Hunting Migratory Game Birds and COVID-19 situation
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the Government of Canada, as well as provincial and territorial governments continue to adapt and modify their guidance and directives accordingly. Before heading out to hunt, ensure that you are up to date on the requirements, restrictions and guidance in your area, as well as where you intend to hunt.
Please check the Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) website for guidance on prevention, including physical distancing, as well as information on restrictions on travel across the Canadian-U.S. border.
Provincial, Territorial and Local restrictions and guidelines
Many provinces and territories as well as municipalities and townships have additional restrictions and guidelines, in particular regarding allowable group sizes for activities, distance you should remain from others, as well as travel restrictions between regions. Before heading out, be sure to check the respective provincial or territorial public health website as well as local government websites for where you live, and where you plan to hunt.
Requirements and restrictions specific to hunting
Some provinces and territories have information on requirements and restrictions that is specific to hunting. To check, go the website of the Ministry that is responsible for hunting in the jurisdiction where you plan to hunt.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians, visitors and employees. In order to support Government-wide efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada closed its publicly accessible National Wildlife Areas on March 25, 2020. Subsequently, Environment and Climate Change Canada put in place measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees and began reopening its publicly accessible National Wildlife Areas on June 1, 2020. Nineteen National Wildlife Areas are now partially reopened. In National Wildlife Areas where ECCC authorizes hunting, there has not been any change with respect to hunting. Please consult the individual National Wildlife Area webpages for more information. Note that hunting, fishing, and trapping are subject to provincial regulation in addition to federal conditions. Hunting is not permitted in Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, excepting Îles de la Paix where some hunting is authorized with a permit from Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits
The Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) permits continue to be available for purchase online through the e-permitting system as well as at some Canada Post outlets and independent vendors beginning on August 1, 2020. However, there is a possibility that independent vendors, who sell MGBH Permits, may be closed or have reduced hours due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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