Newfoundland and Labrador Hunter Education Program




A poacher is anyone who harvests game in a way that defies game laws. Hunting without a license, bagging over the legal limit, or hunting outside the regulated season are all considered forms of poaching, which is an illegal act. As a responsible and ethical hunter, it is your duty to report any form of poaching. Never try and confront a poacher directly. Instead, contact the local authorities as soon as possible.

If you witness a game violation, as an ethical hunter, you should record as much information as possible, and then report to a Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer or the RCMP as soon as possible.

Not all poachers will meet the stereotype illustrated above. Keep in mind that someone who takes too much game, or bags an animal that is not yet in season, is in fact breaking the law, and the incident should be reported to the local authorities.