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Dates for the 1996 general open season for hunting deer have been
announced by Natural Resources Minister Eleanor Norrie.

The six-week season starts Friday, Oct. 25 and will close on
Saturday, Dec. 7. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays. 

"The buck law, which allows each hunter to take only one male,
antlered deer, remains in effect again this year," said Mrs.
Norrie. "This conservation measure will continue to help restock
the deer herd, which had been declining until the buck law was
introduced in 1993."

There is no increase in licence fees this year. A resident deer
hunting licence costs $21, plus GST. The fee for non-resident
hunters is $100, plus GST. Resident senior citizens are not
charged for their licences. The last increase in fees was in

Moose hunting season, in Victoria and Inverness counties only,
opens Oct. 14 and runs 12 days until Oct. 26. Two hundred moose
licences were available by lottery in June. There is a bag limit
of one moose per hunter.

"I encourage all hunters to make safety a top priority again this
season," said Mrs. Norrie. "Nova Scotia has an excellent hunter
safety record, with no hunting fatalities for three consecutive
years. Last year, with only five minor injury accidents, was one
of the safest seasons on record."

Since hunter safety education courses became mandatory in Nova
Scotia in 1980, there has been a 50 per cent reduction in the
number of accidents and fatalities.

First-time hunters are required to take a hunting safety course,
which includes both the federal Canadian Firearm Safety Course
and the provincial hunter safety component. Survival training is
part of the provincial program. To register for these courses,
individuals should contact local offices of the Department of
Natural Resources.

Summaries of the 1996 hunting and fur harvesting regulations are
available at local offices of the Department of Natural Resources
and from licence vendors.


Contact: Blain Henshaw  902-424-5252

trp                    Oct. 04, 1996 - 4:30 p.m.