Nova Scotia unveils new hunting rules

Responding to the concerns of hunters, farmers and property owners, Nova Scotia is now offering additional deer and coyote hunting opportunities.

“These changes will help more Nova Scotians get involved in hunting and ensure the sustainability of hunting in our province,” said Minister of Natural Resources Charlie Parker.

Effective immediately, the new Wildlife Act regulations allow a longer deer season for crossbow and muzzleloader hunters. Also, coyote hunters can now use rifles up to .23 calibre (including centerfire rifles), removing the previous .22 rimfire-only restriction. Additionally, changes to hunter education and safety requirements will clarify exactly when hunter orange must be worn.

“We are very pleased with these changes; we believe they clarify the rules that help keep us safe,” said Tony Rodgers, executive director, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “We encourage all hunters to read the changes thoroughly to make sure they understand them. It’s our responsibility to know the hunting laws.”

For more information about the new regulations, hunters in Nova Scotia can visit the Natural Resources website or contact the nearest DNR office.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.