Whether you are an experienced hunter or trapper or trying it for the first time, the Wildlife Division offers programs and training opportunities to meet your needs. Anyone wishing to become eligible to hunt game with a firearm must first complete the Canadian Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course, offered year-round at College of the North Atlantic campuses throughout the province.
An Outdoor Identification Card is issued to all residents who have completed the Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course, and to those who previously completed the Hunter Capability Test or the Canadian Firearm Safety Course (in Newfoundland and Labrador only) before April 1996. Residents who complete the Trapper Education Course will also receive an Outdoor ID card with the course code “T.” An Outdoor ID Card, along with the appropriate hunting licence, must be in a hunter's possession while hunting with firearms. Trappers must also carry their Outdoor ID Card while trapping.
Other programs have been designed to meet the specific needs of hunters and trappers:
The Wildlife Division supports and endorses the International Bow Hunter Education Program as a voluntary program for archery hunters. While bow hunter education is not presently mandatory to hunt game in Newfoundland and Labrador, resident and non-resident hunters must still complete a recognized Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course in order to hunt game with archery equipment.
Trapper Education is a mandatory pre-requisite of licensing for all beaver and general trappers, with the exception of persons born before Sept. 30,1926 who have held a trapping licence in at least one year since the 1992/93 season.
To obtain more information on a trapper education course in your area, contact the Wildlife Division at 637-2006.
For more information on hunting and trapping in Newfoundland and Labrador, please consult the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide (16 MB)
In Newfoundland and Labrador, a person must complete the Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course (FS/HE) to become eligible to hunt game with a firearm. Participants may take the course starting at age 14.
The minimum age to hunt small game in this province is 16. To hunt big game a person must be at least 18 years of age.
NOTE: Conditions for possession and use of non-restricted firearms apply to minors under 18 years of age. For further information, contact the Canadian Firearms Program in Ottawa or call 1-800-731-4000.
The FS/HE Course has two parts:
The Canadian Firearms Safety Course teaches participants the basics of firearms safety and the laws related to firearms storage, handling and transportation. By completing this course, a person may also apply for a Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence to obtain non-restricted firearms.*
* Regulations under the Firearms Act (Justice Canada), require a person to obtain a Firearms Possession and Acquisition Certificate to possess and acquire firearms. Applications for Firearms Licences are available at local postal offices. For more information about firearms licensing, please contact the Canadian Firearms Program in Ottawa at 1-800-731-4000.
The Hunter Education Course teaches aspects of wildlife conservation and management, hunting laws, hunter ethics and responsibility, outdoor safety and survival techniques and other skills used for hunting. By completing the FS/HE Course, the participant meets the provincial requirement to obtain provincial licences to hunt with a firearm.
The Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course is recognized by all Canadian provinces. Hunters traveling to other parts of Canada should carry their Outdoor Identification Card.
Note: Some provincial jurisdictions may require additional hunter training and/or testing for new residents moving into their province. For more information, please contact the Conservation Services Section, Wildlife Division address listed on this page.
Each eligible resident hunter receives an ID card from the Wildlife Division. Hunters must carry their card, along with the appropriate hunting licence, while hunting with a firearm.
Successful FS/HE Course participants also receive annual applications for the annual Big Game Licence draw under the following conditions:
To register for a FS/HE course, please visit College of the North Atlantic's Continuing Education Page. Courses are offered throughout the year.
For more information about the Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course, please contact the Wildlife Division's Conservation Services Section.
Each year thousands of residents enroll in one of Newfoundland and Labrador's training programs required by new hunters or trappers wanting to participate in these activities. Each of these programs are supported by various partners such as the College of the North Atlantic, the Canada Firearms Program-Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Newfoundland and Labrador Trapper's Association. Courses are taught by certified instructors that are highly trained and have considerable experience in firearms and hunting safety and/or trapping techniques. These instructors are also highly motivated by their own personal interests in ensuring that hunting and trapping is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.Hunter / Trapper Education Course Statistics (151 KB)
To help prepare for your Firearm Safety/Hunter Education classroom course, you may also access a variety of online resources. HunterCourse.com offers an online study guide designed specifically for Newfoundland and Labrador that students can use to enhance your knowledge and prepare you for the classroom. NOTE: This online study guide is not a substitute for the classroom training course that is currently required. To become eligible to hunt with a firearm in Newfoundland and Labrador, a person must complete the Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course available at the College of the North Atlantic.
The Department of Environment and Climate Change, Wildlife Division routinely partners with local rod and gun clubs to offer Youth Hunter Skills Workshops which promote safe and responsible involvement in hunting, trapping and other outdoor activities.
During these one-day workshops, youth between the ages of 12 and 17 will learn important hunting safety techniques for shotgun, rifle and archery equipment, along with tips on outdoor safety and survival skills and other important lessons about wildlife conservation and management. Pre-registration is required and is on a first come first served basis. Each event is able to accommodate a maximum of 50 youth participants. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A nominal fee (approximately $5 per guest) may be collected to cover club liability insurance. Lunch is provided. Participants are asked to prepare for possible rainy weather.
Events for 2016 have not been scheduled yet, please check back for updates later this spring.
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