Fisheries and Land Resources
May 1, 2018

Public Advisory: 2018-19 Big Game Licence Draw Completed in Record Time

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has completed the Big Game Licence Draw for the 2018-19 hunting season. Applicants can view the results online if they have an account by logging into the Wildlife Information Management System at www.wildlife.gov.nl.ca/. Applicants will also be notified by mail in the coming days.

In October 2017, the Provincial Government announced transformative changes to the provincial Wildlife Act and Regulations that support inclusion, improve access, and increase participation in hunting throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Earlier big game draw application dates were announced effective for the 2018-19 big game hunting season to provide hunters and trappers with greater lead time to adequately plan for hunting and trapping activities. The completion of the big game licence draw, the earliest completion date in recent memory, supports that commitment.

Changes to the regulations for hunting small and big game have been implemented to ensure a safe, enjoyable and prosperous hunting and trapping season for all participants. Hunters are encouraged to review these regulations, which are listed in the Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide is available on the department website and can be viewed on mobile devices at www.gov.nl.ca/hunting-trapping-guide/.

The changes in effect for the 2018-19 hunting season are intended to improve the quality of the conditions for all hunters and trappers, while adequately protecting the province’s wildlife. The Provincial Government seeks to provide all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from the province’s many natural resources, while being mindful of their conservation.

The total number of resident moose licences issued on the Island portion of the province is 24,830. Twenty-eight Moose Management Areas have seen changes in quotas, with an overall decrease of 2,470 licences compared to the 2017-18 hunting season.

In Labrador, the overall quota for hunting moose has increased by 10 licences, with quota changes in two Moose Management Areas. The number of resident caribou licences available on the island portion of the province is 366. Quota adjustments have occurred in seven Caribou Management Areas, with an overall decrease of 20 resident licences compared to the 2017-18 hunting season.

For information on the big game licence draw procedure, please call 709-637-2025.

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Media contact
Connie Boland
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6409
connieboland@gov.nl.ca

2018 05 01                             4:20 p.m.