Welcome to the New Brunswick Wildlife Federation

The New Brunswick Wildlife Federation (NBWF) is a provincial non-profit organization of hunters, anglers and shooters working for wildlife through branches and individual membership since 1924.

Over the years, the Federation has represented the concerns of the outdoor sports person while addressing the problems facing our wildlife and its habitat.

The Federation has over 30 member branches throughout the Province, and approximately 4000 members and countless supporters.

Read more about NBWF…


Waterfowl Heritage Day

On Saturday, Sept.17, 2016, youth may participate in waterfowl hunting without being required to possess a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and a Minor’s Hunting Licence or Class IV Hunting Licence. They must comply with the following conditions:

  • The youth must be between the ages of 12 and 17 inclusive.
  • A Waterfowl Heritage Day permit must be obtained from an Energy and Resource Development offices.
  • The permit holder must have completed the Firearm Safety / Hunter Education course.
  • The permit holder must be accompanied by an adult mentor 18 or older who is in possession of a current year Migratory Game Bird hunting permit and a valid Class III or IV hunting licence.
  • The youth permit holder is subject to all federal and provincial regulations that apply to waterfowl hunting. Exception: federal and provincial hunting licences are not required.
  • Adult mentors shall not accompany more than two youths at one time and must at all times remain in the immediate presence of the youth being accompanied.
  • Adult mentors cannot carry a firearm or hunt waterfowl on this day.
  • The youth permit holder must abide by all conditions of the permit.

Waterfowler Heritage Day provides young hunters who are minors (under 18 years of age) with the opportunity to practise hunting and outdoor skills, learn about wildlife conservation, and reinforce safety training in a structured, supervised environment. Licensed adult hunters who serve as mentors have an opportunity to pass on their considerable skills and knowledge by offering guidance and advice to younger hunters. The following rules are in effect:

  • to participate, young hunters do not require the federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit;
  • young participants must comply with all existing safety and licensing requirements found in the Firearms Act and provincial hunting regulations;
  • participants must be accompanied by a licensed mentor (who is not a minor);
  • mentors may not hunt or carry a firearm, and may accompany no more than two young hunters; and
  • only young hunters may hunt when Waterfowler Heritage Days fall outside of the regular open seasons.

In New Brunswick, non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory game birds, except for woodcock. Within National Wildlife Areas, the possession of lead shot is prohibited for all hunting, including the hunting of migratory birds and upland game birds. Hunters should consult provincial or territorial regulations for additional restrictions. For those birds still hunted with lead shot, remove the lead shot before cooking in order to reduce your exposure to contaminants.

Barrow’s Goldeneye is listed in the Species at Risk Act as a species of special concern, and the bag and possession limit of 1 remains in place.

Read more information on Migratory Birds Hunting…

Minister Dominic LeBlanc Increases Opportunity and Access to Stripe Bass Fishery

OTTAWA, Ontario ­–The Government of Canada is increasing recreational fishing opportunities and Indigenous access to the recreational Striped bass fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence waters bordering New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadin Coast Guard, announced that the retention period for the Southern Gulf recreational Striped bass fishery will be extended. The final retention period will now run from September 2 to October 31, during which time each person is allowed to keep one fish per day.

Read more…

Going migratory bird hunting this year?

Buy your new 2016 e-Permit online and be ready in minutes! Environment and Climate Change Canada now offers you the option to buy your Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) e-Permits from the comfort of your home or business, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Payments that can be made via major credit cards. The new MGBH e-Permits can be purchased at:http://www.ec.gc.ca/

For more information, please contact:
Canadian Wildlife Service
351 St. Joseph Blvd., 16th Floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
ec.permisscf-cwspermit.ec@canada.ca
1-855-869-8670

2016 NBWF AGM Awards

A big thank you to the Moncton Fish & Game Association!  Their president,  Robert Snider, presented a donation in the amount of $485.00 to the New Brunswick Wildlife Federation at our April AGM.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients.


ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AWARD:
2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Sackville Rod & Gun Club. Presented to Patrick Gormley by Rod Currie.


THE A. R. (TONY) LANGEN FORESTRY AWARD.
2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Association de la Riviere Saumon Inc./Salmon River Association Inc. Presented to Claude Soucy by Ron Whitehead.


THE FRANK WILSON MEMORIAL AWARD to the BRANCH PROMOTING YOUTH ACTIVITIES.
2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Sackville Rod & Gun Club. Presented to Patrick Gormley by Hal Wood.


THE HERBERT H. SEWELL HUNTER SAFETY AWARD.
2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club. Presented to Craig Deleavey by Richard DeBow.


THE MOST ACTIVE BRANCH AWARD.
2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club. Presented to Craig Deleavey by Jim Marriner.


THE MOST ACTIVE ZONE VP AWARD.
2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Presented to Jason Soucy, Zone VP NW by Jim Marriner.


NOTICE: 91st NBWF AGM Meeting

There has been information circulating on Facebook and other means that our AGM session on Saturday (April 9th) is open to the public.

Only registered delegates, Executive and Directors and specially invited guests of the NB Wildlife Federation are entitled to attend these functions.

These meetings are intended to present information to our Board in order to form our policies on important subjects. There is not enough seating for the general public.

We apologize for any misinformation you may have received.