Application Periods for Moose and Antlerless-Deer Licences Announced

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The application period for the annual moose draw will begin May 15, while applications for the resident antlerless-deer draw begins June 12. Minister of Natural Resources Keith Ashfield made the announcement.P>

"The number of licences available for moose hunters will decrease this year, but the number of antlerless deer licences will increase," Ashfield said. "The quotas for both moose and antlerless-deer licences are based on scientific evidence gathered by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff. Government respects that process, and has approved the numbers recommended by big-game biologists and wildlife managers."

Moose

The 2006 moose-hunting season is set to run Sept. 28, 29 and 30. There will be 3,002 licences available this season.

There are three ways for New Brunswick residents to apply for moose licences. As in past years, many hunters are expected to apply through the Internet-application system. Hunters can also apply by using a touch-tone telephone, or in person at a DNR office or any Service New Brunswick (SNB) centre.

Hunters have until 5 p.m. Friday, June 9, to apply for the draw in person, or until 10 p.m. June 9 by Internet or on the telephone-application line.

Hunters who want to apply for moose licences are also encouraged to read a daily newspaper on Monday, May 15, or consult the DNR website at www.gnb.ca (Keyword: Natural Resources). The newspapers and website will contain application information and procedures that enable people to apply directly from their homes. Fact sheets are also available at all DNR offices and SNB centres.

The cost of applying for a moose licence is $9.20 (HST included), using either the Aliant interactive-telephone system or Internet-application system, and $13.80 (HST included) at a DNR or SNB office.

Successful applicants will be drawn on an individual basis based on their entire 9-digit Medicare number.

The following is a list of Wildlife Management Zones and the 2006 quota of moose licences allocated for each zone:

1 - 40
2 - 111
3 - 200
4 - 94
5 - 86
6 - 40
7 - 296
8 - 134
9 - 43
10 - 46
11- 41
12 -209
13 -61
14 - 68
15 - 101
16 - 117
17 - 36
18 - 98
19 - 63
20 - 457
21 - 189
22 - 83
23 - 229
24 - 87
25 - 73

Antlerless Deer

The 2006 archery-deer-hunting season begins Oct. 2 and ends Nov. 18, while the deer-rifle hunt runs from Oct. 23 to Nov. 18. There will be 4,100 antlerless deer permits available this year. New Brunswick residents who want to hunt antlerless deer must purchase their 2006 deer-hunting licences and apply for permits.

Applications must be received at DNR offices or SNB centres by 5 p.m. Friday, July 21. Licences, applications, booklets describing New Brunswick wildlife management zones, and deer-hunter fact sheets are available at all DNR offices, SNB centres and licence vendors. Application information is also available online at www.gnb.ca (Keyword: Natural Resources).

The computerized antlerless deer permit draw will be held in late summer. The department has established specific numbers of permits for wildlife management zones. New Brunswick residents may apply to hunt for antlerless deer in one of the zones where permits are available. Deer-hunting season remains closed in zones 3, 4, 5, and 9, while hunters are allowed to harvest only deer with visible antlers (bucks only) in zones 1, 2, 8, 13 and 14.

The following is a list of wildlife management zones and the 2006 quota of antlerless permits allocated for each zone:

1 - 0 (bucks only)
2 - 0 (bucks only)
3 - deer season closed
4 - deer season closed
5 - deer season closed
6 - 150
7 - 50
8 - 0 (bucks only)
9 - deer season closed
10 - 400
11 - 100
12 - 50
13 - 0 (bucks only)
14 - 0 (bucks only)
15 - 150
16 - 400
17 - 100
18 - 200
19 - 50
20 - 100
21 - 300
22 - 1000
23 - 400
24 - 50
25 - 50
26 - 50
27 - 500

Hunters are reminded that the bag limit is one deer per licensed hunter. Those who are successful in the draw are eligible to harvest an antlerless deer in the zone for which their name was drawn, or an antlered deer in any zone in the province that is open for deer hunting. The antlerless-deer-permit system provides a responsible way to manage the deer resource, and preserves the hunting history and traditions that New Brunswick residents enjoy.