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Newfoundland and Labrador
Regulation 2017



Open Season Big Game Black Bear Hunting and Snaring Order,
Newfoundland, 2017
under the
Wild Life Regulations
under the
Wild Life Act

(Filed May 17, 2017)

Under the authority of sections 38 and 114 of the Wild Life Regulations and the Wild Life Act, I make the following Order.

Dated at St. John’s, May 17, 2017.

Steve Crocker
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources



        1.   Short title

        2.   Open season

        3.   Devices permitted

        4.   Prohibited devices

        5.   Bag limits

        6.   Validity of licence

        7.   Prohibition

        8.   Sunday hunting

        9.   Repeal

Short title

        1. This Order may be cited as the Open Season Big Game Black Bear Hunting and Snaring Order, Newfoundland, 2017.

Open season

        2. (1) The open season for the hunting and snaring of black bear shall be May 1, 2017 to July 15, 2017 and September 9, 2017 to November 7, 2017 in all moose management areas, except as follows:

Area No.

Season Dates


No open season


No open season


No open season


No open season


No open season


No open season


No open season


No open season

             (2)  The moose management areas referred to in subsection (1) are described in the Open Season Big Game Moose Hunting Order, Newfoundland, 2016-2017 except that moose management sub-areas do not apply to black bear hunting.

             (3)  Hunting black bear by bow and arrow only shall be permitted in Moose Management Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 45, and 47 during the period of August 26, 2017 to September 9, 2017.

Devices permitted

        3. Only Aldrich foot snares or similar devices may be set for the taking of black bears and those devices shall be set in a covered "cubby set" and clearly marked with a warning sign indicating that a bear snaring device is set in the "cubby".

Prohibited devices

        4. Steel-jaw leghold, spring or jump traps or neck snares shall not be used to take black bears.

Bag limits

        5. (1) The bag limit shall be 2 black bear of any age or sex.

             (2)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), female black bears accompanied by cubs may not be taken by shooting.

Validity of licence

        6. A black bear licence shall be valid only for the area for which it is issued.


        7. A person shall not transport or possess firearms under the authority of a valid game licence without being in possession of an outdoor identification card, or non-resident equivalent card, issued to the person.

Sunday hunting

        8. Hunting with a firearm on Sundays shall be permitted across the entire province, beginning October 1, 2017 and ending April 29, 2018, for the species and during the seasons as described in this Order.


        9. The Open Season Big Game Black Bear Hunting and Snaring Order, Newfoundland, 2016, Newfoundland and Labrador Regulation 29/16 is repealed.