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Hunting Licence: Bear (Snaring)

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who wants to snare bear in Nova Scotia.

Note:  You have to be 18 years of age or older. (However, persons 16 or 17 can get a licence through a parent or guardian who has an appropriate Hunting Certificate.)  Also, he/she must accompany you when you apply for this licence.

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Any of the Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.
OR

Consult the Nova Scotia Hunting and Furharvesting Summary of Regulations (which is available both in printed form and on the Department of Natural Resources website.)

Application Process:

Only residents* of Nova Scotia can get this licence.

* "resident", at any time, means a person permanently or ordinarily resident in the Province for the two months immediately preceding that time, and includes

  1. an officer of the diplomatic or consular service of a foreign country stationed within the Province,
  2. a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Canadian Armed Forces stationed or born in the Province,
  3. a person born in the Province and the owner of real property in the Province;


No application form is needed. A licence can be purchased from any of the offices of the Department of Natural Resources .

You have to be 18 years of age or older. [However, persons 16 or 17 can get a licence through a parent or guardian]. If under 18 the person must be accompanied, while hunting, by someone 18 years or older who is certified under Hunter Education, Safety and Training regulations to hunt with the applicable weapon.

You have to have a Base Licence for Hunting.

You have to have a valid Wildlife Resources Card and be a qualified Fur Harvester.

Waiting Period:
None
Price: (tax is not included)
Resident Only : $26.57 plus HST
Seniors (65 years of age, and older): No Charge
Expiry :
This licence is valid for the length of the bear snaring season in a given year. Once the licence expires, it cannot be reused.  Bear snaring is allowed on Sundays.
Related Requirements:
A Valid N.S.Wildlife Resources Card
Additional Information:
  1. If you are carrying a firearm in any wildlife habitat in Nova Scotia, you may also be asked to produce one of the following:
    1. A valid Firearms Acquisition Certificate ; or
    2. Canadian Firearm Possession & Acquisition Licence ; or
    3. Canadian Minor's (Firearm) Possession Only Licence (if you are under 18).

  2. Anyone exporting bears or bear parts out of Canada has to have a CITES Export Permit.

  3. Hunting is not allowed in Nova Scotia on Sundays.

  4. For more information on Hunting Regulations, download the Nova Scotia Hunting and Furharvesting Summary of Regulations. .
Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504



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