FREDERICTON (GNB) – Anyone wanting to apply for a chance to be drawn for the 2018 moose hunt may do so from May 14 to June 8.

This year there are 4,465 licences available. The season runs from Sept. 25 to 29.

“The moose hunt is an annual tradition for many New Brunswickers, and this draw is one of the most popular in the department,” said Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet. “I wish all participants success as they participate in this fall activity. Be safe and have fun.”

Last year, more than 60,000 people applied for the 4,635 licences available. A total of 3,817 hunters were successful in the hunt.

Applicants may avoid delays by logging into their e-licensing account and ensuring all information on their Outdoors Card is up to date. This is the first year of the revalidation process. Hunters who received their cards in 2015 will need to revalidate this year. More details are available online.

Applications for a moose licence may be made by:

  • visiting the Department of Energy and Resource Development website, through the e-licensing system. The application fee will be billed to the applicant’s Visa, MasterCard or debit account;
  • going in person to an authorized vendor or any Service New Brunswick centre; or
  • calling 1-900-565-1500 on a Bell landline. Callers will have the application fee billed to the number from where they call.

Please note the toll-free 1-800 line, which allowed callers to charge their application fee to a credit card over the phone, is no longer available.

The cost of applying for a moose licence is $9.55 (HST included).

Hunters have until closing time on June 8 to apply for the draw in person; until 8 p.m. the same day to apply by telephone; and until midnight to apply online.

More information is available on the department’s website, as well as at all department offices, vendors and Service New Brunswick centres. The results will be available July 3.

It is no longer possible to use Medicare cards to apply for the moose draw. By obtaining an Outdoors Card through the e-licensing system, applicants can preserve the draw history from previous applications.

The following is the number of licences available for the 2018 resident moose draw by wildlife management zone (WMZ):

WMZ   Licences

1          129

2          438

3          361

4          355

5          207

6          334

7          324

8          230

9          55

10        61

11        276

12        235

13        106

14        127

15        117

16        201

17        125

18        169

19        78

20        150

21        93

22        68

23        110

24        42

25        74