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!

The Department of Agriculture and Resource Development is currently undertaking a Shared Management process to solicit input and recommendations on re-opening the Duck and Porcupine Mountain areas to sustainable hunting. However, due to barriers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unlikely this process will have progressed to provide the department with these recommendations before the fall of 2021.
Given the slow recovery of the moose populations to date and the serious challenges facing Manitoba’s moose now and in the foreseeable future, a total removal of the Conservation Closures in the Duck and Porcupine Mountain areas and a return to unlimited harvest would jeopardize the long-term viability of the populations. A long-term framework for re-opening these areas is necessary with input from all resource users so that these populations can continue to recover.
In the interim, pending the outcome of Shared Management discussions and the establishment of a Shared Management Committee, the department is pursuing a sustainable limited interim moose hunting opportunity for the fall of 2021.
Indigenous communities deemed eligible for this opportunity are being consulted. In addition, we are seeking input from licensed hunters and other resource users.
A series of restrictions are necessary to ensure this harvesting opportunity is sustainable, and does not jeopardize the recovery process. These restrictions will be strictly enforced and anyone moose hunting within the Duck and Porcupine Mountains outside of this opportunity will be subject to enforcement action.
This priority-based opportunity will allow a conservative harvest of moose in the Duck and Porcupine Mountain areas to the Indigenous communities that were identified as being significantly impacted during the 2011 Crown-Indigenous Consultation process. A small educational licenced hunting opportunity is also being planned.

The Department of Agriculture and Resource Development remains committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous communities, licenced hunters and other resource users to develop long-term sustainable solutions for moose in Manitoba.


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.

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.