Fisheries and Land Resources
March 21, 2018

Public Advisory: Residents Reminded of March 29 Big Game Licence Deadline

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is reminding residents that the deadline for big game licence draw applications is March 29, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure timely processing.

Eligible hunters are encouraged to return completed applications to the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, or apply online at

Office hours have been extended to 8:00 accommodate those who have questions regarding their application. For information on the big game licence draw procedure, please call 709-637-2025 or email

Big game licence applications have been automatically mailed to hunters who are eligible to participate in the provincial 2018 big game licence draw. The online application process is the quickest way to apply and provides immediate confirmation that the application has been received by the department.

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

  • Be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Be at least 16 years of age by August 31, 2018;
  • Have a Hunter Certificate Number; and
  • Have completed the Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Course or applied for an Outdoor Identification Card before December 10, 2017.

Earlier big game draw application dates in effect for the 2018-19 big game hunting season provide hunters and trappers with greater lead time to adequately plan for hunting and trapping activities. Following the application deadline date, the department will notify applicants of the resident big game licence draw results within six weeks.

This allows for better planning and personal enjoyment by those sharing, enjoying and conserving the outdoor heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This move is also part of advancing the Provincial Government’s outdoor heritage and participation strategy, which included making hunting more accessible to youth and individuals with disabilities. Other elements of the strategy include ensuring best use of available big game harvests to community groups and those otherwise unable to participate in the hunt due to disabilities, and an increasing focus on conservation requirements to ensure our outdoor heritage is protected for future generations.

The 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Guide is available on the department website and can be viewed on mobile devices. The guide contains valuable information including facts about hunting safety, fees, regulations and important changes for the coming season. All hunters and trappers are encouraged to review the guide before taking part in hunting activity this year.

The 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Guide is available at

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Media contact
Connie Boland
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6409

2018 03 21                              11:30 a.m.