Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan:
Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan:
Google Translate Disclaimer
A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow box in the right or left rail that resembles the link below. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:
Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.
Software-based translations do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language. The Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).
Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.
Released on April 26, 2021
After a record-setting year for applications in 2020, Saskatchewan's big game draw is set to open for 2021 on May 1.
Hunters have until 11:59 p.m. on May 25 to submit their online applications.
"The big game draw continues to be extremely popular with hunters in this province," Environment Minister Warren Kaeding said. "In 2020, the ministry received almost 115,000 applications and we anticipate another busy year."
While the draw opportunity is provided in anticipation of the fall hunting season, applicants should be aware of the unpredictable circumstances around COVID-19, and should be prepared to follow all public health orders.
"The ministry continues to work with the hunting community to improve the process and encourages all hunters to apply early," Kaeding said. "Game populations in many areas have been doing very well. This means that there will be increased hunting opportunities for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer in certain zones."
The 2021 Big Game Draw Supplement provides Saskatchewan resident hunters with information on seasons and quotas for draw species, as well as advance notice of any changes to this fall's regular big game seasons.
The application process remains largely unchanged. Information regarding the application, priority pools, wildlife management zone (WMZ) quotas and detailed application instructions are available at www.saskatchewanlicences.active.com.
Apply early and use the online residency verification tool to avoid complications. Draws for several species receive a high number of applications compared to the number of licences available. In these cases, the odds of being drawn will be low, even for applications in the top priority pool.
Hunters who are concerned about being unable to hunt because of the pandemic may wish to consider submitting a 'Zone 99' application. This allows the applicant to maintain their pool status without being drawn for a licence. Hunters should be aware there is no refund for big game draw application fees.
The big game draw is administered through the Saskatchewan Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system. Clients can submit, review and update their applications, check pool status history and purchase a draw licence through their HAL accounts.
Draw results will be available through HAL accounts in mid-June, with the exception of pronghorn, which will be available in mid-July. Applicants are responsible for checking their own draw results.
Successful applicants can purchase licences through their HAL accounts beginning August 1, 2021.
For information on your HAL account or assistance with completing an application, please call 1-888-773-8450. If you have questions about your pool status or hunting in Saskatchewan, call the Ministry of Environment's Inquiry Line at 1-800-567-4224.
Additional information about the big game draw is available at saskatchewan.ca/hunting.
For more information, contact:Val Nicholson
We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve