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Hunting Licenses & Fees

Every person who is required to have a license must carry such license and shall show the license immediately upon request of any officer whose duty it is to enforce the game and inland fish laws, or upon the demand of any owner or lessee, or any employee or representative of such owner or lessee, upon whose land or water such person may be hunting, trapping, or fishing.

A license is not valid unless signed by the licensee.

Residency Qualifications

  • Persons who have been a bonafide resident of the city, county, or state for six consecutive months immediately preceding the date of purchasing a license.
  • Persons who have been domiciliary residents of the state for at least two months upon approval of a completed affidavit to be furnished by the Department.
  • Legal voters in Virginia.
  • Members of the armed forces if they reside in Virginia and are on active duty and are stationed at military installations within, or on ships based in, Virginia.
  • Students (including nonresident students boarding on campus) residing in Virginia who are enrolled in bonafide Virginia schools.
  • Unnaturalized owners of real property in Virginia who have resided in a county for five years immediately prior to making application for a license may apply for resident licenses only in the county where they qualify.

License Exemptions

All persons, except those listed below, must purchase the proper licenses before hunting or trapping. Where exempt, the exemption means the individual is exempt from the basic hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, muzzleloading license, and Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp. All seasons, bag limits, and checking requirements apply.

  • Resident or non-resident landowners, their spouses, their children and grandchildren and the spouses of such children and grandchildren, or the landowner's parents, resident or nonresident, do not need a license to hunt, trap or fish (on inland waters) within the boundaries of their own lands.
  • Tenants, on the land they rent and occupy, are not required to have a license, but must have the written permission of the landowner. Persons that lease property and do not permanently reside there are not exempt from license requirements.
  • Residents, 65 years of age and over, do not need a license to hunt or trap on private property in their county or city of residence.
  • Resident hunters under the age of 12 are not required to have a hunting license or hunter education. Nonresident hunters under the age of 12 need a hunting license but do not need hunter education to purchase one. All hunters under the age of 12 may not hunt unless accompanied and directly supervised by a licensed adult.
  • Residents under the age of 16 are not required to have a license to trap when accompanied by any person 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid Virginia trapping license.
  • Any person who is not hunting, but is aiding a disabled person to hunt when such disabled person possesses a valid Virginia Disabled Resident Lifetime hunting license or a Virginia Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime license is not required to have a license.
  • Any Indian who "habitually" resides on an Indian reservation or a member of the Virginia recognized tribes who resides in the Commonwealth is not required to have a hunting or trapping license; however, such Indian must have on his person an identification card or paper signed by the chief of his tribe, a valid tribal identification card, written confirmation through a central tribal registry, or certification from a tribal office.
  • Stockholders owning 50 percent or more of the stock of any domestic corporation owning land in Virginia, his or her spouse and children and minor grandchildren, resident or nonresident, do not need a license to hunt, trap and fish within the boundaries of lands and inland waters owned by the domestic corporation.

Where to Get a License

  • Online: Select the license(s) you want, pay with your VISA or MasterCard, and print your license(s) after you pay.
  • In Person: Sold by some clerks of the Circuit Court and hundreds of license agents around the state.
  • By Phone: Customer Service, 1-866-721-6911 during regular business hours

What License Do I Need?

To hunt in Virginia, a resident or nonresident hunting licensed is required, unless you are license exempt. Other licenses, permits, or stamps may also be required depending on species hunted and location of hunt.

To Hunt Small Game

A hunting license is required. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required.

To Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, or Rail Hunt

A hunting license and HIP number are required. Register for HIP online or call 1-888-788-9772. A National Forest Stamp or State Forest Stamp may also be required.

Bear, Deer, and Turkey

A bear, deer, turkey license is required in addition to a hunting license. (This license is valid from July 1-June 30 only.) A National Forest Permit, State Forest Use Permit, or Bonus Deer Permits may also be required.

To Hunt With Archery Tackle

An archery license is required when using any archery tackle where the arrow is held in its drawn position by the hunter. Required in addition to a hunting license if hunting with a bow and arrow (longbow, recurve or compound) during any archery season. A bear, deer, turkey license, National Forest Permit, State Forest Use Permit, or Bonus Deer Permits may also be required.

To Hunt With Crossbow

Crossbow license is required when using any archery tackle where the arrow or bolt is held in its drawn position by a locking device and no effort is required by the hunter to maintain this drawn position. Required in addition to a hunting license if hunting with a crossbow during any archery season. A bear, deer, turkey license, National Forest Permit, State Forest Use Permit, or Bonus Deer Permits may also be required.

To Hunt With Muzzleloader

A muzzleloading license is required in addition to the hunting license if hunting with a muzzleloading firearm during any muzzleloader deer season. A bear, deer, turkey license, National Forest Permit, State Forest Use Permit, or Bonus Deer Permits may also be required.

If hunting with archery tackle or muzzleloading rifle during any firearms deer season you do not need an archery, crossbow, or muzzleloading license.

To Trap

A trapping license is required to trap. A National Forest Permit or State Forest Use Permit may also be required.

To Waterfowl Hunt

A hunting license, Federal Duck Stamp, Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and a HIP number are required. Register online or call 1-888-788-9772. A National Forest Stamp or State Forest Stamp may also be required.

Lifetime Licenses

Resident and nonresident lifetime licenses are purchased by an application and require supporting documentation of age, residency, and/or disability. They are issued only through the Richmond office. Retail license agents cannot issue these licenses. Applications can be submitted in person at the Richmond office or mailed in. License applications can be found on the Department's website or call customer service at 1-866-721-6911 during regular business hours.

Replacement License

If you purchased a license from a retail license agent, such as a sporting goods store, you can request a replacement at any retail license agent. If you purchased a license online, by phone, or from the Richmond office you will need to request a replacement from customer service by calling toll-free 1-866-721-6911 during regular business hours.

License Fees

Issuance fee is included in the prices.

Resident Hunting Licenses

Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase except the bear, deer, turkey license (valid July 1-June 30 only ), the Virginia migratory waterfowl conservation stamp, the apprentice hunting license, and lifetime licenses.

License Fee
Resident Sportsman's License (age 16 and older)
Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, muzzleloading license, freshwater fishing license, and trout license
$133.00
Resident Hunting License (age 16 and older)
Year Fee
1 year license $23.00
2 year license $44.00
3 year license $65.00
4 year license $86.00
Resident County or City Hunting License (age 16 and older)
For county or city of residence only
$16.00
Resident Apprentice Hunting License
Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
$11.00
Resident Senior Citizen Hunting License (age 65 and over)
Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license.
$9.00
Special Resident Hunting License for Partially Disabled Veterans
Resident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent service-connected disability upon certification. Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$12.00
Resident Junior Hunting License
(age 12 to 15; optional for under 12 years old)
$8.50
Resident Youth Combination Hunting License (age 12 to 15)
Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, and muzzleloading license.
$16.00
Resident Junior Lifetime Hunting License (under age 12)
No annual bear, deer, turkey license required until age 12. National forest permit, state forest use permit, and bonus deer permits, if applicable, are required in addition to this license. Upon proof of completion of a hunter education course or equivalent, the license is transferable to a lifetime hunting license at no additional fee. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$255.00
Resident Legacy Hunting License
Must be purchased before age 2. Available through the Richmond office or by mail.
$125.00
Resident Lifetime Hunting License
Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
Age Fee
Age 12-44
(hunter education course
required under age 16
)
$260.00
Age 45-50 $210.00
Age 51-55 $160.00
Age 56-60 $110.00
Age 61-64 $60.00
Age 65 and over $20.00
Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special Lifetime License
Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this hunting license. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$15.00
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Veteran Lifetime License
For qualified resident disabled veterans. Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, muzzleloading license, and freshwater fishing license. All other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$0
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Veteran Hunting Lifetime License
For qualified resident disabled veterans. Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, and muzzleloading license. All other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$0

One or more of the following may be required in addition to a resident hunting license.

License Fee
Resident Bear, Deer, Turkey License (age 16 and older)
Not required if senior citizen's lifetime license was purchased before July 1, 1988. Not required for holders of Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Veteran Lifetime Licenses. Valid July 1 through June 30.
$23.00
Resident Junior Bear, Deer, Turkey License (age 12 to 15)
Valid July 1 through June 30.
$8.50
Resident Archery License
(Includes longbow, recurve bow, and compound bow.)
$18.00
Resident Crossbow License $18.00
Resident Muzzleloading License $18.00

Non-resident Hunting Licenses

Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase except the bear, deer, turkey license (valid July 1-June 30 only), the Virginia migratory waterfowl conservation stamp, the apprentice hunting license, and lifetime licenses.

License Fee
Non-resident Hunting License (age 16 and older) $111.00
Non-resident 3-Day Hunt License (age 16 and older)
Must be 3 consecutive hunting days; no Sunday hunting.
$60.00
Non-resident Apprentice Hunting License
Annual non-resident bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits may be required in addition to this license. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
$21.00
Special Non-resident Annual Hunting License for Partially Disabled Veterans
Non-resident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent service-connected disability. Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$56.00
Non-resident Youth Hunting License (under age 12) $13.00
Non-resident Youth Hunting License (age 12 to 15) $16.00
Non-resident Youth Combination Hunting License (under age 16)
Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, and muzzleloading license.
$31.00
Non-resident Legacy Hunting License
Must be purchased before age 2. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$250.00
Non-resident Lifetime Hunting License
Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$555.00
Hunting (Shooting) Preserve
To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed shooting preserve, in lieu of other required licenses.
$23.00
Foxhound Training Preserve
To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed foxhound training preserve, in lieu of other required licenses.
$18.00

One or more of the following may be required in addition to a nonresident hunting license.

License Fee
Non-resident Bear, Deer, Turkey License
Valid July 1 through June 30
Age Fee
Age 16 and older $86.00
Age 12 to 15 $16.00
Under age 12 $13.00
Non-resident Archery License $31.00
Non-resident Crossbow License $31.00
Non-resident Muzzleloading License $31.00

Trapping Licenses

One or more of the following is required to trap. Other licenses or permits may also be required.

License Fee
County or City Resident Trapping License
For county or city of residence.
$21.00
Resident Trapping License
Year Fee
1 year license $46.00
2 year license $90.00
3 year license $134.00
4 year license $178.00
Resident Junior Trapping License (under age 16) $11.00
Resident Senior Citizen Trapping License (age 65 and over) $9.00
Resident Senior Citizen Lifetime Trapping License (age 65 or over)
Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$20.00
Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Veteran Resident Lifetime Trapping License
Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$15.00
Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special Lifetime Trapping License
Can be purchased in person at the Richmond office or via a mail-in application.
$15.00
Non-resident Trapping License $206.00
Miscellaneous Permits and Stamps

One or more of the following may be required in addition to a hunting license.

Permits

Permit Fee
Resident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags)
(More information)
$18.00
Non-resident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags)
(More information)
$31.00
National Forest Permit
To hunt and trap within National Forests. Not required of residents under the age of 16 to trap; residents 65 and older who possess a valid license to hunt or trap.
$4.00
Virginia State Forest Use Permit (age 16 or older)
Allows hunting, trapping, fishing, mountain biking, and horse riding. No motorized vehicles on gated roads/trails (open or closed). Sold in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry.
$16.00
Public Access Lands for Sportsmen (PALS)
(More Information)
$18.00
Access Permit
(More Information)
$4.00 per day or $23.00 per year

Licenses

License Fee
Stationary Shore Blind $23.50
Floating Blind $41.00
Offshore Blind Stake (limit 4 per licensee) $6.00

Stamps

Stamp Fee
Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
To take migratory waterfowl, required of persons 16 years of age and over in addition to hunting license and sold at U.S. Post Offices or online. Valid July 1-June 30.
$15.00
Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp
Required of persons 16 years of age and older, unless license exempt. Valid July 1-June 30.
$10.00