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Manitoba proposal would implement lottery for unguided U.S. waterfowl hunters

The Waterfowl Hunting Modernization Project would implement a seven-day “foreign resident” waterfowl license, available either through a lottery or through a licensed Manitoba waterfowl outfitter.

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WINNIPEG – The province of Manitoba is wrapping up a 45-day public input process on a proposal to adjust regulations pertaining to American waterfowl hunters.

Known as the Waterfowl Hunting Modernization Project, the proposal would implement a seven-day “foreign resident” waterfowl license, available either through a lottery or through a licensed Manitoba waterfowl outfitter.

The comment period ends Friday, Oct. 7.

In essence, the proposal would cap the number of licenses available for American waterfowl hunters, while prioritizing resident waterfowl hunting opportunities and supporting existing licensed outfitters.

According to a provincial spokesperson, the proposal would still allow American hunters to enjoy Manitoba’s hunting opportunities without the services of a licensed hunter – providing, of course, they draw a license by lottery. Information on the number of lottery licenses that would be offered under the proposal wasn’t immediately available.


Aquatic nuisance species violations were the top issues in the fishing realm, followed by anglers exceeding the limit for fish species.

American hunters who didn’t draw a lottery license could still hunt “under the umbrella” of a licensed outfitter, the spokesperson said.

“The goal of this project is to protect and maintain the ability for everyday Manitobans and Americans to access world-class hunting opportunities in the province,” the spokesperson said. “This ability is under threat from illegal outfitting and significant land access competition.”

There is no specific timeline on when the proposal would be implemented, the spokesperson said, although it is under consideration for the fall of 2023.

Information on the project can be viewed on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal https://reg.gov.mb.ca.

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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