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Applying for the Dedicated Hunter Program

Each year, the number of openings in the Dedicated Hunter program will vary from unit to unit. The DWR will hold a drawing to fill those spots. A maximum of 15 percent of the permits for each unit can be given to Dedicated Hunter applicants.

Before you apply for the program you should:

1 Take the required orientation course

2 Know the program fees

3 Learn the application process

Orientation course

Is the Dedicated Hunter program a good fit for you and your schedule? There's an easy way to find out. Just take the free online orientation course. We've designed this orientation course to help you become familiar with the Dedicated Hunter program and see if it is right for you.

Everyone who applies to be in the program must take this course. You can finish it in less than 20 minutes. The course will teach you about the following topics:

  • Program overview
  • Eligibility
  • Requirements
  • Conservation projects and service hours
  • Reporting and record keeping
  • Permits and more

If you have questions about the orientation course or the application process, please contact us. Please don't wait until the drawing application deadline — 11 p.m. on March 6, 2014 — to take the course, or you may not have time to submit your application.

Take the Orientation Course

Program fees

In addition to the fees listed below, you'll also be charged a nonrefundable $10 application fee.

Adult
Residents: $195
Nonresidents: $1,047

Youth (12 to 17 years old)
Residents: $120
Nonresidents: $814

Lifetime license holder
Adult: $75

Includes a $5 fee for the Predator Control Program.

Applying for the program

Each year, the number of openings in the Dedicated Hunter program will vary from unit to unit. The DWR will hold a drawing to fill those spots. A maximum of 15 percent of the permits for each unit can be given to Dedicated Hunter applicants.

Submitting your application for the online drawing

The application period begins on Jan. 30, 2014 and ends at 11 p.m. on March 6, 2014. If you have questions about the application, please call your local DWR office before 5 p.m. on March 6, 2014.

Applying as a group

When you submit your application, you may apply as an individual or in groups of up to four hunters. A group application helps ensure that your group members all get the same unit.

Obtaining your results

Drawing results will be available no later than May 30, 2014, and successful applicants will be notified via e-mail. If your name is drawn, the DWR will send you some Dedicated Hunter program information in June.

If your name isn't drawn, you'll receive a Dedicated Hunter preference point. This point improves your odds of joining the program in a future drawing. Read more about preference points.

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