Sask. landowners want hunters to ask permission to enter land

Saskatchewan landowners want more control over who can access their land.

Delegates to last week’s Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention narrowly passed two resolutions that would require hunters to ask permission for access.

Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are the only two provinces that don’t require permission to enter private land, said a motion by the RM of Viscount.

It said more than one group of hunters can be on a particular field during bird hunting season, leading to disputes over which group has the right to be there.

It asked the SARM board to lobby the environment ministry to change the province’s wildlife regulations and require all people to gain permission to hunt before they enter privately owned land.

The second motion, from the RM of Dundurn, said permission should be required to hunt on private or occupied crown land.

A delegate from the RM of Marquis said he was against requiring permission because hunters wouldn’t be able to reach absentee landowners.

He said older hunters would quit, which could lead to an increase in deer populations and a corresponding increase in chronic wasting disease.

Lorne Scott from the RM of Indian Head said he appreciated the intent of the resolutions but also spoke against them.

“We have (land) owners in Ontario and Alberta and at the same time we wish to reduce moose populations, for example, or snow goose populations,” he said, noting the number of hunters overall has been declining for the last two decades.

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