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.
"As a result of the draw, 35,556 successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in the hunt for either moose or caribou in 2004," said Minister Osborne.
The minister noted that this is the second year that hunters were able to file resident moose and caribou applications for the big game draw online. "We are very pleased with the growing success of our online service and, in fact, within the first few hours of the site becoming available, over 100 hunters had paid online for their licenses. This year, about 25 per cent of big game applications were filed online compared to 15 per cent last year."
The application form for resident big game hunters provided a unique login ID and password allowing access to the site (www.wildlife.gov.nf.ca ). Applicants who have lost the login information must request its replacement from the Inland Fish and Wildlife office in either Corner Brook or St. John’s. This information will not be given out over the phone/fax; it will be mailed to the address listed in our database.
Resident hunters can log on to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador wildlife licensing Web site to obtain information regarding draw results and priority status. Notifications have also been mailed to applicants advising them as to whether or not they have been awarded a license for the 2004-05 big game hunting season. Successful applicants must submit their license fee online by the end of July 2004 in order to ensure that they receive their licenses and tags before the opening of the big game hunting season. License fees remitted to the Central Cashiers Office at the Confederation Building will be processed and licenses and tags issued as quickly as possible.
Hunters who have not received a license notice in the mail can obtain information about the outcome of the draw by checking online https://www.wildlife.gov.nl.ca  or by calling the Inland Fish and Wildlife Division in Corner Brook or St. John’s, or one of the Department of Natural Resources regional offices in Gander, Corner Brook or Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The telephone numbers are:
Inland Fish and Wildlife
Corner Brook - (709) 637-2025; Fax - (709) 637-2004
St. Johns - (709) 729-4203
Gander - (709) 256-1460
Corner Brook - (709) 637-2409
Happy Valley/Goose Bay - (709) 896-2732
"Hunting is a time-honoured tradition enjoyed by thousands of Newfoundland and Labrador residents," said Minister Osborne. "I wish all hunters a safe and enjoyable experience this season. Their participation in responsible hunting contributes significantly to the overall success of our wildlife programs and we indeed appreciate their involvement. "
The minister reminded hunters that they may also apply and pay for fall black bear and general trapper licences online. All those paid online prior to the end of July will be issued their licenses before the opening of the 2004 fall season.