B.C. Reg. 8/99
O.C. 35/99
Deposited January 15, 1999

Wildlife Act

Hunting Licensing Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2014
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 38/2013, April 1, 2013]

Point in Time

Contents
1Definitions
Part 1 — Licences and Hunter Numbers
2–4Repealed
5Two licences required
5.1Exemptions – hunting companion for disabled hunter
5.2Exemptions – youth hunting licence
5.3Exemptions – initiation hunting licence
5.4Eligibility
6Species licence not valid until 2 days after the date of issue
7Licence must be cancelled
8Responsibility for underage hunter
9Obtaining a resident hunter number and card
10Surrender of hunter number card
11Only one hunter number allowed
12Underage requirement
13Resident hunter number card required
14Application may be by mail
14.1Initiation hunting licence
14.2Prescribed qualifications – supervising an underage hunter
14.3Prescribed qualifications – supervising an initiation hunter
14.4Maximum number of persons
14.5Condition of an initiation hunting licence
14.6Number of initiation hunting licences limited to one
15Number of licences limited to one
16Number of licences limited variously
17Number of licences limited to 10
18Lost hunter number card
18.1Lost licence
19Fee schedule
20Licence issuing prohibition
20.1Initiation hunting licence – bag limit
21Youth hunting licence – bag limit
22Repealed
23Exemptions – guided youth
23.1Waterfowler Heritage Days exemption
Part 2 — Fraser Valley Special Hunting Area
24Definitions
25Two licences required
26Exemption
27Insurance required
28No licence issued without insurance
Part 3 — Gulf Islands Special Hunting Area
29Definitions
30Two licences required
31Insurance or guide required and exemption
32No licence issued without insurance
Schedule

Definitions

1  (1) In this regulation:

"Act" means the Wildlife Act;

"licence year" means the period commencing April 1 in a calendar year and ending March 31 of the following calendar year;

"supervising hunter" means a person who accompanies and provides close personal supervision of another person under section 11 (5), 17.1 or 17.2 of the Act;

"youth hunting licence" means a hunting licence issued to a parent or guardian on behalf of a child or ward in accordance with section 17.1 (2) of the Act.

(2) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 166/2001, s. 2.]

[am. B.C. Regs. 435/2000, s. 1; 23/2001, s. 2; 84/2001, s. 1; 166/2001, s. 2; 38/2013, App. 1, s. 1.]

Part 1 — Licences and Hunter Numbers

Repealed

2–4  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 340/2005, s. 5.]

Two licences required

5  (1) A person commits an offence if the person hunts bobcat, bison, black bear, black-tailed deer, caribou, cougar, elk, fallow deer, grizzly bear, lynx, moose, mountain goat, mountain sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer or wolverine unless he or she holds a hunting licence and an uncancelled species licence for the species hunted.

(2) A person who is a non-resident or non-resident alien commits an offence if the person hunts upland game birds or wolf unless he or she holds a hunting licence and an uncancelled species licence for the species hunted.

Exemptions – hunting companion for disabled hunter

5.1  (1) Section 5 (1) does not apply to a person in respect of a species licence if the person is hunting only for the limited purposes of assisting a disabled hunter who holds a permit under section 3 (1) (c) (i) or (2) of the Permit Regulation, B.C. Reg. 253/2000, to track, kill or retrieve a game animal wounded by the disabled hunter.

(2) Section 7 does not apply to a person exempted under subsection (1), if, after the person kills big game and before the disabled hunter or the person handles the big game killed, the disabled hunter cancels the appropriate species licence in accordance with the instructions on the licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 99/2011; am. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 2.]

Exemptions – youth hunting licence

5.2  (1) Section 5 (1) and (2) do not apply to a person in respect of a hunting licence if a youth hunting licence is held on the person's behalf.

(2) Section 5 (1) and (2) do not apply to a person in respect of a species licence if a youth hunting licence is held on the person's behalf and the person is hunting with a supervising hunter who holds an uncancelled species licence for the species hunted.

(3) Section 7 does not apply to a person exempted under subsection (2) of this section, if, after the person kills big game and before any person handles the big game killed, the supervising hunter cancels the appropriate species licence in accordance with the instructions on the licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 3.]

Exemptions – initiation hunting licence

5.3  (1) Section 5 (1) does not apply to a person in respect of a species licence if the person holds an initiation hunting licence and the person is hunting with a supervising hunter who holds an uncancelled species licence for the species hunted.

(2) Section 7 does not apply to a person exempted under subsection (1) of this section, if, after the person kills big game and before any person handles the big game killed, the supervising hunter cancels the appropriate species licence in accordance with the instructions on the licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 3.]

Eligibility

5.4  A person who holds an initiation hunting licence or on whose behalf a youth hunting licence is held is ineligible to obtain a species licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 3.]

Species licence not valid until 2 days after the date of issue

6  A species licence for bobcat, caribou, cougar, grizzly bear, lynx, mountain goat, mountain sheep or wolverine is not valid until 2 days after the date of issue.

[en. B.C. Reg. 138/2002, s. (a).]

Licence must be cancelled

7  (1) If a person hunts and kills big game, he or she commits an offence unless, immediately after he or she kills the big game and before handling the big game killed, he or she cancels the appropriate species licence in accordance with the instructions on that licence.

(2) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 84/2001, s. 2.]

[am. B.C. Reg. 84/2001, s. 2.]

Responsibility for underage hunter

8  (1) A person commits an offence if he or she issues a hunting licence or youth hunting licence to or for a person under 18 years of age, unless the parent or guardian of the person under 18 years of age personally presents to the licence issuer a completed and signed "Acknowledgment of Responsibility" form for his or her child or ward.

(2) An "Acknowledgment of Responsibility" form must contain

(a) the name, birth date and address of the child or ward applying for a licence, or on whose behalf the application is made,

(b) a statement that the parent or guardian will be fully responsible for the actions of his or her child or ward while the child or ward is hunting or carrying a firearm,

(c) a statement that the child or ward will be accompanied and under the close personal supervision of a person who meets the requirements of section 11 (5) of the Act while the child or ward is hunting or carrying a firearm,

(d) the name and signature of the parent or guardian, and

(e) the date of the signing of the form.

[am. B.C. Regs. 159/2008, s. 1; 38/2013, App. 1, s. 4.]

Obtaining a resident hunter number and card

9  (1) A resident may obtain a resident hunter number and resident hunter number card by applying to a government agent or person employed in an office of the ministry who is authorized to issue resident hunter numbers, and producing to that person

(a) a CORE certificate as defined in B.C. Reg. 53/98, the Hunter Safety Training Regulation, or

(b) a document issued by a province or territory of Canada, other than British Columbia, or a state of the United States of America evidencing successful completion of a hunter safety training course, and

(c) a document evidencing that the applicant is a resident.

(2) A resident hunter number card must contain a unique resident hunter number permanently assigned to the individual to whom it is issued.

(3) A resident hunter number and resident hunter number card must not be issued to a person under the age of 10 years.

(4) If the holder of a hunter number card changes his or her legal name, he or she must

(a) notify the director of the change within 30 days of the change, and

(b) submit a document to the director evidencing the legal name change.

(5) If the holder of a hunter number card changes his or her residential address, he or she must notify the director of the change within 30 days of the change.

(6) A person who fails to comply with subsection (4) or (5) commits an offence.

[am. B.C. Regs. 128/2000, s. 1; 38/2013, App. 1, s. 5.]

Surrender of hunter number card

10  (1) If a person who holds a resident hunter number card ceases to be a resident, the person's resident hunter number and resident hunter number card are suspended for as long as he or she is not a resident.

(2) If a person who holds a resident hunter number card ceases to be a resident, the person commits an offence if they fail to surrender their resident hunter number card to the director within 30 days.

(3) If a person who holds a resident hunter number card has his or her hunting licence suspended or cancelled under the Act, the person's resident hunter number and resident hunter number card are suspended until he or she becomes eligible to obtain or hold a hunting licence and to hunt.

[am. B.C. Reg. 128/2000, s. 2.]

Only one hunter number allowed

11  A person who applies for, obtains or uses more than one resident hunter number commits an offence.

Underage requirement

12  A person 10 years of age or older and under the age of 18 years is ineligible to obtain a resident hunting licence unless he or she

(a) applies in person in the presence of his or her parent or guardian, and

(b) presents for inspection by the licence issuer his or her resident hunter number card.

[am. B.C. Reg. 159/2008, s. 1.]

Resident hunter number card required

13  (1) A person 18 years of age or older is ineligible to obtain a resident hunting licence unless he or she presents for inspection by the licence issuer his or her resident hunter number card.

(2) A person commits an offence if the person issues a resident hunting licence to a person who has not complied with section 12 or subsection (1).

[am. B.C. Reg. 159/2008, s. 1.]

Application may be by mail

14  (1) Despite sections 8 and 12, a parent or guardian who is

(a) not a resident, or

(b) is a resident living in a remote area of British Columbia or living apart from his or her child or ward

may apply by mail for a hunting licence for his or her resident child or ward to a government agent or a person employed in an office of the ministry who is authorized to issue hunting licences, and must submit with his or her application

(c) a completed and signed "Acknowledgment of Responsibility" form, and

(d) in the case of a hunting licence other than a youth hunting licence, the child or ward's resident hunter number card.

(2) Despite section 13, a resident living in a remote area of British Columbia may apply by mail for a hunting licence, other than an initiation hunting licence, to a government agent or a person employed in an office of the ministry who is authorized to issue hunting licences, and must submit with his or her application his or her resident hunter number card.

[am. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 6.]

Initiation hunting licence

14.1  A person may apply for an initiation hunting licence

(a) in person to a licence issuer, or

(b) by mail to a government agent or a person employed in an office of the ministry who is authorized to issue hunting licences,

and must present for inspection or submit with his or her application a document evidencing that the applicant is a resident.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 7.]

Prescribed qualifications – supervising an underage hunter

14.2  For the purposes of sections 11 (5) (c) and 17.1 (1) (c), (3) (d) and (g) and (4) (e) of the Act, the following qualifications are prescribed:

(a) if the person is a resident, the person must hold a resident hunter number card;

(b) if the person is a non-resident or non-resident alien, the person must have passed a hunter safety training course in another province or territory of Canada or a state of the United States of America;

(c) the person must have held a hunting licence, other than an initiation hunting licence, in British Columbia, or a licence to hunt in another jurisdiction, in not fewer than 3 of any of the licence years preceding the current licence year;

(d) if the person is an Indian residing in British Columbia, paragraphs (a) to (c) do not apply and the person must have

(i)   received training in hunting, and

(ii)   previously hunted lawfully without supervision;

(e) the person must not be prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm under section 24 of the Act or an enactment of Canada, a province or territory of Canada, the United States of America, a state of the United States of America or another jurisdiction.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 7.]

Prescribed qualifications – supervising an initiation hunter

14.3  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the following qualifications are prescribed for the purposes of section 17.2 (2) (b) and (3) (b) and (d) of the Act:

(a) the person must be a resident;

(b) the person must hold a hunting licence, other than an initiation hunting licence;

(c) the person must have held a hunting licence, other than an initiation hunting licence, in British Columbia, or a licence to hunt in another jurisdiction, in not fewer than 3 of any of the licence years preceding the current licence year;

(d) if the person is an Indian residing in British Columbia, paragraphs (a) to (c) do not apply and the person must have

(i)   received training in hunting, and

(ii)   previously hunted lawfully without supervision;

(e) the person must not be prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm under section 24 of the Act or an enactment of Canada or a province or territory of Canada, the United States of America, a state of the United States of America or another jurisdiction.

(2) If the person who holds an initiation hunting licence referred to in section 17.2 (2) and (3) of the Act, while hunting wildlife, is accompanied by a licensed guide who is guiding him or her, the following qualifications are prescribed for the purposes of section 17.2 (2) (b) and (3) (b) and (d) of the Act:

(a) the supervising hunter must be a resident;

(b) the supervising hunter must hold a hunting licence, other than an initiation hunting licence, or be exempted from holding a hunting licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 7.]

Maximum number of persons

14.4  For the purposes of sections 11 (5), 17.1 and 17.2 of the Act, a supervising hunter commits an offence if the supervising hunter accompanies and supervises, at the same time, more than a total of 2 of any of the following persons:

(a) a person who holds an initiation hunting licence;

(b) a person on whose behalf a youth hunting licence is held;

(c) a person referred to in section 23.1 (1) of this regulation.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 7.]

Condition of an initiation hunting licence

14.5  It is a condition of every initiation hunting licence that the holder of the licence must do all of the following before starting to hunt on each day of hunting:

(a) record, in ink and in the space provided on the licence, the date and the name of the supervising hunter for that day;

(b) ensure that the supervising hunter has

(i)   read the information set out on the licence, and

(ii)   signed the licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 7.]

Number of initiation hunting licences limited to one

14.6  For the purposes of section 14 of the Act, a person must not obtain or possess more than one initiation hunting licence in his or her lifetime.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 7.]

Number of licences limited to one

15  For the purpose of section 14 of the Act, during a licence year, a person must not obtain or possess more than one of each of the following licences:

(a) a hunting licence set out in item 2 of the Schedule;

(b) a bison species licence;

(c) a caribou species licence;

(d) an elk species licence;

(e) a grizzly bear species licence;

(f) a lynx species licence;

(g) a moose species licence;

(h) a mountain goat species licence;

(i) a mountain sheep species licence;

(j) an upland game bird species licence;

(k) a wolverine species licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 84/2001, s. 3; am. B.C. Regs. 65/2007, s. 2 (a); 167/2007, s. (a); 38/2013, App. 1, s. 8.]

Number of licences limited variously

16  (1) For the purpose of section 14 of the Act, the maximum number of licences of each kind that a person may obtain or possess, during each licence year, is as follows:

(a) 2 black bear species licences;

(b) 5 bobcat species licences;

(c) 3 cougar species licences;

(d) 3 mule deer species licences;

(e) 15 Queen Charlotte Islands deer species licences ;

(f) 10 wolf species licences;

(g) 3 white-tailed deer species licences.

(h) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 167/2007, s. (b).]

(2) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 138/2002, s. (b).]

[en. B.C. Reg. 84/2001, s. 4; am. B.C. Regs. 138/2002, s. (b); 267/2003, s. (a); 65/2007, s. 2 (b); 167/2007, s. (b).]

Number of licences limited to 10

17  If a person, during a licence year, obtains or possesses more than 15 of any combination of

(a) mule deer species licences,

(b) Queen Charlotte Islands deer species licences, and

(c) white-tailed deer species licences

he or she commits an offence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 84/2001, s. 5; am. B.C. Reg. 267/2003, s. (b).]

Lost hunter number card

18  A duplicate copy of a hunter number card may be issued by an employee of the ministry authorized to issue hunter number cards or a government agent if the holder of the hunter number card

(a) signs a declaration evidencing that the hunter number card has been lost or destroyed, and

(b) pays the fee set out in the Schedule.

[en. B.C. Reg. 35/2004, s. 1.]

Lost licence

18.1  A duplicate copy of a licence may be issued if the holder of the licence

(a) completes a statement of loss in the form specified by the director, and

(b) pays the fee set out in the Schedule.

[en. B.C. Reg. 35/2004, s. 2.]

Fee schedule

19  The fees and habitat conservation trust fund surcharges payable for a hunting licence are those in the Schedule.

[am. B.C. Reg. 340/2005, s. 6.]

Licence issuing prohibition

20  A person who issues himself or herself a licence listed in the Schedule commits an offence.

Initiation hunting licence – bag limit

20.1  Any wildlife taken or killed by a person who holds an initiation hunting licence is included in the bag limit of the supervising hunter.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 9.]

Youth hunting licence – bag limit

21  Any wildlife taken or killed by a person on whose behalf a youth hunting licence is held is included in the bag limit of the supervising hunter.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 10.]

Repealed

22  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 10.]

Exemptions – guided youth

23  (1) If a person under the age of 18 years, while hunting wildlife, is accompanied by a licensed guide who is guiding him or her, section 11 (5) (c) of the Act does not apply.

(2) If a person on whose behalf a youth hunting licence is held, while hunting wildlife, is accompanied by a licensed guide who is guiding him or her

(a) section 17.1 (1) (c), (3) (d) and (g) and (4) (e) of the Act does not apply to the supervising hunter,

(b) section 56 (1) of the Act does not apply to the licensed guide in respect of the requirement under that section that the hunter hold a hunting licence, and

(c) section 21 of this regulation does not apply to any small game taken or killed by the person and the person may kill and possess small game as if he or she held a hunting licence.

[en. B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 10.]

Waterfowler Heritage Days exemption

23.1  (1) A person who is at least 10 years of age and less than 18 years of age and who is ordinarily resident in Canada is exempt from section 11 (1) of the Act while hunting for ducks and geese during designated Waterfowler Heritage Days, as described in the Hunting Regulation, B.C. Reg. 190/84.

(2) Any ducks or geese killed by the person referred to in subsection (1) are included in the bag limit of the supervising hunter.

(3) The person referred to in subsection (1) is not exempt from section 11 (1) of the Act unless his or her parent or guardian has completed and signed an "Acknowledgment of Responsibility" as described in section 8 (2) for his or her child or ward.

(4) The person referred to in subsection (1) is not exempt from section 11 (1) of the Act if he or she is ineligible to obtain or renew a licence or is prohibited from hunting under section 24 (2), (5) and (12) of the Act.

[en. B.C. Reg. 172/2001, s. (a); am. B.C. Regs. 340/2005, s. 7; 159/2008, s. 1; 38/2013, App. 1, s. 11.]

Part 2 — Fraser Valley Special Hunting Area

Definitions

24  In this Part:

"special area" means the Fraser Valley special hunting area comprised of MU 2-4 and those areas within MU 2-8 that are within the corporate limits of The Corporation of The District of Maple Ridge, The Corporation of The District of Pitt Meadows, The District of Mission, and The Corporation of the City of Coquitlam.

Two licences required

25  A person commits an offence if he or she hunts wildlife in the special area unless he or she holds

(a) a hunting licence, and

(b) a Fraser Valley special area hunting licence.

Exemption

26  Section 25 (b) does not apply

(a) if the person hunts wildlife on property owned by a commercial game club which holds a permit for that purpose under the Act, or

(b) to a person under the age of 18 years.

[am. B.C. Reg. 159/2008, s. 1.]

Insurance required

27  A person other than to whom section 26 applies commits an offence if he or she hunts wildlife in the special area unless the person is the holder of public liability and property damage insurance in the amount of $1 000 000 or more, sold by a licensed insurer in the Province, that covers the hunter while hunting in the Province.

No licence issued without insurance

28  A person commits an offence if he or she issues a Fraser Valley special area hunting licence unless the person is satisfied that the applicant is the holder of insurance required by section 27.

Part 3 — Gulf Islands Special Hunting Area

Definitions

29  In this Part:

"special area" means the Gulf Islands special hunting area comprised of Denman and Hornby Islands and all islands within MU 1-1 except Vancouver Island.

[am. B.C. Reg. 167/2005.]

Two licences required

30  A person commits an offence if he or she hunts wildlife in the special area unless he or she holds

(a) a hunting licence, and

(b) a Gulf Islands special area hunting licence.

Insurance or guide required and exemption

31  (1) A person commits an offence if he or she hunts wildlife in the special area unless the person

(a) is the holder of public liability and property damage insurance in the amount of $100 000 or more, sold by a licensed insurer in the Province, that covers the hunter while hunting in the Province, or

(b) is guided by a licensed guide.

(2) Section 30 (b) and subsection (1) do not apply to a person under the age of 18 years.

[am. B.C. Reg. 159/2008, s. 1.]

No licence issued without insurance

32  A person commits an offence if he or she issues a Gulf Islands special area hunting licence unless the person is satisfied that the applicant

(a) is the holder of insurance required by section 31, or

(b) will be guided by a licensed guide when hunting in the special area.

Schedule

[en. B.C. Reg. 28/2003, s. (a); am. B.C. Regs. 86/2003; 28/2003, ss. (b) to (d); 35/2004, ss. 3 to 6; 140/2004; 39/2005; 340/2005, s. 8; 38/2013, App. 1, s. 12.]

  Licence Fee Surcharge
    $ $
1 Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 340/2005, s. 8 (a).]    
2 For a hunting licence issued to     
  (a) a resident to hunt wildlife 25.00 7.00
  (b) a resident, who is 65 years of age or older, to hunt wildlife 6.00 1.00
  (c) a non-resident to hunt wildlife 53.00 22.00
  (d) a non-resident alien to hunt wildlife 126.00 54.00
  (e) a person to hunt in the Gulf Islands special hunting area 2.00
  (f) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 38/2013, App. 1, s. 12 (a).]
  (g) a person to hunt in the Fraser Valley special area 8.00 2.00
2.1 For an initiation hunting licence 15.00 4.00
2.2 For a youth hunting licence 6.00 1.00
3 For a species licence issued to a resident to hunt    
  (a) black bear 16.00 4.00
  (b) caribou 16.00 4.00
  (c) cougar 24.00 6.00
  (d) mule deer, including black-tailed deer and fallow deer 12.00 3.00
  (e) elk 20.00 5.00
  (f) grizzly bear 64.00 16.00
  (g) moose 20.00 5.00
  (h) mountain goat 32.00 8.00
  (i) mountain sheep 48.00 12.00
  (j) white-tailed deer 12.00 3.00
  (k) Queen Charlotte Islands deer 8.00 2.00
  (l) bobcat 7.00 1.00
  (m) bison 56.00 14.00
  (n) lynx 7.00 1.00
  (o) wolverine 7.00 1.00
4 For a species licence issued to a non-resident or non-resident alien to hunt    
  (a) black bear 126.00 54.00
  (b) caribou  161.00 69.00
  (c) cougar 161.00 69.00
  (d) mule deer, including black-tailed deer and fallow deer 88.00 37.00
  (e) elk 175.00 75.00
  (f) grizzly bear  1 000.00 30.00
  (g) moose 175.00 75.00
  (h) mountain goat 245.00 105.00
  (i) mountain sheep 434.00 186.00
  (j) wolf 35.00 15.00
  (k) white-tailed deer 88.00 37.00
  (l) Queen Charlotte Islands deer  18.00 7.00
  (m) upland game birds 35.00 15.00
  (n) bobcat 28.00 12.00
  (o) bison 490.00 210.00
  (p) lynx 28.00 12.00
  (q) wolverine 28.00 12.00
5 For a declaration for a lost, stolen or destroyed hunter number card 10.00
6 For a duplicate copy of
  (a) a resident senior citizen hunting licence 1.00
  (b) a Gulf Islands Special Area hunting licence 1.00
  (c) a youth hunting licence 1.00
  (d) any other licence 10.00

Note: this regulation replaces B.C. Reg. 336/82.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Wildlife Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 488, section 108]