Hunting Licence Laws

Newfoundland and Labrador Hunter Education Requirements

In Newfoundland and Labrador, students must complete the Firearms Safety and Hunter Education Course (FS/HE) to become eligible to hunt game with a firearm. Once completed, each resident hunter will receive an Outdoor Identification Card. This must be in a hunter's possession while hunting with firearms.

The Firearms Safety and Hunter Education Course are recognized by all Canadian provinces.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hunting Licence

Newfoundland and Labrador hunting licences are issued by the Department of Environment and Conservation. There are different licences offered, depending on the species you wish to hunt, and whether you are a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador. Fees for hunting licences also vary.

Residents also receive annual applications for the annual Big Game Licence draw under the following conditions:

  • Must be 18 by August 31 in the year the big game licence is valid
  • Must be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Must not be prohibited from possessing firearms by Order of Court

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age to take the Newfoundland and Labrador Firearms Safety and Hunter Education Course (FS/HE) is 14 years (as young as 12 with parental consent). There are also restrictions on different permits and licences, for instance, to hunt small game, waterfowl and coyotes in the province you must be 16 years of age and for big game a person must be at least 18 years.

It should also be noted that there are age restriction to minors under the age of 18 when it comes to the possession and use of non-restricted firearms in Canada. Please contact the Canadian Firearms Program for more information.

Hunter Orange Requirement

Though hunter or blaze orange is not required to hunt in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Department of Environment and Conservation strongly recommends that hunters wear a minimum of 2580 square centimetres of Hunter Orange.

Important Note

For a more complete listing of Newfoundland and Labrador hunting licence laws, hunting regulations, or hunter education requirements, please consult the Newfoundland and Labrador Hunting Regulations, available directly from the Department of Environment and Conservation or on their website.