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Hunting Licenses in the US

Hunting licenses in America are as old as the nation. They were first intended to protect state resident rights to hunt their land from out of state poachers. These laws were later expanded to cover in-state residents as well. Because of this, it is the State Government rather than the Federal that issues these documents. Therefore how do you get a hunting license can vary state by state. The careful management of wildlife through hunting laws helps to ensure that there are plenty of deer and other game for the enjoyment of generations to come.

These licenses are granted to hunters for wild game such as deer, rabbits, or bears. There are no restrictions for pest or vermin species such as rats. Such vermin kills may even carry a bounty from some jurisdictions. Other people who get an exemption are Native Americans living on Indian Reserves or Native Alaskans.

So how do you get a hunting license? Most states require an adult hunter to be 18 years old and complete a hunter education class. Classes cover topics such as tagging, field dressing and bagging your kill, where to get information, and most important of all safety. Each state has kill quotas which are also reviewed in the training materials but they can vary from year to year. Finally, there are also restrictions in terms of areas that are open or closed. Those closed areas will either be marked by signs labeled “Posted” or be within designated protected areas. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is where to get further information on these areas.

Hunters who wish to hunt ducks and other waterfowl have to purchase a separate Duck Stamp issued by the Federal Government. By purchasing this stamp, the hunter also gains access to federal wildlife refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the Duck Stamp goes to wetland conservation and to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund.

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