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Hunting Licenses


The hunting and fishing licenses go on sale February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. Seasons are subject to change. License fees are subject to change. Migratory bird seasons are determined by ederal regulations. Most licenses, except the Lifetime Sportsman License and specialty licenses, such as Wheelchair, Disabled Veteran, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), and Blind Fishing licenses, are available from most county clerks, sporting goods stores, hardware stores, boat docks, online, and from all TWRA offices. 

Hunting and fishing license sales and federal excise taxes comprise almost 100 percent of the TWRA's operating funds. Thank you for buying a hunting and fishing license. Without your support, Tennessee would not have the abundance of fish and wildlife that we all enjoy. 

General Tennessee Hunting License Requirements

Who Must Have a Tennessee Hunting License?

If you hunt game or attempt to hunt game by any method or if you assist someone else to do so, you must have a valid hunting license. There are some exceptions:

  • Residents born before March 1, 1926 (with proof of age and residency).
  • Military personnel on leave carrying leave papers.
  • Landowners, their spouses, and children who hunt on farmland which is owned by said landowners. The aforementioned must be residents of Tennessee but need not reside on the land. This license exemption does not apply if the farmland is owned jointly or in common by unrelated persons.
  • Resident grandchildren (under the age of 16) and resident great-grandchildren (under the age of 16) who hunt on farmland which is owned by their resident grandparents or great-grandparents.
  • Tenants, their spouses, and their dependent children who hunt on farmland owned by an individual or family. The aforementioned must be residents of Tennessee and must actually reside on the land and have the permission of the landowner to hunt. A tenant is a person who, for money, free rent, or other consideration, cares for farmland. The tenancy must be agricultural in nature.
  • First cousins who own farmland jointly or in common may fish and hunt small game on the farmland. Their children may fish and hunt small game as well.
  • Resident and nonresident youths under 13. Hunters ages 10-12 need only a hunter education certificate to hunt. However, youths 6-16 hunting big game on a WMA must have a valid Type 094 or Type 095 permit or quota permit, as applicable.

Farmland Owner License Exemption

Persons hunting without a license under a resident farmland owner exemption must complete and sign a statement, attesting where the property is located and how this land qualifies for a landowner exemption. Persons may complete the form in advance and carry it with them while hunting or they may complete the form when requested in the field by a TWRA official or when checking game. Resident landowners and their children hunting on their parent's land under this exemption are also exempt from Hunter Education Certification requirements.

 

 Tennessee Resident Hunting License

  • 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.

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

Tennessee Non-Resident Hunting Licenses

Type Description Cost
070 Junior Hunt/Fish - No Big Game
Required for nonresidents ages 13-15 to fish or hunt small game.
A Type 085 or 086 is required to hunt big game.
$11.00
085 7-Day Junior Hunt - All Game $27.00
086 Annual Junior Hunt - All Game $42.00
072 7-Day Hunt-Small Game/Waterfowl - No Big Game $61.50
071 Hunt-Small Game/Waterfowl - No Big Game $111.00
074 7-Day Hunting - All Game $214.50
073 Annual Hunting - All Game $305.00
120 Trapping $201.00

Apprentice Hunting License & Federal Duck Stamp

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 can 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

WMA Hunting Permits (resident and nonresident)

Everyone who hunts on a Wildlife Management Area is required to have a WMA permit except the holder of a Lifetime Sportsman License, Annual Sportsman License, Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167), and youths under age 16 hunting small game and waterfowl. The youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult with a valid WMA permit. Youths under age 6 may not hunt big game on a WMA. All ages nee d a Type 094 permit for county non-quota hunts.

Type Description Cost
091 WMA Small Game and Waterfowl $62.00
092 1-Day Small Game and Waterfowl $12.50
093 WMA Small Game Only $21.00
094 Special Season/WMA Nonquota Big Game

Required for residents and non-residents to hunt the statewide antlerless deer gun season, unit L antlerless private lands hunt and WMA nonquota big game hunts, including Cherokee. 

$25.00
095 Cherokee WMA Big Game Nonquota
Valid only for Cherokee WMA non-quota big game hunts.
$19.00

Migratory Bird Permits

Resident and nonresident hunters must possess a Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds. Available anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold. The following do not need this permit:

  • Landowners hunting on their own land
  • Disabled veterans
  • Tennessee residents 65 years of age or older
  • Tennessee residents under 13 years of age
  • Lifetime Sportsman license holders
Type Description Cost
006 Migratory Bird Permit $2.00
007 Migratory Bird Permit
available only to Sportsman License holders
No Fee

Federal Refuges

Type Description Cost
064 This permit is required for Cross Creeks and Tennessee National Refuge for all hunters including Lifetime and Annual Sportsman license holders.  $15.00