Harsher penalties are the highlights of new hunting guidelines set to take place in the province later this week.

Beginning on Wednesday, people convicted on three separate occasions for wildlife offences will face a lifetime ban from hunting in Saskatchewan.

The potential for lifetime bans is a number of different regulation changes in the Wildlife Amendment Act for 2015.

Other changes will see the most serious hunting offenses carry an automatic two-year suspension.

Also, conservation officers will now have up to three years to investigate hunting violations.