Mule Deer Hunting Season

To help prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the province has expanded the harvested cervid mandatory sample submission zone and has established a strictly regulated and managed mule deer hunting season in defined areas along the western and southern borders of Manitoba.

The expanded mandatory surveillance zone and a resident-only mule deer hunting season are being implemented in defined areas along the south-western and southern boundaries of Manitoba. These areas will include Game Hunting Areas (GHA) 5, 6, 6A, 11, 12, 13, 13A, 18, 18A, 18B, 18C, 22, 23, 23A, 27, 28, 29, 29A, 30, 31, 31A, 32, 33, 35, and 35A.

For the fall 2022 hunting season, licensed hunters harvesting deer or elk in the area will be required to submit the complete head and upper neck to a Sample Drop-off Depot within 48 hours for CWD testing in these areas. GHAs 23 and 23A will continue to have additional sample submission requirements for the lungs and trachea (windpipe) of deer or elk harvested in these areas in order to test for Bovine Tuberculosis.

The newly established resident-only mule deer hunting season includes a bag limit of one mule deer, as well as a second and third mule deer licence with a one antlerless mule deer bag limit. All licences have a $5.50 fee and the season dates and equipment types are the same as for white-tailed deer. Licences will be available on the elicencing website. For more information on this season, please see the information sheet.

If you have any questions, please email cwd@gov.mb.ca.

Multi-Level Draw Program

The draw program can only be completed through the E-licensing system www.manitobaelicensing.ca.

If you have ever entered the draw since 1996, you already have a personal profile on the system. Please contact the elicensing Help Desk at 1-877-880-1203 to access and verify your personal profile. Your priority level(s) for the draws will be listed on your personal profile.

If you are a first time applicant to the Multi-Level Draw Program, please create your account and personal profile from the E-Licensing Home Page.

Important Draw Dates

Manitoba Big Game Draw Program

Online applications accepted May 1 - May 31 (11:59 pm)
Notification of draw results - June 21
Licence payment deadline - July 15 (11:59 pm)

Manitoba Big Game Draw Program

Manitoba Landowner Elk Draw Program

Online applications accepted May 1 - May 31 (11:59 pm)
Declaration of Lands Owned Deadline - May 15
Notification of draw results - June 21
Licence payment deadline - July 15 (11:59 pm)

Manitoba Landowner Elk Draw Program and
Declaration of Lands Owned

Potential 2023 Changes to the Big Game Draw Program

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Night Hunting

On October 9, 2020, The Wildlife Amendment Act (Safe Hunting and Shared Management) was proclaimed, which protects Manitoba’s moose population and creates a safer and more ethical hunting environment.

This Act addresses significant safety risks by prohibiting night hunting in Manitoba. Effective October 10, 2020, night hunting is unlawful for all licensed hunters and on private lands for all hunters.

Rights-based Hunters

In southern Manitoba, rights-based hunters must seek authority to hunt at night on public Crown lands by applying for a free permit. The hunter would be required to carry the permit while hunting at night and must follow all conditions of the permit. Night hunting on private lands will not be permitted.

In northern Manitoba, rights-based hunters may hunt at night subject to requirements under the Act, including the requirement to hunt safely. Hunters are prohibited to hunt within 3 kilometers of a building, occupied site, or provincial roadway.

Night Hunting Approved Crown Lands

Safe hunting requirements, including the prohibition on hunting from or across roadways and hunting on private land without permission, continue to apply to all.

Hard to be a Moose in a Changing World
Night Hunting Permit Application

Manitoba has a rich diversity of natural landscapes and wildlife species, from the polar bears of Churchill to the garter snakes of Narcisse to the orchids of the tall-grass prairie near Tolstoi. Our environment, culture, economy, and society are interdependent and we must wisely protect, use, and manage our wild animal and plant resources.

The mandate of the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch is to protect wildlife resources in a manner consistent with the conservation of species and ecosystems for the benefit of Manitobans. This responsibility is carried out under the authority of The Wildlife Act, The Endangered Species and Ecosystems Act , and The Conservation Agreements Act of Manitoba, and by applying the principles of Natural Resources and Northern Development.

The wildlife staff develops programs, policies and legislation for hunting and trapping, biodiversity conservation, wildlife-human interactions and habitat. The wildlife staff also represents Manitoba in numerous provincial, national, and international initiatives.

Wildlife programs are delivered by biologists, planners, technicians, and support staff throughout Manitoba. Field enforcement is carried out by Conservation Officers.

Several land stewardship and acquisition programs, as well as conservation agreements, are delivered by an affiliated Crown agency, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

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