Licensing Requirements for Deer Hunting
To legally hunt deer, different licenses are required based on the chosen hunting method:
Gun Deer License: Mandatory for those intending to hunt deer using a firearm. This license is specific to firearm users and does not permit the use of other weapons for deer hunting.
Archer License: Required for hunters using a bow and arrow. This license exclusively allows the hunting of deer with a bow and arrow, without the authorization to use firearms or crossbows.
Crossbow License: Essential for hunters who prefer using a crossbow. Similar to the Archer License, this permits deer hunting only with a crossbow and excludes the use of firearms or bows and arrows.
Additionally, irrespective of the weapon choice, hunters must possess:
- Valid, Unfilled Harvest Authorization: A crucial document that needs to be present and unused. This authorization is a testament to the hunter's eligibility to harvest deer. It must be valid and not previously used for a deer harvest in the current season.
Important Upgrade Note: Hunters with either an Archer or Crossbow License who wish to utilize both bow and arrow and crossbow in their hunting activities are required to purchase an upgrade. This upgrade is a mandatory addition to the respective licenses, granting the flexibility to switch between the two weapon types during the hunting season.