Government of New Brunswick

Overview

Each year this Department sets aside a portion of the provincial non-resident bear licence quota for exclusive use by qualifying outfitter and guides.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the definition of an outfitter that has been developed with respect to the issuing of allocated licences. This definition includes any individual, partnership, or corporation who provides the services of evaluated accommodations, professional guiding, food and beverage and expertise and knowledge of the wildlife and/or fish species being promoted for financial consideration.

Two types of businesses are eligible to receive an allocation of non-resident black bear licences:
(1) Outfitting businesses that operate a rated accommodation.
(2) Guides who hold a current New Brunswick Class I (Professional) Guide Licence and who have a formal written agreement with rated accommodation provider to host their non-resident black bear hunting clients.

To qualify for an annual allocation of licenses, applicants must meet specific criteria established by a system of licensing rules and procedures which are revaluated on a 3 year basis. The current allocation agreement period extends from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31 2017

Description

Applications for licence allocations are subject to Ministerial approval and are assessed according to licence availability in the Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ) for which they were made. Currently 25 zones have licences assigned for allocation but some zones may be fully allocated. New applicants may apply for a maximum of 6 licences per zone and can later request additional licenses as an established outfitting business.

Applications for an allocation of non-resident bear licenses and requests to increase or decrease an existing licence allocation can be made by submitting the appropriate form available from the Forms and Packages section of this web page. Additional information about the allocation process for non-resident black bear licences is found in the Rules and Procedures document.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/services/fees-frais/2009/2009NRFeechanges.pdf

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
Non-Resident Bear Licences - legislated fee + $20 conservation fee143.002010-01-01
Contact Information Email Location
Fredericton
DNR Regional and District offices
South Tetagouche
South Tetagouche
Campbellton
Dieppe
Doaktown
Hampton
Edmundston
Florenceville-Bristol
Fredericton
Fredericton
Miramichi
Miramichi
Chipman
Plaster Rock
Richibucto
Saint-Quentin
Welsford
St George
Sussex
Tracadie
Skiff Lake