Proposals to modernize Canada’s Migratory Birds Regulations: summary


The recommended provisions would act together to control harvest when needed, encourage use of the birds taken, remove unnecessary irritants for hunters, improve clarity for enforcement and maintain the perceived value of the resource in the eyes of the public.

The key changes to the Regulations described in this document rely on the interaction among:

  1. A new concept of possession;
  2. A new incentive to process birds, which removes them from the possession limit once processed;
  3. Introduction of a statement of the purpose of the Migratory Bird Hunting Permit; and
  4. A prohibition against abandonment of birds contrary to the purpose of the hunting permit. 

Other changes would ensure that:

  • Hunters know which types of shot being sold are certified non-toxic;
  • Hunters have a choice of ways to demonstrate what species they have taken;
  • Bows are regulated for use in hunting migratory birds;
  • Retriever-training companies may continue to exceed possession limits; and
  • Migratory birds may be donated and received for use by charitable organizations.

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Please ensure that Environment Canada receives your comments on these proposals no later than June 9, 2014:

  •; or
  • By mail to: Director, Population Conservation and Management, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, Gatineau, Quebec Canada K1A 0H3.
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