US Hunting and Fishing Regulations - State by State - Consumer FIles

US Hunting & Fishing Regulations – State by State

In Sports & Outdoors by Consumer Files0 CommentsLast Updated: February 3rd, 2019

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Navigating the world of hunting and fishing regulations can be difficult. Not only are there no constant regulations throughout the country, with each state determining their regulations and requirements, but there are also quite a few third party sites providing inaccurate or conflicting information. There is also a variety of names for each state’s wildlife department, which can further complicate things.

To make things simple for hunters and anglers who are trying to locate up-to-date information on fishing and hunting regulations for a particular state, we’ve put together a list of official resources. You'll not only find each state’s hunting and fishing regulations, but also how to get a hunting or fishing license.

We’ve also included links to federal land so you can get the answers you need, regardless of where you’ll be hunting or fishing. State trapping regulations and bow hunting and archery laws are also included. However, this information can usually be found along with hunting rules and regulations.

Since this is a listing of official state wildlife department websites, the information herein will remain current as each state updates their website appropriately.

State by State Listing

Federal Land: National Wildlife Refuges

While the specific rules and regulations for hunting and fishing on federally owned land vary by location, general information can be obtained from the US Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

http://www.fws.gov/le/hunting.html

A state by state listing for license information regarding hunting and fishing on national wildlife land can be found here. You can also narrow your search by specific animal.

http://www.fws.gov/refuges/hunting/state_licenses.cfm

Alabama 

Alabama has all of their state wildlife laws and regulations on one convenient website. You can also find a listing of parks and trails, as well as boating regulations. This site also lists events and news concerning state wildlife areas and changes in laws and regulations. There’s also an interactive map that lets you quickly find hunting land and fishing areas, state offices and facilities, and state parks.

Alabama fishing laws can specifically be found at the following link. There is information on both freshwater and saltwater fishing. There is a complete listing of fish rules and regulations, tips on fishing, areas where fishing is allowed, and information fishing license laws. You are also able to purchase your fishing license directly through the site.

Alabama hunting laws (including Alabama bow hunting laws) and a list of what animals can be legally hunted can be found at this link. There is information on dove hunting, alligator hunting, turkey hunting, and small game hunting. You can purchase a hunting license as well as report deer and turkey harvested through this site. There is also a complete listing of hunting seasons, information on hunters’ education, and some free resources, such as free target patterns that you can print off.


Alaska

Complete information on hunting and fishing regulations, including trapping regulations, can be found on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website. There is also information on subsistence hunting and fishing and where to view wildlife. News relating to Alaskan fish and wildlife can also be located in the sidebar.

General licensing information can be found at the following link. However, some of the links below specifically for hunting and fishing will yield further information.

Information regarding hunting regulations in Alaska can be found here along with all AK trapping regulations.

Additional information on hunting in Alaska can be located here, along with links to purchasing licenses and filing a hunt report.

For regulations on fishing in Alaska, complete information on sports fishing, subsistence fishing, and even commercial fishing can be found here.


Arizona

For Arizona hunting regulations, including migratory bird hunting, trapping regulations, and reptile and amphibian regulations, links to the appropriate pdf documents for current year regulations can be found at the following link. There is also a handy Hunting Seasons at a Glance chart for the entire year, noting when applications for hunting permits for specific animals are due. You are also able to apply for a license and permit through this page.

For laws and regulations for fishing, as well as how to get a license and areas to go fishing can be found here.


Arkansas

Fish and game regulations for Arkansas, as well as boating rules, educational resources, and relevant events can be found on the website for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

There’s a complete list of hunting rules and laws at the link below. As well as current deer regulations, turkey hunting laws, bear hunting laws, dove hunting regulations, and rules for squirrel hunting.

Boating and fishing regulations can be found at this link, including bag limits, mercury advisories, and an interactive map of fishing locations throughout the state.

Information and how to get a license can be found on this page.


California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a comprehensive yet user-friendly website that can be found at the following link.

California hunting laws for small game animals, waterfowl, bighorn sheep, bear, elk, deer, wild pig, pronghorn antelope, and non-game furbearer can all be found at this link. There is also information regarding hunting on public land, as well as a searchable list for finding hunting and fishing guides in CA. You can also apply for hunting licenses and tags.

For trapping licensing laws, information, requirements, fees, and to apply online see this page.

General fishing regulations and schedules, both for freshwater and ocean fishing, can all be found at this following link. There are also resources for identifying fish caught and a searchable database of licensed fishing guides in California.


Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife handles all hunting, fishing, boating, and camping rules, licensing, and permits. While we list the homepage for their website below, it is not the most user-friendly, so using the direct links to the appropriate pages (as will be listed shortly) will prove less complicated.

Find hunting rules and regulations on this following page. There is a clear link, with accompanying picture for each type of lawful hunt: big game, small game, turkey, and waterfowl. Links for where you can apply online for a hunting license can be found on the appropriate page (e.g. deer and elk licenses can be found through the big game link.)

Complete hunting regulations can be found here for each type of hunt and lawful animal to hunt.

For CO fishing regulations and to apply for a fishing license online, complete information can be found at this following link. License fees are also listed as are locations for where to purchase a fishing license in person.Enter your text here...


Connecticut

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protections handles all hunting and fishing rules and regulations for the state of Connecticut. Season information for deer hunting, including archery deer hunting, trapping, migratory birds, pheasants, snapping turtles, and coyotes are detailed in the following link.

Up-to-date Connecticut fishing regulations can be found at the following link. Information on bag limit for each species able to be legally caught, as well as minimum size, are clearly listed with an accompanying picture of each type of fish.

All purchases of hunting and fishing licenses online are handled through Connecticut’s Online Licensing System.


Delaware

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has a Division of Fish and Wildlife that handles all regulations and licensing for the state. Their website is a little difficult to navigate, however, links to hunting regulations, fishing laws, and licensing rules can be found on the homepage.

Find complete Delaware hunting and fishing regulations and information below. There is also a listing of all public land available for hunting, as well as information and locations of hunter education programs. Applications for hunting licenses and permits can also be filed online.

Find regulations and licensing information for tidal and non-tidal fishing, as well as for crabs, oysters, sharks, and conchs below. There’s also information on invasive species, sport fishing tournaments, and the ability to apply for fishing licenses online.


Florida

There are a variety of animals able to be lawfully hunted in Florida. Complete Florida hunting regulations information can be found below. There is specific information, also, located on the right for every type of animal able to lawfully hunted in Florida, including deer, alligator, wild boar, and Burmese python.

For furbearer hunting and trapping, information and regulations can be found below. There is a helpful list of frequently asked questions, such as whether or not one can sell the meat of furbearers and where one can sell the furs.

Freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing rules and regulations in Florida can be found here. There is also information on fish identification and recent fishing relevant news.

Applying for fishing, hunting, or trapping online is simple. Information, as well as the application, can be found here.


Georgia

Find Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunting regulations at the following link. Information and seasons listings can also be found there, as well as wildlife management areas, shooting ranges, and archery ranges.

Georgia DNR regulations for fishing can be found below along with fishing locations and fish identification resources.

For hunting licenses and fishing licenses and permits can be obtained at this link. There are also requirements listed and fees for the various licenses.


Hawaii

Hunting regulations for Hawaii are very straightforward. Information on the necessary hunter education, game rules and regulations for every island, applying for a hunting license, and how to become a hunting guide can all be found on one page.

As it is an island with both freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing, Hawaii fishing regulations are a bit more complicated. There are distinct regulations for each island, which can be found at the following link.

Information regarding fishing licenses, aquarium permits, and boat registration can be found here.


Idaho

The Department of Fish and Game for Idaho handles all hunting and fishing regulations and licensing. Links for each specific hunting season and rules can be found along the left-hand side. Licenses, tags, and permits can be obtained online, and links to the appropriate applications can be found just below the regulations section.

Fishing regulations along with specific seasons are similarly organized, with different sections for each region. Licensing information and fees for residents and nonresidents are also there.


Illinois

Illinois hunting laws and regulations, including gun and bow seasons and requirements to purchase a license, can be found be found at the following link. Also, find trapping regulations and requirements there.

In addition to a hunting license, the Illinois DNR also requires hunters to have a stamp, species-specific permit, and firearm owner identification card (FOID.) Fishing licenses can also be found at this link.

Fishing regulations for Illinois along with general state fishing information, fishing programs, and locations to fish can all be found here.


Indiana

Indiana DNR hunting regulations, as well as trapping regulations, can be found at the first link. However, general information relating to hunting and trapping seasons and a variety of important hunting resources can be found at the second link.

  1. http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2343.htm
  2. https://secure.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2344.htm

Fishing regulations as set forth by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can be found below. Free fishing days, invasive species information, and videos on how to clean a number of fish species are also there.

Information on where and how to purchase an IN hunting license and an IN fishing license are conveniently located together. You can purchase a license in person, online, or by mail. Directions to do so are detailed.


Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a number of hunting resources at the following link. Information regarding deer hunting, migratory birds, pheasant and small game, as well as turkey hunting information, is listed at the left of the page.

Fishing information, such as what species are lawful to catch and public fishing locations, can be found here.

For trapping and fur harvesting information, including season dates, necessary licensing, and which animals may be lawfully trapped, see the following page.

Hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations as well as licensing information and requirements are listed at the following link.


Kansas

General information regarding Kansas hunting regulations can be found at this first link. There is additional information regarding bow hunting and fur harvesting, as well as public hunting locations, seasons, and falconry.

Information and applications for hunting licenses can be found and submitted at the following link along with corresponding fees.

For Kansas fishing laws, what fish can be legally caught, and other general information, visit:

Information regarding fishing licenses and permits can be found and submitted here, along with all necessary fees.

Complete hunting and fishing regulations in Kansas can be found through the Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism’s Law Enforcement page.


Kentucky

Kentucky hunting regulations and laws can be found at this following link. Trapping regulations as well as information on dove hunting, waterfowl hunting, shooting ranges, and important general hunting information and rules are also listed.

To find out which licenses or permits are required for you to hunt in Kentucky, view the following:

For fishing regulations, current information can be found at this first link. General information regarding fishing in Kentucky, including public fishing locations, can be found at the second link.

  1. http://fw.ky.gov/FishBoatGuide/Pages/default.aspx
  2. http://fw.ky.gov/Fish/Pages/default.aspx

To apply for a hunting or fishing license, you can do so at this following page. Locations for purchasing a license in person can also be found on that page.


Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunting regulations, hunter education, and season dates for deer, dove, migratory birds, waterfowl, small game, alligators, and turkey can be found at the following link.

Hunting license requirements and fees are listed on the following page. Information for all hunting licenses, such as big game, primitive firearms, and bow. Applications can also be submitted online.

Recreational fishing regulations in Louisiana can be found on the Fish Louisiana website. There is additional information regarding fish species and finding fishing locations can also be found there.

Recreational fishing license information and fees can be found on the following page. There are also fees listed for recreational fishing equipment, including but not limited to crab traps, crawfish traps, oyster tongs, and cans/buckets.


Maine

Hunting regulations in Maine can be found on the website for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Also listed are trapping regulations, bear hunting and trapping, and archery hunting rules.

Fishing regulations and seasons, for both open water and ice fishing, can be found on the following page. There is also information on identifying fish species and free fishing days.

For all licensing information and to apply for a hunting or fishing license in Maine including residency requirements see the following link.


Maryland

Hunting laws in Maryland can be found in the Guide to Hunting and Trapping page of the Department of Natural Resources website. In addition to links to MD hunting regulations, there is information on deer hunting requirements, black bear hunting; tree stands safety tips, and how to report your big game harvest.

Information regarding hunting licenses, permits, stamps, and which are required for each type of hunt can be found at this first link, however, to apply for a Maryland hunting license online, please see the second link.

  1. http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/hunting/licenses-stamps-permits/
  2. https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal

Fishing laws and regulations can be found through this next link. There is also substantial information of interest to anyone who fishes in Maryland, including invasive species, free fishing days, recent changes in legislature, and a variety of fish facts.

Fish licenses may be purchased online here:


Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game can be found at this following link. There is a wealth of information provided concerning both hunting and fishing, such as maps for identifying public hunting and fishing locations and current events.

Complete hunting regulations and fishing laws can be found at this first link. However, the second link is a much more user-friendly arrangement of the same information.

  1. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/laws-regulations/
  2. http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/

Information regarding hunting and fishing licenses, permits, stamps, and requirements can be found at this first link. The second link has a listing of all fees associated with each license. The third link, however, is where you can actually apply for a hunting license or a fishing license online.

  1. http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/licenses-stamps-permits/
  2. http://www.eregulations.com/massachusetts/huntingandfishing/licenses-fees/
  3. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/licensing/

Michigan

For hunting and fishing regulations in Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources provides comprehensive information on the following page. Further information regarding deer hunting in Michigan, rules on bear hunting, waterfowl hunting, and fur harvesting guidelines can be found on the second link.

  1. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10366_37141_14724---,00.html
  2. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10363---,00.html

Other pertinent information regarding MI fishing rules can be found here, such as aquatic invasive species to look out for, an interactive map for identifying public access fishing spots, and weekly fishing reports.

For information and to apply for a hunting or fishing license online, please see the following link.


Minnesota

Printed MN hunting regulation featured a number of mistakes, so it is important to consult the online version to have the most accurate and up to date information. Complete hunting regulations and rules, with noted corrected information, can be found via the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. There were considerable corrections made regarding deer hunting rules in MN, such as the deer zone map, deer license information, and where licenses may be purchased.

Hunting licenses may be purchased online through the following link. Necessary fees and additional information concerning each license type are also listed.

The Minnesota fishing regulations were also recently amended to account for some inaccuracies in the printed regulations. Complete and updated fishing rules and requirements can be found at the following address.

To purchase a MN fishing license online, for information, fees, and applications, visit the URL below.


Mississippi

The Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has general hunting regulations and requirements detailed on the following page. There are additional links to information regarding shooting range locations and regulations, as well as season dates and bag limits.

Information on purchasing a hunting license for all hunting seasons (e.g. sportsman license, all game hunting/fishing license, etc.) can be found on the first link. However, online purchase of a hunting license in MS must be made through the second link.

  1. http://www.mdwfp.com/license/hunting/
  2. https://www.ms.gov/mdwfp/hunting_fishing/

For fishing regulations in MS, this link provides detailed information for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Other important topics such as legal use of bait, bag limit, and transportation are all covered.

Mississippi fishing license regulations and fees can be found at this first link. The second link is where one can purchase a MS fishing license online. Please note that it is the same page as where to purchase a MS hunting license online.

  1. http://www.mdwfp.com/license/fishing/
  2. https://www.ms.gov/mdwfp/hunting_fishing/

Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation has a very user-friendly website. Information on hunting and trapping in MO can be found on the following page. This page has visible links for hunting regulations, hunting license and permit information with the option to purchase a hunting permit online, and an in-depth guide to every species of animal that may be legally hunted in Missouri.

Fishing regulations and laws are just as easy to find. There is additional useful information on how to get started fishing in MO, public access fishing spots, and information on fishing license and permit fees with the option to purchase a permit online.


Montana

Complete hunting regulations for Montana can be found at the following link. Regulations are divided by alphabetically by type of hunt (e.g. bear hunting; migratory bird hunting; moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat hunting; and furbearer harvest.)

Information regarding all MT hunting licenses and hunting permits can be found via this first link. Note that licenses and permits may be purchased online through the second link.

  1. http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/licenses/all/
  2. https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html

Montana fishing regulations can be found at the following link, along with boating regulations. Information and the option to purchase a fishing license online are also provided.


Nebraska

Nebraska Game and Parks provides a variety of helpful information for hunters on the following page. There is a very handy link for out of state hunters that shows the specific season dates for the various hunting seasons and when applications need to be in by.

There are a number of hunting regulations in NB guides that are provided by Game and Parks. They can be found at the following link. In addition to a general hunting guide, there is a guide for big game hunting in Nebraska, turkey hunting, waterfowl hunting, early teal hunting, and a guide to public access hunting land.

Information on fishing in Nebraska can be found at this following page. There is also information regarding finding public access fishing locations, the various fish species in NB, for example.

The following link will provide you with information on what you require for what you want to do, the necessary fee, and allow you to apply for a hunting permit or a fishing permit online.


Nevada

The Department of Wildlife in Nevada provides a number of important resources for hunters, such as links to current hunting regulations and hunting laws and links to apply for hunting licenses in NV and tags online.

Nevada provides apply opportunities for fishing and information regarding NV fishing regulations can be found at this link. There is also information regarding free fishing days, invasive species, and locations for public access fishing locations. Fishing regulations can be reached via a link at the top of the page as also can be information on fishing licenses.


New Hampshire

New Hampshire hunting regulations and important information on lawful hunting species can be found below. Moose hunting regulations, turkey hunting regulations, deer hunting laws, pheasant hunting rules, and laws and regulations regarding hunting waterfowl, black bear, and small game can also be found there. There is also information regarding furbearer harvest and hunter education. A large link along the top of the page will take you to where you can purchase a hunting license online.

New Hampshire Fish and Game provides complete and extensive fishing regulations information on this following link. There is information regarding open water fishing as well as ice fishing. There is also helpful information for people new to fishing, fishing tournaments, and locations for public access fishing spots. A large link across the top of the page will provide you with information regarding the purchase of fishing licenses and will allow you to purchase a fishing license online.


New Jersey

For NJ hunting laws and regulations, links to complete regulations and a variety of important hunting topics can be found here. There are links to hunting programs, hunting and trapping permit information, as well as some hunting articles.

Specific information regarding hunting licenses and fees can be found through this link. You can also purchase a hunting license online.

Information regarding New Jersey fishing regulations and laws can be found at this following link. There is also information regarding fishing in New Jersey’s ponds, lakes, and streams and regarding saltwater fishing, crabbing and clamming.

Fishing license information and fees can be found at this first link while the second link allows you to apply for a NJ fishing license online.

  1. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/fishneed.htm
  2. http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/als/websalesintro.htm

New Mexico

New Mexico hunting regulations can be found on the Game and Fish website. There are links to current hunting regulations, as well as to hunting regulations from the previous year. New Mexico hunting land and maps are also provided to help you identify where to go for your next big elk hunt.

To find out how to get a hunting license in NM, visit the following page. There is also a link to where you can purchase a NM hunting license and permit online.

New Mexico provides many opportunities for fishing thanks to a committed restocking and fish management program. Information regarding the fish management program, fishing regulations, and locations for public access fishing can be found below.

Fishing license information and fees can be found at the following link. There is also the option to purchase a fishing license online through this page.


New York

New York state hunting laws guide can be found on the first link. The hunting regulations guide can be viewed entirely online, but is a large file so consulting the individual sections is recommended. This guide does also include current trapping regulations. Important terms and general hunting rules and regulations can be found at the second link. Links to additional important hunting and trapping information can be found at the main hunting portal located at the third link, such as hunter education, trapping education, harvest reporting, and public access hunting land.

  1. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html
  2. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html
  3. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/hunting.html

For NY hunting license information, fees, and to purchase a hunting license online visit:

For NY trapping license information, accompanying fees, and to purchase a trapping license online see the following link.

This next series of links covers fishing information and regulations for the state of New York. This first link provides general information about fishing in New York, such as stocking reports, maps of public access fishing locations, and fishing reports. The second link will take you to the NY freshwater fishing regulations and laws; the third link has all relevant saltwater fishing regulations, as well as size limits, bag limits, and season dates.

  1. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html
  2. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html
  3. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html

Information regarding New York fishing licenses is split between freshwater fishing licenses and saltwater fishing licenses. This first link will provide you information on freshwater fishing licenses and is where you can purchase a New York State freshwater fishing license online.

Saltwater fishing licensing is handled through a registry. There is no fee and registration last for one year (365 days.) Information can be found at the following link, including restrictions.


North Carolina 

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has a number of important hunting resources provided to resident and nonresident hunters. You will find information regarding hunter education, hunting seasons, and limits for each species able to be legally hunted. There is also information on the hunting mentor program and a list of recent updates to hunting regulations.

Complete NC hunting regulations can be found here.

Information on fishing in North Carolina can be found below. There is a variety of helpful topics covered, such as available species to catch, stocking, bag limits, and season dates.

Complete fishing regulations and laws can be found through this link, along with boating regulations.

Both hunting license and fishing licenses can be purchased online through this link.


North Dakota

The North Dakota Fish and Game Department’s hunting portal is filled with helpful information for both resident and nonresident hunters. In addition to ND hunting regulations, there is specific information for all available hunts, such as upland game hunting, migratory bird hunting, big game hunting (e.g. moose hunting, elk hunting, deer hunting, bighorn sheep hunting in ND, and pronghorn hunting,) waterfowl, and small game. There is also information regarding furbearer harvest and trapping.

ND hunting licenses may be purchased online through the following link. Hunting license requirements for residents and nonresidents can also be found there, along with:

Fishing regulations in North Dakota and other helpful information can be found through this link.

For information on North Dakota fishing licenses and to purchase a fishing license online, please see this link.


Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources hunting regulations can be found conveniently located with additional pertinent hunting laws information. Information regarding hunting licenses, what species can be lawfully hunted, and what equipment can be lawfully used in each hunt. There is also information regarding Ohio trapping regulations, requirements, and fur taker permits.

Complete fishing regulations OH information can be found below, along with changes in regulations, statewide limits, and fishing license information.

Information on hunting licenses, trapping permits, and fishing licenses can be found at this first link. For purchasing a hunting or fishing license online, please see the second link.

  1. http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/licenses-and-permits
  2. https://www.oh.wildlifelicense.com/index_hf.php

Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a diverse animal population with considerable hunting opportunities available to residents and nonresidents alike. General hunting and trapping information can be found below, such as season dates for antelope hunting in OK, how to donate your harvest, and reporting your harvest.

A summary of Oklahoma hunting regulations can be found through this link, along with an OK game warden directory.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has an informative fishing portal that can be found through this first link. Fish management program, fishing reports, and a fish identification tool can all be found there. This second link provides a summary of fishing regulations.

  1. https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing
  2. https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/law/guides?qt-guides=1#qt-guides

Details on purchasing a fishing license, hunting license, and requirements can be found here. Online purchase of a fishing license and/or hunting license can also be conducted through this link.


Oregon

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife provides comprehensive hunting information below. There are hunting tips, OR big game hunting regulations, and controlled hunt regulations and information. There are also a variety of maps provided to help hunters find land to hunt on -including private land that is available to the public.

For OR fishing regulations and information, this link has you covered. The trout stocking schedule and maps are particularly helpful if you’re planning a fishing trip as a nonresident. Crabbing regulations and clamming rules and regulations can also be found there.

Hunting license fees and information, along with fishing licenses, can be found at the following link. You can also purchase a license or permit online.


Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, hunting regulations are controlled by the Game Commission. Information and current PA hunting regulations can be found through this link, as also can be found PA archery laws, season dates, and bag limits.

For trapping regulations in Pennsylvania, information can be found below.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission provides fishing regulations at the following link.

Hunting licenses, trapping licenses, and fishing licenses may all be purchased online. Information can be found here.


Rhode Island

All Rhode Island hunting and fishing information can be found at the same link. Hunting regulations, fishing regulations, and license information are also there. According to the RI Department of Environmental Management, licenses may be purchased online. However, we were unable to find where this was possible. However, a list of license providers can be found on this page. Advance warning that this is not a user-friendly site.


South Carolina 

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has all hunting and fishing information provided through a third party website. Hunting regulations and SC fishing regulations (both freshwater and saltwater) can be found through the following website.

Hunting licenses and fishing licenses can be purchased online through this link.


South Dakota

The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks department provides concise hunting information on the following page. Links to hunting regulations, big game hunting, and trapping information are clearly visible in the upper right-hand corner. Trapping information can also be found along the right sidebar as can a link to hunting license information and also how to purchase a hunting license online.

All boating and fishing information can be found through this portal. There are links at the upper right for fishing regulations as well as a link to purchase a fishing license online.


Tennessee

Tennessee hunting information can be found at this first link. There is important information for small game hunting, big game hunting, and migratory bird hunting. TN hunting regulations can be found at this second link.

  1. http://www.tennessee.gov/twra/section/hunting-in-tennessee
  2. http://issuu.com/thebinghamgroup/docs/hunt_trap_guide_2015-2016?e=18073349/14694585

Hunting licenses, requirements, and online purchasing can be found below.

The fishing portal for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency can be found at this first link. There are a variety of resources provided, covering invasive species and fishing locations. Fishing regulations and laws can be found at this second link

  1. http://www.tennessee.gov/twra/section/fishing-in-tennessee
  2. http://issuu.com/thebinghamgroup/docs/tn_fishing_guide_2015-16_sp/1

Information regarding purchasing a TN fishing license online, as well as requirements, can be found here.


Texas

Texas hunting and fishing regulations are managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife. This following is the link to their hunting portal. It contains information on hunter education, deer hunting laws in Texas, migratory bird laws, and furbearing animal regulations.

General information on fishing in Texas can be found at this first link. There are important links to information on current and ongoing conservation efforts, the tides, federal waters, and invasive species. Freshwater fishing regulations can be found at this second link while saltwater fishing in TX can be found in the third.

  1. http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/
  2. http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/freshwater-fishing/
  3. http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/saltwater-fishing/

For information on Texas hunting licenses and fishing licenses in Texas and to purchase a license online, see the following link.

NOTE: at the time of this writing, the Texas Parks and Wildlife website was initially down. These links were included once it was established that the website was back online.


Utah 

Utah hunting regulations and information can be found at the following link. There are also interactive maps of Utah to help you locate that perfect hunting spot and information on hunter education.

For fishing in UT, information and fishing regulations can be found here. There’s also information regarding community fishing locations and fishing licenses.

Purchase of a UT hunting license and/or fishing license can be completed here.

http://wildlife.utah.gov/utah-licenses.html


Vermont

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department provides comprehensive hunting regulations and information through their hunting portal. Regulations are divided by species, so you can easily find, for example, bear hunting regulations, moose hunting regulations, and/or deer hunting regulations. Trapping rules and regulations can also be reached through this page.

The Vermont fishing portal provides links to fishing regulations, as well as fish stocking schedules and statewide fishing events.

Hunting licenses in VT, fishing licenses, and trapping licenses can be purchased online through the following link.


Virginia

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries provides links to statewide hunting information and hunting regulations on the following page. In addition to VA hunting laws, you’ll also find information relating to hunter education programs, shooting preserves, and various wildlife diseases that may be encountered.

Fishing regulations and pertinent information can be found on the following page. There is also information such as tide charts, fish stocking, and public boating access sites.

For Virginia hunting licenses, VA fishing licenses and permits, and access permits, information and online purchasing can be found here.


Washington

The Department of Fish and Wildlife handles all fishing and hunting regulations for the state of Washington. General information can be found through their hunting portal (first link) while specific hunting regulations can be found at this second link.

  1. http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/
  2. http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/

Fishing in Washington provides many varied opportunities. General fishing information can be found through the Washington fishing portal at this first link. Specific fishing regulations in WA and season dates can be found through the second link.

  1. http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/
  2. http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

For a Washington fishing license or a hunting license, information and online purchasing can be found here.


West Virginia

West Virginia hunting information can be found through this first link. There is information on urban archery hunts, shooting ranges, and wildlife management areas. Hunting regulations in WV can be found through this second link, along with trapping regulations.

  1. http://www.wvdnr.gov/Hunting/Hunting.shtm
  2. http://www.wvdnr.gov/Hunting/hunting_regs.shtm

General fishing information for WV can be found at this first link, such as trout stocking maps and schedule, public access fishing spot, and fish identification tools. For WV fishing regulations and laws, the second link provides complete information.

  1. http://www.wvdnr.gov/fishing/fishing.shtm
  2. http://www.wvdnr.gov/fishing/Fishing_regs.shtm

To purchase a WV hunting license online or to purchase as WV fishing license online, see the following link.


Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides extensive information on hunting in WI through the following site. By clicking on the type of hunt you’re interested in (e.g. deer hunting in WI, black bear hunting in WI, etc.), you’ll be taken to a new page devoted to information and specific hunting regulations for that animal. To apply for a WI hunting permit, a convenient link can be found at the top of this page. Additional links to apply for a hunting license in Wisconsin can be located at the top of each hunting regulations page.

Information on trapping in WI, as well as Wisconsin trapping regulations, can be found here. Online purchase of a WI trapping permit can be completed through the link at the top.

Wisconsin DNR fishing regulations and information can be found here. There is also a link to apply for a fishing license online, along with appropriate fees.


Wyoming

Hunting regulations in WY can be found on the Department of Game and Fish website. It is a very user-friendly site with easy to find information regarding WY hunting regulations, maps, and a checklist to make sure you have everything you need to legally hunt in Wyoming.

Information on fishing in Wyoming is just as conveniently organized and can be found below. In addition to WY fishing regulations, listed also are boating regulations and maps and directions to public access fishing locations.

To apply online for a WY hunting license or a fishing license in WY, see this link.


Final Words

Throughout the United States, hunting regulations and fishing regulations can differ greatly. There are also no constants when it comes to what licenses, permits, tags, or stamps are required and fees can differ dramatically, too. Whether you’re planning a weekend hunt in your home state or planning that once in a lifetime hunt out West, it pays to do as much research as possible to be sure that you follow local laws to the letter. This will ensure that your hunting or fishing trip run as smoothly as possible.

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US Hunting & Fishing Regulations – State by State was last modified: February 3rd, 2019 by Consumer Files