Changes to Big Game Licencing & Regulations
MLOA President Paul Conchatre recently met with representatives from Manitoba Sustainable Development to provide feedback on their proposed changes to licencing and regulations. Highlights from this discussion include:
Proposed increased harvest opportunities for black bear
Extension of the one buck/one doe deer licence
Two-tier licencing system for waterfowl
Guide licencing program
Possible changes to the status of barren ground caribou
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- The Province is considering allowing both resident and foreign resident hunters to harvest two black bears per year in specific areas throughout Manitoba. The MLOA is concerned about the optics of such a change given the recent ban on grizzly bear hunting in BC. Additional concerns also surround the sustainability of increased harvest and the marketability of future hunts. The MLOA has requested a meeting with Sustainable Development and industry stake holders to further discuss this proposed change.
- The Province is planning to extend the one buck/one doe deer licence at least through the 2019 season. The MLOA would have preferred to keep the 2018 season bucks-only, if that would have helped to facilitate a quicker return to the standard framework for deer licencing (archery, muzzleloader, and rifle tags).
- The MLOA’s request for a two-tier licencing system for waterfowl will likely not be possible until e-licencing is implemented in 2020.
- As many are aware, the MLOA has had a long-standing proposal to manage and administer the guide license program. The Province has been collecting a new surcharge on foreign resident hunting licenses with the funds earmarked for the guide license program, but the Province now wants the program to be revenue-neutral. The MLOA has recently requested a meeting with the Minister of SD regarding the new financial changes made to proposal, which was originally prepared by our consultant Roy Anderson. The MLOA will be looking to finalize the financial structure and transfer of the program in the near future.
- The MLOA expressed concerns about possible changes to the status of barren ground caribou that could affect hunting. The MLOA will continue to work with the Province to exclude Manitoba’s Qamanirjuaq herd from any of these potential restrictions.