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Regulations, Acts and Orders for Hunters / Trappers

The Department of Environment and Conservation is responsible for managing the province’s wildlife resources. Enforcement of the Wild Life Act and Wild Life Regulations is carried out by the Department of Justice and Public Safety.

Hunting regulations are in place to ensure that these activities are conducted in a safe and responsible manner, and that all wildlife and our environment are treated with respect.

Hunting/Trapping Regulation Summaries

This section contains a summary of the regulations you need to know when hunting or trapping in Newfoundland and Labrador. This summary is neither a legal document nor a complete collection of current hunting regulations or firearm laws. It is an abbreviated guide issued for the convenience of hunters. The original Wild Life Act and Wild Life Regulations should be consulted for interpreting and applying the law. Contact the nearest Department of Justice and Public Safety – Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division or Wildlife Division office if you have any questions.



Chasing, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, or searching for, or lying in wait for wildlife, whether or not the wildlife is subsequently captured, injured or killed. "Hunt" and "hunter" have corresponding meanings.

Open Season

Any period during which it is lawful to have, take, or kill, or attempt to hunt, take, or kill wildlife under the provision of the Wild Life Act and Wild Life Regulations.

Closed Season

Any period during which hunting, taking, or killing of wildlife is prohibited

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