Newfoundland Labrador Big Game Draw Completed
Over 49,000 applications involving almost 60,000 hunters were submitted for the big game draw this year, and another 21,721 hunters asked to advance their priority status for next year.
The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Environment and Conservation, today announced the completion of the big game draw, and noted in total, 26,875 moose and 2,785 caribou licences are available.
"The winter census count revealed there was opportunity for a small increase in the number of licences," said Minister Jackman. "This year, over 32,000 hunters will have an opportunity to participate in the hunt for either moose or caribou."
The increases are in Moose Management Area 6 where the either sex quota increased by 100 licences; Moose Management Area 12 where an additional 25 either sex and 25 male only licences are now available; and Caribou Management Area 72 where the either sex quota increased by 25 licences. The 2007-2008 Hunting and Trapping Guide was printed before the winter census count and does not reflect the new totals.
"This government understands how much Newfoundlanders and Labradorians value an opportunity to hunt big game," said the minister. "Resulting from the Provincial Government’s review of all fees, Budget 2007saw the reduction of fees for both resident moose and caribou licences from $52 to $40."
All big game applicants are being notified by mail if they have or have not been awarded a licence. To ensure licences and tags are received prior to the opening of the big game season, successful applicants are asked to pay their licence fee online by July 31. Licence fees may also be paid by mail or in person at the Central Cashiers Office, Confederation Building by June 29. Applicants who make payments after these dates may not receive their licences and tags prior to the opening of the big game season.
Resident hunters who have not received a licence notice can obtain information about draw results and priority status by visiting the government Web site at www.wildlife.gov.nl.ca or by contacting the Department of Environment and Conservation in Corner Brook at 709-637-2025, or St. John's at 709-729-2630. Contact can also be made to any regional office of the Department of Natural Resources: in Gander at 709-256-1460, in Corner Brook at 709-637-2409, and in Happy Valley-Goose Bay at 709-896-2732.
"The wildlife resources of Newfoundland and Labrador belong to its people and it is our collective responsibility to ensure these resources are managed in a sustainable manner for future generations. I wish all hunters a safe and successful hunting season," said Minister Jackman.
Hunters are also reminded that fall black bear licences are available. Hunters may apply for a licence and make payment online, however payment for a black bear licence is subject to the same deadlines as big game.