Nova Scotia Hunting News

2002 Nova Scotia Deer Hunting Results
Nova Scotia hunters harvested fewer deer in 2002, compared to the year before. "We issued fewer antlerless deer stamps in 2002 because the deer population is still recovering from the effects of the severe winter conditions a couple of years ago," said Tim Olive, Minister of Natural Resources. "We expected the deer harvest to be down slightly this year."
Nova Scotia Extends Agreement with Nature Conservancy
The Nova Scotia government has approved an extension to the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Campaign for Conservation agreement. The agreement will be extended by one year, to December 2004. The Nature Conservancy has committed to securing $3-million worth of private land in Nova Scotia.
Attempted Nova Scotia Moose Poaching
The Department of Natural Resources' Shelburne District Office responded to a report of an injured moose in Canada Hill, Shelburne Co., on Monday, Sept. 16. The moose had to be destroyed because of its injuries. After an examination it was determined that the moose had been shot by a poacher.
Nova Scotia Antlerless Deer Draw Applications
This year 12,200 permits are available for the hunt, which is 1,000 fewer than last year. Permits are being offered for five of the seven deer management zones. Stamps for antlerless deer will not be available for Zone 3 (Chignecto area, Cumberland Co.) or Zone 7 (Cape Breton Highlands and area) because of low deer numbers. The 2002 regulation summary booklet provides more detail on zone locations.
Moose Application Lines Open
Phone lines are open for hunters wishing to hunt moose in Nova Scotia. Hunters can call 1-900-565-3337 to apply for a license to hunt moose this fall. This is not an inquiry line. A non-refundable $6.90 (probably in Canadian dollars) application fee will be charged when the number is called. Applications will be accepted up to May 31st. A public draw will take place on July 4th at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines. More than 13,000 people applied for the moose draw last year, with 200 license being issued.
Deer Hunting Down 44 Percent
Nova Scotia hunters bagged 9,554 deer during the 2001 hunting season, down 44 percent from the year before. The Department of Natural Resources issued 13,200 stamps to hunt antlerless deer (does) last season, but only 3,057 of those hunters were successful. Another 6,497 hunters bagged buck deer for a total of 9,554. Severe winters are blamed for reducing the white tail deer population.
Heritage Hunting and Fishing Recognized
A change to the Wildlife Act that recognizes angling, hunting and trapping as valued and safe parts of the heritage of Nova Scotia has been approved by the government. This amendment fulfills a commitment made [by Nova Scotia] to enshrine heritage hunting and fishing in law," said Natural Resources Minister Ernest Fage. "I am happy with the support for this amendment from the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters."