06/18/2015 06:58 EDT | Updated 06/18/2016 05:59 EDT

Permits for antlerless deer hunters in New Brunswick cut by 20 per cent

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government says it is cutting the number of permits available for antlerless deer hunters this year by 20 per cent.

The province says the cut is necessary because the severity of last winter has resulted in losses in the deer herd.

It says there will be 2,250 antlerless deer permits available this year compared to 2,700 last year.

New Brunswickers who want to hunt for antlerless deer, which are does and fawns, must enter a draw.