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  1. When will the big game licence draw applications be available? What is the deadline for submitting my draw application?
  2. When will draw results or be out? Did I get drawn for a certain big game draw? I sent my license application and cheque in but haven't received it yet. Who can I speak to?
  3. What do I need to do to apply for a disabled hunter permit?
  4. How do I enroll in a Hunter Education Course?
  5. Who can I talk to about spring bear hunt?
  6. When is opening day for goose hunting (resident & non-resident)?
  7. What can you tell me about the firearms laws in Canada?
  8. Where can I get information about crossing the border from United States to Manitoba to hunt in Manitoba?
  9. Can I hunt wild boars? Can I hunt wild boars on a farm?
  10. I'm concerned about Avian influenza — what precautions should I take when handling game birds?
  11. Where can I get designated route maps?
  12. How do I apply for a hunting guide licence?

1. Q: When will the big game licence draw applications be available? What is the deadline for submitting my draw application?

A: Draw applications are typically available during the first week in April. The draw deadline is generally the first week of May. Applications are available online at http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/hunting/general/drawpro.html


2. Q: When will draw results or be out? Did I get drawn for a certain big game draw? I sent my license application and cheque in, but haven't received it yet. Who can I speak to?

A: The results are usually available by early August. A letter is sent to each applicant named on every application received for the draw advising whether or not they were successful in the draw. After the draw deadline, all calls for draw information should be directed to 204-945-4042 after the notification date (Winnipeg).


3. Q: What do I need to do to apply for a disabled hunter permit?

A: You must complete Part A of an Application/Renewal for Disabled Hunter Permit, and a medical doctor must complete Part B of the same document. It can then be mailed in to the Wildlife Branch.


4. Q: How do I enroll in a Hunter Education Course?

A: The Manitoba Wildlife Federation administers the Hunter Education Program.  More information can be found on the Manitoba Wildlife Federation website.


5. Q: Who can I talk to about spring bear hunt?

A: Please consult the Manitoba Hunting Guide


6. Q: When is opening day for goose hunting (resident & non-resident)?

A: Please consult the Manitoba Hunting Guide for future hunting season opening dates.


7. Q: What can you tell me about the firearms laws in Canada?

A: For information on the Firearms Act (Bill C-68) including permits, possession, storage and transportation, please contact the Canadian Firearms Centre


8. Q: Where can I get information about crossing the border from United States to Manitoba to hunt in Manitoba?

A: Please contact the Canada Border Services Agency for this information.


9. Q: Can I hunt wild boars running at large? Can I hunt wild boars held in captivity?

A: Since September 1, 2001, Manitoba residents can hunt wild boar at large (unconfined) anywhere in Manitoba, any day of the year, including Sundays (non-residents cannot hunt wild boar).  Hunting licences and tags are not required and there is no limit to the number of wild boar you may take. However, most other hunting regulations still apply and wild boar hunters are subject to certain conditions

Hunters are encouraged to use discretion in the vicinity of a wild boar farm to ensure that the wild boar being hunted are not escaped animals that the owner is trying to recapture.

On January 3, 2002, The Minister of Conservation announced that the practice of penned hunting, including the hunting of confined wild boars, was prohibited.


10. Q: I'm concerned about Avian influenza — what precautions should I take when handling game birds?

A: Hunters who harvest waterfowl are reminded that by thoroughly cooking the bird and taking simple precautions when cleaing harvested birds, they significantly reduce any risk of being infected.

Generally people should not handle wild birds that are obviously sick or found dead. If sick or dead waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans), or shorebirds (plovers, sandpipers) are found, contact the Canadian Wildlife Service at (204)984-6203 or contact Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship at 1-800-214-6497 or 945-6784 in Winnipeg.


11. Q: Where can I get designated route maps?

A: Designated route maps are available as PDF documents on this website. Other maps illustrated in the printed hunting guide are also available in the hunting maps section of the online hunting guide. Specific information for obtaining additional maps is also noted on that page.


12. Q: How do I apply for a hunting guide licence?

A: In order to become a hunting guide in Manitoba you must complete an application form, meet specific qualifications, and pass an examination. More detail, process information and the application form are available on this website.