Government of New Brunswick


Issuance of migratory bird hunting licences to residents and non-residents of NB.


Going migratory bird hunting this year?

To hunt migratory game birds in Canada, you must have a valid federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit (or e-Permit) with an affixed (or printed image of a) Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation stamp.

Since 2014, ECCC has offered the option to buy the Migratory Game Bird Hunting permit online through an e-permitting system, which is available to hunters, from the comfort of their home or business 24/7. An electronic permit is easy to order and if lost you can simply reprint and sign it. The link to purchase online can be found in Related Links. They will also be for sale at many Canada Post outlets and through some independent vendors.

If you need more information about the act or its regulations, please contact the Environment and Climate Change Canada Inquiry Center at 1-800-668-6767.

Resident: Must be 12 years of age or older, must be a resident of New Brunswick as defined in the Fish and Wildlife Act and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence.

Non-Resident: Must be 12 years of age or older, must show proof of identity and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence.

Migratory bird hunters must hold a valid Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 or Minor’s New Brunswick Hunting Licence and a federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

Hunter Education Requirements:
• Resident and Non-Resident Hunters born on or after January 1, 1981 and all first-time hunters must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course.
• Hunters born prior to 1981 may present a previous hunting licence as proof of hunting experience.
• Conservation Education certificates from other provinces, territories and states are valid in New Brunswick.


Hunting licences provide hunting opportunities to New Brunswick hunters while managing populations for future use.

Migratory birds permitted: duck, geese, snipe and woodcock.

Specific areas are closed to hunting. Please see the Hunt & Trap Book for more information.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
2012 NR Fish and Wildlife Licences and Applications.pdf,
2009 NR Fee changes.pdf,
2009 NR Hunting Angling and Trapping Licences.pdf


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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Resident Licences
  Deer Game and Bird (ages 16-64) + $5 conservation fee29.002009-06-01
  Deer Game and Bird (Seniors 65+) + $5 conservation fee14.002009-06-01
  Small Game (bird) (ages 16-64) + $5 conservation fee14.002009-06-01
  Small Game - Minor's Licence (14-15) + $0 conservation fee7.002009-06-01
  Small Game (Seniors 65+) + $5 conservation fee8.002009-06-01
Non Resident Licences2009-06-01
  Deer and Game Bird (age 16+) + $10 conservation fee173.002009-06-01
  Game (Bird) (age 14+) + $10 conservation fee72.002009-06-01
Replacement Licence5.252012-01-01
Contact Information Email Location
Contact SNB (Payment Only) [email protected]
Regional and District offices
South Tetagouche
Plaster Rock
Skiff Lake
St George