White-tailed deer

Deer Hunting Regulations – Public Engagement

What was this engagement about?

The department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) was recommending changes to NWT Wildlife Act regulations to allow increased harvest opportunities for white-tailed and mule deer. At the time, only Aboriginal harvesters in their traditional use area could hunt deer without restrictions.

ENR proposed to remove deer harvest restrictions for General Hunting Licence (GHL) holders and resident hunters and implement a tag system with mandatory reporting and sample submission. This is a proactive measure to protect our wildlife and help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease and other diseases and parasites. 

How could I participate?

NWT residents were invited to share their thoughts on these proposed changes by emailing wildlife@gov.nt.ca.

The deadline to provide feedback was April 15, 2019.

How will my input make a difference?

Comments received during this public review period were considered when deciding whether or not to amend regulations related to deer hunting.

Where can I find related information?

The amendments proposed included the following changes to the Big Game Hunting Regulations (BGHR) PART 8 and the Wildlife Fees Regulations:

  • BGHR was amended for GHL and Special Harvester Licence holders to allow for deer harvesting in Wildlife Management Zones/Areas R, S, G, I in addition to D and U. Conditions for all Wildlife Management Zones/Areas were added. These conditions require tags when hunting, mandatory reporting of harvest as soon as practicable, and mandatory sample submission of the deer’s head.
  • BGHR was amended to allow Resident Hunting Licence holders the ability to deer hunt in Wildlife Management Zones/Areas D, U, R, S, G, I. Conditions for Resident Hunting Licence holders require tags when hunting, mandatory reporting of harvest as soon as practicable, and mandatory sample submission of the deer’s head.
  • Wildlife Fees Regulations were updated to eliminate tag fees for deer to further encourage harvest.

More information about chronic wasting disease can be found here:

Where I can find results?

Results from the public engagement have been summarized in a What We Heard report.