Oct. 23, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Hunters and the public are reminded that limited Sunday hunting begins Nov. 2. The Department of Natural Resources issued the reminder today.
An amendment to the Fish and Wildlife Act allows Sunday hunting three weekends per year from Oct. 28 until Nov. 17 in any year. New Brunswick is the tenth jurisdiction in Canada to allow this practice.
"The new regulations lessen restrictions on hunters while balancing the needs of the non-hunting public by limiting the number of weekends where Sunday hunting is permitted," said Donald Arseneault, minister of natural resources. "The amendment to the act will not affect wildlife conservation or sustainability."
This year, the three Sundays on which hunting is permitted are Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Deer hunting season is the most popular hunting season and is at its peak during these weeks. It is also the hunting season for spruce grouse and ruffed grouse, varying hare, groundhog, coyote, crow cormorant, ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock and some furbearers.
The 2008 hunt and trap regulations summary distributed to hunters, along with each hunting and/or fur harvesting licence sold, has been updated to reflect this regulatory amendment. The department's website, http://www.gnb.ca/naturalresources, has been updated with the new information.
There are 70,000 to 80,000 licensed hunters in New Brunswick.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Natural Resources, 506-453-2614.