Hunting throughout the U.S. is considered one of the nation’s most popular pastimes. Prior to heading out on a hunting expedition, though, you should make sure you are properly licensed through your state’s wildlife department. Hunting licenses are issued based on a few factors such as:
There are a few advantages to being a resident when applying for a state hunting license. There are also a variety of license types for you to choose. To find out more about residential hunting licenses, read the sections outlined below:
The type of residential hunting licenses available to you depend on the state you live in, which species you will be hunting and the amount of time you would like your hunting license to be valid for. Types of residential hunting licenses in most states include:
Each of these licenses have subgroups depending on state regulations, with many of them distinguishing between the types of species the license allows you to hunt. Specialized hunting licenses for specific animal hunting seasons are offered in most states as well, with a variety of species to choose from including:
Residential status also gives you priority in states that hold lotteries for various animal hunting seasons.
Aside from the general residential hunting license, wildlife departments also offer many discounted hunting licenses to specific groups within each state. Specialized licenses that are offered by each state include:
Fees for special resident hunting licenses are significantly reduced compared to normal resident hunting licenses, with some of them even being issued for free.
Rules and regulations for obtaining residential status vary depending on the state you plan to become a resident of. All state wildlife departments make it mandatory for prospective residents to meet a few requirements before they can purchase a residential hunting license. The typical steps for receiving residency status include:
Once you have established your residency status, you are automatically eligible for resident hunting license pricing.