Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2013–2014: Nunavut

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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
5019, 52 Street
P.O. Box 2310
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories  X1A 2P7
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.

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).

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

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

Open Seasons in Nunavut
AreaDucks, geese, coots and snipe
Throughout NunavutSept. 1 to Dec. 10, 2013(a)

(a) Snow Goose call recordings may be used, but if used with decoys, the decoys may only represent white or blue phase Snow Geese, or any combination of them.

Measures in Nunavut Concerning Overabundant Species
ItemAreaPeriod during which Snow Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
1.Throughout NunavutAug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2013Recorded bird calls(a)(b)
2.Throughout NunavutMay 1 to June 30, 2014Recorded bird calls(a)(b)

(a) “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.
(b) Snow Goose call recordings may be used, but if used with decoys, the decoys may only represent white or blue phase Snow Geese, or any combination of them.

Note
Hunters interested in participating in the conservation harvest of Snow Geese should keep their 2013–2014 federal permits.

Bag and Possession Limits in Nunavut
LimitsDucks
(Residents of Canada
)
Ducks
(Non-residents of Canada)
Geese
(Residents of Canada
)
Geese
(Non-residents of Canada)
Coots
(Residents of Canada and Non-residents of Canada)
Snipe
(Residents of Canada
)
Snipe
(Non-residents of Canada)
Daily bag25(c)(g)8(c)(g)15(b)(e)(i)5(a)(b)(e)(i)251010
PossessionNo limit(d)(h)16(d)(h)No limit(b)(f)10(a)(b)(f)(j)No limitNo limit20

(a) Except that non-residents may not take more than 2 White-fronted Geese daily and may not possess more than 4.
(b) Except that on all islands and water in James Bay located west of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, not more than a total of 3 Canada Geese or Cackling Geese, or any combination of them, may be taken daily, and not more than a total of 24 Canada Geese or Cackling Geese, or any combination of them, may be possessed.
(c) Except that on all islands and water in James Bay located west of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, the daily bag limit for ducks is 6, with not more than 2 American Black Ducks and 1 Barrow’s Goldeneye.
(d) Except that on all islands and water in James Bay located west of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, the possession limit for ducks is 12, with not more than 4 American Black Ducks and 2 Barrow’s Goldeneye.
(e) Except that on all islands and water in James Bay located east of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, the daily bag limit is 20 Snow Geese, and a total of 5 other geese.
(f)  Except that on all islands and water in James Bay located east of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, the possession limit is 60 Snow Geese, and a total of 20 other geese.
(g) Except that on all islands and water in James Bay located east of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, the daily bag limit for ducks is 6, with not more than 4 American Black Ducks, 1 Barrow’s Goldeneye and 1 Blue-winged Teal.
(h) Except that on all islands and water in James Bay located east of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, the possession limit for ducks is 12, with not more than 8 American Black Ducks, 2 Barrow’s Goldeneye and 2 Blue-winged Teal.
(i)  Except that the daily bag limit for Snow Geese is 20.
(j)  Except that the possession limit for Snow Geese by non-residents is 80.

Note
No person shall hunt earlier than one half-hour before sunrise or later than one half-hour after sunset, except north of the 60th parallel, where no person shall hunt earlier than one hour before sunrise or later than one hour after sunset.

Report Your Migratory Bird Bands

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