Veterans To Receive Free Hunting\Fishing Licenses

Former members of the Canadian Armed Forces have just received a gift of recognition for their service to Canada.

Effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 season all veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces who were honourably discharged will receive free fishing and hunting licenses from the Province of Saskatchewan.

The initiative is available to all Saskatchewan and Canadian residents veterans.

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Free licences for regular hunting and angling opportunities will be available to Saskatchewan and Canadian resident veterans starting on Friday, April 12, 2019.  They do not apply to Big Game Draw licences or outfitted licence opportunities.

β€œThe Government of Saskatchewan appreciates the commitment and sacrifices of Canadian Armed Forces veterans and will offer hunting and angling licences at no cost to recognize their contributions,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said in a written statement.

The free licences will be subject to an initial verification process to confirm eligibility through the automated Hunting, Angling and Trapping Licence (HAL) system.  Verification can be completed at a ministry field office or by emailing the required information to the ministry.

The following forms of identification will be acceptable:

  • National Defense Identification Certificate;

  • Picture or copy of Certificate of Service; and

  • Release or Discharge Certificate.

Photo identification indicating date of birth and current address is also required.  In the absence of photo identification, two pieces of acceptable identification will be required.

For electronic verification, clients must provide a valid HAL account number.  Information on how to establish a HAL account in advance of applying can be found at

More information on the program - including eligibility requirements - may be found please visit or call the Ministry of Environment Inquiry Centre at 1-800-567-4224.

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