Resident Hunting License Qualifications

  • Persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver's license or Tennessee state ID issued by the Department of Safety. Tennessee state law requires drivers to obtain a Tennessee driver's license within 30 days of residency. Out-of-state drivers license only accepted for Military Personnel and Students meeting the criteria below:
    • Military personnel on active duty in this state and dependents under age 16, who reside with them, regardless of resident status.
    • Students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school, college, or university for at least six months (must present a student ID card or other proof of enrollment
  • Persons who do not drive or do not possess a valid driver’s license from another state, but who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the genuine intent of making Tennessee their permanent home, may prove residency by presenting to a TWRA license agent any two of the following documents:
    • Current Tennessee voter registration card
    • Current Tennessee vehicle registration or title
    • Form I-94 issued by the US Citizenship & Immigration Service
    • Current rental/mortgage contract or receipt including deed of sale for property or receipt for payment of Tennessee real estate taxes within last year

A Social Security Number is required to purchase a Tennessee hunting or fishing license.

 

  • Annual Licenses
  • Lifetime & Permanent Licenses
  • Other Licenses, Permits & Stamps
  • Type Description Cost
    001 Hunting and Fishing Combination*
    Minimum license required to fish and/or hunt small game

    *Supplemental Licenses (Types 005, 009, 010, or 011) are required and must be purchased, in addition to the Type 001 license, in order to hunt deer, bear, boar (feral hog), turkey, and waterfowl.

    The type of hunting equipment to be used determines which supplemental license is necessary.
    $34.00
    005 Waterfowl Supplemental License
    *Purchase with Hunting & Fishing Combination License
    $38.00
    009 Annual Big Game Gun Supplemental License
    *Purchase with Hunting & Fishing Combination License
    $34.00
    010 Annual Big Game Archery Supplemental License
    *Purchase with Hunting & Fishing Combination License
    $34.00
    011 Annual Big Game Muzzleloader Supplemental License
    *Purchase with Hunting & Fishing Combination License
    $34.00
    019 Trapping $34.00
    002 Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish
    Ages 13-15. Good for hunting all game, fishing, and trapping. Must be purchased prior to 16th birthday. No supplemental licenses are required, but special season and WMA permits will need to be purchased in addition to this license. Fees apply when applying for quota hunt permits and "leftover" permits.
    $10.00
    004 Annual Sportsman
    An all-inclusive license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any state supplemental licenses or non-quota permits and allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Annual Sportsman licenses can be purchased from all license agents.
    $166.00
    164 Annual Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap
    Available at all license agents and can only be purchased when the 65th birthday is reached. A valid Tennessee driver's license or proof of age and residency is required. No supplemental licenses are required, but special season and WMA permits will need to be purchased in addition to this license. Fees apply when applying for quota hunt permits and "leftover" permits.
    $5.00
    167 Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman
    An all-inclusive license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any state supplemental licenses or non-quota permits and allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Annual Senior Sportsman licenses can be purchased from all license agents.
    $50.00
  • Type Description Cost
    166 Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap
    Available at all license agents and can only be purchased when the 65th birthday is reached. A valid Tennessee driver's license or proof of age and residency is required. No supplemental licenses are required, but special season and WMA permits will need to be purchased in addition to this license. Fees apply when applying for quota hunt permits and "leftover" permits.
    $50.00
    401 Lifetime Sportsman (under 3 years old)
    An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
    $200.00
    406 Lifetime Sportsman (3-6 years old)
    An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
    $659.00
    402 Lifetime Sportsman (7-12 years old)
    An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
    $988.00
    403 Lifetime Sportsman (13-50 years old)
    An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
    $1,976.00
    404 Lifetime Sportsman (51-64 years old)
    An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
    $1,153.00
    405 Lifetime Sportsman (65+ years old)
    An all inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits. Allows holders to apply for quota permits at no additional fee. Call your local TWRA office for an application or download an application to apply.
    $329.00
  • Type Description Cost
    012 Apprentice Hunting License
    This license is available to all hunters 10 years of age or older who have not completed the mandatory hunter education course. It exempts the hunter from the mandatory hunter education law until the end of the license year, and may be purchased 3 consecutive years during the lifetime of the hunter. Hunters who possess this license must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older, who must meet hunter education requirements and is able to take immediate control of the hunting device.
    $12.00
      Federal Duck Stamp
    Federal law requires that each waterfowl hunter, age 16 and over carry on his/her person, in addition to a hunting license and permit, a valid Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, (federal duck stamp), signed in ink across the face. These can be obtained through the Post Office, National Wildlife Refuge offices, and some discount and sporting goods stores.
    $15.00