Licences to hunt are always necessary. During the open season, all farms require hunting licenses for game birds. Rock pigeons are not considered regular game, and hunters can hunt them with a letter of permission from the landowner. Private landowners can decide what species they want to be hunted on their property, so check with your local game ranger to find out the current list of permitted animals.
Non-resident permits are available from local game rangers. You must carry your passport when hunting, which includes visa pages if applicable. The cost is $150 per year plus any additional charges for special tags or other items. There is no charge for youth under 18 years old. A complete list of fees can be found on the website of the Department of Environmental Affairs (www.dea.gov.za).
A license is required to take any animal protected by law, such as leopards or lions. Some animals, such as elands, kudus, and steenboks, are only protected if they are injured or killed while being tracked by a licensed hunter. All firearms used during hunting must be registered with the police department where you obtained your license.
Hunters should understand that some animals are protected because of their value as food, while others are protected because they provide protection for other wildlife.
You would need to obtain a hunting license to hunt game species. If you don't hunt, you don't need a hunting license. That is determined by where you reside. In other places (for example, Texas), a license is only required for the actual hunt. (Available at your local Walmart).
Nongame species must be taken with a hunting license. There are no closed seasons, bag limitations, or possession limits, and they may be hunted on private land at any time using any legitimate means or tactics. Certain nongame animal species may be subject to restrictions, including possession limitations (see below).
Non-hunting individuals can help manage populations of some nongame species by providing food for themselves and their families, controlling pests, and otherwise engaging in conservation activities. Some states offer limited protection to non-hunters who attempt to prevent hunters from killing certain nongame species. The best information about what protections are available in your state can be found by contacting the wildlife agency that manages these species.
Non-hunters cannot buy or sell hunting licenses. However, if you are given permission to hunt on someone else's property and take one of these species, that person should be able to give you a hunting license for it.
Non-hunters can help protect habitat for many species by supporting programs that conserve natural areas where these animals live. For example, people can help ensure that forests are protected by visiting parks when hiking or walking dogs and other pets and reporting illegal activity such as vandalism or timber harvesting. People can also help protect animals by reporting sightings of predators or prey that are injured or appear distressed.
Many species are threatened or endangered because there aren't enough people caring for them.
In most circumstances, in order to hunt lawfully in the United States, you must get a hunting license from the state where the hunt takes place and meet the standards of the state fish and game department. Some states may be easier than others to get a license, so check with your local wildlife agency about how easy it is to get a license there.
In general, if you are living in the state where you want to hunt and have a valid reason to be out of state, such as being transferred into the state or visiting family for the season, you should be able to obtain a license. However, some states may have restrictions on licenses that allow them to charge more for them or limit when they can be issued. You should check with your state wildlife agency about how easy it is to get a license there.
Many people think getting a license is only necessary in states where shooting deer is illegal, but this is not true. All states require some form of identification before issuing a license, even if it's just a driver's license number. If you cannot produce proof of identity when asked, you will not be allowed to shoot.
Some states also require you to pay taxes on your license. These amounts vary by state but usually amount to around $10 at time of writing.
When hunting the species included in this handbook, hunters must have a valid Kentucky hunting license unless they are exempt. A Kentucky Migratory Bird/Waterfowl Permit, in conjunction with a federal migratory bird stamp, allows the bearer to shoot any species of migratory game birds, including waterfowl (ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers).
It is illegal to take migratory game birds without a license or permit. The penalty for taking a migratory game bird without a license is a fine of up to $10,000 and one year in prison. The only exception is if you are a licensed dealer and purchase migratory game birds in the course of your business, then no license is required.
Migratory game birds include all species listed in 50 CFR part 17. These include all varieties of pheasants, grouse, doves, and turkeys. In addition, swans, Canada geese, and other waterfowl are also included.
Only certain persons are exempt from the requirement of a license to hunt migratory game birds. These include out-of-state residents who have been granted an exemption by the Commissioner of Wildlife Resources, as well as Native Americans who have a tribal license. Nonresidents are required to obtain a license from their home state before traveling to Kentucky to hunt migratory game birds.
Nonresident licenses are available from most wildlife departments throughout the United States.