STEPS TO OBTAIN A PERMIT


To help you through the registration process, select the link below to download our newly created 
"FHL iSportsman Beginner's Guide"


STEP 1.    Create Your iSportsman Account

If you created an iSportsman account previously do not create a new account. Use that account. If you do not have an iSportsman account then register for one by clicking the “My Account” tab in the blue bar above, select New User Registration, and complete the registration process.
 

STEP 2.    Clear ALL Holds (a.k.a., Validations) on Your Account

All customers are required to be cleared by FHL's Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) prior to being able to purchase a FHL Hunting or Fishing Permit.

2.1.   VETTING HOLD

FOR DoD-ISSUED ID CARD HOLDERS:

  • If you possess a "valid" Department of Defense (DoD) issued Common Access Card (CAC) or other ID (e.g., U.S. Uniformed Services ID card), email a copy of the front side on your card to the FHL Hunt and Fish Program at: usarmy.hunterliggett.id-readiness.mbx.hunt-and-fish-program@mail.mil.
  • Once the copy of your ID card is received, the H&F Program staff will remove the Vetting hold from your account. This process can take up to 1 week. 

FOR OTHER CUSTOMERS:

  • If you do not possess a DoD-issued ID, you must complete a new background check through the Visitor Control Center (VCC) annually. Your access approval expires when your hunting or fishing permit expires. That’s June 30 for hunting and December 31 for fishing.
  • Download the Hunter & Fishing Access Request Form (ARF), fill it out completely, sign, and email the completed form with a copy of an acceptable photo ID to the VCC at: usarmy.hunterliggett.id-readiness.mbx.des-vcc@mail.mil.​ The forms may also be dropped off at the VCC during their normal business hours. 

Do NOT send this form to the FHL H&F PROGRAM. It will delay your process time.

Access Request Information
 Access Request 
 

  • Once you have successfully completed the background check, the VCC will notify the H&F Program, and the Vetting Hold on your account will be removed by the H&F staff and we will notifiy you of this account change via email. This process can take up to 2 weeks. ​DO NOT CONTACT THE H&F PROGRAM OR THE VCC REGARDING YOUR VETTING CLEARANCE  BEFORE THE TWO WEEK PROCESSING TIME HAS PASTED!!!

2.2.   FHL H&F ORIENTATION BRIEF HOLD

  • EVERYONE MUST watch the "H&F Orientation Brief" which can be found under the "My Safety Briefs" tab in the blue bar of your account page. Note: If the video moves too quickly to read, you can pause it at any time.  
  • After watching the video, answer the question that follows and click “DONE”.
  • Once submitted, this hold is removed. This is a one-time requirement but the briefing is still available for future viewing.

2.3.   FHL UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE (UXO) BRIEF HOLD

  • EVERYONE MUST watch the "UXO Brief", which can be found under the "My Safety Briefs" tab in the blue bar of your account page. Note: If the video moves too quickly to read, you can pause it at any time.
  • After watching the video, answer the question that follows and click “DONE”.
  • Once submitted, this hold is removed. This is a one-time requirement but is available for future viewing.

2.4.   CALIFORNIA HUNTING LICENSE HOLD (Hunters Only)

  • Anyone who wishes to purchase an FHL Hunting Permit must submit a copy by email of their valid California Hunting License to the FHL Hunt & Fish Program at: usarmy.hunterliggett.id-readiness.mbx.hunt-and-fish-program@mail.mil.
  • A valid license has the same hunt year as the hunting permit being acquired. For example, a 2018-19 CA Hunting License for a 2018-19 FHL Hunting Permit.
  • Once the copy of your license is received, the CA License Hold on your account will be removed by the H&F staff. This process can take up to 1 week.

Firearms Registration

  • Firearms Registration is not a Hold on your account and does not prevent you from purchasing a FHL Hunting Permit for the first year hunters but may delay process for returning hunters.
  • However, all firearms brought on FHL must be registered to the person in possession of the firearm with the Visitor Control Center (VCC). ​For instructions, select  "Firearms Registration" from the "Regs & Policies" tab above, or the button below. Archery equipment is NOT registered.
  • Once your firearm is registered with FHL, the VCC will email to you a copy of your firearms permit. Keep it with you and your firearm at all time while hunting on FHL.
  • Your firearms permit does not expire as long as you retain your vetted clearance.

Firearms Registration Information
  Firearms Registration
 

2.5.   DISCOUNTED ANNUAL HUNTING PERMIT HOLD (Optional – Hunters Only)

  • ANYONE who wishes to purchase a Discounted Fee Hunting Permit MUST submit by email to the FHL H&F Program proof of eligibility for the discount desired based on the following:
Discount Group Accepted Proof of Eligibility
Enlisted - E4 and below Copy of the front side of Common Access Card (CAC)
Enlisted - E5 to E7 Copy of the front side of CAC 
Enlisted - E8 to E9 Copy of the front side of CAC
Recovering Service Member Copy of CA Recovering Service Member Hunting License
Disabled Veteran Copy of California Disabled Veteran Hunting License
Youth Hunter Copy of California Junior Hunting License

 

  • Once emailed proof of your discounted eligibility is received, the H&F Program staff will remove the hold from your account for the purchase of a Discounted Permit. This process can take up to 1 week.

STEP 3.    Log into your account and purchase the desired permit(s).

  • Click here for current Hunting and Fishing Permit Fees.
  • Review your order carefully before purchase.
  • Permit your permit and have it with you when hunting or fishing on FHL. Photo H&F IDs are no longer issued.
  • All sales are final.
  • The FHL Hunt and Fish Program does NOT provide refunds.