New Licensing Requirements for Manitoba
If you plan to hunt in Manitoba this waterfowl season, you'll need some form of hunter safety certificate to get a hunting license.
As of January 1, 2012, Manitoba regulations now require that hunters of all ages, both resident and non-resident, must possess a valid Hunter Education Certificate, or equivalent from another jurisdiction.
The new regulations also require hunters to produce their hunter education certificate in the field when requested by a natural resources officer.
"The purpose of the regulations is to give a better image of hunting," says Brian Hagglund, Manitoba's wildlife allocations manager. "It goes a long way in getting the public in line with hunting."
Hagglund says Manitoba will recognize hunter education from all provinces and states.
You can also be 'grandfathered" if you had a hunting license from any jurisdiction prior to 1969. You must fill out an online declaration form prior to arriving.
If you arrive in Manitoba without any documentation, Hagglund says there are not a lot of options. You don't have to produce a hunter education certificate when purchasing a license. You will, however, have to produce it if asked by a natural resources officer.
Best advice, he said, is to make sure you get certified before leaving home.