Saskatchewan Has Excess White-tailed Deer Licenses Available

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High numbers of antlerless white-tailed deer in some portions of the province mean that the Ministry of Environment is offering Big Game Management Licences to increase harvest. Antlerless deer are adult females or young animals born in the spring of 2010.

The Big Game Management Licences are available in portions of Wildlife Management Zones 2, 4, 5, 31 and 34. The cost of licences is $19.62 and may be purchased in addition to regular white-tailed deer licences. The Big Game Management Licences are available on a first-come, first-served basis and in some areas there is a bag limit of two deer per licence. Hunters who are interested in purchasing these Big Game Management Licences should contact the Ministry of Environment offices in Swift Current, Shaunavon, Moosomin or Estevan for more details.

Licences are valid during white-tailed deer seasons, including archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons, until December 7, 2010.

As a condition of the licence, and to track the success of the Big Game Management Licence program, hunters are required to report success/non-success to any Ministry of Environment office within one week of the close of the season they hunted in.

Hunters are encouraged to turn in the heads of all adult deer that are harvested with these licences to any Ministry of Environment office to test for Chronic Wasting Disease. There is no charge for the testing.