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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, October 3, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Changed regulations limit species, hunters picking prey more carefully A reduction in the number of big game tags allowed from three to two, and shortened pheasant and sharp tailed grouse seasons highlight changes in Alberta hunting regulations for 1974. Hunters may only try for a limited number of big game animals this year, and as usual, there is a list of possible choices to which they are restricted. A hunter may buy a tag for either moose or elk, but not both, and he may also choose from caribou (male only this white tailed deer, mule deer, trophy sheep, and zone one male moose. In addition to the two tag regulation, non resi- dent permits for trophy sheep have been restricted to 87 from 107 in 1973. The.two tag regulation does not apply to the game for which special licenses are required. These include non trophy sheep, goat, antelope, antlerless elk, Camp Wainwright deer, and W.M.U. S416-418 elk. All of these licenses except goat and antelope cost five dollars, with the two ex- ceptions costing ten. The deadline for applica- tion for a non trophy sheep license was way back August 3. The season opened September 3 and will continue until October 26. Goat season runs from September 30 to October 12, while licensed hunters may track down antelope between October 21 and 26. This year, 50 antelope licenses were available to non resident Canadians. There is a new permit system for antlerless elk this season in Zones 9, 10 and 11 (all south of the Bow In order to apply for the antlerless elk authorization, which had an October 1 deadline, a hunter was required to possess a valid and sub- sisting elk license. The antlerless season runs from November 19 to November 30. Camp Wainwright deer, with an October 4 deadline for license application, has two seasons, one for bow and arrow enthusiasts, and another for regular hunters. Bow and arrow hunters may pursue their prey between November 7 and 9, while the regular season runs from November 11-23. November 1 has been set as the deadline for license application for the hunting of W.M.U. S 416-418 elk. The season itself will con- sist of a number of three day periods during January and February, 1975. There have been a number of adjustments in the regulations governing deer and moose hunting this year. The season for female mule and white tailed deer has "been closed in central and northern Alberta due to winter mor- tality, with the exceptions of the special license program for Camp Wainwright Deer season, and the archery season in Big Game Zone 5. In another change, the trophy mule deer area has been expanded to include Big Game Zone 13. This year, non residents and non resident aliens are allowed to take only male moose while the female moose season for residents only has been considerably shortened. In Zone 5, residents may hunt the female moose on only three days whereas the season lasted three weeks last year. In Zone 1, the season has been shortened from three months to three weeks. Antlerless elk will be subject to compuls'ory registration this year. The restriction will also con- tinue to apply to goats, caribou, grizzly bear, cougar and trophy sheep. In other big game changes, authorities have iastituted yearly restric- tions on trophy sheep, antelope and grizzly bears. Non Canadians taking a trophy sheep or grizzly bear will be restricted from obtaining a license for that particular species for the next four seasons so that they are allowed only one license every five years. The same restriction will be applied to non resident Canadians who take an antelope this year. Residents will be allowed an antelope license every second season. Resident and non resi- dent Canadians who kill a trophy sheep or grizzly will be similarly restricted to obtaining a license for the species every second season. In bird game regulation changes, pheasant season and sharp tailed grouse seasons have been shorten- ed due to population declines arising out of loss of habitat. Pheasant season will open October 11 for residents this year, with non residents allowed to hunt one week later. The season will end November 23. The daily bag limit has been set at three, with a possession limit of nine throughout the entire season. The sharp tailed grouse season will correspond to the pheasant season in the southern portion of the province, while the season will be similar to that of 1973 in the northern areas. The daily bag limit is five birds with possession limit reduced this season to 10. Other upland game bird seasons have remained similar to 1973 and bag limits are unchanged. Waterfowl production this year appears to be ex- cellent, and there are no significant changes in seasons or bag limits in this area. Aside from season and limit changes from last year, hunters should take note of the amendments to the wildlife and municipal government acts regarding the discharge of firearms; which have been completed and went into effect on August 1. The amendments made the previously ex- isting by laws governing firearms void. It is now illegal to dis- charge a firearm on privately owned land without the consent of the landowner or occupant. Previously only the hunting of wildlife required the permission of the lan- downer or occupant. Another amendment states that no person shall "discharge a firearm from, or cause a projectile from a firearm to pass along or across a developed road allowance in any county or municipal dis- trict unless he is hunting game birds with a shotgun under the authority of a game bird license. Attention Hunters! the... 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