Fisheries and Land Resources
June 30, 2017

2017-18 Big Game Licence Draw Now Complete

The Big Game Draw for the 2017-18 Newfoundland and Labrador hunting season has been completed and results are being mailed out to applicants across the province. Successful applicants for moose and caribou licences will be informed first while unsuccessful applicants can expect notification shortly thereafter.

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will issue a total of 32,089 moose licences for the 2017-18 hunting season consisting of 31,730 licences for the Island portion of the province and 359 moose licences for Labrador. A total of 650 caribou licences will be issued on the Island for 2017-18. Caribou hunting is not permitted in Labrador at this time.

Two Moose Management Areas (MMAs) and three Caribou Management Areas (CMAs) have had minor quota adjustments for the 2017-18 hunting season. These adjustments are based on data gathered from recent scientific surveys and are a normal part of the wildlife management process. Notice of potential big game quota adjustments is highlighted for hunters in the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide issued by the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources.

In MMA 7 (Pasadena-South Brook area) the moose licence allocation will increase by 100 for a total of 700 while in MMA 22 (Lewisporte area) the moose licence allocation will decrease by 250 licences for a total of 800 licences.

In CMA 69 (Northern Peninsula) the caribou licence allocation will decrease by 15 licences for a total of 60. In CMA 70 (Merasheen Island) the caribou licence allocation will decrease by 25 for a total of 25 and the caribou licence allocation for CMA 72 (Fogo Island) will also decrease by 25 for a total of 25.

The payment deadline for 2017-18 moose and caribou licences, to ensure licences are available for the start of the season, is July 21, 2017. Payment can be made online, by mail, telephone or in person. Please see backgrounder below for more information about payment options.

“Taking part in the annual moose and caribou hunts is valued cultural tradition enjoyed by thousands of residents throughout the province. I encourage all hunters to familiarize themselves with current regulations and act in a responsible manner that will result in a safe, successful and sustainable hunting experience.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Guide - PDF

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Craig Renouf
Fisheries and Land Resources
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2017-18 Big Game Licence Draw Payment Options

Payment can be made online using the Wildlife Information Management System at

Credit card payment can be made by calling the Central Cashier's Office at 709-729-3044.

Payment by cheque or money order should be mailed to:

Big Game Licence
c/o Central Cashier's Office
P.O. Box 8770
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6

Payment can be made in person at:

Central Cashier's Office
3rd Floor, East Block
Confederation Building
St. John's, NL

Payments are not accepted at Forestry and Wildlife offices.

2017 06 30                              3:00 p.m.