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…

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

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.

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

2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Association de la Riviere Saumon Inc./Salmon River Association Inc. Presented to Claude Soucy by Ron Whitehead.

2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Sackville Rod & Gun Club. Presented to Patrick Gormley by Hal Wood.

2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club. Presented to Craig Deleavey by Richard DeBow.

2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Awarded to Petitcodiac Sportsman’s Club. Presented to Craig Deleavey by Jim Marriner.

2016 NBWF AGM Awards
Presented to Jason Soucy, Zone VP NW by Jim Marriner.