Applications for the Saskatchewan resident big game draw will be accepted from May 1 (8:00 a.m.) to May 25 (midnight).
Two new changes are being implemented to the priority pool structure for the 2018 big game draw.
- A ‘Legacy’ priority pool is being added to provide top priority in the draw for long-time unsuccessful applicants. Hunters who qualify for ‘Legacy’ pool include those who have applied 10 or more consecutive years (including zone 99 applications) with ‘Super A’ pool status without having been successfully drawn. Hunters who have previously applied can check their pool status, including the number of years in ‘Super A’ that count towards reaching the ‘Legacy’ pool, by visiting the ‘My Account’ section through their HAL account.
- An additional ‘D’ pool is being added as the lowest priority pool and will extend the time period for which a drawn applicant will return to the ‘Super A’ pool, thereby reducing the number of applicants in ‘Super A’. All drawn hunters will move to ‘D’ pool for the following year, beginning with the 2018 draws.
Additionally, hunters who are drawn for three or more draw species may decline awarded licence(s) and maintain their pool status. However, they must keep the awarded licence(s) for at least two species (i.e. a hunter drawn for three species may decline awarded licences for one species only, a hunter drawn for four species may decline awarded licences for one or two species, and so on). All eligible hunters wishing to decline awarded licences must notify the Ministry of Environment by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31. No awarded draw licences can be declined past this date.
See Frequently Asked Questions for more information on changes.
All applicants are advised to read the 2018 Saskatchewan Resident Big Game Draw Supplement for further details on changes, as well as updated information on available hunts, tentative quotas and season dates.
A HAL account is required for all hunters applying for the big game draw. If you are applying with a group, be aware that each group member’s HAL number and date of birth must be entered onto the application.
Through your HAL account, you are able to:
- review your pool status;
- review and update submitted applications;
- look up draw results; and
- purchase draw licences (beginning August 1).
Make sure you meet all eligibility requirements, such as firearm safety/hunter education certification, prior to submitting an application. It is an offence to falsify information on an application or use the licence of another person.
Only Saskatchewan residents can apply for the Saskatchewan big game draw. A Saskatchewan resident is:
- a Canadian resident whose principal residence is in Saskatchewan and has been living in the province for three months prior to applying for a licence and possesses a valid Saskatchewan health services card;
- a member of the regular force of the Canadian Armed Forces who is stationed and residing in the province; or
- a member of the regular force of the Canadian Armed Forces who was a Saskatchewan resident when recruited or deployed from the province.
Applicants must be 12 years of age or older at the time of application. All applicants born after January 1, 1971 must graduate from a firearm safety/hunter education (saskhuntered.ca) course before applying.
Hunters 12 to 15 years of age can apply for the youth draw for antlerless mule deer by selecting “Youth Draw” in the draw menu. This process provides a greater opportunity for young hunters to be selected. A youth may apply for both “Antlerless Mule Deer” and the “Youth Draw” by using separate applications.
An applicant cannot be drawn for both antlerless mule deer and the youth draw. If an applicant is initially drawn for both antlerless mule deer and the youth draw, preference is given to the antlerless mule deer draw and his/her “Youth Draw” application will be removed.
How To Apply
- You must submit your application for the big game draw through your HAL account.
- You can also review the details and status of submitted applications, look up draw results and make changes to your application any time before the May 25 application deadline.
- Before applying, ensure you have reviewed the Saskatchewan Big Game Draw Supplement for available hunts, correct hunt designations, bag limits and season dates.
- Keep in mind that the HAL number and date of birth will also need to be entered for each group member added to your application.
If you are drawn, you can purchase your licence beginning August 1:
- Through your HAL account anytime;
- At any Saskatchewan hunting licence issuer;
- At a Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment or select provincial park office; or
- By phone using a credit cart at 1-855-848-4773 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Please allow 10 business days for delivery.
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