Tennessee Hunting License Costs

Lifetime Sportsman License in Tennessee

Comprehensive License for Tennessee Residents

All-Inclusive Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Privileges: The Lifetime Sportsman License, exclusively available to Tennessee residents, grants comprehensive privileges for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing. This license covers all TWRA supplemental licenses or permits, excluding the Tennessee Guide License. Additionally, it allows holders to apply for quota permits without any extra fees.

Application Process

Submission of Applications: To obtain a Lifetime Sportsman License, applicants must submit their applications with the required documentation through one of the following methods:

  • Email: Send applications to
  • Mail: Address details are provided on the application form.
  • Fax: Applications can be sent to 615-837-4262.
  • TWRA Regional Offices: Direct submission at any TWRA regional office.

License Fees Based on Age

Variable Pricing Structure: The cost of the Lifetime Sportsman License varies based on the applicant's age at the time of purchase:

  • Under 3 Years: $320.00
  • Ages 3–6: $659.00
  • Ages 7–12: $988.00
  • Ages 13–50: $1,976.00
  • Ages 51–64: $1,153.00
  • Ages 65 & Over: $329.00

Special Provision for Adopted Children

Reduced Fee for Recent Adoptions: For an adopted child under 13 years old, the license fee is $320.00, provided that proof of adoption within three years of the application is submitted.

Tennessee Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Overview of License Types and Fees

Tennessee offers a variety of hunting and fishing licenses to accommodate different age groups, physical conditions, and hunting preferences. These licenses are designed to provide residents with the appropriate permissions for their specific outdoor activities.

Basic and Supplemental Licenses

  1. Hunting and Fishing Combination: $33.00
    • Minimum license for state-wide fishing and small game hunting for ages 16 to 64.
    • Additional supplemental licenses required for hunting deer, elk, bear, turkey, waterfowl, or trapping.

Supplemental Licenses

  • Waterfowl: $37.00
  • Big Game Gun: $33.00
  • Big Game Archery: $33.00
  • Big Game Muzzleloader: $33.00
  • Trapping: $33.00

Specialized Licenses

  • Annual Sportsman: $165.00
    • All-inclusive for hunting, trapping, sport fishing. Exempt from supplemental licenses.
  • Junior Hunt/Fish/Trap: $9.00
    • For ages 13–15, valid for all game, fishing, trapping. Additional WMA Big Game Permits required.
  • Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap: $49.00
    • Available on/after 65th birthday with proof of age and residency. Includes base and supplemental licenses.
  • Annual Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap: $4.00
    • Similar to the permanent version, available on/after 65th birthday.
  • Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman Permit: $49.00
    • All-inclusive for seniors on/after 65th birthday.

Licenses by Application

  • Annual Resident Hunting & Fishing Disabled Under 18: $5.00
    • For residents under 18 with total, permanent disability. Certification required.
  • Permanent Resident Hunting & Fishing Intellectually Disabled: $10.00
    • For residents over 10 years with intellectual disabilities. Certification and Hunter Education required.
  • Permanent Wheelchair Hunting and Fishing: $10.00
    • For residents permanently restricted to wheelchairs or with significant lower limb amputation. Certification required.
  • Permanent DAV Hunting and Fishing: $10.00
    • For resident veterans with at least 30% war service disability or 100% service-connected disability. DD214 and VA letter required.

Additional Requirements

For all licenses, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Permits and quota hunt permits may be necessary, depending on the specific hunting or fishing activity.

Nonresident Hunting and Fishing Licenses in Tennessee

Overview of Nonresident License Options

Tennessee provides a variety of license options for nonresidents who wish to engage in hunting, fishing, or trapping activities within the state. These licenses are tailored to different age groups and types of game.

Nonresident License Fees and Types

  • Junior Hunt/Fish: $10.00
    • For nonresident ages 13–15. Allows fishing or hunting small game. For big game hunting, a 7-Day Junior ALL Game or Junior ALL Game Annual license is required.
  • 7-Day Junior ALL Game: $26.00
    • Short-term license for junior nonresidents to hunt all types of game.
  • Junior ALL Game Annual: $41.00
    • Annual license for junior nonresidents covering all game hunting.
  • 7-Day Hunt-Small Game/Waterfowl: $61.00
    • A week-long license for hunting small game and waterfowl.
  • Annual Hunt-Small Game/Waterfowl: $110.00
    • Year-long license for hunting small game and waterfowl.
  • 7-Day All Game: $214.00
    • Short-term license covering all types of game hunting.
  • Annual All Game: $305.00
    • Annual license for hunting all types of game.
  • Annual Trapping: $200.00
    • Year-long license specifically for trapping activities.

Additional Information

  • WMA and Quota Hunt Permits: These licenses do not include permits for Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) or quota hunts. Nonresidents must acquire these permits separately if they wish to engage in activities in WMAs or participate in quota hunts.

Other Tennessee Hunting and Fishing Permits and Licenses

Apprentice Hunter Education Permit

  • Fee: $11.00
  • A supplemental license in lieu of a hunter education certificate, valid for one year from the date of purchase and can be obtained for up to three consecutive years. Hunters must be accompanied by an adult meeting hunter education requirements.

Guide License

  • Resident Guide License Fee: $151.00
  • Nonresident Guide License Fee: $650.00
  • Required for anyone providing paid assistance in hunting, fishing, or trapping.

Federal Duck Stamp

  • Fee: $25.00
  • Required for waterfowl hunters aged 16 and over, in addition to a hunting license and state migratory bird permit.

Migratory Bird Permit

  • Fee: $1.00 (free for Sportsman license holders)
  • Required for hunting migratory birds. Exemptions include landowners hunting on their land, disabled veterans, residents aged 65 and over, residents under 13, Lifetime Sportsman license holders, and military personnel on leave.

Hunter Education Replacement Card

  • Fee: $7.00
  • Available for those who have completed the Hunter Education course and need a replacement card.

Wildlife Management Area Permits

  • WMA Small Game and Waterfowl Fee: $61.00
  • 1-Day Small Game and Waterfowl Fee: $12.00
  • WMA Small Game Only Fee: $20.00
  • WMA Non-quota Big Game Fee: $24.00
  • Cherokee WMA Big Game Non-quota Fee: $18.00
  • Required for hunting in WMAs. Exemptions include Lifetime or Sportsman License holders and youths under 16 hunting small game and waterfowl.

Land Between the Lakes Permit

  • Annual Hunter Use Permit Fee: $25.00
  • Required for hunters aged 16 and older in the Land Between the Lakes area.

Tennessee NWR/Cross Creeks NWR Permit

  • Federal Refuges Permit Fee: $14.00
  • Required for hunters in Tennessee NWR and Cross Creeks NWR.

Reelfoot Preservation Permit

  • 1-Day Permit Fee: $3.00
  • 3-Day Permit Fee: $10.00
  • Annual Permit Fee: $16.00
  • Required for users of Reelfoot WMA, with exceptions for specific age groups and license holders.

High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit

  • Resident Annual Permit Fee: $73.00
  • Resident Daily Permit Fee: $15.00
  • Nonresident Annual Permit Fee: $232.00
  • Nonresident Daily Permit Fee: $37.00
  • Required for activities like riding hooved animals, bicycling, and off-highway vehicle use in designated WMAs.

Firing Range Permits

  • Tier 1 Range 2hr Fee: $5.00
  • Tier 1 Range Annual Fee: $100.00
  • Tier 2 Range 2hr Fee: $7.50
  • Tier 2 Range Annual Fee: $150.00
  • Tier 3 Range 1hr Fee: $9.50
  • Tier 3 Range Annual Fee: $300.00
  • Required for individuals aged 16 and overusing TWRA Firing Ranges.

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