April 29, 2016

Saskatchewan's 2016 Online Big Game Draw Runs May 1 to 25

Saskatchewan’s big game draw for hunters opens online May 1, with a new application deadline of midnight on May 25 – seven days earlier than last year’s May 31 deadline.

The 2016 deadline was adjusted to accommodate the many hunters who have expressed interest in earlier availability of big game draw results to help with vacation planning.

The big game draw is a transparent and equitable method of allocating a limited number of hunting licences to Saskatchewan residents.  This year’s draw includes licences for elk, moose, pronghorn, either-sex mule deer and antlerless mule deer.

“Saskatchewan’s diversity of game species provides many different opportunities for hunters,” Environment Minister Herb Cox said.  “I encourage all hunters to apply early and wish all applicants good luck in this year’s draw.”

Moose draw tags have increased in a number of zones, including areas with higher vehicle collisions such as east of Saskatoon to the Yorkton region.  In addition, the pronghorn draw is proposed to expand from zones 8 to 11 in the Leader area to include zones extending from Assiniboia, south and east of Swift Current, and up to the Davidson area.

The 2016 big game draw is administered through the ministry’s online hunting, angling and trapping licence system, HAL.  Through HAL, clients can submit, review and update their application, check pool status history and purchase a draw licence.

To avoid big game draw application issues, users are advised to apply early and to use the online residency verification tool.  Clients who need help with their account or the draw application can contact the Active Network call centre at 1-855-848-4773, or a Ministry of Environment office.

If you are successful in the big game draw, the appropriate licence will be available for purchase on your HAL account.  Select the licences you want to purchase and complete the transaction.

For more information about the big game draw and HAL, visit www.environment.gov.sk.ca/licences.