Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2015–2016: Saskatchewan

Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2015–2016: Saskatchewan (PDF; 265 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 districts, 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

115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  S7N 0X4
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. Most provinces and territories 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.

Hunting Districts

Hunting Districts of Saskatchewan

Map: Hunting Districts in Saskatchewan (2 Districts).

Long Description Hunting Districts of Saskatchewan

Map of the 2 Hunting Districts in Saskatchewan which are District No. 1 (North) and District No. 2 (South).

District No. 1 (North)
Provincial Wildlife Management Zones 43 and 47 to 76 inclusive

District No. 2 (South)
Provincial Wildlife Management Zones 1 to 42 inclusive and 44 to 46 inclusive

If you need more information to determine in which zone you are located, please visit: Government of Saskatchewan: Hunting

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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 Days provide 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.

Note

In District No. 2 (South), during Waterfowler Heritage Days, and following the rules of these days, young hunters and mentors may participate in the falconry season.

In Saskatchewan, non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory game birds. Within National Wildlife Areas, the possession of lead shot is prohibited for all hunting. Hunters should consult provincial or territorial regulations for additional restrictions.

Cranes

Where the Director General of the Canadian Wildlife Service or the Chief Provincial Game Officer of Saskatchewan is of the opinion that Whooping Cranes may be in the Saskatchewan Sandhill Crane Management Area during the open season for Sandhill Cranes in that area, such officer may prohibit the hunting of Sandhill Cranes in that area, and thereafter no person shall hunt or kill Sandhill Cranes in that area in that year.

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Open Seasons in Saskatchewan
DistrictDucks, geese, coots, snipe and Sandhill Cranes
(Waterfowler Heritage Days)
Ducks, coots and snipeGeese
(Residents of Canada)
Snow Geese
and Ross’s Geese
(Non-residents of Canada)
Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese
(Non-residents of Canada)
Sandhill Cranes
No. 1 (North)Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2015, and Oct. 10 to Oct. 12,
2015Note b of Table
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015Note b of Table
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015Note b of Table
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015
No. 2 (South)Note d of TableSept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2015, and Oct. 10 to Oct. 12,
2015Note b of TableNote c of Table
Sept. 1 to Dec. 16,
2015Note a of Table
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015Note b of Table
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015Note b of Table
Sept. 10 to
Dec. 16, 2015
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2015Note c of Table

Notes of Table: Open Seasons in Saskatchewan

Note [a] of Table

Falconry season is open from September 1 to December 16, 2015, inclusive.

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Note [b]

Recorded Snow Goose and Ross’s Goose calls may be used when hunting Snow Geese or Ross’s Geese; any species of migratory bird for which it is open season may be taken while hunting Snow Geese or Ross’s Geese with those calls.

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Note [c]

The Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area is closed to all Sandhill Crane hunting.

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Note [d]

The Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area is closed to all hunting until September 20.

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Note

The open season for Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese in District No. 2 (South), and the portion of District No. 1 (North) consisting of Provincial Wildlife Management Zones 43, 47 to 59 and 67 to 69 for residents and non-residents of Canada, from the opening date up to and including October 14, 2015, inclusive, includes only that part of each day from one half-hour before sunrise until noon, local time, and, after that period, from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset. The open season for Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese for residents and non- residents of Canada province-wide includes only that part of each day from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.

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Bag and Possession Limits in Saskatchewan
LimitsDucksSnow Geese and Ross’s GeeseCanada Geese, Cackling Geese and
White-fronted Geese
Sandhill CranesCootsSnipe
Daily bag8Note e of Table208Note g of Table51010
Possession24Note f of TableNo limit24Note h of Table153030

Notes of Table: Bag and Possession Limits in Saskatchewan

Note [e] of Table

Not more than 4 may be Northern Pintails.

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Note [f] of Table

Not more than 12 may be Northern Pintails.

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Note [g] of Table

Not more than 5 may be White-fronted Geese.

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Note [h] of Table

Not more than 15 may be White-fronted Geese.

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Measures in Saskatchewan Concerning Overabundant Species
DistrictPeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
No. 1 (North) and 2 (South)Mar. 15 to June 15, 2016Recorded bird callsNote i of Table

Notes of Table: Measures in Saskatchewan Concerning Overabundant Species

Note [i] of Table

“Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

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Note

Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2015–2016 federal permits.

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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