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Reminder: Hunter Harvest Surveys are now mandatory. Hunters are required to complete a survey for each licence they purchase, regardless if they hunted or not, prior to the deadline indicated on the licence. Game bird hunters are reminded that the hunter harvest survey (available starting January 1) asks for a total number of birds harvested per Wildlife Management Zone, and we encourage hunters to keep track of this information.
Wildlife Management Fee: Hunter harvest surveys are essential for making management decisions, maintaining healthy wildlife populations and protecting future hunting opportunities. Completion of hunter harvest surveys is now mandatory. The ministry will be implementing a wildlife management fee of $20 that will apply to hunters who fail to complete their hunter harvest survey. Implementing the fee is intended to improve completion rates. Hunters following the conditions of their licence, and who submit their survey(s) prior to the completion deadline, will not be affected. A portion of the fees collected (30 per cent) will be directed to the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund (FWDF) to support wildlife and habitat management in Saskatchewan. Hunters are reminded it is now a legal requirement to complete the survey(s) and something you have agreed to do by purchasing your licence.
Hunter Harvest Surveys and the Annual Status of Furbearers Survey are important components of managing game in Saskatchewan and provide valuable information for quota and season setting for the upcoming year.
These surveys are now incorporated into HAL – the Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence System. Every hunter or trapper who purchases a licence for which a survey is being conducted, will have the opportunity to fill out a survey. This data is provided to the Ministry of Environment's wildlife biologists in advance of quota setting for the following year, and allows them to evaluate recent changes in management strategy and identify areas where different management strategies may be warranted. The more surveys completed, the more thorough this evaluation can be.
There are currently two ways to complete your survey(s):
Hunters and trappers who have a survey available to complete will have a message displayed on their HAL web account once they have signed in. Those individuals that provide an email address on their HAL profile will be notified by email when the surveys are available and reminded of pending surveys that have not been completed. These reminders are intended to maximize participation and incorporate the best possible information in the quota and season setting process for the upcoming season.
For the 2021-21 hunting season, survey dates for the following licences (including veteran licences) are listed below:
Saskatchewan Resident Black Bear: May 20, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Canadian Resident Black Bear: May 20, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Draw Moose: October 1, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Regular Moose: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Draw Elk: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Regular Elk: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Draw Pronghorn: October 1, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Draw Either-Sex Mule Deer: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Draw Antlerless Mule Deer: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Regular Archery Mule Deer: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Saskatchewan Resident Antlerless Mule Deer (Limited): September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Saskatchewan Resident White-tailed Deer: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Saskatchewan Resident Antlerless White-tailed Deer (Regular): September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Saskatchewan Resident Antlerless White-tailed Deer (Limited): September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Saskatchewan Resident Youth White-tailed Deer: September 15, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Draw Canadian Resident White-tailed Deer: October 1, 2021 to January 20, 2022
Saskatchewan Resident Game Bird: January 1, 2022 to January 20, 2022
Saskatchewan Resident Youth Game Bird: January 1, 2022 to January 20, 2022
Canadian Resident Game Bird: January 1, 2022 to January 20, 2022
Non-resident Game Bird: January 1, 2022 to January 20, 2022
Wolf: October 15, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Southern Fur Conservation Area: March 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Northern Fur Conservation Area: March 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022
For the game bird survey, only the number of each upland species is included because waterfowl harvest is captured in the federal harvest survey. We do ask if the hunter hunted waterfowl so we may gauge interest in each group of birds (upland game birds, waterfowl or both).
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