The hunting season for big game begins this weekend in many parts of Newfoundland and Labrador. Most big game hunting seasons in central and western portions of the island and in Labrador opens Saturday. The hunting seasons for other areas of the province open Oct. 6.
Non-residents wishing to hunt big game (bear, moose, caribou) must apply through one of the Provinces outfitting companies.
For more information on available outfitters visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Hunting and Fishing site. Non-resident small game licences are available through regular vendor outlets (i.e. general stores and sporting goods stores) and at Government Services Centers. Federal Migratory Game Bird Permits are available through Canada Post Offices.
Non-resident hunters must possess a valid non-resident hunting licence. He/she must also possess proof or verification of having met his/her own jurisdiction hunter education requirements and must present this information immediately upon request of a Conservation Officer. Non-resident big game hunters are required to be accompanied by licenced guides. Guides are supplied by licenced outfitters. Small game or waterfowl hunters do not require guides.
Non-resident big game licences are only available through licenced outfitters. Hunters should contact the outfitter of their choice to determine the availability of licences and to obtain the required application forms.
Hunters must use a U.S. Customs Declaration Form 3315 for all game entering the United States from Canada. American hunters should obtain these at U.S. Customs when leaving the United States.
Hunters must possess a game export permit to take game out of the Province. Export permits are available free of charge from all Forestry/Wildlife Offices and licenced outfitters.
Non-resident black bear hunters also require a CITES permit to transport black bear parts outside Canada.
Non-residents hunters must declare their firearms when arriving at a Canada Customs Port.