Big game licence applications now available, government says

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The 2014-15 Hunting and Trapping Guide and big game licence applications are available online and have been mailed out to all qualified, eligible resident hunters, the provincial government announced today.

A news release notes that all qualified resident hunters who submit a big game licence application online before the deadline dates will become eligible to win prizes in three categories. Hunters should refer to this year’s guide available online at www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife/pdf/HuntingGuide2014-15lowres.pdf

The deadline for receipt of moose/caribou applications (by mail or online) for the 2014 big game licence draw is the close of business on Friday, May 2.

To receive a black bear licence prior to the opening of the Island spring season on May 3, applications and payments must be received by the close of business on Friday, April 25. To ensure receipt of a black bear licence prior to the opening of the Island fall season on Sept. 13, applications and payments must be received by the close of business on Friday, June 27. Note that black bear applications/payments must be mailed separately from moose/caribou applications.

The deadline for registered non-profit and charitable moose licence applications is the close of business on Friday, May 2. Applications and additional information about this program is available from the Wildlife Division or by visiting www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife/permits/nfpapplication.pdf.

Sunday hunting is permitted between Oct. 5, 2014, and April 30, 2015, throughout all areas of Newfoundland and Labrador, to those with a valid licence and provided the season for the game being hunted is open.

The season for holders of a coyote shooting licence is Sept. 13, 2014, to July 4, 2015. Holders of this licence type are permitted to use center-fire rifles up to and including a .225 calibre or a shotgun using shot size #2 or larger (slugs are not permitted).

The 2014-15 snowshoe hare shooting and snaring season for the remainder of the island has been extended by two weeks. Snarers are reminded that only 22 gauge brass or six strand picture cord is permitted for small game areas that are open on the Island of Newfoundland.

Organizations: Wildlife Division

Geographic location: Island of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador

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