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Murre (turr) hunters:


All hunters must purchase and be in possession of a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and a Habitat Conservation Stamp while hunting murres. This hunt is only open to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. Murres are the only migratory bird that can be legally hunted from a power boat. Any occupant of a boat who shoots or retrieves murres, or anyone who operates a boat to pursue murres, is hunting as defined in the Migratory Birds Regulations and is required to hold a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory birds, except for murres (turrs). For those birds still hunted with lead shot, remove the lead shot before cooking whenever possible in order to reduce your exposure to contaminants.


 
BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR (Murres/Turrs)
Limits Murres Daily Bag 20 Possession 40

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bag limit

Started by Jason Sharpe. Last reply by Peter Emberley Dec 20, 2019. 20 Replies

if their is three hunters in the boat then your allowed 60 or two hunters 40 one hunter 10 but even if their is four, five or six hunters in the boat their is still only allowed 60 turrs in the boatContinue

rules and regs

Started by terry macdonald. Last reply by David Dec 22, 2012. 4 Replies

in the rules and reg it says you are allowed 20 per day and 40 in your possesion per person,if you have three guys in a boat does that mean your allowed 60 turrs for that day,or is it 40.

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Comment by Boyd Winsor on February 4, 2020 at 3:23pm

Great to have this conversation. It shows that we have concerns and this is a good forum to have a discussion. My give my take on it is that there are numerous Coats Islands in the Arctic archipelago & Greenland. The vast majority of this population migrate down the Labrador Sea well off the coast. To my knowledge, there are no turr breeding colonies off the Labrador coast but I could be wrong on that one. Most of the turrs that breed on the islands along the east coast of Newfoundland migrate offshoe to feed on the Grand Banks. As the turrs instinctively move back north in February and March, many are trapped in Placentia Bay and have to make their way around Cape St. Mary's, which would be in March. It is foolish to compare the turr population to what happened to the northern cod as this was the result of corporate greed on a massive scale.

The simple solution to address the greed factor is enforcement. I was checked two years ago but other than that I haven't seen any wildlife presence. Responsible hunters should pressure wildlife officers to do random checks. It works. Anyway, nice to see a healthy discussion on this. Let us keep this tradition alive. So much has been taken from us. 

Comment by kenneth Griffiths on February 4, 2020 at 3:16pm

Yes sir plenty 

Comment by Peter Emberley on February 4, 2020 at 2:40pm

Dozen each per trip be lots.

Comment by kenneth Griffiths on February 4, 2020 at 2:33pm
  1. No it's not based on trips. Watch the same boats trip after trip is what I an issue with. Yes and like myself I love to give a few meals away. Wildlife should do random checks in your home to see if you have over your limit. Why have a bag limit if no one is checking it?? Might as well take the bag limit down. I never understood why there was a bag limit.....
Comment by Perry Downey on February 4, 2020 at 2:23pm

I agree that there has to be a way to monitor how many trips a person takes or how many birds a person has shot during the season.  Right now there is no monitoring at all.  We probably all know people who may go out 5-6 times each season and get their 20 birds each trip.  What are they doing with all the birds?  (Sarcasm!!) I don't believe that they're eating them all themselves!!  I have no issue with a person having 40 birds in their possession because most will share with family and/or friends who can't get out.  But when someone goes out several times and has gotten 100+, I believe that all the turre hunters around the province should have an issue with that.  There may be still lots of turres offshore or nesting on Coats Island in Hudson's Bay, but we also know that once upon a time, there was lots of cod, both offshore and inshore, and where are we today.  That should be our lesson when it comes to greed.

Comment by Peter Emberley on February 4, 2020 at 2:00pm

Not based on trips, based on possession limits. 

Comment by kenneth Griffiths on February 4, 2020 at 1:50pm

No peter out Saturday. just my opinion there should a check in station to see how many times people go out. Not hard to put cameras in ang boat launch in placentia bay.  This will help with the guys going out to many time. 

Comment by Noah Pittman on February 4, 2020 at 1:10pm

Right on agree I don’t it’s any hurt to reduce limits or tag system 

Comment by Peter Emberley on February 4, 2020 at 1:03pm

The majority of birds that come to Newfoundland stay offshore. In saying that turrs need to managed properly the same as any wild game.

Comment by Noah Pittman on February 4, 2020 at 12:59pm

Bill montavecchi  who is a scientist must not understand them either . As he is saying the same thing.I can smell the bird island in witless bay too bu that doesn’t mean turrs are plentiful.My father spent the whole summer on Labrador coast the spring summer and fall . Hardly saw any turrs . 

 

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