Explaining the Hunting Angling and Trapping License (HAL)
The Saskatchewan Hunting Angling and Trapping License (known as your HAL account or your HAL ID) is your first step in becoming licensed to hunt and fish in one of the greatest outdoor destinations on the planet. The HAL is simply your account profile with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. The HAL account is free (hunting and fishing licenses are not). To create your HAL account, you will need the following information:
- Date of birth
- Address (mailing and home address)
- Phone number
- At least one identification number (used to access your account so you don’t need to memorize your HAL number)
- Identification details (including gender, height, eye colour and hair colour)
- If you’re also creating a web account, you must create a password and provide an email address so you can be sent notifications and email receipts. If you forget your password, password reset information will be sent to the email address on your account.
For easy reference, if you have previously fished or hunted in Saskatchewan, your HAL ID will be printed on your license.
Your HAL account is good for life. Once you have your HAL account, you will need to supply the HAL ID each time you purchase a hunting or fishing license. The purchase of all licenses can be done online.
Dates for License Purchase
Spring & Summer
Spring and summer season licenses go on sale April 1st each year. This includes angling, black bear and game bird licenses.
Fall season hunting licenses go on sale August 1st each year. This includes whitetail deer, game bird, black bear and moose.
Some licenses, such as game bird and black bear, are good for both the spring and fall hunting seasons. You do not need to purchase a separate license for each.
Angling (Fishing) Licenses
A Saskatchewan non-resident fishing license is good from the beginning of the spring fishing season (varies by Zone) until the end of ice fishing season (also varies by Zone). Your fishing license will be non-species specific, permitting you to fish for all species of game fish in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Wildlife Habitat Certificate
When you buy a hunting license in Saskatchewan, you must first purchase a Wildlife Habitat Certificate. You only need to purchase this once in the year. If you’re purchasing multiple licenses, such as a big game hunting license and a game bird hunting license, you still only need to purchase the Wildlife Habitat Certificate once.
Big Game Licenses
To hunt big game in Saskatchewan, you’ll need both a Wildlife Habitat Certificate and a big game license for the specific species you’ll be hunting.
All big game licenses require seals. The harvest seal must be associated with a hunting license to be valid. You can choose to have your seal mailed to you. Allow up to 10 business days for your license and seal to arrive.
Bird Hunting Licenses
To hunt upland game birds in Saskatchewan, you’ll need both a Wildlife Habitat Certificate and a game bird license.
To hunt waterfowl in Saskatchewan, you’ll need a Wildlife Habitat Certificate, a game bird license and a federal migratory bird hunting permit. The migratory bird hunting permit can be purchased online from the Environment Canada website.
Non-resident game bird licenses require a harvest ledger. You can choose to have these mailed to you. Allow up to 10 business days for the mail to arrive. The harvest ledger is used to keep track of locations, hunting, dates and quantity of each species harvested.
As of November 13, 2019, the following were the current fees for non-resident licenses:
|Hunting Angling and Trapping License (HAL Account)||Free|
|Angling License – One-day||$20|
|Angling License – Three-day||$40|
|Angling License – Annual||$100|
|Wildlife Habitat Certificate||$15|
|Migratory Game Bird Permit||$17.50|
|Guided White-tailed Deer||$330|
|Guided Black Bear||$200|