A new system for buying hunting, angling and trapping licences has been introduced by the provincial government.

The system is known as ‘HAL’.

Users can sign up online and are given a registration number, which they will then use for future licence purchases.

Once purchased, the license can be immediately printed out.

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Executive Director Darrell Crabbe says the system will eventually handle all licences — but for now, the main focus is on anglers.

For this year, spring bear licences and wildlife habitat licences must be purchased from a local issuer, Saskatchewan Environment or select Provincial Park offices.

All remaining licences will be available online in time for the fall hunting season.

For trappers, the new system will be available in the south — but will not replace the current procedure for obtaining a trapping licence in the Northern Fur Conservation Area.