N.B. government making changes to annual moose license lottery

The New Brunswick government is making changes to how it awards coveted moose hunting licenses.

Each year there are approximately 60,000 application for a mere 4,000 licenses leaving some hunters waiting years to have their name drawn and some having never been drawn at all.

Energy and Resources Minister Mike Holland says there's talk of adding more ballots to licenses the opportunity for those who have never received one, or who haven't in several years, a move he says could up the chance of being selected by 30 per cent.

The move is expected to reduce the number of applications by approximately 14,000, which Holland says should improve the chances of success.

Though not in effect yet, Holland says the changes should be ready in time for this year's draw.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)