News Release Archive

  A substantial reduction in the number of hunting accidents
  and an increase of nearly 35 per cent in the number of deer
  bagged made 1995 a safe and successful year for Nova Scotia
  "With only two minor personal injury accidents, 1995 was one
  of the safest hunting seasons on record," said Natural
  Resources Minister Don Downe. "Compared with 1994 when there
  were four injury accidents, this represents a reduction of
  50 per cent. Best of all, this marks the third consecutive
  year without a fatal hunting accident."
  The past year was also a successful year for deer hunters,
  with a total of 7,101 bucks bagged during the five week deer
  season. "This represents an increase of 34.9 per cent over
  1994, when 5,264 bucks were taken," said Mr. Downe. "The
  numbers were up in every region of the province, but
  especially in Cape Breton where the increase was just over
  50 per cent.
  Lunenburg County reported the highest number of deer bagged
  at 814. Colchester County was second highest at 732 and the
  lowest number reported was 67 in Victoria County. 
  Although returns from licence vendors are not yet complete,
  an estimated 50,000 deer hunting licences were issued for
  the 1995 season. 
  "A decision whether to continue with the buck law will be
  made later this year, after more details are known on the
  numbers and condition of the deer herd, as well as the birth
  and survival rates of fawns in the spring," Mr. Downe said. 
  Statistics for the 1995 moose and bear seasons were also
  released today. 
  During the 12 day moose season in October, 200 licenced
  hunters bagged 175 moose compared with 177 in 1994. During
  the 1995 season, 140 were taken during the first week of
  hunting and 35 during the second week. Of the total, 127
  were bulls and 48 were cows. In addition, an estimated 90 to
  110 were bagged during the Mi'kmaq moose hunt, also in the
  "These figures, together with winter surveys and biological
  data collected, indicate that the moose herd in healthy,
  productive and stable," said Mr. Downe. The total number of
  moose bagged each season over the past eight years appears
  to be a sustainable level of use."
  During the 1995 bear season, 339 bears were bagged in Nova
  Scotia. This compares with 342 taken in 1994.
  "Through sound wildlife management policies, we have been
  able to maintain hunting seasons for these big game species
  in Nova Scotia," Mr. Downe said. "I am grateful hunters
  respect and support these policies, which help to ensure
  sustainability of our wildlife resources."
  EDITOR'S NOTE: For a chart on deer harvest distribution and
                 summary by county and region please call.
  Contact: Blain Henshaw 902-424-5252
           Tony Nette    902-679-6140
  jlw                       Jan. 31, 1996      9:25 a.m.