Government of New Brunswick

Overview

Issuance of bear hunting licences to residents of NB and non-residents.

**You need to have a tag number to complete the purchase online. See 'Tag Information' under Related Links.

Eligibility

Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must be a resident as defined in the Fish and Wildlife Act and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence.

Non-Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must show proof of identity and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence. May purchase a licence in any Wildlife Management Zone in which the annual quota has not been depleted for that year.

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 (gun hunters) or a stand-alone Bowhunter Education course (bow/crossbow hunters).
• Hunters born previous 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.

Young Hunters:
• 16- and 17-year-old hunters who wish to purchase a Resident or Non-Resident Bear Licence must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education course or a stand-alone Bowhunter Education course.
• While hunting, they must be accompanied by an adult holder of a valid Bear or Deer Licence.

Description

Bear hunting licences provide hunting opportunities while managing black bear populations. The bag limit is one black bear per licence (maximum 2 licences). Upon harvesting and registering a black bear, a person may purchase a second Bear Licence. Licences are valid for hunting during the spring and fall black bear hunting seasons in a calendar year.

Resident Bear Licences are valid for all Wildlife Management Zones open for black bear hunting.

Non-Resident Bear Licences are valid only for the Wildlife Management Zone specified on the licence.

Non-Resident hunters may acquire Bear Licences in either of the following two methods:
(a) Through a designated, licensed outfitter or guide who has received an allocation of Bear Licences.
(b) By entering and being successful in the computerized random access draw. Application information and procedures are available online (see “Related Links”), at department district offices and Service New Brunswick.

In the case of a non-resident, the purchase of a second licence will depend on availability directly from an outfitter or guide with an allocation of non-resident licences or availability from the Fish & Wildlife Licensing System.

Non-residents, before entering the draw, please read important details found in the "Non-Resident Black Bear Draw” fact sheet found under the "Related Links" section on this page.

Contact your nearest office or click on the link under the "Related Links" menu on this page for a list of guides.

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Non-Resident Bear Draw application period: February 3 to February 29, 2020 (dates are tentative)
Results available: March 16 to April 3, 2020
Purchase your licence: Before April 3, 2020
Unclaimed licences: Available April 13, 2020
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Changes To Fees

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

Fees

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

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
  Resident Bear Licences + $5 conservation fee37.002010-01-01
  Bear Licence (Seniors 65+) + $5 conservation fee18.002010-01-01
  Non Resident Bear Draw - Application Fee26.252012-01-01
  Non Resident Bear Licences + $20 conservation fee143.002010-01-01
  Non-Resident Guide Exemption Permit150.002012-01-01
  Replacement Licences Bear5.252012-01-01
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