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Department of Natural Resources

Hunting Licence: Bear

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who wishes to hunt bear in Nova Scotia.

Note:  You have to be 18 years of age or older. (However, persons 16 or 17 can get a licence through a parent or guardian who has an appropriate Hunting Certificate.)  Also, he/she must accompany you when you apply for this licence.

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?

Authorized Vendors

OR

Any of the Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

OR

Consult the Nova Scotia Hunting and Furharvesting Summary of Regulations (which is available both in printed form and on the Department of Natural Resources website.)

Application Process:
No application form is needed. A licence can be purchased from any of the offices of the Department of Natural Resources or at select vendors.

You have to be 18 years of age or older. [However, persons 16 or 17 can get a licence through a parent or guardian]. If under 18 the person must be accompanied, while hunting, by someone 18 years or older who is certified under Hunter Education, Safety and Training regulations to hunt with the applicable weapon.

You have to have a Base Licence for Hunting.

You have to have a valid Wildlife Resources Card and be certified for the weapon with which you will be hunting.
Waiting Period:
None
Price: (tax is not included)
Resident: $26.57 plus HST
Non-resident: $124.52 plus HST
Seniors (65 years of age, and older): No Charge
Expiry :
This licence is valid for the length of the open bear season in a given year.  Bear hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Once the licence expires, it cannot be reused.
Related Requirements:
  1. You have to have a valid Wildlife Resources Card and be certified for the weapon with which you will be hunting. (If you are a non-resident, you have to have whatever is the equivalent in your own province or state.)

  2. If you are carrying a firearm in any wildlife habitat in Nova Scotia, you may also be asked to produce one of the following:
    1. A valid Firearms Acquisition Certificate ; or
    2. Canadian Firearm Possession & Acquisition Licence ; or
    3. Canadian Minor's (Firearm) Possession Only Licence (if you are under 18).
Additional Information:
  1. If you are a non-resident hunter, you can only hunt for bear if you are accompanied by a licensed guide, or by a resident* of Nova Scotia who is over 19 and who has received a Guide Licence.
    * "resident", at any time, means a person permanently or ordinarily resident in the Province for the two months immediately preceding that time, and includes
    1. an officer of the diplomatic or consular service of a foreign country stationed within the Province,
    2. a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Canadian Armed Forces stationed or born in the Province,
    3. a person born in the Province and the owner of real property in the Province;

  2. Anyone exporting bears or bear parts out of Canada has to have a CITES Export Permit.

  3. Hunting is not allowed in Nova Scotia on Sundays.

  4. For more information on Hunting Regulations, download the Nova Scotia Hunting and Furharvesting Summary of Regulations. .
Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504



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