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Truro Deer Management Plan


Truro Deer Management Plan


The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers & Hunters (NSFAH) was invited to attend a meeting with officials of the town of Truro and the Department of Lands & Forestry (DLF) on Thursday 3 October 2018 to discuss their plans for dealing with the large number of deer in the Town of Truro. This was the first and only meeting NSFAH has attended.

Truro has been discussing their overabundance of deer with DLF for over a year, exploring their options under the Wildlife Act and Deer Hunting Regulations. DLF wants 3 years of pellet counts before they will issue human/wildlife conflict stamps or consider an urban hunt.

In the interim the Town is considering opening a large portion of their Watershed lands for "hunting with permission." The Town has a by-law prohibiting the discharge of firearms within town limits so the hunt would have to be an "Archery/Crossbow hunt". Considering that the hunt would take place on sensitive watershed lands it will have to be a "non-motorized hunt."

Town officials wanted to get the opinion of NSFAH regarding the acceptability of their plans to the hunting community and suggestions for improvement. 

The Federation made several suggestions to ensure equitable access for all Nova Scotia hunters interested in participating. 

We reassured Town officials that hunting is a safe activity for hunters & non-hunters, particularly with archery and crossbow equipment. We assured them that all hunters are trained and that their qualifications are detailed on their Wildlife Resources Card (WRC). No further training or testing is required. We assured them that hunters would self-regulate the number of hunters participating at any one time as they respect each other's hunting space and for safety considerations.

Town officials will be consulting with the Mayor and Town Council before finalizing their rules and procedures. They hope to be in a position to make their final decisions public within a week or so, and hope to begin the permission process soon after. The actual hunt would begin on the Monday of the following week.

Other than providing advice the NSFAH will not be involved in the actual planning or delivery of this hunt.


Travis McLeod


Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers & Hunters