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Electronic Licensing Requirements

A law passed by the 2013 state legislature addresses electronic licensing and requires county auditors and license vendors to be online by March, 2016. At that time, all licenses will have to be purchased through a Game and Fish web-based online system. Retail vendors will still sell licenses via cash, check or credit card, but the purchase will be recorded electronically via computer, with licenses printed onsite. Paper license books will be eliminated. 

Starting this fall, early Canada goose licenses, and deer bow licenses and accompanying tags, are only available through electronic purchase, either online at the Game and Fish website; by calling (800) 406-6409; or at license vendors in some counties that are already linked to the Game and Fish Department’s online licensing system.

Bowhunters who purchase a license at a retail vendor that is linked to the online system will receive a bow tag immediately. Bowhunters who purchase a bow license online from a personal computer should allow for several days to receive their tag in the mail.

In counties that are not on the Game and Fish system, early Canada goose and deer bow licenses will NOT be available at the usual license vendors.

Currently, more than 20 counties and many, but not all, of their authorized license vendors are already part of the Game and Fish electronic licensing system. The counties with online license vendors are listed below. Hunters are urged to call the license vendors ahead of time to ensure they have bow tags available.