94UINR’s Moose Management Initiative just published a brochure outlining Good Principles and Safe Practices for Mi’kmaq hunters in the moose hunt. Copies are being distributed throughout the Highlands. They are also available at the UINR office in Eskasoni and your Band office.

Here are some of the principles and practices that are included in the brochure:

Be sure your firearm is unloaded when transporting in a vehicle or vessel.

Be able to provide proper identification when requested by a Conservation Officer.

Wear a hunter orange vest or coat and hat when hunting, or in an area where others may be hunting.

Never hunt or possess an uncased firearm or bow in wildlife habitat while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Wear an approved safety helmet when operating, or a passenger on an off-highway vehicle.

It is illegal to discharge a firearm one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

You are not permitted (without permission) to hunt with a rifle within 402 metres (1319 ft) of a public building, playground, golf course, athletic field, woods operation, or place of business [182 metres (587 ft) with a shotgun loaded with shot or a bow].

There is an 804 metre (2638 ft)  no hunting and no discharge of a weapon zone around all schools.

Hunting wildlife within the boundaries of a public highway or within 30.5 metres (100 ft) of it, is a safety violation.

Failing to use proper care and attention when handling or discharging a firearm is unsafe and illegal.


From UINR Marten – Vol.3. Issue.3 – Autumn 2007