The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently investigating options for implementing a fully automated licencing system to better meet the future needs of Nova Scotia’s wildlife resource users. In an effort to avoid potentially unnecessary expense to our clients and to the Department, the requirement to renew Wildlife Resources Card (WRC) has been suspended until the best option for delivering future licencing, permitting and harvest reporting programs is determined.
Please be advised that no Wildlife Resources Cards are required to be renewed at this time. As of April 27, 2012 DNR extended the validity of existing WRC’s to December 31, 2015.
What Does This Mean To Me?
If you currently hold a Wildlife Resources Card which shows an expiry date earlier than December 2015, it will remain valid up to December 31, 2015. You are not required to renew your WRC at this time and no renewal cards are being produced.
In order to continue purchasing licences and applying for limited-entry hunt draws (eg. moose and antlerless deer), you must retain your current Wildlife Resources Card, regardless of the printed expiry date. You are also required to carry your WRC with you while engaged in hunting and/or trapping activities in the province.
To ensure that there is no interruption in services using your WRC (ie: generating a PIN, submitting harvest reports, registering for courses, etc), card holders with any changes to phone number, email address, civic or mailing address (including postal code) are encouraged to update their information:
Card holders who prefer to have a new expiry date printed on their card may order a new card, at current rates + HST, online at: https://www.hmcgroup.ca/wrs/cards/ or by calling 1-900-565-7418. In such cases, the new expiry date will be five years from date of issue.
This renewal notice has been provided to all Canadian provincial/territorial wildlife management agencies. If you are planning a hunting/trapping trip in another province, however, and are concerned about the validity of your Wildlife Resources Card, you can print this renewal information as proof that your Wildlife Resources Card and associated certifications will remain valid until December 31, 2015. To print, click here.
What If I Already Renewed My Wildlife Resources Card?
If you submitted a request to renew your Wildlife Resources Card prior to April 27, 2012, a new Wildlife Resources Card has already been processed. It will be valid for five years (2017) and will be accepted by DNR until the printed expiry date regardless of any future changes affecting the Wildlife Resources Card.
If you have any further questions regarding your Wildlife Resources Card expiry date, contact your local DNR office or email DNR-WRCADMIN@gov.ns.ca.
Click here to return to the WRC General Information webpage.