Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2013–2014: Saskatchewan

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Summary

Please be aware that if there is a discrepancy between the hunting regulation summary and the Migratory Birds Regulations, the regulations prevail.

The information presented here is a summary of the law. 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 Canada website (www.ec.gc.ca) 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

Map: Hunting Districts in Saskatchewan (2 Districts).

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.


Consultation Process and Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports

The hunting provisions of the Migratory Birds Regulations are reviewed annually 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 annually publishes the Migratory Birds Regulatory Report Series that can be found on the Environment Canada website (www.ec.gc.ca).

Important Updates to the Hunting Regulations for Saskatchewan

Introduction of Waterfowler Heritage Days across Saskatchewan – To provide young hunters under the age of majority with the opportunity to practice 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.

In 2013, Waterfowler Heritage Days in Saskatchewan are September 1 and 2 as well as October 12, 13 and 14.

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.

Recorded Snow Goose calls may be used while hunting Snow Geese. Any species for which there is an open season may be taken while hunting Snow Geese using these recorded calls.

For complete details regarding the 2013–2014 hunting season, please refer to the Open Season and Bag and Possession Limit tables below.


In Saskatchewan, non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory 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.

Helpful Tip

Canadians may be exposed to avian-borne viruses when hunting or handling migratory birds and other wild game. Environment Canada recommends the following website, maintained by the Public Health Agency of Canada, for information about minimizing the risk of exposure: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

This table provides information on the open seasons in Saskatchewan.

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. 1–2, 2013, and
Oct. 12–14, 2013Footnote b
Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2013Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2013Footnote b
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2013Footnote b
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2013
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2013
No. 2 (South)Sept. 1–2, 2013, and
Oct. 12–14, 2013Footnote b Footnote c
Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2013Footnote aSept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2013Footnote b
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2013Footnote b
Sept. 10 to
Dec. 16, 2013
Sept. 1 to
Dec. 16, 2013Footnote c
Footnote A

Falconry season is open from September 1 to December 16, 2013, inclusive.

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Footnote B

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

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Footnote C

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

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Note
The open season for geese for residents and non-residents of Canada in District No. 2 (South), and the Provincial Wildlife Management Zones 43, 47 to 59 inclusive, and 67 to 69 inclusive, of District No. 1 (North), includes only that part of each day from one half-hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon, local time, from September 1 to October 14, 2013, inclusive, and on and after October 15, 2013, geese may be hunted from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset, except east of 106 degrees west longitude, where, on and after September 1, 2013, white geese (Snow and Ross’s geese) may be hunted from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset. Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area is closed to all hunting until September 20, 2013.

This table provides information on the daily bag and possession limits in Saskatchewan.

Bag and Possession Limits in Saskatchewan
LimitsDucksSnow Geese and Ross’s GeeseCanada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted GeeseSandhill CranesCootsSnipe
Daily bag8Footnote d208Footnote f51010
Possession24Footnote e6024Footnote g153030
Footnote D

Not more than 4 may be Northern Pintails.

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Footnote E

Not more than 12 may be Northern Pintails.

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Footnote F

For residents of Canada, not more than 5 may be White-fronted Geese. For non-residents of Canada, not more than 4 may be White-fronted Geese.

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Footnote G

For residents of Canada, not more than 15 may be White-fronted Geese. For non-residents of Canada, not more than 12 may be White-fronted Geese.

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This table provides information on measures in Saskatchewan concerning overabundant species.

Measures in Saskatchewan Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
East of 106°W longitudeApr. 1 to May 31, 2014Recorded bird callsFootnote h
West of 106°W longitudeApr. 1 to April 30, 2014Recorded bird callsFootnote h
Footnote H

“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 conservation harvest of Snow Geese next spring should keep their 2013–2014 federal permits.

Report Your Migratory Bird Bands

Call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or go to: www.reportband.gov