and have it mailed to you!

If you’d rather go in person, visit the regional offices for your state wildlife agency. You can find the address through their website or with a quick search. You can also buy a license from agency vendors, such as gun stores, sporting good shops, and even some supermarkets or small businesses.

You’ll pick the type of license you want—including the type of animal you’re interested in hunting—and then you’ll be ready! Your license will have limits on when you can hunt (the “season”) and may have limits on where. If you have any questions, a representative from your state agency is the best person to ask. They’re happy to help you begin your hunt safely!

Happy hunting!