The Wildlife Resources Card

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The Wildlife Resources Card (WRC) is a wallet-sized identification card issued to eligible persons who wish to engage in various activities licensed or authorized under the Wildlife Act and Regulations.  The WRC, implemented and introduced on June 1, 2005, replaced the Nova Scotia Firearm Hunting Certificate, Bow Hunting Certificate and the Fur Harvester Certificate.  Wildlife Resources Cards are valid for five years (from date of issue) unless otherwise determined by the Department of Natural Resources.

The face of every Wildlife Resources Card contains:

  1. Client’s name, eye colour, height, gender, and date of birth
  2. Certification codes identifying which licence(s) the client is eligible to hold/purchase
  3. A 9-digit unique client Identification Number
A Wildlife Resources Card, with appropriate certification code(s), is required by:
  All Nova Scotia residents in order to:
    a) Purchase any resident licence (regular or senior) issued under the Wildlife Act and Regulations;
    b) Purchase any commercial licence (Furbuyer, Hide Buyer, Taxidermist, Nuisance Wildlife Operator, Pheasant Preserve Operator, Guide) ;
    c) Purchase a Nova Scotia Wildlife Habitat Stamp (base licence) for the purpose of snaring snowshoe hare or for taking other harvestable wildlife without the use of a firearm, crossbow, bow or trap;
    d) Purchase a falconry permit;
    e) Enter any DNR wildlife harvesting related draw- includes the annual Moose Hunting Draw, Antlerless Deer Hunting Draw and the Belleisle Marsh Waterfowl Hunting Blind Draw.
  All Non-Residents in order to:
    a) Purchase any commercial licences
    b) Purchase a falconry permit
 

Note to Non-Residents: Although non-residents do not require a WRC to purchase other non-resident licences, they may order a Non-Resident WRC as a convenient way to provide proof of necessary certifications when purchasing Nova Scotia non-resident hunting/trapping licences.  See below for “How to Apply.”


How to Apply for a Wildlife Resources Card

Residents and Non-Residents can obtain a WRC:

  1. Online at: http://www.hmcgroup.ca/wrs/cards/
    • Visa or Mastercard is required to pay the application fee. (currently $7.57 + HST but subject to change without notice)
    • Pre-paid credit cards are not accepted.

  2. Calling 1-900-565-7418
    • Application fee (currently $7.57 + HST but subject to change without notice) will be automatically charged to the phone number used to make the call
    • Cell phones cannot be used
    • Phone lines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
    • If you experience difficulties getting through, contact your phone service provider to determine if you have a 1-900 block on your phone.

Note for Non-Residents: In order to obtain a Non-Resident WRC, non-residents are required to provide proof of having successfully completed a NS DNR recognized Hunter/Trapper/Bow/Crossbow Education Course (in Nova Scotia or another province, state or country) or proof satisfactory to the Department that s/he is entitled to hunt with a firearm, bow, or crossbow in another jurisdiction before being issued a non-resident WRC.  Forward copies of your appropriate certificate(s) to the Hunter Education Coordinator by scanning and emailing to: DNR-WRCADMIN@gov.ns.ca; faxing to: 902-424-8116; or mailing to: Hunter Education Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 698, Halifax, N.S. B3J 2T9.

Information Required when Applying for a Wildlife Resources Card

  • Master Number from your old NS Firearm Hunting Certificate -if applicable
  • Old Trapper/Fur Harvester number (Tcode)- if applicable
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Height
  • Eye Colour
  • Mailing Address (including postal code)
  • Civic Address (including postal code)
  • Telephone Number
  • Email address- if applicable

Changing Your WRC Contact Information

If DNR does not have your current contact information, you may experience difficulties using online applications such as: registering for courses, applying to annual moose and antlerless deer draws, completing online harvest report forms, etc and may not receive updates on current licensing issues and changes. 
There are three ways to update your contact information:

  1. Online by clicking here
  2. Call the WRC toll-free Customer Service Line at: 1-888-896-1207
  3. Contact your local DNR Office

Changing Your Name

Clients who require a new WRC as a result of a name change (marriage, divorce, etc) are required to complete two steps (in either order):

  1. Call 1-900-565-7418.  A fee at current rates, plus HST, will be automatically charged to the phone number used to make the call and;
  2. Present picture identification (as defined below) via email, fax or in person to:

    1. Scan/email: DNR-WRCADMIN@gov.ns.ca
      Subject Line: WRC Name Change
    2. Fax: 902-424-7735
      Subject Line: WRC Name Change
    3. In Person: your local DNR office

Picture Identification is defined as:

  1. Federal or Provincial picture identification showing new name (driver’s licence, Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence, passport) or;
  2. Federal or Provincial picture identification showing previous name and documentation of legal name change.

How to Replace Lost/Destroyed Wildlife Resources Cards

If you order a replacement WRC, the validation period will start from the date the replacement card is printed.

There are two options for ordering a replacement WRC:
  1. Online at: http://www.hmcgroup.ca/wrs/cards/
    • Visa or Mastercard is required to pay the fee (currently $7.57 + HST but subject to change without notice).
    • Pre-paid credit cards are not accepted.

  2. Call 1-900-565-7418
    • Application fee (currently $7.57 + HST but subject to change without notice) will be automatically charged to the phone number used to make the call

How to Renew my Expired Wildlife Resources Card

April 2012: The requirement to renew Wildlife Resources Cards is currently suspended.  More information is available online at: http://www.novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/wrc-renewal.asp

Customer Service Issues

The WRC Customer Service Line is toll free and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call 1-888-896-1207 to:

  1. Inquire about the status of your WRC application
  2. Advise of an error in the information displayed on your WRC (spelling mistake, wrong eye colour, etc)
  3. Advise of an omission on your WRC
  4. Update your contact information

All additional inquiries related to the Wildlife Resources Card should be directed to the WRC System Administrators via email at: DNR-WRCADMIN@gov.ns.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is the Department asking for a client’s phone number and e-mail address?
A. Having a current phone number and email is required to create a PIN which, in turn, allows WRC holders to use a variety of online applications including: applying for moose and deer draws, registering for courses, completing/submitting harvest reports, and updating contact information.  Access to this information also allows the Department to notify you of pending changes or to contact you for input on wildlife harvesting or licence-based matters. 

Q. Why is an applicant for the Wildlife Resources Card asked for their eye colour, height and weight?
A. The Wildlife Resources Card is not a photo identification.  Therefore, eye colour, height and weight appear on the face of each card to assist in field verification that the individual holding the card is indeed the individual to whom it was issued.

 Q. Do Non-Residents Require a Wildlife Resources Card?
A. This is a two part answer.  Refer to the “How to Apply for a Wildlife Resources Card” section above for more information:

  1. Yes. Non-residents are required to have a Non-Resident Wildlife Resources Card in order to purchase a Nova Scotia falconry permit or commercial licence (Furbuyer, Hide Buyer, Taxidermist, Nuisance Wildlife Operator, Pheasant Preserve Operator, Guide);
  2. No. Non-residents who wish to purchase Nova Scotia non-resident wildlife harvesting licences are not required to have a Non-Resident Wildlife Resources Card (WRC) but non-resident WRCs are available.  It is anticipated that this will become a requirement within the next two to three years.  The Non-Resident WRC, with appropriate certification code(s), is identical to the resident WRC except that the words “Non-Resident” are clearly written on face of card.  The Non-Resident WRC provides all the information required to allow the purchase of non-resident harvesting licences.

Q. How do I add a certification to my Wildlife Resources Card?
A. Individuals who successfully complete one of the Department of Natural Resources’ Education Courses (Hunter, Bow Hunter, Fur Harvester, Crossbow, etc) will be provided with a Course Completion Card.  The Course Completion Card is valid for 31 days (from date of issue) and entitles the named individual to apply for limited-entry hunt draws and purchase wildlife-related licences on an interim basis only.  The individual student is required to apply for a Wildlife Resources Card (using Course Completion Card) within 31 days of course completion to be able to legally hold a licence and to hunt in Nova Scotia.  See “How to Apply for a Wildlife Resources Card.”
Individuals can register for courses online at: http://www.novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/hunter-ed.asp .   

Q. What if there is an error on my new card when I receive it?
A. Contact the toll-free WRC Customer Service Line via phone at 1-888-896-1207 or the WRC System Administrators via email at: dnr-wrcadmin@gov.ns.ca.

Q. Is the old NS Firearms Hunting Certificate (orange card) still accepted in Nova Scotia?
A. No, since the Fall of 2006, the Wildlife Resources Card is the only card accepted to engage in wildlife harvesting activities in Nova Scotia. Any Nova Scotia resident who wishes to hunt, trap or hold a commercial wildlife-related licence in Nova Scotia, and who does not already hold a NS Wildlife Resources Card, needs to order a Wildlife Resources Card. See “How to Apply for Wildlife Resources Card.”