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Pheasant Preserve Licence

Who Needs This Licence?

Anyone who wants to operate a shooting preserve for gallinaceous birds.

Issuing Department / Agency:

N.S. Department of Natural Resources, Game and Fish Licence Section

Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Any of the Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

Service Delivery Division
Business Registration Unit
Service Nova Scotia

Tel: 902-424-4821
Fax: 902-424-4633
Office Location:
Maritime Centre
9th Floor, Reception Area
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1529
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4
Note:  The Maritime Centre is located at the intersection of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road (the Aliant Building at the foot of Spring Garden).


Consult the Nova Scotia Hunting and Furharvesting Summary of Regulations (which is available both in printed form and on the Department of Natural Resources website.)

Application Forms & Process:

An application form can be obtained from the nearest Local or Area Office of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. When completed, it is submitted to the regional office nearest to the location of the intended preserve.

The applicant must supply a survey plan of the site. The premises will be inspected by a regional biologist before approval of the licence.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the applicant will be notified by mail by the Licences and Receivable Section of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources, and asked to submit their fee (payable to the Minister of Finance).

Waiting Period:

10 business days

Expiry & Renewal:

This licence is valid for 1 year from the date it is issued, covering the period from March 31 of one year to April 1 of the next. It can be renewed, and the renewal time is April 1. The renewal process is started by the licence holder, preferably before it expires.


Initial Application and Annual Renewal:  $62.26 plus HST

Related Requirements:

Valid N.S.Wildlife Resources Card;

Additional Information:
  1. A preserve area shall be not less than 100 acres nor more than 1000 acres.

  2. The boundary of the preserve must be clearly posted with signs.
Legislative Authority:

Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504, Section 52

Pheasant Shooting Preserve Regulations

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