Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2014–2015: Nunavut

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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 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.

If you are hunting on private lands (Inuit Owned Lands), ensure you have permission from the Regional Inuit Association.

Consultation Process and Migratory Birds Regulatory Reports

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

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Important Updates to the hunting Regulations for Nunavut

Inclusion of Ross’s Geese in spring conservation harvests: Ross’s Geese may now be harvested during the special conservation periods.

Increase in the daily bag limit for any combination of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese: Bag limit is 50 for residents and non-residents of Canada.

Any combination of decoys can be used to hunt any migratory game bird for which there is an open season.

For complete details regarding the 2014–2015 hunting season, please refer to the Open Season and Bag and Possession Limit tables below.


In Nunavut, 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.

Open Seasons in Nunavut
AreaDucks, geese, coots and snipe
Throughout NunavutSeptember 1 to December 10, 2014Footnote(a)

Footnotes

Footnote a

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

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Measures in Nunavut Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
Throughout NunavutAugust 15 to August 31, 2014
May 1 to June 30, 2015
Recorded bird callsFootnote(a)
Recorded bird callsFootnote(a)

Footnotes

Footnote a

“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 should keep their 2014–2015 federal permits.

Bag and Possession Limits in Nunavut
LimitsDucks
(Residents of Canada
)
Ducks
(Non-residents of Canada
)
Canada Geese,
Cackling Geese,
White-fronted Geese
and Brant
(Residents of Canada
)
Canada Geese,
Cackling Geese,
White-fronted Geese
and Brant
(Non-residents of Canada
)
Snow Geese
and Ross’s Geese
Coots
Snipe
(Residents of Canada
)
Snipe
(Non-residents of Canada
)
Daily bag25Footnote(a)8Footnote(a)15Footnote(c)5Footnote(e)50 Footnote(g)251010
PossessionNo limitFootnote(b)16Footnote(b)No limitFootnote(d)10Footnote(d)Footnote(f)No limitNo limitNo limit20

Footnotes

Footnote a

 Except in that portion of the islands and waters of James Bay that are south of 55°N latitude, where the limit is 6, of which (i) Not more than 2 may be American Black Ducks and 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye, in the area west of 80°15’W longitude; and (ii) Not more than 4 may be American Black Ducks, 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye, and 1 may be Blue-winged Teal, in the area east of 80°15’W longitude.

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Footnote b

Except in that portion of the islands and waters of James Bay that are south of 55°N latitude, where the limit is 18, of which (i) not more than 6 may be American Black Ducks and 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye, in the area west of 80°15’W longitude; and (ii) not more than 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye and 2 may be Blue-winged Teal, in the area east of 80°15’W longitude.

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Footnote c

In that portion of the islands and waters of James Bay that are west of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, not more than 5 may be Canada Geese or Cackling Geese or any combination of them.

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Footnote d

Except in the portion of the islands and waters of James Bay that are east of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, where the limit is 20.

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Footnote e

Not more than 2 may be White-fronted Geese.

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Footnote f

Not more than 4 may be White-fronted Geese. In that portion of the islands and waters of James Bay that are west of 80°15’W longitude and south of 55°N latitude, there is no limit on Canada Geese and Cackling Geese.

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Footnote g

Except in that portion of the islands and waters of James Bay that are south of 55°N latitude, where the limit is 20.

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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