In Nova Scotia, all first time hunters who intend on hunting with a firearm must be trained in firearm safety and hunter education and if hunting with a bow, have received bowhunter education. The Hunter Education Program in the four Atlantic Provinces is delivered in two parts:
Online Crossbow Hunter Training
Hunters are eligible to hunt with a crossbow in all hunting situations where conventional bows may be used, except the special open season for bowhunting whitetail deer.
For certification to hunt with a crossbow the person must:
For further information go to http://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/education.asp and follow the links.
As a licensed hunter In Nova Scotia, you are required by law to submit a report for every type of hunting licence you hold (deer hunting, moose hunting, bear hunting& snaring, fur harvesting, upland game and waterfowl harvesting). This report is required even if you didn’t harvest an animal and even if you did not hunt.
The Trapper Education Workshop allows students (beginners and experienced trappers alike) the opportunity for hands-on practice and instruction by qualified and competent trapping instructors. Attendance is voluntary. There is usually only one Trapper Education Workshop per year. Topics covered include humane capture and dispatch of trapped animals, wildlife management, trapper safety, avoidance of non-target species, ethics and responsibilities to land owners and other wildlife habitat users, and proper pelt handling techniques.
For further Information go to http://novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/education.asp and follow the links.
Learn To Fish ( L2F )
The L2F program is presented by the Inland Fisheries Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The program is geared towards youth aged 8-12 and consists of two main components: classroom presentation consisting of an introduction to freshwater sportfish in Nova Scotia, conservation education of freshwater resources, habitat characteristics, angling education (fishing basics made easy), and outdoor presentation/lesson consisting of a hands-on sportfishing workshop at a lake nearby. The angling education program recruits the next generation of stewards of our aquatic resources, by teaching safe and ethical angling skills to youth. Contact Nova Scotia's L2F (Learn to Fish) Program
As a licensed hunter In Nova Scotia, you are required by law to submit a report for every type of hunting license you hold (deer hunting, moose hunting, bear hunting& snaring, fur harvesting, upland game and waterfowl harvesting). This report is required even if you didn’t harvest an animal and even if you did not hunt.
You can report online at https://novascotia.ca/natr/harvests/ or to your local NS Lands and Forestry office.
Data from your harvest report card assists us in managing the wildlife populations in Nova Scotia for future sustainable hunting opportunities.
Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend, February 13-15th, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sport fishing areas without a general fishing license.
NOTE: The minimum size limit for rainbow trout in the tidal waters of the Bras d'Or Lakes is 35 cm (13.8 in) all year.
Waterfowler Heritage Days are intended for young hunters under 18 years of age. These days provide opportunities for young hunters, for a few days before or during hunting seasons, to: