A grassland in the Riding Mountain Natural Area (Photo by NCC)

A grassland in the Riding Mountain Natural Area (Photo by NCC)

Information for Hunters

Cow elk, Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)

Cow elk, Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a not-for-profit conservation organization. NCC has secured approximately 200 projects in Manitoba for the purpose of biodiversity conservation. Where hunting aligns with property management plans and donor wishes, permission to hunt may be granted.

In order to request permission to hunt on NCC Manitoba lands, you must fill in and submit a Manitoba Request for Hunting Permission and Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Release of Liability form. Each member of your party must fill out the form completely and return to NCC. Staff will not make any changes to your form; any forms received incomplete will be marked as such and will be returned.

Permission is granted via an “NCC letter of hunting permission” stating the licensed individuals, species season, legal land description and dates which are approved, which must be carried with you at all times while accessing NCC properties in Manitoba for the purpose of hunting.

When hunting on Nature Conservancy of Canada properties in Manitoba please note:

  1. All game laws outlined in the Manitoba Hunting Guide are to be followed. Deviations will result in the loss of hunting privileges for your hunting party.
  2. Tree stands and ground blinds are allowed for use on NCC property but must be set up and taken down on the same day they are used. They are not allowed to be left overnight. Due to impacts of infrastructure on habitat and wildlife behaviour, bait stations and baiting of bears are not allowed on NCC property.
  3. Motorized vehicle use on NCC property is prohibited with the exception of use to retrieve a downed animal. This includes quads, side by sides, snowmobiles and trucks. Other exceptions will be reviewed upon request (i.e. hunters with disabilities).
  4. Hunting permission letters must be carried with all members of your hunting party at all times when hunting on NCC property.
  5. NCC requires all hunters to carry $1,000,000.00 worth of liability insurance. You may have this through your own personal insurance or through coverage you may have via membership in groups such as the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.
  6. Non-permitted persons are not allowed to accompany hunters without prior NCC approval and valid waiver.
  7. Many of the habitats on NCC properties are ecologically sensitive. Be aware of your impact, do not pick flowers, avoid crushing plants and do not feed or harass wildlife you are not hunting. Help keep these areas natural by packing out everything you bring in, including garbage.
  8. NCC is fighting against the spread of invasive species. It is a requirement to wash all loose earth materials and vegetation off vehicles that are entering or leaving NCC properties.
  9. Some NCC properties are fenced and use cattle or other livestock for grazing. These animals may be unpredictable. Refrain from approaching or harassing them. Please close all gates behind you when going through them.
  10. Some NCC properties contain abandoned buildings. If encountered, do not enter or approach any of these structures, due to hazards and risks.
  11. Fires of any sort are prohibited on NCC properties.
  12. Even with appropriate precautions, accidents can happen. NCC does not provide any trained medical professionals nor any hazard or emergency evacuation facilities. First aid kits are recommended.
     * NEW FOR 2020
  13. For game bird hunters, non-toxic shot is mandatory. Lead shot is not allowed to be used while hunting upland game birds on NCC lands during the fall 2020 season and beyond.
  14. NCC will be transitioning to only allow non-lead ammunition to hunt any game or species during an open firearms season by 2022 and beyond.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Manitoba office at 1-866-683-6934 or manitoba@natureconservancy.ca.

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