Nova Scotia hunters can apply for a chance to harvest an antlerless deer this fall starting Thursday, Aug. 1. There are 6,600 antlerless deer stamps available this year.
“Each year hunters in Nova Scotia look forward to the annual tradition of the deer hunt,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker.
“These antlerless deer licences allow many Nova Scotians to enjoy the experience.”
A zone system determines the number of antlerless stamps for each zone, based on deer population trends. There are 12 deer zones across the province and applicants should review them before applying for the draw.
A computerized random draw will take place Saturday, Aug. 31. Antlerless stamps will be awarded in seven deer management zones. Hunters are allowed to harvest one deer of either sex in zones 102, 105 and 107 without an antlerless deer permit. No antlerless deer permits are available in zones 111 and 112.
For more information on deer zones, check www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ddZones.asp.
Beginning at 7 a.m., Thursday, hunters can apply at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/. A non-refundable application fee of $7.83, plus HST, will be charged to the applicant’s credit card.
People can also call a 24-hour line at 1-900-565-DEER (3337) to apply from a landline. Cellphones cannot be used. Fees will be charged to the applicant’s phone bill. The line will remain open until midnight, Aug. 30.
Results will be available Sept. 3 on the department website.
Hunters who do not apply or are not selected in the draw, can still hunt deer where permitted. They will be limited to bucks with antlers at least 7.62 centimetres (three inches) long. The restriction does not apply to zones 102, 105, and 107.
Draw information is available where hunting and angling licences are sold, or on the department website.