Resident moose and caribou (island only) licences for Newfoundland and Labrador are only available through the Wildlife Division’s Big Game Licence draw. Big game licence applications and a copy of the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide are automatically mailed to all eligible resident hunters in early spring. A computerized draw for resident licences occurs in mid-spring. Afterwards, notifications are mailed to all applicants advising of their success in the draw process.
Licences and tags for moose or caribou are mailed directly to successful applicants before the hunting season begins. New big game licence draw applicants must complete the Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course before Nov. 30 prior to the year of application to be eligible for the following year’s big game licence draw.Resident Application for Spring/Fall Black Bear Licence (605 KB)
The Nov. 30 cutoff also applies to new residents who have completed a recognized hunter education program in another state/province. In order to meet the deadline, new residents must have submitted a copy of the hunter education certificate and a copy of their NL driver’s licence or Photo Identification Card from the Motor Registration Division.
In Labrador, Resident General Caribou Licences and Resident Special Caribou Licences are available from Government Services Centres or from vendor outlets throughout the region. Resident General Caribou Licences are required to hunt in all other open Labrador zones excluding the Torngat Mountain and George River Zones. Special Caribou Licences are required to hunt in the Torngat Mountain and George River Zone and are available only to residents that live in those zones.
On the Island of Newfoundland, resident black bear licences are available through an application process. Only one licence application is required by hunters to apply for both the spring and fall season. The bag limit is two black bears per licence. Hunters may harvest two bears in the spring, two in the fall or one in each season. Black bear applications are included in the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is mailed out directly to all eligible resident hunters. Black bear applications are also available at all Department of Natural Resources offices. In Labrador, black bear licences are available at all Government Services Centres or at local vendors (general sporting goods stores).
Small game licences are available at numerous sporting goods, hardware or general stores throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, or at Government Services Centres.
Resident hunters must provide their driver’s licence or photo ID number, available from the Motor Registration Division. Other forms of identification, such as MCP, are permissible if a driver’s licence/photo ID number is not available.
Since the 2008-09 hunting and trapping season stainless steel wire has not been permitted for small game snaring on the island. Snarers must use approved snare wire, 22-gauge brass or or six-strand picture cord, attached to a firm anchor, for snaring. These changes will assist with ongoing efforts to mitigate the accidental capture of Newfoundland marten and other non-target species throughout the Island of Newfoundland.
Migratory game bird hunting falls under the jurisdiction of Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service. Federal Migratory Game Bird Permits are available only through Canada Post Offices.
The permit is valid throughout Canada. It is not necessary to purchase a small game licence to hunt migratory birds in Newfoundland and Labrador. Resident hunters must also possess an Outdoor Identification Card to hunt game with a firearm in Newfoundland and Labrador, including migratory game birds. For more information on migratory game bird hunting in Newfoundland and Labrador, consult the Hunting and Trapping Guide (68.6 MB) or the Canadian Wildlife Service’s Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations.In Newfoundland and Labrador, contact:
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