Moose Management Zones and Seasons

- 2018 -

  1. Season 1: September 24 - 29
  2. Season 2: October 1 – 6
  3. Season 3: October 8 – 13 Zone 5 only
  4. Season 4: October 15 – 20 Zone 5 only
  5. Season 5: October 22 – 27 Zone 5 only
  6. Season 6: October 29 – November 3 Zone 5 only
  7. Season 7: December 11 – 13 Zone 1 and 5 only

Moose Zone Licence

Hunters applying to the Moose Draw will have to state in which zone and in which season they would like to hunt.

Zone 4 Zone 3
Hunt Features:

    Zone 1:Consists of lands north of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park which are not part of the Pollett's Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. Good road access through most of the zone.

    Zone 2: Access is relatively good by network of forestry roads (gravel- take extra spare tires)

    Zone 3: Knowledge of local area, access points and land owners would be of advantage. Reduced risk of an early snow at this lower elevation.

    Zone 4: Local knowledge of area and where moose have been seen would be of benefit. Reduced risk of an early snow at this lower eleation.

    Zone 5: This hunt falls entirely within the Polletts Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. This is a non-motorized hunt and no permits will be issued from Nova Scotia Environment for ATV use. The Terrain is extremely challenging, making it difficult to pack out a harvested moose.

    Hunting in Zone 5
    PERSONS CONSIDERING THIS ZONE SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING
    :

    Persons considering this hunt should be aware of the following:

    • motorized vehicle use is not permitted in Zone 5
    • access points are limited and mostly through small private land holdings
    • terrain is rugged and conditions will be physically challenging
    • careful consideration must be made in undertaking this type of hunt

 

Moose Management Zone Descriptions


NOTE: Following are legal descriptions of the five Moose Management Zones in Cape Breton where moose hunting is permitted. There are a number of locally used names for roads used as the boundary between Zone 2 and Zone 3. They do not appear on legal maps of the area but do appear on roadside signs. These locally used names are not part of the legal definition of the zones but for your convenience have been inserted immediately after the formal place names as (CAPITALIZED, ITALICIZED, BOLD-FACED ITEMS IN BRACKETS).

See the Moose Hunting Regulations at https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/wimoose.htm


Moose Zones 1&5Zone 1


("north of Cape Breton Highlands National Park")

Legal Description

Moose Management Zone 1 includes certain lands within Nova Scotia and is more particularly described as follows:
Beginning at a point where the northern boundary of The Cape Breton
Highlands National Park meets the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) of
the northern shoreline of Neils Harbour;
Thence, in a generally westerly direction following the northern boundary
of the said Park across the northern peninsula of Cape Breton Island to the
OHWM of the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the mouth of the MacKenzie River;
Thence, in a northerly direction along the OHWM of the Gulf of St.
Lawrence to Cape St. Lawrence;
Thence, in an easterly direction along the OHWM of the Cabot Strait and
Bay St. Lawrence to Money Point;
Thence, in a southerly direction along the OHWM of Aspy Bay, Cabot
Strait and Neils Harbour to the Point of Beginning. Together with all
inshore and offshore islands, and including all harbours, bays, coves,
rivers and inlets.

Saving and excepting all lands located in Moose Management Zone 5.

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Zone 2


("immediately south of Cape Breton Highlands National Park" )

Legal Description


Zone 2 includes certain lands within Nova Scotia and is comprised of parcels "A" and"B", being more particularly described as follows:

Parcel "A"

Beginning at a point where the southern boundary of The Cape Breton Highlands National Park meets the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) on the western shoreline of South Bay Ingonish;
Thence, in a generally westerly direction along the southern boundary of the said Park across the northern peninsula of Cape Breton Island to the OHWM of the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the mouth of the Cheticamp River;
Thence, in a generally southerly direction along the OHWM of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the mouth of the Margaree River;
Thence, in a southeasterly direction along OHWM of the southern shoreline of the Margaree River to the Cabot Trail;
Thence, in a southerly and easterly direction along the Cabot Trail to North East Margaree at a point where the road southerly from Kingross meets the Cabot Trail;
Thence, in a northerly direction along the said Kingross Road a distance of approximately 4.5 kilometres to Margaree Valley at a point where the Frasers Mountain Road (FIELDING ROAD) to the Highlands joins the said Kingross Road;
Thence, in a generally easterly direction along the said Frasers Mountain Road (FIELDING ROAD)to the point where it meets the main road in the Highlands (HIGHLAND ROAD) running northerly from Hunters Mountain;
Thence, in a northerly direction along the main road through the Highlands a distance of approximately 2.5 kilometres to a secondary road (KELLY ROAD) just past the Middle Branch North River, the said road leading easterly to the MacDonalds Mountain fire tower (NORMAN FIRE TOWER);
Thence, in an easterly and northerly direction along the said secondary road (KELLY ROAD) a distance of approximately 11 kilometres to the point where it (INTERSECTS THE MARIANNA ROAD, NORTH ON THE MARIANNA ROAD TO THE BARACHOIS RIVER) crosses the Barachois River;
Thence, in a generally southeasterly direction downstream along the said River to the point where the said River meets the OHWM of St. Anns Bay;
Thence, in a northeasterly direction along the OHWM of St. Anns Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to Stanley Point at the northerly edge of Cape Smokey;
Thence, westerly along the OHWM of the southern and western shorelines of South Bay Ingonish to the Point of Beginning. Together with all inshore and offshore islands, and including all harbours, bays, coves, rivers and inlets .

Parcel "B"

Beginning at a point where the southern boundary of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP), just to the north of Ingonish, meets the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) of the Atlantic Ocean;
Thence, in a westerly, southerly and easterly direction following the said boundary of the CBHNP, and enclosing the communities of Ingonish Centre and Ingonish, and the surrounding area, to a point where the said boundary meets the OHWM of the Clyburn Brook;
Thence, in an easterly direction downstream along the OHWM of the Clyburn Brook to the point where the said Brook meets the OHWM of North Bay Ingonish.
Thence, in a generally westerly, northerly, easterly and northerly direction following the OHWM of the western shoreline of North Bay Ingonish and the Atlantic Ocean to the Point of Beginning.
Together with all inshore and offshore islands, and including all harbours, bays, coves, rivers and inlets.

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("Baddeck, Margaree, Hunters Mountain to Fraser Mountain Road")

Legal Description

Zone 3 includes certain lands within Nova Scotia and is more particularly described as follows:

Beginning at a point where the Barachois River meets the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) on the western shoreline of St. Anns Bay;
Thence, southerly and easterly direction following the OHWM of the western, southern and eastern shorelines of St. Anns Bay to Cape Dauphin;
Thence, easterly in a straight line across the mouth of The Great Bras d' Or to Table Head;
Thence, easterly along the OHWM of the Atlantic Ocean to the county boundary between Victoria and Cape Breton Counties;
Thence, in a generally southwesterly direction along the said County boundary across Boularderie Island and the waters of St. Andrews Channel to a point where the waters of the St. Andrews Channel join the waters of the Great Bras d' Or;
Thence, northwesterly in a straight line to a point midway between McKay Point to the south and Red Head to the north;
Thence, in a westerly direction along the centreline of St. Patricks Channel to the mouth of Nyanza Bay;
Thence, northerly and easterly along the centreline of Nyanza Bay to the mouth of the Baddeck River;
Thence, upstream along the centre of Baddeck River to its intersection with the centreline of Highway No. 105;
Thence, northwesterly along the said Highway to its intersection with the Cabot Trail;
Thence, northerly along the Cabot Trail to North East Margaree at a point where the road southerly from Kingross meets the Cabot Trail;
Thence, in a northerly direction along the said Kingross Road a distance of approximately 4.5 kilometres to Margaree Valley at a point where the Frasers Mountain Road (FIELDING ROAD) to the Highlands joins the said Kingross Road;
Thence, in a generally easterly direction along the said Frasers Mountain Road (FIELDING ROAD) to the point where it meets the main road in the Highlands (HIGHLAND ROAD) running northerly from Hunters Mountain;
Thence, in a northerly direction along the main road through the Highlands a distance of approximately 2.5 kilometres to a secondary road just past the Middle Branch North River, the said road leading easterly to the MacDonalds Mountain fire tower (NORMAN FIRE TOWER);
Thence, in an easterly and northerly direction along the said secondary road (KELLY ROAD) a distance of approximately 11 kilometres to the point where it (INTERSECTS THE MARIANNA ROAD, NORTH ON THE MARIANNA ROAD TO THE BARACHOIS RIVER) crosses the Barachois River;
Thence, in a generally southeasterly direction downstream along the said River to the point where the said River meets the OHWM of St. Anns Bay at the Point of Beginning. Together with all inshore and offshore islands, and including all harbours, bays, coves, rivers and inlets.

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Zone 4


(Cabot Trail south to Port Hawkesbury)

Legal Description

Zone 4 includes certain lands within Nova Scotia and is more particularly described as follows:

Beginning at a point
where the centre of Baddeck River intersects with the centerline of Highway No. 105;
Thence, northwesterly along the said Highway to its intersection with the Cabot Trail;
Thence, in a northerly, westerly and northerly direction along the Cabot Trail to the point where the Cabot Trail intersects the western shoreline of the Margaree River near Margaree Harbour;
Thence, northerly along the said western shoreline to the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) of the Gulf of St. Lawrence;
Thence, in a generally southerly direction along the OHWM of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Hefferman Point on the northeastern shoreline of the Strait of Canso;
Thence, in a southeasterly direction along the OHWM of the northeastern shoreline of the Strait of Canso to Grant Point near the mouth of Ship Harbour;
Thence, in a southeasterly direction along the OHWM of the northeastern shoreline of Ship Harbour to the county boundary between Inverness and Richmond Counties;
Thence, northeasterly along the said County boundary to the point where it meets the OHWM of West Bay;
Thence, northerly along the said County boundary across the waters of West Bay and The Bras d' Or Lake to the county boundary line between Victoria and Cape Breton Counties;
Thence, in a northeasterly direction along the Victoria-Cape Breton County boundary through the Barra Strait to a point where the waters of the St. Andrews Channel join the waters of the Great Bras d' Or;
Thence, northwesterly in a straight line to a point midway between McKay Point to the south and Red Head to the north;
Thence, in a westerly direction along the centreline of St. Patricks Channel to the mouth of Nyanza Bay;
Thence, northerly and easterly along the centreline of Nyanza Bay to the mouth of the Baddeck River;
Thence, upstream along the centre of the Baddeck River to its intersection with the centreline of Highway No. 105 at the Point of Beginning. Together with all inshore and offshore islands, and including all harbours, bays, coves, rivers and inlets.

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Moose Zones 1&5Zone 5


Legal Description

Moose Management Zone 5 includes certain lands within Nova Scotia known as the Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area, as designated under subsection 11(2) of the Wilderness Areas Protection Act and described in Schedule B to that Act.

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