Resources for Hunters

A Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit is required to hunt waterfowl and other migratory game birds in Canada. Permits come with a Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp (Canadian Duck Stamp) affixed for validation.

Through the purchase of your Permit, you are contributing to waterfowl and waterfowl habitat conservation across Canada. The revenue generated from the Canadian Duck Stamp ($8.50 from every Permit sold) is allocated to Wildlife Habitat Canada, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the restoration, conservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat. Through a grant program, Stamp revenue is invested in habitat conservation projects and hunter education and recruitment projects across Canada.

MBHR Summaries

“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.” Environment and Climate Change Canada

Summaries can be viewed and/or downloaded by visiting Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website.

Provincial/Territorial Requirements

Please note that you must verify the provincial/territorial regulations pertaining to hunting and the carrying of firearms for the province/territory where you will be hunting migratory game birds.

By following the rules and regulations in the province or territory in which you are hunting, you are playing an important role in maintaining abundant waterfowl populations within the carrying capacity for the habitat in which they live.

FAQ’s for Hunters

“Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA) and its regulations, Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for managing migratory bird populations, and regulating the hunting of migratory game birds such as ducks and geese. Every two years, Environment and Climate Change Canada determines hunting seasons and bag limits for migratory game bird species which are then published as Schedule 1 of the Migratory Birds Regulations.

The purpose of the Question and Answer section is to answer frequently asked questions as well as provide the reader with a better understanding of the Migratory Game Birds Hunting Regulations in Canada which are established under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and its regulations (the Migratory Birds Regulations).” Environment and Climate Change Canada

FAQs can be found on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website.

CWS Reports

Reports published by the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada: 

For additional information on the Migratory Birds Convention Act or Regulations, please contact Environment and Climate Change Canada: 1-800-668-6767 or

Wildlife Habitat Canada would like to thank hunters for their contribution to wildlife habitat, conservation, restoration and enhancement. Together we make a difference.

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