The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters was founded in 1930 by concerned sportsmen who wanted to establish a unified, single, strong provincial voice to speak for hunters and anglers to government on matters of wildlife conservation. This role was recognized by the Government of Nova Scotia when they passed Chapter 148 of the Acts of 1930, the act creating the Federation.
The Federation has been that voice since 1930 and, supported by our affiliated clubs in the province with an estimated 6,500 members and supporters, it continues to work to ensure the message of hunters and anglers is heard at all levels of government. We have been able, with the help of our partners in government, to make significant positive changes in the province for sports people and the resource and through legislation protected our heritage activities.
Although we have made progress we continue to face significant challenges. There is continued pressure to further restrict ownership and use of firearms. Threats to wildlife habitat such as urban sprawl, unsound forest harvesting practices, wind farm developments. Threats to traditional hunting & angling activity in protected areas by restricting access. In addition there are always issues around changes to the laws, rules & regulations governing angling & hunting.
We must all work together to ensure future generations enjoy the right to Fish, Hunt, Trap or otherwise enjoy the wildlife resources of Nova Scotia.
NSFAH License of a Lifetime
In partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia
Since 1992 the NSFAH has worked in partnership with the Departments of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Department of Natural Resources and Renewables to provide a License of a Lifetime Lottery as a Fundraiser for our Affiliate Clubs.
Every year the NSFAH draws to award a lucky winner the following prize(s): One lifetime Fishing license (excludes salmon) • One lifetime Small Game license (excludes Migratory Bird license) • One lifetime stamp: Deer Hunting, Bear Hunting, Bear Snaring, or Fur harvester .
Tickets for the draw are available for purchase directly from any of our affiliate clubs.
In Partnership with Feed Nova Scotia
Hunters Helping the Hungry is a joint initiative of the hunting community and Feed Nova Scotia, where hunters can donate a portion of their deer, moose, or bear meat to help support Nova Scotians who access food banks. The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers & Hunters continues to support the program, and every year, we organized a draw for a chance for participants to win a rifle. We make every effort to purchase the rifle locally, and would like to thank Young Guns in Porters lake for their continued support.
Every hunter who makes a donation to a licensed meat cutter will receive a ballot, and one ballot will be drawn at the Federation of Anglers and Hunters annual general meeting each year. Licensed meat cutters are listed in your Province of NS summary of Hunting Regulation Booklet.
In 2021, hunters donated 1,074 kilograms to the program. That’s an incredible 10,740 servings of much needed protein for Nova Scotians. Over the 16 years since the program began, hunters have generously donated a total of 13,972 kilograms, and that translates into 139,720 servings of protein.
In early 1978, the Federation Management Committee instituted the Black
Hat program. One Black Hat, known as the Bill Speed Award in honor of
our former Chaplain who served so well in many capacities for the
Federation over the years, is given by the Federation to each Regular
Association annually, so that they may in turn award it to a deserving
recipient. The awarding of the Black Hat is strictly a function of the
Association however the Federation earnestly hopes that the Branches will
treat the awarding in the true spirit of outstanding contribution.
Is awarded annually to an individual or group for their continued education of the public on wildlife, environment or related subjects.
Is presented for outstanding effort toward the advancement of freshwater sport fishing.
Is awarded annually to the Association judged to be the most successful in promoting wildlife
conservation among youth.
Is presented annually to the branch of the Federation that makes the most significant contribution to the conservation and propagation of migratory game birds.
Is presented annually to an individual for outstanding efforts in furthering the aims of the NSFAH
Is presented for the demonstration of outstanding leadership in the promotion of safety and
sportsmanship in outdoor recreation.
Is presented annually to the club which best promoted the objectives of the NSFAH
Is presented annually for a conservation project.