As the spring hunting season approaches, the province says they have made changes that they hope will work to protect the moose population in Manitoba, and now those looking to hunt moose in some areas of the province will first have to take part in a draw.
In an April 20 news release, the province said they have made changes to moose hunting regulations for the upcoming hunting season in nine Game Hunting Areas, (GHA) and those looking to hunt moose within those areas will now need to apply to a big game draw.
Before the changes were made, hunters were able to hunt moose in specific GHA locations, but the province said people who want to hunt moose in those areas will now need to be registered for the draw and then await the results of that draw to find out if they can hunt in those areas this season.
The province said they made the changes because they are “dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the province’s moose population.”
“These areas have been changed to draws to get a better understanding of the number of hunters seeking moose in each of the GHAs,” the province said.
“License and game-tag availability for these GHAs for the 2022 season has been set to reflect what is known about recent hunter activity in these individual GHAs, and is not meant to limit moose hunting opportunities."
According to the province, affected regions include GHAs 2A, 4, 6A, 7, 7A, 9A, 10, 11 and 17A.
Manitoba’s big game draw applications will be accepted online at manitobaelicensing.ca from May 1 until May 31, and the province said that draw results will be available on June 21.
Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun