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Forest Health in Terra Nova National Park

Information for Harvesters in Terra Nova National Park

Parks Canada is seeking the help of qualified harvesters to participate in a program to reduce unnaturally high moose populations in Terra Nova National Park. A Moose Management Area (MMA) has been established in the park. For more information, please view the FAQ for harvesters.

Ninety 90 licences will be available in Terra Nova. An additional thirty (30) licenses will be available for not-for-profit organizations.

Individual Harvesters:

To participate in the Moose Reduction Program, please fill out your application for the provincial licence as normal. For the purpose of the licensing draw and pool status, MMA28A will be treated the same as all others and provincial licensing fees will be the same.

Licenses will be allocated to eligible harvesters through a random draw process administered by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Hunting and Trapping Guide includes comprehensive information on the population reduction programs for both Terra Nova and Gros Morne National Parks.

Participants must provide proof of provincial harvester eligibility, which includes successful completion of the Canadian Firearm Safety Course and Newfoundland Hunter Education Course. Once eligibility is confirmed they can apply through the provincial big game licensing system. Successful draw applicants will be issued a Parks Canada Superintendent’s permit that will allow them to harvest and retrieve a moose in Terra Nova National Park.

Also, as per provincial regulations, harvesters will need to possess their provincial big game license and tags as well as their outdoor identification card. When transporting a firearm in an area of a national park that is outside of the identified moose management area, the firearm must be cased or securely wrapped and tied.

Not-for-profit organizations:

Applications for these licenses will be accepted only from incorporated, not-for-profit or registered charitable organizations operating in Newfoundland and Labrador. There is no fee associated with an application for this type of license.

Organizations that are issued a not-for-profit license may then designate up to two (2) qualified big game hunters to hunt on their behalf. This designation does not affect the eligibility of the chosen big game hunters for a regular license.

For more information, please contact your nearest Wildlife Division Office or download the application form from the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation website.

Before applying for a national park licence, you should be aware that there are differences between provincial hunting regulations and what is permissible in the national parks as part of this ecosystem management program. You should be aware that:

  • ATV and snowmobile use, including for carcass retrieval, is strictly prohibited in Terra Nova National Park.
  • There are few access roads within Terra Nova National Park. Public highways, community roads, and boat-accessible coastline will provide motorized access only to the margins of the MMA.
  • Harvesters can access the MMA and retrieve carcasses by use of watercraft. Please note that only non-motorized boats may be used on inland waters.
  • Moose is the only species that can be harvested. Other harvesting licences are not valid in the national park.
  • Firearms must be cased or securely wrapped and tied in areas outside the MMA.
  • Open fires and tree cutting are prohibited.
    Map of Moose Management Area in Terra Nova National Park Map of Moose Management Area in Terra Nova National Park
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