FREDERICTON (GNB) – The results of the 2012 moose licence draw are now available.

Hunters who entered the draw may find out if they were successful either by calling 1-800-459-3729 or by checking online.

Callers will be asked to enter their New Brunswick Medicare number using the telephone keypad. Those checking online must enter their New Brunswick Medicare number into the required field on the website. Applicants will then be informed if they were successful in the draw.

Letters will be sent to all successful applicants. To purchase their moose licence, hunters must bring a valid New Brunswick Medicare card to a Department of Natural Resources office or to a participating Service New Brunswick centre after Aug. 20.

There were 63,654 applications for 4,624 licences available for New Brunswick residents. The number of available moose licences for New Brunswick residents has increased by 1,070 during the past two years.

"This was accomplished by adding licences in wildlife management zones where we have seen a high number of moose/vehicle collisions,'' said Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup. "Our goal is to reduce accidents while providing more opportunities for moose hunters. This increase will not reduce the current population in those zones but will control the rate at which the moose population is growing.''

This year's draw utilized a pool system introduced two years ago which fulfilled a commitment in Putting New Brunswick First. It improved the odds in the moose draw for hunters who have not had their names drawn for more than 10 years.

The 2012 moose hunting season runs from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29.


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