The Department of Natural Resources is lifting the ban on Sunday hunting for the first two Sundays of general deer hunting season.
The change will apply to all wildlife in season on those dates except moose.
In 2015, Sunday hunting will be allowed Nov.
1 and 8.
“Nova Scotia’s natural resources are here for everyone to enjoy and use in a sustainable manner,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “After a public consultation and discussions with stakeholders about a range of options, I wanted to find a balance on this issue that would take everyone’s positions into account. Allowing hunting on the first two Sundays of general hunting season achieves this balance.”
Amendments to the Wildlife Act regulations will also clarify the distance hunters need to stay back from Christmas tree and agricultural operations. Amendments will also make it easier for hunters to help farmers deal with nuisance wildlife.
Public safety was an important consideration in the decision. Hunting accidents are rare in Nova Scotia and almost never involve non-hunters. There will be an awareness campaign closer to hunting season to help ensure Nova Scotians know about the Sunday hunting change.
Landowner rights was an area of interest during consultations. Hunters are strongly urged to respect landowners’ wishes about hunting on private property.