FREDERICTON (GNB) – Hunters and anglers now have more options when it comes to buying hunting and fishing licences.

“Offering bundled licence options was something our government had committed to exploring,” said Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister Mike Holland. “Bundling will provide New Brunswick hunters and anglers with more choices and will reduce fees.”

Big game licences, such as for deer and bear, have previously been sold separately, as have ice fishing, general angling and salmon licences. One example of the new bundling choices is the big game option, which bundles deer, bear and varmint licences for residents at a reduced fee.

The fee for licences for resident minors has also been eliminated, and when a fishing licence is purchased an ice fishing licence is included at no extra cost.

The New Brunswick Wildlife Federation, which represents hunters and anglers, supports the new purchasing options.

“This is great news,” said Nathalie Michaud, president of the federation. “Eliminating the resident minor licence fee will certainly increase youth participation in our hunting heritage sport and including the ice fishing licence in the general angling or salmon licence is a great move. We commend Minister Holland and the department on this great initiative.”

More information on the bundle options and fees is available online.