Newfoundland and Labrador’s hunting seasons are about to get underway.
Big game firearm season opens Saturday in the central and western areas of the island part of the province, and in Labrador, the provincial government announced today.
The eastern region big game season will open Saturday, Oct. 5.
Small game and trapping season will open in the coming weeks.
“This time of year brings with it a significant amount of interest in the outdoors as many people participate in various hunting and trapping activities,” Tom Hedderson, Minister of Environment and Conservation said in a news release.
“Newfoundlanders and Labradorians play an important part in the management and conservation of our wildlife resources and, in doing so, contribute to the long-term health and sustainability of our wildlife and wildlife habitat.
“As the 2013-14 hunting and trapping season begins, I encourage residents to participate in hunting and trapping activities with friends and family. By doing so, traditions and values are passed on to future generations. Have a safe and enjoyable hunting and trapping season.”
Information on hunting seasons and bag limits is subject to change from year to year and hunters and trappers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the information contained in the 2013-14 Hunting and Trapping Guide: www.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife/hunting/hunting_guide_2013.pdf.
Hunters are also reminded of the five-year ban on all caribou hunting in Labrador for conservation purposes that was announced by the provincial government last season. The hunting ban is intended to safeguard the viability of the George River caribou herd and to allow it to recover to a point where sustainable harvest can occur.