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Got my hunting license today!!!

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  • Got my hunting license today!!!

    Ready for the HR/HP soiree for next weekend!! WooooHOOOO! Trying to rid myself of stupid walking pneumonia. Let's hear it for steroids and antibiotics! Might want to throw in a hot toddy there somewhere.

  • #2
    Thanks for reminding me to get one for basset hunting!
    Snobbington Hunt clique - Whoopee Wagon Fieldmaster
    Bostonians, join us at- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Boston_Equestrian
    NYC Equestrians- http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/urbanequestrian/

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    • #3
      Yay!

      And tucked inside the helmets too!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by linquest View Post
        Thanks for reminding me to get one for basset hunting!
        I assume this means DH will need a license if he goes basset hunting. Will he also need the license if he follows the fox hunt in the truck?

        And yay, I got my hunting license too!

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        • #5
          Yes, your husband should have a hunting license.

          Ya'll have fun.

          I'll be thinking of you.

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          • #6
            I remember the first time that I learned of needing a hunting license in VA. I thought they were pulling my leg.
            Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

            Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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            • #7
              I have never understood why folks in the field need a hunting license. They are, after all, observing the huntsman, staff and hounds, who are actually doing the hunting.
              ... _. ._ .._. .._

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              • #8
                Do all people hunting in the US have to have a license? Even following hounds? First time I've ever heard that.

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                  #9
                  In Virginia, yes. I am not sure about other states. Juniors get apprentice licenses. We are supposed to carry it with us. I had my license, my insurance card, and my camera in my pocket.

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                  • #10
                    In Md only the huntsman needs a license. It would vary by state.

                    Otterhound, yes you must have a license to hunt (even just following hounds in VA). The cost of a license varies depending on the state, the game hunted and whether you are a resident of the state or not. In VA the monies collected for the licenses go to the Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries.

                    VA DGIF

                    When I go with my husband and son dove hunting and manage the retrievers I must have a current hunting license, even though I never fire a gun.

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                    • #11
                      Well you learn something new every day! Over here you only need a fishing license (if you're fishing for trout) and a gun license - if your hunting with gun (deer, pigs etc). Are they expensive?

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                      • #12
                        $23 for fox hunting

                        Plus I pay $16 for access to state forest land as our hunt crosses that land in our territory.

                        I make a reduced size copy of the license and put it in the back of my cell phone case. This way I have it no matter what activity I may be involved in.

                        From the VA DGIf web site:

                        Sportsman's License (age 16 and older)
                        Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, muzzleloading license, freshwater fishing license, and trout license $133.00
                        Hunting License (age 16 and older)
                        Year Fee
                        1 year license $23.00
                        2 year license $44.00
                        3 year license $65.00
                        4 year license $86.00
                        County or City Hunting License (age 16 and older)
                        For county or city of residence only $16.00
                        Apprentice Hunting License
                        Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase. $11.00
                        Senior Citizen Hunting License (age 65 and over)
                        Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. $9.00
                        Special Resident Hunting License for Partially Disabled Veterans
                        Resident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent service-connected disability upon certification. Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the Richmond office or by mail. $12.00
                        Junior Hunting License
                        (age 12 to 15; optional for under 12 years old) $8.50
                        Youth Combination Hunting License (age 12 to 15)
                        Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, and muzzleloading license. $16.00
                        Junior Lifetime Hunting License (under age 12)
                        No annual bear, deer, turkey license required until age 12. National forest stamp, state forest stamp, county damage stamp and bonus deer permits, if applicable, are required in addition to this license. Upon proof of completion of a hunter education course or equivalent, the license is transferable to a lifetime hunting license at no additional fee. Available through the Richmond office or by mail. $255.00
                        Legacy Hunting License
                        Must be purchased before age 2. Available through the Richmond office or by mail. $125.00
                        Lifetime Hunting License
                        Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the Richmond office or by mail.
                        Age Fee
                        Age 12-44
                        (hunter education course
                        required under age 16) $260.00
                        Age 45-50 $210.00
                        Age 51-55 $160.00
                        Age 56-60 $110.00
                        Age 61-64 $60.00
                        Age 65 and over $20.00
                        Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special Lifetime License
                        Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this hunting license. Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. $15.00
                        Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Veteran Lifetime License
                        For qualified resident disabled veterans. Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, muzzleloading license, and freshwater fishing license. All other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. $0
                        Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Veteran Hunting Lifetime License
                        For qualified resident disabled veterans. Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, and muzzleloading license. All other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. $0
                        One or more of the following may be required in addition to a resident hunting license.

                        License Fee
                        Bear, Deer, Turkey License (age 16 and older)
                        Not required if senior citizen's lifetime license was purchased before July 1, 1988. Not required for holders of Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Veteran Lifetime Licenses. Valid July 1 through June 30. $23.00
                        Junior Bear, Deer, Turkey License (age 12 to 15)
                        Valid July 1 through June 30. $8.50
                        Archery License $18.00
                        Crossbow License $18.00
                        Muzzleloading License $18.00
                        Non-resident Hunting Licenses
                        Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase except the bear, deer, turkey license (only valid July 1-June 30), the Virginia migratory waterfowl conservation stamp, the apprentice hunting license, and lifetime licenses.

                        License Fee
                        Non-resident Hunting License (age 16 and older) $111.00
                        Non-resident 3-Day Hunt License (age 16 and older)
                        Must be 3 consecutive hunting days; no Sunday hunting. $60.00
                        Non-resident Apprentice Hunting License
                        Annual non-resident bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps, or permits may be required in addition to this license. Valid for 2 years from date of purchase. $21.00
                        Special Non-resident Annual Hunting License for Partially Disabled Veterans
                        Non-resident veterans rated and certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least 70 percent serviceconnected disability. Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the Richmond office or by mail. $56.00
                        Non-resident Youth Hunting License (under age 12) $13.00
                        Non-resident Youth Hunting License (age 12 to 15) $16.00
                        Non-resident Youth Combination Hunting License (under age 16)
                        Includes hunting license, bear, deer, turkey license, archery license, crossbow license, and muzzleloading license. $31.00
                        Non-resident Legacy Hunting License
                        Must be purchased before age 2. Available through the Richmond office or by mail. $250.00
                        Non-resident Lifetime Hunting License
                        Annual bear, deer, turkey license and all applicable licenses, stamps or permits are required in addition to this license. Available through the Richmond office or by mail. $555.00
                        Hunting (Shooting) Preserve
                        To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed shooting preserve, in lieu of other required licenses. $23.00
                        Foxhound Training Preserve
                        To hunt within the boundaries of a licensed foxhound training preserve, in lieu of other required licenses. $18.00
                        One or more of the following may be required in addition to a nonresident hunting license.

                        License Fee
                        Non-resident Bear, Deer, Turkey License
                        Valid July 1 through June 30
                        Age Fee
                        Age 16 and older $86.00
                        Age 12 to 15 $16.00
                        Under age 12 $13.00
                        Non-resident Archery License $31.00
                        Non-resident Crossbow License $31.00
                        Non-resident Muzzleloading License $31.00
                        Trapping Licenses
                        One or more of the following is required to trap. Other licenses or permits may also be required.

                        License Fee
                        County or City Resident Trapping License
                        For county or city of residence. $21.00
                        Resident Trapping License
                        Year Fee
                        1 year license $46.00
                        2 year license $90.00
                        3 year license $134.00
                        4 year license $178.00
                        Resident Junior Trapping License (under age 16) $11.00
                        Resident Senior Citizen Trapping License (age 65 and over) $9.00
                        Resident Senior Citizen Lifetime Trapping License (age 65 or over)
                        Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. $20.00
                        Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Veteran Resident Lifetime Trapping License
                        Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. $15.00
                        Totally and Permanently Disabled Resident Special Lifetime Trapping License
                        Available through the Richmond Office or by mail. $15.00
                        Non-resident Trapping License $206.00
                        Miscellaneous Permits and Stamps
                        One or more of the following may be required in addition to a hunting license.

                        Permits

                        Permit Fee
                        Resident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags)
                        (More information) $18.00
                        Non-resident Bonus Deer Permit (6 antlerless tags)
                        (More information) $31.00
                        National Forest Permit
                        To hunt and trap within National Forests. Not required of residents under the age of 16 to trap; residents 65 and older who possess a valid license to hunt or trap. $4.00
                        Virginia State Forest Use Permit (age 16 or older)
                        Allows hunting, trapping, fishing, mountain biking, and horse riding. No motorized vehicles on gated roads/trails (open or closed). Sold in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry. $16.00
                        Public Access Lands for Sportsmen (PALS)
                        (More Information) $18.00
                        Access Permit
                        (More Information) $4.00 per day or $23.00 per year
                        Licenses

                        License Fee
                        Stationary Shore Blind $23.50
                        Floating Blind $41.00
                        Offshore Blind Stake (limit 4 per licensee) $6.00
                        Stamps

                        Stamp Fee
                        Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
                        To take migratory waterfowl, required of persons 16 years of age and over in addition to hunting license and sold at U.S. Post Offices or online. Valid July 1-June 30. $15.00
                        Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp
                        Required of persons 16 years of age and older, unless license exempt. Valid July 1-June 30. $10.00

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                        • #13
                          otterhound, I would guess that in most states mounted riders following the hunt do NOT need a hunting license. In general the older states are more red-tape oriented.
                          Yes, I know how to spell. I'm using freespeling!

                          freespeling

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                          • #14
                            Thanks jawa and altjaeger for the info =) I guess things are a little more complicated over there because you have different states with different rules and regulations.

                            So if you were to go foxhunting in another state you'd need to make sure you have a license for that state - if required.

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                            • #15
                              States rights.

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                              • #16
                                To complicate things further, the counties and or cities can have different rules. For example, some counties don't allow deer hunting with a rifle, only a shot gun.

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                                • #17
                                  VDGIF, like most game departments in the US, is funded by license revenue. Not taxpayer dollars.

                                  This isn't "red tape". Conservation in the United States evolved through the adoption of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. It does not exist outside North America. You can read about it here: http://www.huntright.org/where-we-st...ervation-model http://www.huntright.org/north-ameri...ervation-model

                                  Sportsmen fund almost all conservation in the United States. Through the purchase of hunting or fishing licenses, and through the Pittman-Robertson Act. http://www.nraila.org/Issues/FactShe...ad.aspx?id=103

                                  Mounted foxhunters are part of that Model and Act. When a state does not require a mounted foxhunter to purchase a license, that state receives less revenue for its game department. Fewer licenses means that game department must look to other sources of revenue - which means nonhunters.

                                  Nonhunters are not part of that ethic and have different priorities. They don't include supporting hunting.

                                  It's interesting that the folks poo pooing licensing requirements live in states where anti-hunters have successfully restricted hunting with hounds.

                                  Many people who hunt with hounds are chase only - or very selectively harvest. Like mounted foxhunting, people other than the owners of the hounds follow on foot, on horse/mule, or by car. They're hunting too. Just like mounted foxhunters. We are not that special or separate and apart.

                                  It's unfortunate so many foxhunters don't consider themselves part of the sporting community. You're not only missing out on a great conservation ethic, you're shooting yourselves in the foot. Look at what is happening in California. Or what happened in Washington. Think that can't happen in your state? Think again. When urbanites start waving cash around (but only if the state bans hunting) - you're going to wish you'd purchased an inexpensive hunting license.

                                  The MFHA is a fine organization, but it cannot advocate for the sport in each state. It does not have the hundreds of millions of dollars that HSUS, et al, does. Foxhunters must help protect the sport by participating in the legislative process - and that includes understanding what is going on in your states game department.

                                  Folks in the UK never thought a hunting ban would go through. Now look. Folks said it would never happen here. But look at California, Texas, and Washington. Is your state next? Probably.

                                  Many foxhunters may hunt to ride and not be committed to the actual sport. Which is fine. All kinds of people foxhunt. But be careful disparaging or ridiculing things like licensing requirements or our inclusion in the sporting community. Most people live in urban areas. They have an urban mentality, and they get all of their information from AR groups. Do you really think legislators are going to ignore them - even when they're wrong? Not when cash is waved around.

                                  There are a lot of foxhunters who work very hard to protect the actual sport. While some of you are out having a good time - they're at home or in an office - working their butts off to defeat anti-hunting legislation. Those people often work with other sporting groups. One thing that is NOT helpful is the accusation that we don't bother to purchase hunting licenses, or that we consider ourselves, as a group, superior or otherwise not bound by the same ethics or requirements as other sportsmen.
                                  Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                                  Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                                  -Rudyard Kipling

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                                  • #18
                                    JSwan - that explains it all beautifully - thank you for taking the time to write.

                                    So do you have some anti-type interference with foxhunting in some parts like California, Texas etc that you mentioned above? We've not heard about that here so know nothing.

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                                    • #19
                                      Gotta love it when those not living in California are the experts on all things wrong with California. I am one of the only people who does not hunt in my area....

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                                        Folks in the UK never thought a hunting ban would go through. Now look. Folks said it would never happen here. But look at California, Texas, and Washington. Is your state next? Probably.
                                        What do you mean by look at Texas? It is illegal to chase unwounded deer with hounds here because of the massive abuse of property rights by people doing that, but there's no anti-foxhunting pressure here that I am aware of.
                                        Yes, I know how to spell. I'm using freespeling!

                                        freespeling

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