The concept of a Near Urban Wildlife Strategy was initiated in part, by safety concerns related to the use of centrefire (high powered) firearms during the General (rifle) Deer Season, as well as expanding wildlife populations and related human/wildlife conflicts in and around Winnipeg.
A provincially regulated prohibition of centrefire rifles for big game hunting was implemented in a portion of the Near Urban Wildlife Zone (NUWZ). This prohibition encompassess all or portions of the Rural Municipalites of Headingly, Rosser, Rockwood, St. Andrews, West St. Paul, East St. Paul, St. Clements and Richot as shown on the map. Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship will continue to consult with all Rural Municipalities around Winnipeg to address wildlife issues.
Resident white-tailed deer hunters should note that hunting inside GHA 38 in the RM of MacDonald, is only allowed on private land with written landowner permission.
Please note there are restricted firearm discharge areas within the RM of MacDonald (Director of Surveys Plan No. 20302).
Information, detailed maps on GHA 38 resident deer hunting opportunities and municipal telephone numbers are available at 200 Saulteaux Cresent in Winnipeg (204-945-6784) or 1-800-214-6497 or on our website at Wildlife Hunting Maps.
Hunters should note that the use of centrefire (high powered) rifles in the General (rifle) Deer Season is prohibited in the NUWZ. However, hunters may still use any other legal equipment type (shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow) during the General (rifle) Deer Season where this season is offered, except where municipal restrictions apply. A separate licence is not required to hunt in the NUWZ.
Hunters should be aware that some municipalities in the NUWZ prohibit or further restrict the use of firearms or bows. For more information hunters should contact the municipal office in the area they wish to hunt.