Fisheries and Land Resources
April 18, 2017

Big Game Applications for 2017-18 Hunting Season Now in the Mail

Big game licence applications have been automatically mailed to hunters who are eligible to participate in the provincial 2017 big game licence draw. This year’s deadline for receipt of completed big game licence draw applications is May 12, 2017.

To be eligible for participation in the 2017 big game licence draw individuals must:

  • Be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Be at least 18 years of age by August 31, 2017;
  • Have a Hunter Certificate Number; and
  • Have completed the Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Course or applied for an Outdoor Identification Card before November 30, 2016.

Eligible hunters can return completed applications either by mail or online at

The 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Guide is also available on the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources website. The guide contains valuable information including facts about hunting safety, fees, regulations and important changes for the 2017-18 hunting season. All hunters and trappers are encouraged to review the guide before taking part in hunting activity this year.

For 2017-18 there are 31,880 moose licences available for the island of Newfoundland, a reduction of 75 compared to last season; the number of available caribou licences for the Island has decreased by 20 for a total allocation of 715 licences. In Labrador, 359 moose licences are available again this year. This includes 320 licences available through the big game draw and 39 which have been issued to the Nunatsiavut Government. There are also 370 moose licences available for registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

“Participation in hunting and trapping activities is an important recreational and cultural experience cherished by thousands throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. It is gratifying to see so many people taking advantage of the benefits offered by our wildlife resources and I encourage everyone participating in this year’s big game hunts to do so safely and responsibly while respecting fellow hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Learn more
2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Guide

Information on big game licences

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Craig Renouf
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2017 04 18                              10:30 a.m.