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Annual lottery for moose hunting license in Cape Breton

By Caitlin Snow May 5, 2023 | 12:26 PM

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You’ll soon be able to enter the annual lottery for a moose hunting license in Cape Breton.

There will be 345 licences for bull moose available for Victoria and Inverness counties. A recent survey shows the moose population is relatively healthy but has room to grow. Not hunting the female moose and calves will allow the population to gradually increase. The Department will continue to work closely with the Mi’kmaq and other partners to monitor the population.

You can apply starting Monday, May 8 at noon until Wednesday, May 10 at noon. Hunters can apply once to enter the draw for motorized hunts in zones 1 through 4 and once to enter the draw for the non-motorized hunt in Zone 5.

Applications can be made online with a debit or credit card or by phone with credit card only. The fee is $9.25, including HST.

The draw will take place in June, winners will be notified by mail. After June 20, hunters can also go online or call 1-833-302-0750 to find out if they were successful.

The hunt takes place in the fall. People with a licence are required by law to report on their hunt.

Quick Facts:
— about 10,000 people apply for moose licences each year
— to be eligible, hunters must be Nova Scotia residents, hold a valid Wildlife Resources Card and be at least 18 years old by September 18, 2023
— people who got a licence from the lottery in the last five years cannot apply this year
— hunts take place from late September to early December; dates vary by moose-management zone
— bull (male) moose are antlered; females are not


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