Proposals to modernize Canada’s Migratory Birds Regulations: chapter 1

Modernization of Canada’s Migratory Birds Regulations to Improve the Management of Hunting

The landscape for hunting migratory birds has evolved considerably over the past 20 years in Canada: waterfowl populations are generally in good shape, there are now fewer hunters than before, and there is an established history and process for ensuring that harvests remain sustainable for future generations. Moreover, during the past decades a number of regulatory problems have arisen, including complaints and challenges identified by hunters, hunter organizations, migratory bird population biologists, and enforcement officials.

For these reasons the Regulations are being reviewed and revised. A number of amendments are being proposed to address the issues raised and to improve the management of hunting. The proposals in this document focus on areas where hunters would be directly affected by changes. Minor issues that do not create an actual change on the ground for hunters (such as unclear/out-of-date wording or the order of sections) are also being dealt with, but are not discussed here.

Please note that this consultation is not about changes to bag limits or season dates. Rather, we are looking at the main text of the Regulations, which provide the rules about such things as possession of migratory birds, labeling, transportation, wastage, processing and others.

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