Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations,
- Hunting Zones
- Consultation Process and Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports
- Open Seasons in Alberta
- Bag and Possession Limits in Alberta
- Overabundant Species
- Measures in Alberta Concerning Overabundant Species
- Celebrating a Century of Shared Conservation
- Report Your Migratory Bird Bands
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
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 1K5
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.
Hunters are advised to pay particular attention to the Alberta Hunting Guide to ensure that they are hunting for the correct species in the correct wildlife management unit during the permitted times and dates. Note that these zone numbers do not correspond to regions as presented in the Guide. If you need more information to determine in which zone you are located, please visit: Alberta Guide Hunting Regulations
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.
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; and
In Alberta, 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, including the hunting of migratory birds and upland game birds. Hunters should consult provincial or territorial regulations for additional restrictions.
|Area||Waterfowler Heritage Days|
Ducks, geese, coots and snipe
|Open Seasons in Alberta|
Ducks, geese, coots and snipe
|Zones 1Note a of Table, 2Note b of Table, 3Note c of Table, 4Note d of Table and 8Note h of Table||Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2016Note i of Table||Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2016Note j of Table|
|Zones 5Note e of Table, 6Note f of Table and 7Note g of Table||Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2016Note i of Table||Sept. 8 to Dec. 21, 2016Note k of Table|
|Limits||Ducks||Snow Geese and Ross's Geese||Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese||Coots||Snipe|
|Daily bag||8Note l of Table||50||8Note n of Table||8||8|
|Possession||24Note m of Table||No limit||24Note o of Table||24||24|
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.
|Area||Period during which Snow Geese and Ross's Geese may be killed||Additional hunting method or equipment|
|Throughout Alberta||Mar. 15 to June 15, 2017||Recorded bird callsNote p of Table|
The 2016 federal permit is also valid for the 2017 spring special conservation season for Snow Geese and Ross's Geese.
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
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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