Saskatchewan’s big game draw opens online on May 1 and hunters have until midnight on May 25 to submit their applications.
It was a record-setting year in 2020 with over 110,000 applications received from hunters in the province, according to the Ministry of Environment.
Officials advised applying early as draws for several species receive a high number of applications compared to the number of hunting licences available.
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“The ministry continues to work with the hunting community to improve the process and encourages all hunters to apply early,” Environment Minister Warren Kaeding said in a press release on Monday.
“Game populations in many areas have been doing very well. This means that there will be increased hunting opportunities for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer in certain zones.”
The draw is administered through the Saskatchewan Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system. Results will be available through HAL web accounts by mid-June, with the exception of pronghorn, which will be available in mid-July.
While the draw opportunity is for the fall hunting season, ministry officials said applicants should be aware of the unpredictable circumstances around COVID-19 and should be prepared to follow all public health orders.
If hunters do not wish to be drawn for a particular species, they can select zone 99 and their application will be excluded but their pool status will be retained.
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