Who requires Hunter Education in Nova Scotia?
Resident hunters require:
- Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Client Card with appropriate certifications to hunt with a firearm; hunt with a bow; hunt with a crossbow; be a fur harvester; be a certified hunting guide
- Valid Nova Scotia Hunting License
- Wildlife Habitat Stamp (acquired at time of purchase of hunting License)
- any Federal permits or license's applicable to carrying a firearm and or to pursue federally regulated wildlife.
Non-residents hunters require:
- The services of a guide (Licensed Guide or a resident over 19 who has obtained a Special Permit to Guide) to hunt any wildlife in Nova Scotia.
- Either; proof of having taken a sanctioned Hunter Education course in their normal province or state of residence or ,a valid Hunting license issued in the last 5 years, or a valid Nova Scotia Non-Resident Wildlife Resources Card
- Valid Nova Scotia Non-resident Hunting License
- Wildlife Habitat Stamp (acquired at time of purchase of Hunting License)
- Any federal permits or license's applicable to carrying a firearm and or to pursue federally regulated wildlife.
- People travelling to Nova Scotia from outside of Canada must also meet the requirements under the Canadian Firearms legislation.
Minimum Age Requirements
Big Game License: 18*
* If you have attained the age of 16 but not 18 years, you may obtain a Deer Hunting, Bear Hunting or Bear Snaring License if it is secured for you by your parent or guardian. In this case, you may hunt deer or bear, or snare bear only under the immediate supervision of a responsible adult of 18 years of age or older who is certified to hunt wildlife in Nova Scotia with a firearm or bow or crossbow.
Small Game License: 18**
**If you have attained the age of 12 but not 18 years, you may obtain a Small Game Hunting License if it is secured for you by your parent or guardian. You may hunt small game provided you are under the immediate supervision of a parent or guardian or any other responsible adult of 18 years of age or over who is certified as qualified to hunt with a weapon.
Online Training Available?
Hunter Education and Crossbow Education are both available online: www.huntercourse.com/canada/novascotia/
Register at: https://wrs.novascotia.ca/Education/
Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
For information about courses contact:
Hunter Education Coordinator
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables
Box 698 Halifax,
NS B3J 2T9
Phone: (902) 424-2351
Hunter Education Program Website:
Government Department responsible for hunting:
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources: novascotia.ca/natr
NGOs related to hunting:
NS Federation of Anglers and Hunters: www.nsfah.ca
Bowhunter Instructor Association of NS (BIANS) & Bowhunters Association of NS (BANS): www.bans.ca
Trappers Association of NS (TANS): www.trappersassociationofnovascotia.ca
NS Big Game Society: www.biggamesociety.com