Fish and Wildlife

So much to see. So much to experience. So much to enjoy. Manitoba is a world-class destination for outdoor adventure. We are home to an incredible fishery and a rich, diverse array of wildlife and ecosystems. More than 90 species of fish await residents and visitors, from the delicious Goldeye and Walleye, to the ferocious Northern Pike and the massive Lake Sturgeon, which can grow to over 1.5 metres and live for more than 150 years. Manitoba has the finest freshwater fishery in the Western Hemisphere. We’re also the second in the world to achieve Marine Stewardship Council eco-certification, which represents a giant leap for sustainable fisheries, not only at the local level but also at the national and international levels. Our wildlife is every bit as impressive. Head to northern Manitoba and take a tour to see beluga whales and polar bears. Trek through our rugged backcountry, where you might happen upon a moose, white-tailed deer, black bear or a wolf. Experience the colour and diversity of rare orchids and over 1,500 species of native plants. Go birding and search for the great grey owl and the peregrine falcon, or more than 400 other species of birds in our province. Or you can hang out with thousands of garter snakes during their annual spring mating ritual in Narcisse.

Protecting your future

Our job is to protect and manage fish and wildlife for the benefit of all Manitobans.

We develop policies and legislation that support Agriculture and Resource Development and the conservation of species and ecosystems. We offer a variety of programs to protect, conserve, enhance and manage the over 35,000 species of wild plants and animals that call Manitoba home. These programs are expertly delivered by our biologists, planners, technicians, support staff and partners to conserve these precious resources for future generations.

 

Attention Hunters!

Agriculture and Resource Development is aware of a news release issued by the Manitoba Metis Federation on moose harvesting in the Duck and Porcupine Mountains. We do not support this unlawful harvest and would like to remind all resource users that Moose Conservation Closures remain in effect in the Duck and Porcupine Mountains (Game Hunting Area's 18, 18A, 18B, 18C, and 13A.) See Moose Conservation Closures map here.

If every Indigenous community were to unilaterally decide how many moose could be harvested and encourage their members to hunt in violation of the conservation closure, this would quickly jeopardize the sustainability of populations.

Agriculture and Resource Development is developing a shared moose management plan for the Duck and Porcupine Mountains. Dr. Alistair Bath, a neutral, independent third-party facilitator, has been engaged to assist in this process and is working with Indigenous communities, licenced hunters and other user groups.

Moose populations have stabilized or slowly recovered in conservation closure areas in the Duck and Porcupine Mountains however, they remain fragile and cannot sustain any amount of unregulated hunting. See our 2020 Moose Survey Results here.

The only reasonable and sustainable way to re-open moose hunting is to develop a unified approach to moose management in which a total sustainable harvest determined by the department, based on survey information and the best science available, is shared equitably in a manner that respects the Indigenous rights of all communities. This is the goal of the Shared Management.

Anyone found hunting in conservation closure areas is acting unlawfully and may be charged and prosecuted. We expect all users to abide by provincial law, respect the process and engage with us in shared management to sustain moose populations for future generations. If you see any illegal hunting activity please call the TIP line 1-800-782-0076.

We must all work together to help maintain healthy moose populations for generations to come. For more information, please visit Engage MB and see our document called "Hard to be a Moose" at the following link: https://engagemb.ca/moose-in-manitoba.

ATTENTION HUNTERS

Due to the heightened COVID-19 response level, effective immediately, Manitoba is temporarily suspending the mandatory sample submission requirements for Elk and Deer hunters.

The Drop-Off Depots will NOT accept any samples from hunters at this time.

If you have a serious concern regarding the health of an animal you have harvested, please call 204-638-4570.  More information may be found at www.gov.mb.ca/fish-wildlife/wildlife/wildlife-disease.html

Note that voluntarily submitted samples of Elk and Deer, harvested in 2020-21, may be accepted at a future time. Hunters are encouraged to keep the head, or head and lungs, frozen, and secured from scavenging, if they wish to have their harvest tested.

Please follow the latest COVID-19 protocols found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/index.html