Wildlife


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.


Multi-Level Draw Program

New: The draw program is now online.

If you have ever entered the draw since 1996, you already have a personal profile on the system. Please contact the elicensing Help Desk at 1-877-880-1203 to access and verify your personal profile. Your priority level(s) for the draws will be listed on your personal profile.

If you are a first time applicant to the Multi-Level Draw Program, please create your account and personal profile from the E-Licensing Home Page.

Important Draw Dates

Manitoba Big Game Draw Program

Online applications accepted May 1 - May 31 (11:59 pm)
Notification of draw results - June 21
Licence payment deadline - July 30 (11:59 pm)

Manitoba Big Game Draw Program

Manitoba Landowner Elk Draw Program

Online applications accepted May 1 - May 31 (11:59 pm)
Declaration of Lands Owned Deadline - May 14
Notification of draw results - June 21
Licence payment deadline - July 30 (11:59 pm)

Manitoba Landowner Elk Draw Program and Declaration of Lands Owned


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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.


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

Night Hunting

On October 9, 2020, The Wildlife Amendment Act (Safe Hunting and Shared Management) was proclaimed, which protects Manitoba’s moose population and creates a safer and more ethical hunting environment.

This Act addresses significant safety risks by prohibiting night hunting in Manitoba. Effective October 10, 2020, night hunting is unlawful for all licensed hunters and on private lands for all hunters.

Rights-based Hunters

In southern Manitoba, rights-based hunters must seek authority to hunt at night on public Crown lands by applying for a free permit. The hunter would be required to carry the permit while hunting at night and must follow all conditions of the permit. Night hunting on private lands will not be permitted.

In northern Manitoba, rights-based hunters may hunt at night subject to requirements under the Act, including the requirement to hunt safely. Hunters are prohibited to hunt within 3 kilometers of a building, occupied site, or provincial roadway.

Safe hunting requirements, including the prohibition on hunting from or across roadways and hunting on private land without permission, continue to apply to all.

Hard to be a Moose in a changing World
Night Hunting Permit Application

Manitoba has a rich diversity of natural landscapes and wildlife species, from the polar bears of Churchill to the garter snakes of Narcisse to the orchids of the tall-grass prairie near Tolstoi. Our environment, culture, economy, and society are interdependent and we must wisely protect, use, and manage our wild animal and plant resources.

The mandate of the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch is to protect wildlife resources in a manner consistent with the conservation of species and ecosystems for the benefit of Manitobans. This responsibility is carried out under the authority of The Wildlife Act, The Endangered Species and Ecosystems Act , and The Conservation Agreements Act of Manitoba, and by applying the principles of Agriculture and Resource Development.

The wildlife staff develops programs, policies and legislation for hunting and trapping, biodiversity conservation, wildlife-human interactions and habitat. The wildlife staff also represents Manitoba in numerous provincial, national, and international initiatives.

Wildlife programs are delivered by biologists, planners, technicians, and support staff throughout Manitoba. Field enforcement is carried out by Conservation Officers.

Several land stewardship and acquisition programs, as well as conservation agreements, are delivered by an affiliated Crown agency, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.


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