Saskatchewan’s big game draw is open and hunters have just over 2 weeks to submit their applications.
Applications will be accepted until midnight on May 25th. Normally the deadline is on the last day of May but the 2016 deadline was adjusted to accommodate the many hunters who have expressed interest in earlier availability of big game draw results to help with vacation planning.
The big game draw is a transparent and fair way to allocate the limited number of hunting licenses to Saskatchewan residents. This year’s draw includes licenses for elk, moose, pronghorn, either-sex mule deer and antlerless mule deer.
“Saskatchewan’s diversity of game species provides many different opportunities for hunters,” Environment Minister Herb Cox said. “I encourage all hunters to apply early and wish all applicants good luck in this year’s draw.”
Moose draw tags have increased in a number of zones, particularly areas that recorded higher numbers of vehicle collisions with moose in recent years.
In addition, the pronghorn draw is proposed to expand from zones 8 to 11 in the Leader area to include zones extending from Assiniboia, south and east of Swift Current, and up to the Davidson area.
The 2016 big game draw is administered through the ministry’s online Hunting, Angling and trapping Licence system, HAL. Through HAL, clients can submit, review and update their application, check pool status history and purchase a draw licence.
Clients who need help with their account or the draw application can contact the Active Network call centre at 1-855-848-4773, or a Ministry of Environment office.
If you are successful in the big game draw, the appropriate licence will be available for purchase on your HAL account. Select the licences you want to purchase and complete the transaction.
For more information about the big game draw and HAL, visit www.environment.gov.sk.ca/licences.