Hunting is important, particularly in rural communities, where it provides jobs and income for Nova Scotian families and businesses. To reflect that, the province has introduced new hunting regulations that are now in effect.
"Hunting has long been a part of our heritage and we're working to ensure it has a healthy future," said Minister of Natural Resources Charlie Parker. "These changes will help more Nova Scotians get involved in hunting and ensure the sustainability of hunting in our province."
The new Wildlife Act regulations allow the expanded use of crossbows and muzzleloaders. Hunters can now use rifles up to .23 calibre for species such as coyotes during the regular deer hunting season.
Changes to hunter education and safety requirements will clarify when hunter orange must be worn.
"We are very pleased with these changes; we believe they clarify the rules that help keep us safe," said Tony Rodgers, executive director, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. "We encourage all hunters to read the changes thoroughly to make sure they understand them. It's our responsibility to know the hunting laws."
The new regulations also make it easier for farmers and property owners to control wildlife that cause damage to crops and property, or pose other threats to humans.
For more information about the new regulations, visit the Natural Resources website or contact the nearest DNR office.