Note: You may apply for the Wildlife Resources Card by:
** Click here to Update Your Wildlife Resources Card Contact Information
The Wildlife Resources Card (WRC) is a wallet-sized identification card issued to eligible persons who wish to engage in various activities licensed or authorized under the Wildlife Act and Regulations. The WRC, implemented and introduced on June 1, 2005, replaced the Nova Scotia Firearm Hunting Certificate, Bow Hunting Certificate and the Fur Harvester Certificate. Wildlife Resources Cards are valid for five years (from date of issue) unless otherwise determined by the Department of Lands and Forestry.
The face of every Wildlife Resources Card contains:
Residents and Non-Residents can obtain a WRC:
Note for Non-Residents (See Also: FAQs Section below): In order to obtain a Non-Resident WRC (required to purchase any commercial licences), non-residents must provide proof of having successfully completed a NS DNR recognized Hunter/Trapper/Bow/Crossbow Education Course (in Nova Scotia or another province, state or country) or proof satisfactory to the Department that you are entitled to hunt with a firearm, bow, or crossbow in another jurisdiction. Whether your order a non-resident WRC by phone or online, you will be prompted to forward copies of your appropriate certificate(s) to the Hunter Education Coordinator by:
If DNR does not have your current contact information, you may experience difficulties using online applications such as: registering for courses, applying to annual moose and antlerless deer draws, completing online harvest report forms, booking a shooting range etc and may not receive updates on current licensing issues and changes.
There are three ways to update your contact information:
Clients who require a new WRC as a result of a name change (marriage, divorce, etc) are required to complete two steps (in either order):
Picture Identification is defined as:
If you order a replacement WRC, the validation period will start from the date the replacement card is printed.
There are two options for ordering a replacement WRC:
April 2015: The requirement to renew Wildlife Resources Cards is currently suspended. More information is available online at: https://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/wrc-renewal.asp
The Wildlife Resources Card Customer Service Line at 1-888-896-1207 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a toll free service for individuals who require:
All additional inquiries related to the Wildlife Resources Card should be directed to the Coordinator of Licensing & Client Services via email at: DNR-WRCADMIN@novascotia.ca
Q. Why is the Department asking for a client’s phone number and e-mail address?
.A. In order to use online applications including: applying for moose and deer draws, registering for courses, completing/submitting harvest reports, updating their contact information, and using the online shooting range booking system, Wildlife Resources Card holders require a Personal Identification Number (PIN). This number is created by the WRC holder by using his/her WRC Client Id, phone number, postal code and email address. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your contact information is complete and accurate. This information may also be used by the Department in order to provide announcements or contact you for input on wildlife harvesting or license-based matters.
A. This is a two part answer. Refer to the “How to Apply for a Wildlife Resources Card” section above for more information:
Q. How do I add a certification to my Wildlife Resources Card?
A. Individuals who successfully register (online) and complete a Nova Scotia Education Course (Hunter, Bow Hunter, Fur Harvester, Crossbow, etc) will be provided with a Course Completion Card. The Course Completion Card provides proof that you have successfully completed the course. To add a certification onto your existing WRC, use the course completion card to order an updated Wildlife Resources Card. Only then will your certification be transferred and printed on your WRC. An application fee, at current rates + HST, applies.
The process of ordering/updating your Wildlife Resources Card also includes an option and instructions for individuals who wish to add a certification from a course taken outside of Nova Scotia. See “How to Apply for a Wildlife Resources Card” for steps on how to apply/update a WRC.
Register for a Hunter Safety Education Course online at: https://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/ in the “Education and Training” section.
Q. What if there is an error on my new card when I receive it?
A. Contact the toll-free WRC Customer Service Line via phone at 1-888-896-1207 or the Coordinator of Licensing & Client Services via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Is the old NS Firearms Hunting Certificate (orange card) still accepted in Nova Scotia?
A. No, since the Fall of 2006, the Wildlife Resources Card is the only card accepted to engage in wildlife harvesting activities in Nova Scotia. Any Nova Scotia resident who wishes to hunt, trap or hold a commercial wildlife-related licence in Nova Scotia is required to have a NS Wildlife Resources Card. See “How to Apply for a Wildlife Resources” card section above.