Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:42

Southwest hunters can go after white tailed deer

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The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment is offering Big Game Management licences to increase the harvest of antlerless white-tailed deer in some portions of the province. Antlerless deer are adult females or young animals born in the spring of 2011.

The Big Game Management Licences are available in portions of Wildlife Management Zones 4, 5 and 19. The cost of licences is $19.62 and may be purchased in addition to regular white-tailed deer licences. The Big Game Management Licences are available for Saskatchewan residents on a first-come, first-served basis and there is a bag limit of two deer per licence with a total of 200 licences being issued.

Hunters who are interested in purchasing these Big Game Management Licences should contact the Ministry of Environment offices in Swift Current (306-778-8205, Monday to Friday) and Shaunavon (306-297-5433, Tuesdays and Thursdays) for more details.

Licences are valid during white-tailed deer seasons, including archery, muzzleloader and rifle seasons until December 7, 2011.

As a condition of the licence, and to track the success of the Big Game Management Licence program, hunters are required to report success/non-success to any Ministry of Environment office within one week of the close of the season they hunted in.

Hunters are encouraged to turn in the heads of all adult deer that are harvested with these licences to any Ministry of Environment office to test for Chronic Wasting Disease. There is no charge for the testing.

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