Fisheries and Land Resources

Licences

Newfoundland

General Trapping Licence

All resident trappers on the island must apply annually for a General Trapping Licence that authorizes trapping for all species, except beaver, on the Island of Newfoundland during the open seasons prescribed, and in accordance with trapping regulations. Upon successfully completing a Trapper Education Course, trapping applications are mailed to all eligible trappers.

All trappers are required to apply to the Wildlife Division to obtain a trapping licence. To obtain an application, please contact:

Wildlife Division
117 Riverside Drive, PO Box 2007
Corner Brook, NL, A2H 7S1
Telephone: (709) 637-2025

Completed applications may be returned with required licence fee to:

Trapping Licence Application: Central Cashier's Office
PO Box 8700
St. John's, NL, A1B 4J6

Beaver Trapline Licence

On the Island of Newfoundland, beaver are managed on a trapline system. Only trappers approved to hold a beaver trapline can legally be issued a licence to trap beaver. If you do not currently hold a beaver trapline and wish to be placed on a priority list for a vacant trapline, please forward your request to:

Wildlife Division: Beaver Trapline
PO Box 2007
Corner Brook, NL, A2H 7S1

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Labrador

In Labrador, a General Trapping Licence authorizes trappers to trap for all species, including beaver, during the open seasons prescribed and in accordance with trapping regulations. Upon successfully completing a Trapper Education Course, trapping applications are mailed to all eligible trappers

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Youth Trapping Licences

Youth age 12 to 15 may be issued a licence to shoot fur bearing animals during an open season under the following conditions:

  • A youth must carry written consent of a parent or person who has custody of the youth;
  • A youth must be accompanied by a designated adult;
  • A designated adult who is not the parent or person who has custody of the youth must be designated in writing;
  • Youth must complete required trapper education course;
  • Youth and Designated Adult must possess Outdoor Identification Card or equivalent document.

Youth age 16 to 17 may be issued a licence to shoot fur bearing animals without consent to purchase a licence. 

Youth age 16 to 17 who holds a valid trapping licence and who does not possess a Minors Firearms Possession Licence is required to be accompanied and supervised by a fully licenced adult.    

Requirements for Designated Adults

A designated adult accompanying a youth for trapping activity must meet the following criteria:

  •  Must be over the age of 18;
  •  Must not prohibited from carrying, transporting, possessing or using a firearm or from being a designated adult;
  •  Must be eligible for the same type of licence under which the youth is hunting, taking or killing an animal by shooting.  

While accompanying a youth trapper, a designated adult shall adhere to the following:

  • Remain at arm’s length of the youth; and be able to take control of the firearm  if necessary;
  • Not accompany and supervise more than two youths at one time;
  • Carry evidence of his or her eligibility to hold the same type of licence  as the youth trapper (e.g. possess an Outdoor Identification Card or similar document);
  • If a designated adult is not the parent of the youth hunter a designation in writing is required from the parent or adult who has custody of the youth. The designation in writing must be carried by the youth or designated adult.  

Injured Animals

  •  A designated adult may shoot an animal that has been injured by a youth under for the purposes of assisting the youth and shall keep the youth in sight at all times;
  •  A designated adult is not required to keep the youth in sight at all times where the designated adult is pursuing an animal that has been injured by the youth;

Youth Hunter Consent - Adult Designate Form

 Youth Hunter Consent - Adult Designate Form PDF (45KB). 

Forms are also available by emailing wildlifelicense@gov.nl.ca or by visiting any Fisheries and Land Resources Office. 

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