05/01/2012 01:17 EDT | Updated 07/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia hunters and trappers get certification extended until end of 2015

HALIFAX - Hunters are trappers in Nova Scotia are getting a three-year extension on their wildlife resources cards.

The provincial government says it is extending the deadline for the cards until the end of 2015, meaning they will be valid until then regardless of their expiration dates.

The cards are identification cards that show hunters and trappers are certified.

There are about 80,000 cards in circulation in the province, and the provincial government says most of them were due to expire at the end of this year.

This comes as the province's Natural Resources Department considers options to modernize its licensing system.

Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker says the extension will save hunters and trappers $530,000 in renewal fees.

The government says hunters and trappers with wildlife resources cards should continue to keep their contact information up to date.