Game Licenses

The Belize Forest Department hereby reminds the general public that, as per the Wildlife Protection Act (CAP 220), a license is needed hunt and sell the following game species:

Deer
Gibnut
Armadillo
Peccary
Iguana
Chachalaca, Black-throated Bobwhite

The Forest Department reminds the public that it will be monitoring and enforcing these laws throughout the country. All hunters and vendors are advised to apply and obtain the necessary licenses at any of the Forest Department Offices located in Orange Walk Town, Belmopan City, San Ignacio Town, Savannah in the Stann Creek District or Machaca in the Toledo District.

A valid Dealerís License issued by the Forest Department is required for the sale of game meat. Please note that specifically for the Ruta Maya River Challenge from March 4th-7th, 2016 the cost for a temporary Dealerís License (of 3 days) is One Hundred Dollars ($100) and is not valid for game species during their respective closed seasons.

CLOSED SEASONS FOR GAME SPECIES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DEER (Odocoileus virginianus).............. 1ST JULY to 30TH SEPTEMBER FOR MALES
DEER (FEMALES)............................... 1ST JULY to 29TH FEBRUARY OF NEXT YEAR
GIBNUT (Cuniculus paca).................... 1ST JANUARY to 31ST MAY
ARMADILLO (Dasypus novemcinctus)...... 1ST FEBRUARY to 1ST JUNE
PECCARY (Tayassu pecari).................. 1ST JUNE to 30TH NOVEMBER
IGUANA (Iguana iguana)..................... 1ST FEBRUARY to 30TH JUNE
GAME BIRDS.................................... 1ST FEBRUARY to 15TH JULY OF EACH YEAR
(Chachalaca, Black-throated bobwhite, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup)