It is my absolute pleasure to introduce the newest edition of the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide for the upcoming 2018-19 season and to highlight our new online mobile friendly format that is complimentary to the kinds of technology and communications devices being used in today’s world.
The information contained in the Hunting and Trapping Guide reflects the input and decisions made by Government and by my department that support public and stakeholder interests in sustainable wildlife and game management for the province. For the upcoming season, there have been a number of important enhancements and changes to big game moose and caribou management, re-establishment of the canid carcass collection program, hunting age regulations, programs for hunters with a disability and improvements to the processes and timelines for applying for resident big game licences online or by mail. Our goal is to continue to streamline our game planning and licencing processes and to modernize wildlife policies, legislation and services that benefit access to hunting, trapping and other outdoor activities for the benefit of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hunters and trappers play a key role in helping to manage wildlife and provide important information that assists us in our science and research based programs that are necessary to monitor the health and status of wildlife populations. Equally as important is the crucial need to conduct hunting and trapping activities in a safe and responsible manner and to avoid practices that are detrimental to wildlife and their habitats or that disregard the values of others who enjoy our great outdoors.
Please be responsible and be safe during this hunting and trapping season and enjoy what our beautiful province has to offer.
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources