Hunting regulations for migratory birds: Northwest Territories 2017 to 2018

Summary

The information presented here is a summary of the law. If there is a discrepancy between the law and this summary, the law prevails. For complete information on fines, general prohibitions, permitted hunting methods and equipment, the requirement to have adequate means to retrieve birds immediately, restrictions on the use of bait, the description of hunting zones, and other restrictions on hunting, please refer to the Migratory Birds Convention Act , 1994 and Migratory Birds Regulations . These, along with other useful information for hunters, can be found on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website, or you may contact:

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
5019, 52 Street
P.O. Box 2310
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2P7
Tel.: 1-800-668-6767
ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca

You are required to possess a valid federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit with a Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp to hunt migratory birds in Canada. This permit and stamp are valid in all provinces and territories. Most provinces and territories have additional licence requirements for hunting migratory birds and/or to carry firearms. To know what you require, and if there are further restrictions for hunting migratory birds, please verify the applicable regulations for the province/territory where you will be hunting. Note that all required permits and licences must be in your possession while you are hunting.

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The Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit is now available online on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website

. Purchase and print your permit from the comfort of home.

If you are hunting on private lands within an area with a settled land claim, you must ask permission first.

Consultation process and migratory birds regulatory reports

The hunting provisions of the Migratory Birds Regulations are reviewed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, with input from the provinces and territories, as well as a range of other interested stakeholders. Environment and Climate Change Canada has developed a consultation process for establishing hunting regulations for migratory birds, and publishes the Migratory Birds Regulatory Report Series that can be found on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website.

New enforcement tool, fine regime, and sentencing provisions

In June 2017, the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations came into force and administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) are now available to game officers to enforce designated violations of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA) and its associated regulations. In addition, amendments to the fine regime and sentencing provisions of the MBCA and the regulations necessary to complete the fine regime, the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for the Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994) Regulations, came into force on July 12, 2017. The amendments aim to ensure that court-imposed fines more accurately reflect the seriousness of environmental offenses. The new fine regime will be applied by courts following a conviction pursuant to the MBCA or its associated regulations. Under the new fine regime, when designated offenses are contravened, the offender upon conviction, is subject to minimum and higher maximum fines. For more information on AMPs and the new fine regime, please visit the Environmental Enforcement Act.

In the Northwest Territories, non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory birds.

Open Seasons in the Northwest Territories
Area Open Seasons
Ducks, geese, coots and snipe
Throughout the Northwest Territories September 1 to December 10, 2017Noteaof Table
Bag and Possession Limits in the Northwest Territories
Limits Ducks
(Residents of Canada)
Ducks
(Non-residents of Canada)
Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, White-fronted Geese and Brant
(Residents of Canada)
Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, White-fronted Geese and Brant
(Non-residents of Canada)
Snow Geese and Ross's Geese Coots Snipe
(Residents of Canada)
Snipe
(Non-residents of Canada)
Daily bag 25 8 15 5Notebof Table 50 25 10 10
Possession No limit 16 No limit 10Notebof Table No limit No limit No limit 20

Overabundant species

The Migratory Birds Regulations also provide for special conservation periods when hunters may take overabundant species. Please note that additional hunting methods or equipment are permitted during the special conservation periods. See the table below for details.

Measures in the Northwest Territories Concerning Overabundant Species
Area Period during which Snow Geese and Ross's Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
Banks Island, Victoria Island and Queen Elizabeth Islands May 1 to June 30, 2018 Recorded bird callsNotecof Table
Throughout the Northwest Territories except Banks Island, Victoria Island and Queen Elizabeth Islands May 1 to May 28, 2018 Recorded bird callsNotecof Table

Note

The 2017 federal permit is also valid for the 2018 spring special conservation harvest for Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese.

No person shall hunt earlier than one hour before sunrise or later than one hour after sunset.

100 Years of taking birds under our wings

1916 to 2016

The Canada-US Migratory Birds Convention

1917 to 2017

The Migratory Birds Convention Act

Centennial celebrations

For more information on centennial celebrations, visit Celebrating 100 years of bird conservation

Report your migratory bird bands

Call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or go to the Report a bird with a Federal Band or Color Marker website

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