Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2016-2017: Saskatchewan


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 Migratory Birds Regulations. These, along with other useful information for hunters, can be found on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website, or you may contact:

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X4
Tel.: 1-800-668-6767
ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.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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The Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit is now available online on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website. Purchase and print your permit from the comfort of home.

Consultation Process and Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports

The hunting provisions of the Migratory Birds Regulations are reviewed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, with input from the provinces and territories, as well as a range of other interested stakeholders. Environment and Climate Change 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 and Climate Change Canada website.

Important Updates to the Hunting Regulations for Saskatchewan

Open season for Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese for non-residents of Canada is lengthened: Open season is now from September 1 to December 16 in District 2 (South).

Open season for migratory game birds in Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area is lengthened: Open season is now from September 1 to December 16. The Area remains closed to all sandhill crane hunting.

Waterfowler Heritage Days provide young hunters who are minors (under 18 years of age) 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 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 (who is not a minor);
  • mentors may not hunt or carry a firearm, and may accompany no more than two young hunters.
  • only young hunters may hunt when Waterfowler Heritage Days fall outside of the regular open seasons.

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 Regional Director of the Prairie Region 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 and Waterfowler Heritage Days in Saskatchewan
DistrictWaterfowler Heritage Days
Ducks, geese, coots, snipe and Sandhill Cranes
Open Seasons in Saskatchewan
Ducks, geese, coots, snipe and Sandhill Cranes
No. 1 (North)Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2016, and Oct. 8 to Oct. 10,
2016Note b of Table
Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2016Note b of Table,
No. 2 (South)Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2016, and Oct. 8 to Oct. 10,
2016Note b of Table, Note c of Table
Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2016Note a of Table,Note b of Table,Note c of Table

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, from the opening date up to and including October 14, 2016, 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 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 d of Table208Note f of Table51010
Possession24Note e of TableNo limit24Note g of Table153030

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Overabundant Species

The Migratory Birds Regulations also provide for special conservation periods when hunters may take overabundant species. Please note that additional hunting methods or equipment are permitted during the special conservation periods. See the table below for details.

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, 2017Recorded bird callsNote h of Table

Note

The 2016 federal permit is also valid for the 2017 spring special conservation season for Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese.

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1916-2016

Canada–U.S. Migratory Birds Convention

Celebrating a Century of Shared Conservation

For more information on centennial celebrations, visit Celebrating 100 Years of International Bird Conservation

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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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