If you're a hunter in New Brunswick, the time has come to put in your application for this year's antlerless deer draw, even though fewer permits will be given out this year due to the declining deer population.


Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said, "Due to the severity of last winter and the resulting losses in the deer herd, the number of permits available for antlerless deer hunters is being reduced by about 20 percent compared to last fall's hunt. Reducing the permits allows for more breeding, which helps grow the deer population."

There will be 2,700 permits available, down from 3,450 last year.

Up until now, New Brunswick's deer population had seen several years of steady growth.

New Brunswick residents who wish to hunt antlerless deer must first purchase their 2014 deer hunting license at a private vendor or Service New Brunswick location. Application cards for the antlerless deer draw are attached to the license. The cost to apply is $4.52.

Results of the draw will be available the week of August 18th. Successful applicants will receive a validation sticker in the mail prior to October 1st.

For more information, check out the Department of Natural Resources website.


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