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.

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We Need Local Anglers Back On Our Salmon Rivers

NBWF Media Release – Feb. 11, 2017

New Brunswick Wildlife Federation President Charles LeBlanc said today that we need local salmon anglers back on the rivers.

He noted for the past two angling season New Brunswick anglers have been staying away from the rivers in droves and that this is a direct result of the mandatory hook and release variance order put in place in 2015.

Read more in the immediate press release…

We Need Local Anglers Back On Our Salmon Rivers

Expanded use of crossbow hunting permitted

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will allow hunters to harvest deer with crossbows during the 2016 archery season, which runs Oct. 3-22.

“Hunting is a big part of the social and economic fabric of rural New Brunswick,” said Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet. “The addition of crossbows to the deer archery season will allow more people to enjoy the tradition of hunting.”

Crossbows are currently permitted during all hunting seasons except for the deer archery season and for the hunting of migratory birds. This year marks the first time crossbows may be used in deer archery season.

“I urge all hunters to practice safety and be courteous in the woods this fall,” said Doucet. “It is important to teach future generations of New Brunswickers how to enjoy hunting safely, and how to treat the forest and fellow hunters with respect.”

Crossbow hunters are subject to many of the same laws that apply to hunters using firearms or bows, including:

  • it is illegal to discharge a crossbow within 100 metres of a dwelling, school or place of business;
  • crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 68 kilograms and be fitted with broadheads no less than 20 millimetres in width when hunting deer;
  • it is illegal to carry a cocked and loaded crossbow upon any vehicle, including all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles;
  • crossbows used for hunting purposes must be equipped with a safety; and
  • crossbow hunters must wear hunter’s orange.

The deer archery season starts Oct. 3 and runs for three weeks, closing Oct. 22.

Provincial News Release…

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…