Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2014-2015: Summaries

March to June 2016: Spring special conservation periods are underway to hunt overabundant species, which are Snow Geese and Ross's Geese in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and Snow Geese in Quebec and Ontario.

The Snow and Ross’s Goose populations have increased dramatically in the past several decades.  In response to concerns over potential impacts of these geese on their habitats, Snow Geese (Greater and Lesser) and Ross’s Geese have been designated as “overabundant”. This designation provides tools to increase hunter harvest under special conditions, such as a spring conservation season when hunters are allowed to take geese in spring in order to help reduce the population numbers. Please refer to the appropriate regulation summary for further details.

The Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations (MBHR) summaries are one-page summaries of the annual hunting regulations for each province and territory, including season dates and bag limits. The paper versions will be available at Canada Post outlets, along with the hunting permits. 

You may also download the PDF version - Visit the publications catalogue.

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.