First Time Hunters
In Nova Scotia, all first-time hunters who intend on hunting with a firearm must be trained in firearm safety and hunter education. If hunting with a bow, hunters must have completed bowhunter education. The Hunter Education Program is delivered in two parts:
The Canadian Firearms Safety (non-restricted) Course
The Canadian Firearms Safety Course is provided by the Department of Justice and is delivered through Safety Services Nova Scotia. The course includes instruction in safe firearm handling. Students must complete a practical test and a written test; pass mark is 80%.
Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education Course
The Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education Course is taken following successful completion of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.
The Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education Course in Nova Scotia is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry through Safety Services Nova Scotia.
Students complete a written test; pass mark is 80%. To find out when and where the Hunter Education Course will be held, click here.
Upon completion of the training, participants are eligible to apply for a Wildlife Resources Client Card which is required to purchase a Hunting License.
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