White-tailed deer

Deer Hunting Regulations – Public Engagement

What was this engagement about?

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

ENR is proposing to remove current 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 will be considered when deciding whether or not to amend regulations related to deer hunting.

Where can I find related information?

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

  • BGHR will be amended for GHL and Special Harvester Licence holders that allows 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 will be added. These conditions will require tags when hunting, mandatory reporting of harvest as soon as practicable, and mandatory sample submission of the deer’s head.
  • BGHR will be 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 will require tags when hunting, mandatory reporting of harvest as soon as practicable, and mandatory sample submission of the deer’s head.
  • Update the Wildlife Fees Regulations so all tag fees are ‘nil’ for deer to further encourage harvest.

More information about Chronic Wasting Disease can be found here:

Where I can find results?

Results of the public engagement will be summarized in a ‘What We Heard’ report, which will be posted here following the engagement.