Once again, hunters will have an opportunity to harvest a Cape Breton moose by submitting applications for the annual moose hunting licence lottery. Selected hunters can participate in one of five hunting seasons.
"The Cape Breton moose hunt is popular and the annual moose draw provides a simple, fair way to manage the number of selected hunters per zone," said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. "We wish all hunters a safe and successful hunting season."
A total of 345 licences will be available again this year. Last year, about 11,000 applicants entered the draw.
There are five moose management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties, the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted.
Hunters applying for the draw must pick the zone and season they want to hunt in before they apply.
There are two types of moose hunting available this year. Hunting using motorized vehicles to access and remove moose will be permitted in seasons one and two, in zones one to four and in season five, in zone one. A non-motorized moose hunt is available in seasons one to four, in zone five.
Hunters can apply to either or both hunts. If one name is drawn for both, the hunter must choose one.
Motorized vehicles are prohibited in zone five.
The hunting zones are described online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw
The first four moose hunting seasons will run consecutively, Monday to Saturday, beginning Sept. 24. The fifth season will take place Dec. 11-13.
The Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications. The deadline is Saturday, June 16. For $7.40, plus HST, people can apply online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw .
Hunters can also apply by calling 1-900-565-3337. They must have their Wildlife Resources Card number available and call from a landline, not a cellphone. The application fee will be charged to the phone.
Applications, can also be made by mail with a fee of $12.31, HST included, to Moose Draw, Wildlife Division, Department of Natural Resources, 136 Exhibition St., Kentville, N.S., B4N 4E5.
The draw will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Winners will be notified by mail and their names will be announced at the draw. Applicants can also check draw results online or by calling a local Department of Natural Resources office.
More information on the moose hunt is available at Department of Natural Resources offices and online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/moosedraw/
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This year's moose hunting licence lottery will take place
Tuesday, June 26th.
Hunters should apply now online, at the Department of
Natural Resources website, by calling 1-900-565-3337 or by mail.
The application fee is 7 dollars and 40 cents plus tax.
Hunters must hunt within specific seasons and zones in
western Cape Breton only, beginning in September.
There are two types of moose hunts available, with and
without motorized vehicles.
Details are available at Department of Natural Resources
offices and the department's website.
Media Contact: Bruce Nunn