Wildlife

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

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 15 (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 18
Notification of draw results - June 21
Licence payment deadline - July 15 (11:59 pm)

Manitoba Landowner Elk Draw Program and Declaration of Lands Owned


Visit Manitoba E-Licensing


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.


go wild

Are you using a mobile device? Then download the app applicable for your device and begin recording your observations. It's that easy.