Environment and Conservation
April 7, 2016

Ensuring Sustainability of Wildlife Resources

Provincial Government Mails 2016-17 Big Game Applications

Big game licence applications are now being mailed to hunters within the province who are eligible for the 2016 resident big game licence draw. The 2016-17 Hunting and Trapping Guide is also now available online. The guide includes information on game and fur season dates, bag limits, management area boundaries and other related regulations for hunters, trappers and outdoor enthusiasts.

“Hunters and trappers play an important role in the Provincial Government’s wildlife management strategies. I encourage everyone who takes part in these activities to familiarize themselves with the information in the Hunting and Trapping Guide so that they are aware of important updates and revisions to this year’s harvest management plan and to ensure that we use our wildlife resources safely and responsibly.”
- The Honourable Perry Trimper, Minister of Environment and Conservation

The format of the application package has changed for 2016-17. To help achieve cost savings estimated at $179,000, and to reflect changes in the way people access information, the Hunting and Trapping Guide will no longer be printed and mailed directly with big game licence applications. Instead, the guide is available online at www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife/pdf/Hunting_Trapping_Guide.pdf. For this year, a limited number of printed copies will be available at locations across the province, including Department of Environment and Conservation, Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, and Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division offices.

The annual moose hunting quota is determined based on several factors, including estimated population numbers, births, mortality, hunter success rates and the desired population target.

The moose quota for the 2016-17 season on the Island of Newfoundland is 31,955 (19,535 either-sex and 12,420 male-only or calf). This reflects a decrease of 475 licences compared to the 2015-16 season. This quota includes 500 licences that are available to registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Caribou hunting seasons and quotas for the Island of Newfoundland remain unchanged compared to the 2015-16 season.

In Labrador, the quota for moose has been increased by 49 licences, for a total of 359 licences for the 2016-17 hunting season.

Eligible resident big game hunters can participate in the provincial moose and (island) caribou draws for a licence or pool advancement by returning an application by mail or by visiting www.wildlife.gov.nl.ca. The deadline for receipt of moose and caribou draw applications is the close of business on April 29, 2016. Applications received after April 29 and up to the close of business on May 6 will be accepted for priority pool advancement only.

Black bear applications for the Island of Newfoundland are available online at www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/forms/wildlife/. Spring black bear hunters are advised that, in order to receive a licence in advance of the May 7, 2016 opening date, applications and payments must be received by April 22, 2016.

QUICK FACTS

  • Big game licence applications have been mailed to eligible hunters across the province.
  • The Hunting and Trapping Guide will no longer be printed and mailed with Big Game applications, achieving an estimated cost savings of $179,000 for fiscal year 2015-16.
  • The guide is available online and for this year a limited number of copies will be printed.
  • Moose and caribou licence applications must be received by the close of business on April 29, 2016.
  • Spring black bear licence applications and payments for the Island of Newfoundland must be received by April 22, 2016

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Media contact:

Emily Timmins
Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Conservation
709-729-2575, 709-693-1292
emilytimmins@gov.nl.ca

BACKGROUNDER

The 2016-17 Hunting and Trapping Guide is now available online. Printed copies are available at the following locations:

Community Location
Bay d’Espoir (Milltown) Forestry Services District Office
Main Highway, Route 361
Bishop’s Falls Forestry Services District Office
19 Kinsmen Drive
Clarenville Forestry Services District Office
97 Manitoba Drive
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
26 Manitoba Drive
Corner Brook Wildlife Division
117 Riverside Drive
Forestry Services District Office
1 Massey Drive
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
115 Riverside Drive
Gander Forestry Services Regional Office
133 Airport Blvd
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
50 McCurdy Drive
Gambo Forestry Services District Office
1 Crosses Street
Grand Falls-Windsor Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
9 Queensway
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Forestry Services Regional Office
Elizabeth Goudie Building
141 Hamilton River Road
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
1 Kessessasskiou Street
Wildlife Division
15 Cherrywood Drive
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Lanse Au Loup Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
8 Branch Road
Lewisporte Forestry Services District Office
Junction Highway - Route 340
Pasadena Forestry Services District Office
Main Street
Port Hope Simpson Forestry Services Satellite Office
37 Marine Drive
Port Saunders Forestry Services District Office
Route 430
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement
10 Main Street
Roddickton Forestry Services District Office
Main Street
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
53 Major Street
Salmonier Nature Park Wildlife Division
Salmonier Line
Springdale Forestry Services District Office
TCH
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
395C Little Bay Road
St. Anthony Forestry Services Satellite Office
Main Street
St. George’s Forestry Services District Office
Barachois Brook Main Road
St. John’s Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
21 Hallett Crescent
Forestry Services District Office
220 Paddy’s Pond Road
Wildlife Division 308 Brookfield Road
Provincial Agriculture Bldg.
Stephenville Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
129 Carolina Drive
Wabush Forestry Services District Office
10 Commercial Street
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
22 2nd Avenue, Hackett Building
Winterland Forestry Services Satellite Office
Kimberly Farm Drive
Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Division
50 McCurdy Drive

2016 04 07                                                                      4:35 p.m.