Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2015–2016: Newfoundland and Labrador

Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2015–2016: Newfoundland and Labrador (PDF; 285 KB)

Summary

The information presented here is a summary of the law. If there is a discrepancy between the law and this summary, the law prevails. For complete information on fines, general prohibitions, permitted hunting methods and equipment, the requirement to have adequate means to retrieve birds immediately, restrictions on the use of bait, the description of hunting zones, and other restrictions on hunting, please refer to the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the Migratory Birds Regulations. These, along with other useful information for hunters, can be found on the Environment Canada website, or you may contact:

Environment Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
6 Bruce Street
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador  A1N 4T3
Tel.: 1-800-668-6767
enviroinfo@ec.gc.ca

You are required to possess a valid federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit with a Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp to hunt migratory birds in Canada. This permit and stamp are valid in all provinces and territories. The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Nunatsiavut Government, have additional licence requirements for hunting migratory birds and/or to carry firearms. To know what you require, and if there are further restrictions for hunting migratory birds, please verify the applicable regulations for the province/territory where you will be hunting. Note that all required permits and licences must be in your possession while you are hunting.

Waterfowl and Snipe Hunting Zones

Waterfowl and Snipe Hunting Zones of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Map of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Long Description for Hunting Zones of Newfoundland and Labrador

This image has two maps, which show the Waterfowl and Snipe hunting zones in Newfoundland and Labrador. On the left hand side is a map showing the zones in Labrador, and on the right hand side is a map showing the zones on the island of Newfoundland. The Labrador map shows the boundaries of the Northern, Western, Central and Southern zones. The island of Newfoundland map shows the boundaries of the coastal and inland zones. The zones are; Northern Coastal, Northeastern Coastal, Avalon-Burin Coastal, Southern Coastal and Western Coastal, Northern Inland, Avalon-Burin Inland and Southern Inland.

“Coastal” refers to that portion of the coast lying within 100 metres of the mean ordinary high-water mark, including the coastal portions of offshore islands and the adjacent marine coastal waters

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Consultation Process and Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports

The hunting provisions of the Migratory Birds Regulations are reviewed by Environment Canada, with input from the provinces and territories, as well as a range of other interested stakeholders. Environment Canada has developed a consultation process for establishing hunting regulations for migratory birds, and publishes the Migratory Birds Regulatory Report Series that can be found on the Environment Canada website.

Waterfowler Heritage Day provides young hunters under the age of majority (12 to 17 years) with the opportunity to practise hunting and outdoor skills, learn about wildlife conservation, and reinforce safety training in a structured, supervised environment. Licensed adult hunters who serve as mentors have an opportunity to pass on their considerable skills and knowledge by offering guidance and advice to younger hunters. The following rules are in effect:

  • to participate, young hunters under the age of majority do not require the federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit;
  • young participants must comply with all existing safety and licensing requirements found in the Firearms Act and provincial hunting regulations;
  • participants must be accompanied by a licensed mentor over the age of majority; and
  • mentors may not hunt or carry a firearm, and may accompany no more than two young hunters.

Murre (turr) hunters: All hunters must purchase and be in possession of a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and a Habitat Conservation Stamp while hunting murres. This hunt is only open to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. Murres are the only migratory bird that can be legally hunted from a power boat. Any occupant of a boat who shoots or retrieves murres, or anyone who operates a boat to pursue murres, is hunting as defined in the Migratory Birds Regulations and is required to hold a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory birds, except for murres (turrs). For those birds still hunted with lead shot, remove the lead shot before cooking whenever possible in order to reduce your exposure to contaminants.

Barrow’s Goldeneye is listed in the Species at Risk Act as a species of special concern, and the bag and possession limit of 1 remains in place.

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Crime Stoppers

Hunting violations may be reported to Environment Canada Wildlife Enforcement at 709-772-7040, your local RCMP detachment, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Open Seasons on the Island of Newfoundland (No open season for Harlequin DucksNote a of Table)
AreaDucks, including mergansers (other than Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducks,Note a of Table eiders and scoters), geese and snipeLong-tailed Ducks, eiders and scoters
All coastal zonesSept. 19 to Dec. 26, 2015
Waterfowler Heritage Day: Sept. 12, 2015
Nov. 28, 2015, to Feb. 29, 2016
All inland zonesSept. 19 to Dec. 26, 2015
Waterfowler Heritage Day: Sept. 12, 2015
No open season

Notes of Table: Open Seasons on the Island of Newfoundland (No open season for Harlequin Ducks)

Note [a] of Table

Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.

Return to note a referrer of table

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Bag and Possession Limits on the Island of Newfoundland
LimitsDucks (other than mergansers,
Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducks,Note b of Table
eiders and scoters)
MergansersLong-tailed Ducks, eiders and scotersGeeseSnipe
Daily bag6Note c of Table66510
Possession18Note d of Table12121020

Notes of Table: Bag and Possession Limits on the Island of Newfoundland

Note [b] of Table

Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.

Return to note b referrer of table

Note [c] of Table

Not more than 1 Barrow’s Goldeneye and not more than 4 may be American Black Ducks.

Return to note c referrer of table

Note [d] of Table

Not more than 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye.

Return to note d referrer of table

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Open Seasons in Labrador (No open season for Harlequin DucksNote e of Table)
AreaDucks (other than Harlequin DucksNote e of Table and eiders), geese and snipeEiders
Northern Labrador ZoneSept. 5 to Dec. 19, 2015
Waterfowler Heritage Day: Sept. 5, 2015
Sept. 26, 2015, to Jan. 9, 2016
Western Labrador ZoneSept. 5 to Dec. 19, 2015
Waterfowler Heritage Day: Sept. 5, 2015
No open season
Southern Labrador ZoneSept. 5 to Dec. 19, 2015
Waterfowler Heritage Day: Sept. 5, 2015
Nov. 28, 2015, to Feb. 29, 2016
Central Labrador ZoneSept. 5 to Dec. 19, 2015
Waterfowler Heritage Day: Sept. 5, 2015
Oct. 31 to Nov. 28, 2015, and Jan. 2 to Feb. 29, 2016

Notes of Table: Open Seasons in Labrador (No open season for Harlequin Ducks)

Note [e] of Table

Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.

Return to note e referrer of table

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Bag and Possession Limits in Labrador
LimitsDucks (other than mergansers, Harlequin
Ducks,Note f of Table eiders and scoters)
Mergansers, scoters and eidersGeeseSnipe
Daily bag6Note g of Table6510
Possession18Note h of Table121020

Notes of Table: Bag and Possession Limits in Labrador

Note [f] of Table

Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.

Return to note f referrer of table

Note [g] of Table

Not more than 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye.

Return to note g referrer of table

Note [h] of Table

Not more than 1 may be Barrow's Goldeneye.

Return to note h referrer of table

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Murre/Turr hunting zones in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Murre/Turr Hunting Zones

Map: Murre/Turr Hunting Zones

Long Description for Hunting Zones of Newfoundland and Labrador

This image is a map that shows the boundaries of the 4 Murre/Turr hunting zones in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Open Seasons in Newfoundland and Labrador (Murres/Turrs)
AreaMurres
Zone No. 1Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2015
Zone No. 2Oct. 6, 2015, to Jan. 20, 2016
Zone No. 3Nov. 25, 2015, to Mar. 10, 2016
Zone No. 4Nov. 3, 2015, to Jan. 10, 2016, and Feb. 2 to Mar. 10, 2016
Bag and Possession Limits in Newfoundland and Labrador (Murres/Turrs)
LimitsMurres
Daily bag20
Possession40

Report Your Migratory Bird Bands

Call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or go to the Report a bird with a Federal Band or Color Marker website

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