Proposed Amendments to Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

Comment Period is from June 1 – July 31, 2019 (Now extended to September 30, 2019)

The proposed modernized Migratory Birds Regulations, along with a description of the changes, can be found in the June 1, 2019 edition of the Canada Gazette, Part I.

Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to review these proposed changes and provide your feedback to Caroline Ladanowski, by email ( or mail (Caroline Ladanowski, Director Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 351 St. Joseph Blvd, Gatineau, QC, K1A 0H3).

Environment and Climate Change Canada is proposing important changes to the Migratory Bird Hunting regulations, which will effect waterfowl hunters across Canada. A few of these changes include:

  • Removing the requirement to keep an intact wing of a harvested bird attached to the meat;
  • Allowing the use of a crossbow to harvest migratory birds;
  • The provision that birds harvested under the authority of a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit may be gifted for human consumption (including for charitable purposes);
  • Extending the expiration date of the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

The proposal also includes the elimination of Waterfowler Heritage Days, and replacing it with the exemption of all minors from purchasing the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.

Click here to read WHC’s feedback on the proposed modernized Migratory Birds Regulations.

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