A PC Government will foster outdoorsmanship

Platform announcement1 September 2018

Riverside-Albert, NB:  The Gallant government has made cuts to natural resources and wildlife management programs, and is charging outdoors enthusiasts more in fees and license costs.

“Outdoorsmanship, including hunting and fishing, is a longstanding part of the New Brunswick identity,” says Blaine Higgs, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick. “We need to do better at managing our wildlife resources and creating opportunities for New Brunswickers and tourists alike to strengthen their connection to the outdoors.”

If elected on September 24th, New Brunswickers can expect a PC government to:

change the moose hunting lottery to ensure maximum opportunity for applicants and the sustainability of the resource in the process.

explore license bundling to allow hunters and fishers more opportunities while realizing savings by bundling several licenses together.

evaluate a seniors’ discount on hunting and fishing licenses.

review regulations to remove barriers that prevent more people from enjoying hunting and fishing.

regularly meet with stakeholder groups like the New Brunswick Wildlife Federation.

implement a science-based wildlife management program for a wild turkey hunt, in partnership with farmers.

work with the New Brunswick Outfitters Association to create more opportunities to bring outdoors enthusiasts to our province.

The Team Higgs plan will benefit rural communities by reducing barriers for residents to participate in outdoorsmanship. A revitalized outfitter and guide network will also attract outdoor enthusiasts from other jurisdictions.

“Hunting and fishing are cherished pastimes for many New Brunswickers,” says Higgs. “We want to make it easier for them to participate, and to create new ways for them to get out and enjoy our beautiful province.”