Newfoundland Labrador Hunting News

Hunters Charged Under Endangered Species Act
In provincial court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Thursday, November 18, 2004, three hunters from Quebec were convicted of killing Red Wine Woodland Caribou - a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The charges result from the incident of April 10, 2003, at which time conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources seized 14 animals.
Guide Licensing Regulations Enhanced
"Anyone wishing to become a licenced guide in Newfoundland and Labrador will now have to meet minimum provincial standards," said Minister Osborne. "The new criteria will include proof of successful completion of a recognized firearm safety/hunter education course, a recognized boat safety course or equivalent and a valid emergency first aid certificate."
Recovery Strategy Released for Woodland Caribou Herds
The strategy identifies recovery goals and objectives for the Lac Joseph, Red Wine Mountains and Mealy Mountains caribou herds which have suffered population declines. There has also been a decline in the caribou herds’ distribution and use of available habitat.
Big Game License Draw Results Down
Tom Osborne, Minister of Environment and Conservation, today announced that the 2004 big game draw for moose and caribou licenses has been completed. The minister said 55,018 applications involving 67,200 hunters were submitted for the big game draw this year. As well, more than 20,000 other hunters submitted applications indicating that they wish only to advance their priority status for next year.
Changes Made to Big Game Licence Quotas
Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Osborne announced changes to the province’s big game licence quotas for the 2004-05 hunting season due to results of late winter aerial surveys that show a decline in big game populations in certain areas of the province.
Permits Issued Under Endangered Species Act
Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Osborne said today that a total of seven permits were issued under the Endangered Species Act over the past year. The permits were issued under Section 18 of the act which allows the minister to issue permits under certain conditions and activities such as possession and research.
Permit Required to Import Canadian Hunter-Harvested Game Meat
Hunters can immediately begin bringing wild ruminant meat products intended for their personal use into the United States, but will need a “Veterinary Services Special Permit for the Importation of Hunter-Harvested Wild Ruminant Meat,” along with one of the following: a valid Canadian export certificate for game meat, or a copy of a valid hunting license or a valid hunting tag.
Thirty-two Charges Filed For Illegal Caribou Killing
Conservation officers with the Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods have laid a total of 32 charges against four individuals from Badger as a result of alleged violations to the Wildlife Act. The charges include illegal killing of caribou, illegal possession of caribou, illegal possession of a firearm and wilfully allowing big game to spoil.