Hunting Licenses and Tags (2023)

General License Questions

Q: Who needs a hunting license?

A: A California hunting license is required for any person taking birds or mammals. Hunters must carry licenses and be prepared to show them on request. Fish and Game Code, Section 86 defines “taking” as hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill.

Q: How long is a hunting license valid?

A: An annual hunting license is valid from July 1 through the following June 30. If the license is purchased after July 1 it is valid for the remainder of the license year.

Q: What do I need to do to get my hunting license?

A: Resident, nonresident, and junior hunters must present ONE of the following when applying for an Annual California Hunting License or Two-Day Nonresident Hunting License as proof of meeting California's hunter education requirements:

  • Evidence of an Annual California Hunting License issued in any prior year;
  • A Two-Day Nonresident California Hunting License issued after the 1999/2000 license year;
  • A California certificate of hunter education completion or equivalency with a unique number imprinted on it (for example: AA00000) or a California hunter education certificate with no unique number imprinted and a California hunter education validation stamp affixed;
  • A certificate of successful completion of a California-approved hunter education course from any state or province; or
  • Evidence of a current hunting license or a hunting license being issued in either of the two previous years from any state, province, European Country or South Africa.

Q: What is the minimum age requirement to purchase a hunting license?

A: There is no minimum age requirement for purchasing a hunting license if the applicant can show proof of hunter education. However, hunter education instructors generally ask that students be at least 10 years of age. Students must be able to read, write and understand the questions given on the written test required to complete the course. Check with a Hunter Education Instructor in your area for his/her minimum age requirement.

Q: Where do I purchase a hunting license?

A: Hunting licenses are available Online, at anyCDFW License Sales Office or License Agent.

Q: What type of hunting licenses, tags and validations are available or required?

A: See the Hunting License Fees and Descriptions page.

Q: What can you take with a Two-Day Nonresident Hunting License?

A: Two-Day Nonresident Hunting License are available to any nonresident, 16 years of age or older, for taking resident and migratory game birds, resident small game mammals, nongame animals and furbearers for two consecutive days. A Two-Day Nonresident Hunting License is not valid for hunting deer, bear, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep or wild pig.

Q: Can I purchase a Lifetime Hunting License?

A: California residents may purchase a lifetime hunting license. You can find information about the lifetime license application process online at or any CDFW license sales office.

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Q: How do I replace a lost or destroyed current hunting license?

A: You may obtain a Duplicate Hunting License Online, at anyCDFW License Sales Office or License Agent and pay the appropriate fee. If you lose any additional validatons or tags, they must be purchased at a reduced fee. (Fish and Game Code, Section 1053.1). A duplicate Disabled Veterans Reduced-fee Hunting License may also be purchased at locations listed above.

Q: Can I purchase a hunting license for my friend?

A: Yes. You must show your friend's California hunting license from any previous license year or his/her hunter education certificate as proof of meeting California's hunter education requirements. Your friend must sign the license before hunting (Section 700.3, Title 14, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR)).

Q: Do I have to complete a Harvest Information Program (HIP) Survey?

A: Yes. If you plan to hunt migratory game birds (ducks, geese, coots, dove, band-tailed pigeon, snipe, gallinules or black brant) you must complete a HIP survey and a FREE HIP validation must be printed on your California Hunting License. HIP surveys and validations are available at any license agent, CDFW license sales office or online. Hunters may be cited for hunting migratory game birds without a HIP validation printed on their license.

Q: Are there any types of free or reduced-fee hunting licenses?

A: The CDFW does not have a free or reduced-fee hunting license for senior citizens. However, if you are a disabled veteran,you may be eligible for a reduced-fee hunting license. Your initial application must be submitted to any CDFW License Sales Offices for approval and purchase. Subsequent year's hunting licenses may be purchased online at any CDFW license sales office or license agent. To qualify for this license, you must submit BOTH of the following:

Q: What “resident small game” species can I hunt?

A: Section 257, Title 14, of the CCR states, “Resident small game" means the following resident game birds: Chinese spotted doves, ringed turtledoves of the family Columbidae, California quail and varieties thereof, gambel or desert quail, mountain quail and varieties thereof, blue grouse and varieties thereof, ruffed grouse, sage grouse (sage hens), white-tailed ptarmigan, Hungarian partridges, red-legged partridges, including the chukar and other varieties, ring-necked pheasants and varieties, and wild turkeys of the order Galliformes; and the following game mammals: jackrabbits and varying hares (genus Lepus), cottontail rabbits, brush rabbits, pigmy rabbits (genus Sylvilagus), and tree squirrels (genus Sciurus and Tamiasciurus).

Q: What “big game” species can I hunt?

A: Section 350, Title 14, of the CCR states, “big game"means the following: deer (genus Odocoileus), elk (genus Cervus), pronghorn antelope (genus Antilocarpa), wild pig (feral pigs, European wild pigs and their hybrids (genus Sus), black bear (genus Ursus) and Nelson bighorn sheep (subspecies Ovis canadensis nelsoni) in the areas described in subsection 4902(b), of the Fish and Game Code.

Q: What “nongame” species can I hunt?

A: Section 472, Title 14, of the CCR states, except as otherwise provided in Section 478, Title 14, of the CCR and Section 485, Title 14, of the CCR, and subsections (a) through (d) below, nongame birds and mammals may not be taken.

  1. The following nongame birds and mammals may be taken at any time of the year and in any number except as prohibited in Chapter 6: English sparrow, starling, coyote, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles and rodents (excluding tree and flying squirrels, and those listed as furbearers, endangered or threatened species).
  2. Fallow, sambar, sika, and axis deer may be taken only concurrently with the general deer season.
  3. Aoudad, mouflon, tahr, and feral goats may be taken all year.
  4. American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) may be taken only under the provisions of Section 485 and by landowners or tenants, or by persons authorized in writing by such landowners or tenants, when American crows are committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, or wildlife, or when concentrated in such numbers and manner as to constitute a health hazard or other nuisance. Persons authorized by landowners or tenants to take American crows shall keep such written authorization in their possession when taking, transporting or possessing American crows. American crows may be taken only on the lands where depredations are occurring or where they constitute a health hazard or nuisance. If required by Federal regulations, landowners or tenants shall obtain a Federal migratory bird depredation permit before taking any American crows or authorizing any other person to take them.

    American crows may be taken under the provisions of this subsection only by firearm, bow and arrow, falconry or by toxicants by the Department of Food and Agriculture for the specific purpose of taking depredating crows. Toxicants can be used for taking crows only under the supervision of employees or officers of the Department of Food and Agriculture or federal or county pest control officers or employees acting in their official capacities and possessing a qualified applicator certificate issued pursuant to Food and Agriculture Code, Sections 14151-14155. Such toxicants must be applied according to their label requirements developed pursuant to Sections 6151-6301, Title 3, California Code of Regulations.

Hunter Education

Q: I lost my California Hunter Education Certificate. How can I get a copy?

A: Duplicate hunter education certificates can be issued to any person who completed and passed a hunter education class after 1989. If the student took the class after that date, they should contact their nearest CDFW License Sales Office to obtain a duplicate.

CDFW does not have records prior to 1989. If the class was completed prior to 1989, the hunter should contact the original instructor, club, or organization where the course was taught to obtain a duplicate. If the hunter is unable to obtain a duplicate through these means, they will have to repeat the course.

Q: Who must show proof of hunter education when applying for a California hunting license?

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A: California requires hunter education training for ANYONE who has not formerly held a California hunting license, who does not have a hunter education certificate of completion, or who does not have a current, valid, hunting license or a hunting license issued in either of the two previous years from any state, province, European Country or South Africa.

Q: Where can I find information about Hunter Safety/Education classes?

A: Visit CDFW's California Hunter Education web page or call your nearest Hunter Education District Staff.

Q: How old do you have to be to take a hunter education course?

A: There isn't a minimum age requirement to take the course, but young children may find the course demanding. A Hunter Education Instructor may be able help you decide whether your child is old enough to take the course.

Q: Can I take a hunter education course online?

A: Yes. There are three different class format options approved by the California Hunter Education Program, one of which is an online-only option. For information about the different class format options and earning a California hunter education certificate, please visit CDFW's California Hunter Education web page.

Q: I don't have time to take a California Hunter Education course. What can I do?

A: CDFW offers a comprehensive equivalency testing program at CDFW Offices. You may request information on this method of testing from the regional offices. There is a non-refundable, administrative fee required to take the examination. If you fail the examination, you must take a hunter education class to become certified. Warning! Not all states accept the equivalency certificate as proof of hunter education. All states will accept the certificate of completion that is awarded upon completion of a hunter education class.

Q: Will you accept a Hunter Education Certificate from another state?

A: Yes.

Q: I have a hunting license from another country. Why won't you accept it as proof of hunter education?

A: CDFW's Hunter Education Program Administrator determines which countries provide acceptable hunter education training. You may contact him by email at for more information.

Q: What will I learn in the Hunter Education Course and how long will it take?

A: The Hunter Education Course consists of a minimum of 10 hours of classroom, homework, and field instruction in the following areas: firearms safety and handling, sportsmanship and ethics, wildlife management and conservation, archery, black powder, wildlife identification, game care, first aid, and survival. After a student has successfully completed the course of instruction and passed the final examination, they are awarded a Certificate of Completion. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children in the course and its related activities. There is not a minimum age requirement to take the course, but young children may find the course demanding.

A fee may not be charged for an instructor's service; however, fees may be used to cover the purchase of training aids such as slides, flip charts, targets, and other training aids. The Hunter Education Instructor makes the final decision in determining whether a student is qualified to receive a Certificate of Completion. A student who is unsafe, or fails to demonstrate good sportsmanship will not be issued a Certificate of Completion.

Q: Are senior citizens exempt from having to take a hunter education course?

A: No.

Q: Is a law enforcement officer (active duty, reserve or retired military) required to take a hunter education course even if he/she had firearms training?

A: Yes. All first time California hunters must successfully complete a hunter education training course or pass an equivalency exam. Visit the CDFW's California Hunter Education web page for more information.


Pre-Season Tag Returns

Q: If I cannot use my hunting license can I get a refund?

A: No. Hunting license fees are nonrefundable.

Q: Why are hunting license fees nonrefundable?

A: Hunting licenses may be used for hunting any legal game bird or mammal. The purchase of hunting licenses and tags is an investment in the continued existence of California's hunting heritage. Funds raised from the sale of these items are used to conduct surveys and research, perform habitat maintenance and improvement projects, and meet the administrative requirements necessary to conduct all hunting seasons. Any reduction in this funding impacts CDFW's ability to perform these duties.

Q: I have a general deer zone tag (Zones A, B, or a non-premium D tag) that I want to exchange but the archery season has already begun, can I still exchange it?

A: No. Once the earliest season for that tag has begun, you cannot exchange it. You will have to purchase a Second Deer Tag. (Section 708.4, Title 14 of the CCR)

Q: Can I get a refund of my deer tag because the area where I hunt has been closed due to fire?

A: No. Requests for deer tag refunds will not be issued for emergency area closures due to fire, weather or other natural disasters. (Section 708.2(b), Title 14 of the CCR)

Q: I cannot use my hunting license or tag. Can I give them to someone else?

A: No. By law you cannot transfer a license or tag to another person (Fish and Game Code, Section 1052(a)).

Post Season Tag Returns

Q: I thought premium draw tags could only be returned with a request to reinstate preference points before the first date the tag was valid. Why has this changed? Is this a one-time opportunity or is it long-term?

A: Due to the catastrophic and unprecedented fire seasons and temporary closures of public forest lands from the last two years, the CDFW and the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) recognized the need to implement a long-term solution for future hunting seasons.

On April 18, 2022, regulations went into effect that allow eligible tag holders whose seasons were cut short or eliminated due to public land closures caused by wildfires to return unfilled deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep tags for reinstatement of their preference points and/or refunds. Eligible tag holders would also earn a preference point for the species for the affected season. In addition, eligible elk, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep tag holders may request a refund of their tag fees.

Q: How would I know if my tag is eligible for return?

A: CDFW will update the Post Season Tag Returns page as soon as any hunt zone has been identified by CDFW as inaccessible for sixty-six perfect (66%) or more of the hunt season due to a public land closurecaused by wildfirepursuant to CCR, Title 14, sections 708.14(j)(2)(B) and 708.14(k)(2)(B). Tag holders are encouraged to monitor the page for a list of tags eligible for return and preference points reinstatement.

Q: What do I need to do to return my tag to get my preference points back?

A: You must mail your unfilled tag(s) to CDFW with a written request for preference point reinstatement (and/or refund for elk, pronghorn antelope, or bighorn sheep tags only). Your tag and written request must be postmarked on or prior to February 28 of the current license year for which the tag is valid for. Tags and written requests postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted.

CDFW suggests you mail in your unfilled tag(s) with the required written request for preference point reinstatement as soon as your tag’s hunt season has closed. Returning your tag early will enable CDFW staff to contact you for additional information if needed prior to the tag return deadline (February 28), process your request as quickly as possible, and reduces the likelihood of you misplacing your tag before returning it to CDFW.

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Mail the tag and the request to:

License and Revenue Branch
Attn: Big Game Hunting Desk
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

Q: Why isn’t my tag eligible to be returned for preference point reinstatement and/or tag refund?

A: California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 14, section 708.14 specifies the eligibility requirements for tag returns. If your tag is not listed as an eligible tag, it is because the specific hunt was not identified as meeting the eligibility requirements. For a list of tags eligible for return and preference points reinstatement, please visit the Post Season Tag Returns page.

Q: Is there a specific form or format that should be used for the written request?

A: There is no specific form or format that you are required to use. Although the regulations do not specify the manner in which a request must be written or provide a comprehensive list of the information it must contain, the following are some general recommendations:

  • Include a typed or legible handwritten request, asking for reinstatement of your preference points. Include your name, address, GO ID, and your contact information (phone and/or email address) in the event we have a question about your request. If you are requesting a refund of your elk, pronghorn, or bighorn sheep tag fees, indicate that you want a refund in your request.
  • Include the tag you are returning.

Q: How soon will my preference points be reinstated?

A: Please allow 15 business days for your written request and unfilled tag(s) to be processed. If you have a valid email address on file with CDFW, you will be notified by email after your request has been approved and your preference points have been reinstated. You may also check to see if your preference points have been reinstated by visiting CDFW’s Online License Sales and Services website and signing in to your customer record using your name, date of birth and GO ID as it appears on your hunting license. After you log in, select “View My Drawing Application/Preference Points” from the list of menu items at the top right side of the page.

Q: Will I receive a refund for my deer tag fees?

A: No. Pursuant to CCR Title 14, section 708(2)(b), deer tag fees are nonrefundable once a deer tag application has been entered into the Big Game Drawing or a deer tag has been issued, regardless of the cause of any zone closures.

Q: Will I receive a refund of my bighorn sheep, elk or pronghorn antelope tag fees?

A: Yes. Eligible bighorn sheep, elk, and pronghorn tag holders may request a refund of their tag fee. If you request a tag refund in addition to preference point reinstatement, a nonrefundable processing fee, as specified in CCR, Title 14, section 702, will be deducted from your tag refund pursuant to CCR Title 14, section 708.14(k). The 2022 processing fee is $32.70. Please allow six to eight weeks after your request is processed for a refund check to be mailed to you from the State Controller’s Office.

Q: Hunters have frequently had to deal with fires and closures, so why change now?

A: Fire is not a new phenomenon; it is a natural event that has impacted hunting access. The conditions of 2020 and 2021, however, necessitated the complete closure of some public lands, which unfortunately eliminated all public access to those lands and resulted in a loss of opportunity for many hunters. To address the temporary closures of entire forests, CDFW and the California Fish and Game Commission worked together to implement a long-term solution that will benefit hunters now and in the future by developing regulations that address loss of hunting opportunity due to public land closures.

On April 18, 2022, regulations went into effect allowing hunters who lost their opportunity to hunt due to land closures caused by wildfires to return their tags for reinstatement of the preference points used to obtain the tag through CDFW's Big Game Drawing. Eligible elk, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope tag holders may also request a refund of their tag fees.

Q: What do I do if I already mailed my tag to CDFW to comply with harvest reporting requirements?

A: If CDFW received your unfilled tag after you mailed it to report that you did not hunt or that you hunted but were unsuccessful, you are still required to submit a written request for preference point reinstatement (and/or refund for bighorn sheep, elk, or pronghorn antelope tags only). To assist us in quickly locating and matching your previously mailed tag to your written request, we suggest that you describe the tag, delivery method used (e.g., USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.), and timeframe you to mailed it to us. Additionally, we suggest you review our FAQ “Is there a specific form or format that should be used for the written request?” Your written request must be postmarked prior to February 28 of the current license year for which the tag is valid. Requests postmarked after this date shall not be considered.

Q: What do I do if I lost my tag or threw it away after the season ended?

A: The regulations require the unfilled tag to be returned to CDFW with a written request postmarked on or prior to February 28 of the current license year for which the tag is valid. CDFW cannot process requests if the regulatory requirements are not met.


Can I hunt on my own land without a license in Louisiana? ›

DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA? Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents.

Do you need tags to hunt in Alaska? ›

Alaska offers opportunities to harvest game and fur animals unmatched in any other state. However, no one may harvest game or fur animals without first acquiring the appropriate license and any tags, permits, or harvest tickets required for specific hunts.

Can I hunt on my own land without a license in Georgia? ›

Hunter education is not required for a person hunting only on their own land or that of a parent or legal guardian, or to persons permitting a child or ward 12–15 years of age to hunt on the parent's or guardians own land.

How much is a deer tag in Idaho? ›

Idaho Code § 36-416
Deer Tag$ 23.00$ 350.00
Pronghorn Antelope Tag34.75341.00
Moose Tag198.002,625.00
Bighorn Sheep Tag198.002,625.00
Mountain Goat Tag198.002,625.00
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Can you shoot someone for trespassing in Louisiana? ›

In Louisiana, you have the right to protect your person and your property. The stand your ground law allows you to use deadly force if there is a reasonable belief of immediate danger and bodily harm.

Can you put corn out for deer in Louisiana? ›

It is only legal to use supplemental feed for deer on private land. Public lands are off limits, primarily due to potential conflict between hunters. On private land, hunters must be at least 100 yards from a feeder that contains feed. Above-ground covered feeders are the only legal way to feed.

How much do tags cost in Alaska? ›

Vehicle Registration Fees and Penalties in Alaska

Below are the associated registration fees by vehicle type: Passenger car: $100. Van or truck that weighs less than 10,000 lbs: $100. Motorcycle: $60.

How much do hunting tags cost in Alaska? ›

Licenses, Stamps, and Tags
Resident Annual Sport Fishing and Hunting License$60.00
Resident Annual Sport Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping License$85.00
Resident Annual Hunting$45.00
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Can a felon hunt in Alaska? ›

It depends on the terms of the conviction. Convicted felons cannot use modern firearms, but can use muzzleloaders, archery equipment, or utilize a Federally Qualified Designated Hunter to harvest game species on their behalf.

Can a game warden come on private property in Georgia? ›

They can go upon [private] property and look outside buildings in the performance of their duties, so they can just walk up onto your property, look around your building, and see if they find anything illegal.

Can I shoot a deer in my backyard in Georgia? ›

In Georgia, it is illegal to hunt without a landowner's permission.

Can you bait deer on private property in Georgia? ›

Exceptions for Deer and Feral Hogs:

Deer and feral hogs may be hunted over or near any bait on private lands in all counties, provided the hunter has written permission from the landowner. It is unlawful to hunt deer over bait, or place bait, on any state or federally managed lands.

What Animals Can you hunt without a license in Idaho? ›

Hunting of Predatory & Unprotected Animals Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling.

Can you buy over the counter deer tags in Idaho? ›

Over-the-counter tags involve most hunting units and zones, but not all. Opportunities vary depending on the type of weapon being used. Note: These are only available when the nonresident quota has not sold out.

How many deer can you harvest in Idaho? ›

No person may take more than one (1) deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, or mountain lion during a calendar year except when the person possesses a depredation hunt tag (deer, elk, pronghorn, and black bear), an extra tag (deer, elk or pronghorn), or a second tag (deer, elk, mountain lion and black bear).

Are warning shots legal in Louisiana? ›

The answer to whether the property owner can fire a warning shot to intimidate the trespassers is an emphatic no.

Do you have the right to defend yourself in Louisiana? ›

Louisiana law allows a person to use reasonable or defensive force against an aggressor as protection from bodily harm or death. Self-defense can be used in protection for themselves or a family member.

Can I shoot an intruder Louisiana? ›

Louisiana allows the use of deadly force in self-defense or defense of others to “prevent a violent or forcible felony involving danger to life or great bodily harm,” People also can shoot intruders inside a home, business or car even if there is no such threat – and need not make any effort to retreat.

What is the fine for hunting without a license in Louisiana? ›

Hunting without a basic season license, big game license and failure to comply with hunter education requirements each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

Can you carry a pistol while bow hunting in Louisiana? ›

Bowhunters may carry any caliber of firearm on their person while hunting with a bow. The provisions of this Subsection shall in no way be interpreted to limit the ability of the department to regulate hunting activities in a wildlife management area in accordance with R.S. 56:109. F.

Do Bucks bed in standing corn? ›

While many hunters value agricultural fields as reliable food sources for deer, one negative aspect of standing cornfields is that mature bucks rarely leave them. Standing corn makes for secure bedding, feeding, and breeding. These reasons give bucks little reason to stray very far.

How many deer tags can you get in Alaska? ›

Applicants may apply for up to six different hunt numbers per species but may not receive more than one permit per species per year. Applicants may apply for the same hunt choice more than once to increase their odds of being drawn.

What tags are over the counter in Alaska? ›

In Alaska, tags for caribou and moose can be purchased over the counter and both species can often be targeted on the same hunt. Hunters who are frustrated by the low probability of ever drawing a moose tag in the Lower 48 should consider Alaska. But, remember, a DIY Alaska hunt requires a lot of pre-trip planning.

Do you need deer tags in Alaska? ›

In Alaska, a harvest ticket is required in most areas for general hunts to hunt deer, moose, caribou, and sheep. They are available free from license vendors. The harvest ticket must be carried in the field and validated by cutting out the day and month immediately upon taking game.

Do you need a hunting license to hunt on your own property in Alaska? ›

All Alaska residents ages 18 to 59 years must have a resident hunting license. Additional tags, stamps, or permits may be required. Residents age 60 or older must have a permanent identification card.

What is the best caliber for hunting in Alaska? ›

270 or . 30-06 rifle they can shoot well rather than a shiny new magnum that has been fired just enough to get sighted-in. If you are going to hunt brown bear on the Alaska Peninsula or Kodiak Island, a . 30-06 loaded with 200- or 220-grain Nosler® or similar premium bullet will do the job with good shot placement.

What does a grizzly bear tag cost in Alaska? ›

License: Brown Bear/Grizzly tag $1000, non-resident hunting license $160 and should be purchased online prior to arrival in Alaska. Includes: 1X1 Professional Guide service, trophy care, in-field accommodations, all in-field transportation, airport pickup.

What is the dollar amount for a felony in Alaska? ›

The penalties for felonies are greater. If the value of the stolen property is less than $750, the theft is a misdemeanor. Greater than $750 is a felony with a jail sentence of up to 5 or 10 years, depending on the value.

Can I drive through Canada to Alaska with a felony? ›

If you try to enter Canada with a felony conviction on your criminal record, you could be deemed “criminally inadmissible to Canada,” and denied entry at the Canadian border.

Can a felon be a cop in Alaska? ›

Alaskan police agencies are prohibited from hiring as a police officer any person: Convicted of a felony.

Can you shoot a trespasser on your property in Georgia? ›

Can I Shoot on My Property in Georgia? Under the above premises, you cannot shoot someone just because they are on your property. There must be an active threat toward your life or another's life in order for any use of force, especially deadly force, to be justified.

Can you hunt at night in GA? ›

It shall be unlawful to hunt at night any game bird or game animal in this state except for alligators, raccoons, opossums, foxes, and bobcats.

Can you defend your property in Georgia? ›

Use of Force in Defense of Other Property in Georgia

Georgia gives its citizens the right to protect their home and their property when someone is interfering with it. However, it is important to make sure that you are legally protecting your property.

Can you point a gun at someone on your property in Georgia? ›


§16-11-102, it is illegal to intentionally and without legal justification point or aim a gun or pistol at another. It is immaterial whether the gun or pistol is loaded or unloaded.

Is it illegal to shoot your own dog in GA? ›

No person shall perform a cruel act on any dog; nor shall any person harm, maim, or kill any dog, or attempt to do so, except that a person may: Defend his or her person or property, or the person or property of another, from injury or damage being caused by a dog; or.

How close to a house can you hunt in GA? ›

Though it is illegal to shoot within 50 yards of a public road, there is no such buffer between adjacent, privately owned properties. In an unincorporated area, your neighbor can stand just outside the boundaries of your yard and shoot a gun, as long as he's not aiming directly at wildlife on your property.

Can you shoot a deer in water in Georgia? ›

It is unlawful to take a deer by any means while it is in a lake, stream, or pond.

How much is a ticket for hunting over bait in Georgia? ›

Fish and Game Violations
Hunting Without a License$125
Hunting Out of Season$200
Hunting from a Vehicle$350
Fishing on Land Without Permission$325
Hunting Over Bait – Dove$50
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What is the fine for hunting without a license in Georgia? ›

(c)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, any person who violates subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500.00.

Can I hunt on my own land without a license in Idaho? ›

An Idaho hunting license is required to hunt within the State of Idaho. Check on specific hunting season dates and permit requirements with the Idaho Fish and Game. They publish hunting regulations that list all the season dates. It is important to hunt only on lands where it is legally allowed.

Can you shoot a dog for chasing deer in Idaho? ›

Here is the section from Idaho Code 36-1101: Regulation of Dogs. (A) No person shall make use of a dog for the purpose of pursuing, taking or killing any of the big game animals of this state except as otherwise provided by rules of the commission.

How far from a house can you hunt in Idaho? ›

Idaho does not have a state law regarding a distance required from a building for discharge of a firearm. However, some cities and counties have adopted ordinances. Please check with the city or county you are hunting in or near. Public land next to agricultural areas frequenly have doves.

Can I shoot a deer on my property in Idaho? ›

Much of the land in Idaho is privately owned. Hunters can typically freely take game animals hunted on their own private property, or may seek permission from a landowner to hunt on private property.

How much do deer tags cost in Idaho? ›

Comparison of 2021 tag and license fee increases for nonresidents in Idaho
Deer tag$301.7516.57%
Elk tag$416.7556.39%
Antelope tag$311.759.94%
Bighorn sheep tag$2,101.7524.98%
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Can you bait deer on private property in Idaho? ›

According to Idaho law, the use of bait to hunt or take big game animals other than black bear is unlawful. Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract big game animals, except liquid scent for deer and elk. The use of salt placed to attract elk or deer for hunting is considered bait and is illegal.

What is the smallest caliber you can hunt deer with in Idaho? ›

For deer, antelope, wolf, and mountain lion, you must use a minimum of . 45 caliber.

Where are the most deer in Idaho? ›

Idaho Whitetail Deer

Idaho's highest whitetail densities are found in the Panhandle region. Most of the general seasons in the northern Panhandle close December 1st, allowing hunters the opportunity to hunt during the peak of the rut, which can make for a fun hunt.

How far off a road can you hunt in Idaho? ›

Answer: There is no set distance that someone would have to be from a road to legally shoot.

Can you have a gun in your car without a license in Louisiana? ›

Your vehicle is one of the only places you can carry your gun without a license or permit. This applies to handguns and rifles, as Louisiana laws do not prohibit you from carrying handguns or rifles in your vehicle.

How much is a ticket for hunting without a license Louisiana? ›

Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Do you have to wear hunters orange on private property in Louisiana? ›

If you're hunting on privately-owned land, you may wear a hunter orange or blaze pink cap or hat in lieu of the 400 square inches. If you're hunting deer from elevated stands on privately-owned land, you are not required to wear hunter orange or blaze pink.

Can you shoot 2 deer a day in Louisiana? ›

Only one antlered and one antlerless deer may be harvested daily except when a bucks-only season is in progress. Note that some federal lands in Louisiana only allow one deer per day. The season limit is six deer, not to exceed three antlered or four antlerless deer. There are some exceptions to this in certain areas.

How many animals can you legally own in Louisiana? ›

does not have any definitive legislature limiting the number of dogs one can own. The only legal stipulation regarding the number of dogs is a law stating no more than twelve adult dogs may be kept in the same primary enclosure.

How many deer can you shoot in Louisiana? ›

There is a daily bag limit of one antlered deer and one antlerless deer (when they can be legally harvested). We require that hunters tag all harvested deer prior to moving them from the harvest site and validate each kill via phone (225.267.

How many guns can you buy in Louisiana at once? ›

There is no limit or restrictions on bulk purchases (most states institute a one handgun per month policy.) Louisiana gun law also places no restrictions on ammunition, assault weapons testing, childproofing of weapons, or guns at the workplace.

Can you keep a loaded gun in your car in Louisiana? ›

Can You Carry a Loaded Gun in Your Car in Louisiana? Yes. Per the Louisiana State Police (LSP) Concealed Handguns Frequently Asked Questions, under most circumstances, carrying a handgun in a motor vehicle is legal in Louisiana. There are no state laws prohibiting vehicle carry.

Can you keep a gun in your glove box in Louisiana? ›

Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit:

Firearms may be carried openly or in the glove compartment, console, or trunk of vehicle.

How much is a lifetime Louisiana hunting license? ›

$500 $4,000

Can a felon get a hunting license in Louisiana? ›

Both Louisiana and federal law prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms or ammunition. An ex-felon in possession of a firearm in Louisiana can face severe penalties unless that individual can get his or her rights to own those firearms restored by the state.

Can you bait deer on private land in Louisiana? ›

A: In Louisiana it is legal to bait deer and hogs, except on WMAs. There may also be restrictions on baiting at national parks and refuges. Check with local authorities before baiting on these areas. Q: Is the Hunter Information Program stamp a required license in order to engage in migratory bird hunting?

What is the Purple law in Louisiana? ›

There is a law in Louisiana, commonly known as the "Purple Paint Law", that says if someone marks their property with purple paint, its the same as a "No Trespassing" sign. It's actually a part of Louisiana Revised Statute title 14, section 63, titled Criminal Trespass.

Can I bait deer in Louisiana? ›

The use of approved bait not normally ingested by deer for feral hog trapping will be allowed. All bait must be placed and contained within the trap itself. Backyard bird feeders are also exempt from this supplemental feeding prohibition.


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