July 25 2015
Nova News Now, Colin Chisholm
Published on July 25, 2015
HANTS COUNTY — Hunters will be allowed to hunt on Sundays this season, at least for the first two in November.
The Department of Natural Resources is lifting the ban on Sunday hunting for the first two Sundays of general deer hunting season in November.
Former Natural Resources Minister Zack Churchill made the announcement on his last day on that portfolio before moving to Municipal Affairs and Communications Nova Scotia.
“We’ve done extensive public consultation leading up to this and the decision we’ve come to is reflective of all the information and opinions that came into our department from the public and stakeholder groups,” Churchill said.
“We’re quite confident we were able to mitigate conflict between interest groups and find some middle ground that we believe can be acceptable to Nova Scotians.”
The first two Sundays hunters will be allowed to hunt are Nov. 1 and Nov. 8.
Churchill said they received more than 22,000 submissions from the public on the issue.
“It’s a compromise position,” he said. “But it’s something we had to pursue because there’s such high passions on both sides of this issue. During public consultation, it was a very close amount of people on both sides who participated.”
Churchill said the first two Sundays were chosen to alleviate concerns from the Christmas tree growers.
“By doing it the first two Sundays of the season, we’re missing their peak harvesting season,” he said.
Churchill said the Sunday ban has been a tradition in the province for a very long time.
“When we were in opposition we questioned that policy and during the election the premier committed to looking at that issue,” he said.
The lifting of the ban excludes moose, and Churchill says that’s because the species remains endangered in the province. Cape Breton is the only part of the province where moose can be hunted.
Churchill said hunting accidents are rare in Nova Scotia and almost never involve non-hunters.
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