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Firearm safety and hunter education deadline dates extended

Big game hunting season opens in Newfoundland and Labrador this weekend. Telegram file photo
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Firearms safety-hunter education training courses required for eligibility to enter the licence draw for the 2021-22 big game hunting season are set to resume this weekend at various College of the North Atlantic campuses throughout the province.

Both courses are required to be permitted to hunt with a firearm in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As a result of COVID-19 related delays to scheduled general course offerings and start-up of fall sessions, the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture said in a news release it is extending the firearms safety-hunter education training course completion date for new applicants entering the 2021 big game licence draw from Nov. 30, 2020, to Jan. 30, 2021.

The Canadian Firearms Safety Course teaches the basics of firearms safety and the laws related to firearms storage, handling and transportation while the Hunter Education Course provides important information related to wildlife conservation and management, hunting laws, hunter ethics and responsibility, outdoor safety, survival techniques and other skills used for hunting.

Interested people are encouraged to contact the College of the North Atlantic for additional course and registration information by calling 1-888-982-2268 or emailing

Firearms safety-hunter education courses are offered throughout the year for those wishing to become eligible for hunting small game species.

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