Manitoba Big Game Draw Program Application and Application Guide - 2018

IMPORTANT DRAW DATES

Application deadline - May 3/18
Notification date - August 2/18
Licences received - third week of August 2018
Refund cheques received - end of September 2018

2019 Application forms and guides will be available early April 2019 on the Wildlife website at
www.manitoba.ca/sd/wildlife/index.html

General Information About the Licence Draws

The draw application deadline is Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Applications must be at Manitoba Sustainable Development, Licensing Unit, 66-200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg MB, R3J 3W3 by this date and time.

Draw licences are only available through the draw process once a year.

Only current year forms (2018) are eligible to be entered into the current year's draw.

Applicants must be residents of Manitoba.

If you have any questions about the application procedures, contact Licensing Unit, telephone 1-800-214-6497/ 204-945-4042 (Winnipeg).

For further information visit: www.manitoba.ca/sd/wildlife/index.html

The Big Game Draw program has operated in various forms since the 1970s. In 1996, the Multi-Level Draw system was implemented with five priority levels to ensure a clear, transparent program and provide equal opportunity to all Manitoba hunters desiring to hunt those species where demand exceeded supply. To enhance the draw system, the number of priority levels increased to 10 levels in 2012.

There are two separate draw programs:

  • The Landowner Elk Draw is for resident landowners only.
  • The Big Game Draw is for resident moose and elk hunting licences

Separate applications must be completed for the Landowner Elk Draw (dependent on landowner eligibility) or the Big Game Draw. Only one application is allowed for each draw. All applicants are provided a personal priority level in the Multi-Level Draw system. Personal priority levels for the Landowner Elk and Big Game Draws are independent of each other.

Your current priority level will be printed on your notification letter. Please keep this for your reference.

The Landowner Elk Draw is held first. Applicants who apply for both the Landowner Elk and Big Game Draws are advised that, if they are successful in the Landowner Elk Draw, they will lose their opportunity to be drawn for the Big Game Draw. An applicant who has applied to the Big Game Draw with a partner who is a successful applicant in the Landowner Elk Draw will lose the opportunity to be drawn for the Big Game Draw.

A draw licence is valid only in the area(s) and hunting season(s) for which it is issued and, in the case of a Landowner Elk licence, only on land owned by the landowner.

In 2018, residents of Manitoba may hold only one of the following licences: draw moose, draw moose archery, draw elk, draw elk archery or draw elk landowner. Draw moose and draw moose archery licence holders are not eligible to purchase a non-draw (general) moose licence, a non-draw (general) conservation moose licence or a non-draw archery moose licence.

Youth hunting provisions for shared bag options are extended to include all draw licences, and the same qualifications and privileges apply. Youth can apply for a licence, or, a youth may hunt with a person who has obtained a draw licence via the shared bag option.

Hunting Season Choices

Every year, Manitoba Sustainable Development establishes the hunting season choices for the Big Game and Landowner Elk Draws based on game hunting area, season date, bag limit (per tag) and number of licences/tags available. The number of hunting licences/tags available for draw hunting seasons may change at any point should conditions warrant. Applications must be completed by hunters either as individuals or in pairs depending upon the hunting season choice. Licences are awarded in licence and game tag combinations as described for each hunting season choice in the application package.

Priority Levels

The 2018 Draw program will be based on 10 priority levels. In the Multi-Level Draw system, Level 1 is the most favourable level and Level 10 is the least favourable level. A personal priority level is assigned to each individual. An application with two applicants is entered into the draw system at the least favourable personal priority level of the two applicants. First-time applicants (an applicant who has not applied for a draw licence since 1996) will be assigned a personal priority level of Level 8. Applications are processed randomly and sequentially in the draw system according to priority level and hunting season choices. All Level 1 applications are processed first.

Personal priority levels will improve one level in the following year for each draw year that an applicant is not successful in being awarded a draw licence. Unsuccessful applicants already at Level 1 will remain at Level 1. Successful applicants awarded a licence will be assigned to Level 10 the next year.

Hunters who applied in the 1996 Draw or later do not need to apply every year in order to advance their priority level for that draw. The Multi-Level Draw system will automatically advance their personal priority level each year if their account is not in penalty. However, in order to be awarded a licence, an application and payment must be submitted to the draw in that year. Applicants who are excluded from draw participation due to an unpaid draw debt will have their personal priority level frozen and will be excluded from all licence draws regardless of the origin of the debt.

Your current priority level will be printed on your notification letter. Please keep this for your reference.

Notification of Licence Award

Results of the draw will be mailed to each applicant by August 2, 2018. Phone calls regarding the results of the draw will not be answered until after this date.

Hunting Information

In Swan River Valley, all GHA 13A elk seasons include that portion of GHA 14 lying outside the Swan-Pelican Provincial Forest.

For those applicants who must apply in pairs (General-rifle), each pair of successful applicants must observe party hunting regulations and must sign one another's licence prior to beginning their hunt. Either licensee may hunt alone; however, he/she must have the game tag on his/her person.

Hunters must obtain landowner permission before hunting on any private land.

Every person who kills an elk in Game Hunting Area 23 or 23A shall within 48 hours, deliver the complete head, upper neck, lungs and trachea (windpipe) of the elk to a designated Drop-Off Depot.

Every person who kills an elk in Game Hunting Area 5, 6, 6A, 11, 12, 13, 13A, 18 part only, 18A, 18B (west of Provincial Trunk Highway 366), 18C or 22 (west of Provincial Trunk Highway 83) shall, within 48 hours, deliver the complete head and upper neck of the elk to a designated Drop-Off Depot.

Manitoba Sustainable Development and Riding Mountain National Park staff will be conducting aerial surveys of the elk population as part of the bovine tuberculosis management program. Hunters may see low-flying aircraft while hunting. Every effort will be made to minimize the disturbance to hunters. (E16, E17, E18, E19, E20, E21, AE10*)

The draw elk licence in GHA 23 and 23A with a one elk or one moose bag limit is not considered a moose licence.

Applicants should note that for elk hunting season choices E16, E17, E18, E19, E20, E21 and AE10, the bag limit is one elk or one moose.

Hunters must possess and be able to produce a valid Hunter Education Certificate if requested by an officer.

Licences are not transferable.

If a licence is lost or destroyed, it must be replaced. Information is available in the Manitoba Hunting Guide.

It is illegal to sign an application on behalf of another applicant.

Conditions of the 2018 Big Game Draw and Licences

Failing to comply with the conditions for a big game hunting licence or making a false statement in an application for such a licence are offences contrary to Section 59 of The Wildlife Act. In addition, a person whose hunting privileges are suspended for all hunting or big game hunting must not apply for or obtain a big game hunting licence.

Only residents of Manitoba may apply for a 2018 Big Game Draw licence.

A Big Game Draw licence is valid only in the area(s) and hunting season(s) for which it is issued.

A Big Game Draw licence is valid only if signed by the applicant(s).

All applicants for a 2018 Big Game Draw licence must possess a valid Hunter Education Certificate.

Only one application form may be submitted for a 2018 Big Game Draw licence. (A person's name may appear on only one application).

There must be two applicants for general (rifle) season choices. Licences for these choices will be issued on a two-licence to one-tag basis. Each successful applicant for these choices will receive a licence but only one tag will be issued to each successful pair.

There may be one or two applicants for archery season choices. Each successful applicant for these choices will receive one licence and one tag.

Any youth applying for the draw must be at least 12 years old at the application deadline date or their application will be rejected.

Applications and payments will be accepted only at 200 Saulteaux Crescent in Winnipeg. They may be delivered in person or by mail. It is the applicants' sole responsibility to ensure their completed applications are submitted by the deadline.

Any application not completed or not submitted in compliance with the conditions for a draw licence as set out herein is invalid and will be rejected from the draw.

Applicants with outstanding fees will have their personal priority level frozen until the outstanding balance is paid.

Telephone numbers will only be used for refund processes.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the department has a correct address. Licences and refunds that are not deliverable are not the department's responsibility.

Game Hunting Area (GHA) Closure

If a decision has been made to close a season before the draw is run, an application will be processed as follows:

  • If the closed HSC was the only choice on the application, the application is removed from the draw and all monies are refunded.
  • If there were other hunting season choices on the application, the closed season is removed and the other HSCs are valid for the purposes of entering the application in the draw.

How to Complete the Application Form for a 2018 Big Game Draw Licence

Before proceeding with these steps, please read and understand the sections on General Information and Conditions of the Draw and Licences.

It is each applicant's responsibility to ensure that his/her information is correct and accurate. Any omissions on the part of applicants will result in the application being removed from the draw. All information, unless otherwise noted, must be completed on the application form in order for it to be valid. All applications with 2 (two) applicants, including archery draw seasons, are considered 1 (one) application.

Please review your application carefully.

Print clearly in the spaces provided:

  • Manitoba Driver's Licence Number (only those who do not have a Manitoba Driver's Licence should leave this area blank)
  • indicate male or female
  • date of birth (year, month, day)
  • surname, first name and middle initial
  • complete mailing address
  • a checkmark that the applicant possesses a valid Hunter Education Certificate
  • email address (if available)
  • signature (each applicant must sign his/her own application)
  • telephone number
  • indicate Hunting Season Choice(s)

Under Hunting Season Choice, print the letter/number combination from the Hunting Season Choice column of the enclosed chart which corresponds to your first, second and third choices. One or two choices is sufficient. It is not necessary to complete all three choices. You should only make choices you are prepared to accept because exchanges and/ or refunds are not allowed.

Payment Options

  • Credit card - use credit card form
  • Cash, debit, or credit card at Client Information Unit (CIU), 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg
  • Cheque or Money Order (payable to Minister of Finance)

Total Fee Payment

Single applicant per application $64.25
Two applicants per application $128.50

Fees include 5% G.S.T. and a portion of the fee is for wildlife conservation.
Fee includes a non-refundable $7.00 application fee.
A $20.00 service charge will be applied on non-negotiable cheques.
Post-dated cheques are not acceptable.

Enclose in an envelope the following:

  • completed application form
  • payment (must be valid on the day the application is submitted)

Seal, apply the necessary postage, and mail the application.

In-person payments may be made at the Client Information Unit (CIU), 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The draw application deadline is Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Applications must be at Manitoba Sustainable Development, Licensing Unit, 66-200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg MB R3J 3W3 by this date and time.

Rejection of Applications

An application will be rejected if any of the following apply:

  • The application is not fully completed and accurate.
  • The application does not contain a negotiable total payment (application and licence fees).
  • The application bears the name of an ineligible applicant.
  • The application is not received by the deadline.
  • The application has not been signed by each applicant.
  • The payment is not able to be processed.

Note: Rejected applications will receive a refund of the licence fee payment only.

Successful Applications

  • Successful applicants will receive their licences by the third week of August.
  • Licences and tags are sent to the first applicant on the application.

Unsuccessful Applications

  • Unsuccessful and rejected applicants will receive a refund of their prepaid licence fees by the end of September.
  • The refund will be paid to each name(s) on the application form and not the name(s) on the payment or cheque.
  • Any applicant with outstanding fees from previous draw years will have his/her refund applied to the outstanding balance.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

All personal information is collected under the authority of The Wildlife Act and will be used for the administration of the Multi-Level Draw program, hunter surveys, statistical analysis and enforcement purposes. It is protected by the Protection of Privacy provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have any questions about the collection of information, contact: Access and Privacy Officer, 90-200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg MB R3J 3W3 (t: 204-945-4170). For other draw questions, please telephone 204-945-4042/1-800-214-6497.