Each year Parks Canada seeks 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 and includes most of the park. For more information, please view the FAQ for harvesters.

Sixty (60) licenses are available in Terra Nova. An additional thirty (30) licenses are available for not-for-profit organizations.

The harvest will run from October 13, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

Covid-19 and moose harvesters

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. To lower the risks associated with COVID-19, Parks Canada is asking harvesters to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, adhere to park closures and to respect the guidance of public health authorities.

For your safety:

  • Non-medical mask or face coverings are mandatory in indoor, public spaces in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • To ensure appropriate physical distancing, visitors must stay at least 6 feet away from each other unless they are part of the same bubble, even when outdoors
  • At all times, follow personal public health practices consistently such as frequently cleaning your hands with soap and water and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve
  • Avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces as much as possible. Carry your own supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and a cover for picnic tables
  • Some areas and facilities remain closed to the public. Please respect all on site signage and barriers, as well as directional signage for trail use

How to apply for an individual license:

Please note: The 2020/2021 licensing draw closes on April 3, 2020

To participate in the Moose Reduction Program, please fill out your application for the provincial license 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 later be issued a Parks Canada Superintendent’s permit separate from their provincial package.This 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 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. The park issues these licenses directly.

For more information, or to apply for a not-for-profit license, please contact:
Laura Siegwart-Collier

Did you know?

Before applying for a national park license, 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:

  • The use of motorized watercraft on inland waterways, as well as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles, is prohibited for any purpose, including carcass retrieval.
  • 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.
  • Moose is the only species that can be harvested. Other harvesting licenses 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.
  • Harvesters must wear blaze orange when hunting.

Map of Moose Management Area 2020/2021

Areas shown in green have shared access for visitors and harvesters between October 13, 2020 and January 31, 2021.

Areas shown in red are closed to hunting for the entire 2020/2021 season. These areas include the following:

  • Louil Hill Trail
  • Mill Cove Lookout Trail
  • Cobblers Brook Day Use Area
  • Newman Sound Campground and Coastal Trail to Headquarters Wharf
  • Southwest Brook Day Use Area
  • Malady Head Campground
  • 20 metres from the Trans-Canada Highway
  • 20 metres from Highway Route 301
  • 50 metres from Highway Route 310
  • 1000 metres from Twin Rivers Golf Course
  • 1000 metres from Parks Canada Headquarters

For further information or help with planning your trip to Terra Nova National Park this autumn or winter, call 709-533-2801.