Hunt­ing al­lowed on first two Sun­days of sea­son

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

A ban will be lifted on the first two Sun­days of the gen­eral deer hunt­ing sea­son in Nova Sco­tia, the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources an­nounced Thurs­day.

The change will ap­ply to all wildlife in sea­son on those dates ex­cept moose.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Zach Churchill said the de­ci­sion fol­lows a public con­sul­ta­tion process that drew more than 22,000 re­sponses.

“The re­sult was very close and so we saw that as an in­di­ca­tion that we needed to find some mid­dle ground and a bal- an­ced ap­proach to this,’’ he said.

“Some­times we need to work to find com­pro­mise and I feel we were re­ally suc­cess­ful at do­ing that.’’

Churchill said he be­lieves the de­ci­sion will ul­ti­mately be sup­ported by most Nova Sco­tians.

Sun­day hunt­ing will be al­lowed Nov. 1 and 8.

The depart­ment also said amend­ments to Wildlife Act reg­u­la­tions will clar­ify the dis­tance hun­ters need to stay back from Christ­mas tree and agri­cul­tural oper­a­tions.

The changes will also make it eas­ier for hun­ters to help farm­ers deal with nui­sance wildlife.

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