2017 Bear Hunt Synopsis

New Brunswick’s black bear population is currently estimated at more than 16,000 animals. Bear hunters should expect to have an average year during the 19 weeks of bear hunting opportunity in 2017.

2017 Moose Hunt Synopsis
New Brunswick’s moose population appears to be growing or stable in most areas of the province, with the north-western part of the province showing the strongest growth. Moose population declines are evident in parts of southern NB. The resident moose licence quota for 2015 was 3,450 licences.  Although the moose herd appears to be relatively healthy, it is difficult to accurately assess due to the unknown quantity and distribution of animals being removed by unregulated harvest. The regulated licence allocation must be conservative to insure sustainability of the moose population until a moose harvest and reporting system can be established that accommodates existing aboriginal and treaty rights.

2017 Deer Hunt Synopsis

This year does not look ideal for deer. We just experienced one of the most severe winters in the past 23 years, unfortunately immediately behind the bad winter of 2014. We estimate that 22% of the provincial herd perished during the 2015 winter. This, combined with the 18% loss in 2014, will slow population growth across the province. The greatest impact will be felt in southern NB where the winter mortality was twice the long term average. The overwintering fawn cohort will be hit the hardest, and will likely lead to fewer yearlings during the hunt. The models are suggesting a reduction in the prehunt population, and a similar reduction in the 2017 harvest. Antlerless deer permits will be adjusted to account for the change in population. 

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