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Department of Natural Resources

Firearm Certification for Hunters

Who Needs This Certification?

Anyone who wants to hunt with a firearm in Nova Scotia.

One must be 12 years of age or older to get this certification.
 

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
 
Where can you get further information?
Any of the Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. (See Offices, 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 Forms and Process:

New hunters wishing to hunt with a firearm must first attend both the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and the Hunter Education Course before they will be issued a Wildlife Resources Card showing they have a Firearm Certification.

(Note: these two courses are usually delivered separately.)

Part A: Canadian Firearms Safety Course: (This course is a prerequisite for part B) This part of the training is now delivered through Hnatiuk's Hunting and Fishing Limited the new joint program administrator, coordinating and providing both the Canadian Firearms Safety Training Courses and the Hunter Education Courses throughout Nova Scotia.

Part B: The Hunter Education Course: Hnatiuk's Hunting and Fishing Limited

To take the course, you must

  1. be at least 12 years old, and
  2. have a Canadian Firearms Safety Course Test Certificate. (See #1 above).

Applications for this Hunter Education Course are available from any of the Local or Area Offices of the Department of Natural Resources, or online www.hmcgroup.ca/education

This course is completed online.

Waiting Period:

Your Wildlife Resources Card which shows your certification will be sent to you within 2-3 months, once you have successfully completed both the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (Part A) and the Nova Scotia Hunter Education Course (Part B), in that order, and have met all the requirements.
 

Price:

Part A:
Please see Canadian Firearms Safety course.

Part B:
Hunter Education Course (Classroom) $30 plus HST
Hunter Education Course (Online) $29.95 plus HST
 

Expiry and Renewal:

The Wildlife Resources Card, displaying your Hunting/Furharvesting Certification is valid for five (5) years, and can be renewed.
 

Related Requirements:
None
 
Additional Information:

None
 

Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504


 




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