Hunting regulations summary for migratory birds: Newfoundland and Labrador, August 2019 to July 2020

Summary

To hunt migratory game birds in Canada, you must possess:

  • a valid Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit
  • a Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp affixed to or printed on the permit

These two documents are issued by the federal government and 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. Municipalities may have additional restrictions on discharging firearms.  Note that all required permits and licences must be in your possession while you are hunting.

Buy permit online

You can purchase and print your Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit by visiting the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit web page.
Bird Hunting zone, see long description
Waterfowl and Snipe Hunting Zones
  • Long description

    “Coastal” refers to that portion of the coast lying within 100 metres of the mean ordinary high-water mark, including the coastal portions of offshore islands and the adjacent marine coastal waters. For more information on hunting districts, contact the Provincial Department of Fisheries and Land Resources.

Consultation process and migratory birds regulatory reports

A national consultation process has been developed to provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in developing the migratory birds hunting regulations. For more information, consult the Migratory Birds Regulatory Report Series web page.

Enforcement

In June 2017, the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations came into force. In particular, these regulations authorize game officers to use administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) to enforce the provisions of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA) and its associated regulations.

In July 2017, amendments to the fine regime and penalty provisions in the MBCA and the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994) Regulations came into force. In particular, these amendments allow courts to impose penalties that reflect the seriousness of offences following a conviction pursuant to the MBCA or its associated regulations.

For more information on AMPs and the new fine regime, consult the About the Environmental Enforcement Act web page.

Game officers

Game officers enforce the federal MBCA throughout Canada. This law regulates human interventions, such as hunting that could adversely affect long-term wildlife conservation. For any questions, please contact Wildlife Enforcement by telephone or by email at the contact information at the end of this hunting summary.

Waterfowler Heritage Day

Waterfowler Heritage Days are intended for young hunters under 18 years of age. These days provide opportunities for young hunters, for a few days before or during hunting seasons, to:

  • develop safe hunting habits in a supervised and structured environment
  • be guided by adult hunters who serve as mentors and pass on their skills and knowledge
  • learn more about wildlife conservation

The following rules are in effect during Waterfowler Heritage Days:

  • young hunters can hunt without having a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit or Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp
  • young hunters must comply with all safety and licensing requirements found in the Firearms Act and provincial hunting regulations
  • young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed mentor (who is not a minor)
  • adults acting as mentors:
    • must have a valid Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp
    • may not hunt or carry a firearm
    • may accompany no more than two young hunters
  • only young hunters are allowed to hunt when Waterfowler Heritage Days fall outside of the regular open seasons

Murre (turr) hunters: All hunters must purchase and be in possession of a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and a Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp while hunting murres. This hunt is only open to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. Murres are the only migratory bird that can be legally hunted from a power boat. Any occupant of a boat who shoots or retrieves murres, or anyone who operates a boat to pursue murres, is hunting as defined in the Migratory Birds Regulations and is required to hold a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

Shot

Non-toxic shot must be used to hunt all migratory game birds, except for murres (turrs).

To reduce your exposure to contaminants in meat, make sure, before cooking it, to remove the shot from birds hunted with lead shot.

Species at Risk

Barrow’s Goldeneye is listed in the Species at Risk Act as a species of special concern, and the daily bag and possession limit is 1 bird.

Crime stoppers

Anyone wishing to report illegal hunting activities, illegal selling of birds or other offences related to migratory birds is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Your call is anonymous, and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Open seasons and Waterfowler heritage day on the island of Newfoundland (No open season for Harlequin Ducksi)

Open seasons and Waterfowler heritage day on the island of Newfoundland (No open season for Harlequin Ducksi)
Area Waterfowler Heritage Day Open seasons on the Island of Newfoundland Open seasons on the Island of Newfoundland
N/A Ducks, including mergansers (other than Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducksi, eiders and scoters), geese and snipe Ducks, including mergansers (other than Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducksi, eiders and scoters), geese and snipe Long-tailed Ducks, eiders and scoters
Northwestern Coastal Zone Sept. 14 Sept. 21 to Dec. 28 Nov. 1 to Feb. 14
Southwestern, Southern, Avalon-Burin, Northeastern and Northern Coastal Zones Sept. 14 Sept. 21 to Dec. 28 Nov. 25 to Mar. 10
All Inland Zones Sept. 14 Sept. 21 to Dec. 28 No open season

i Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.

Bag and possession limits on the island of Newfoundland

Bag and possession limits on the island of Newfoundland
Limits Ducks (other than mergansers,
Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducksi, eiders and scoters)
Mergansers Long-tailed Ducks, eiders and scoters Geese Snipe
Daily bag 6 (a) 6 6 5 10
Possession 18 (b) 12 12 10 20

i Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.

(a) Not more than 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye and, during the period beginning on November 30 and ending on December 28, not more than 4 may be American Black Ducks.

(b) Not more than 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye.

Open seasons and waterfowler heritage day in Labrador (No open season for Harlequin Ducksi)

Open seasons and waterfowler heritage day in Labrador (No open season for Harlequin Ducksi)
Area Waterfowler Heritage Day Open seasons in Labrador Open seasons in Labrador
N/A Ducks (other than Harlequin Ducksi and eiders), geese and snipe Ducks (other than Harlequin Ducksi and eiders), geese and snipe Eiders
Northern Labrador Zone Sept. 7 Sept. 7 to Dec. 21 Sept. 28 to Jan. 11
Western Labrador Zone Sept. 7 Sept. 7 to Dec. 21 No open season
Southern Labrador Zone Sept. 7 Sept. 7 to Dec. 21 Nov. 1 to Feb. 14
Central Labrador Zone Sept. 7 Sept. 7 to Dec. 21 Oct. 26 to Nov. 30 and Jan. 4 to Feb. 29

i Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.  

Bag and possession limits in Labrador

Bag and possession limits in Labrador
Limits Ducks (other than mergansers, Harlequin Ducksi, eiders and scoters) Mergansers, scoters and eiders Geese Snipe
Daily bag 6 (a) 6 5 10
Possession 18 (b) 12 10 20

i Harlequin Ducks are also known locally as Lords and Ladies, White-eyed Divers or Squeakers.

(a) Not more than 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye.

(b) Not more than 1 may be Barrow’s Goldeneye.

Open seasons in Newfoundland and Labrador (Murres/Turrs)

Open seasons in Newfoundland and Labrador (Murres/Turrs)
Area Murres
Zone No. 1 Sept. 1 to Dec. 16
Zone No. 2 Oct. 6 to Jan. 20
Zone No. 3 Nov. 25 to Mar. 10
Zone No. 4 Nov. 3 to Jan. 10 and Feb. 2 to Mar. 10

Bag and possession limits in Newfoundland and Labrador (Murres/Turrs)

Bag and possession limits in Newfoundland and Labrador (Murres/Turrs)
Limits Murres
Daily bag 20
Possession 40
Bird Hunting zone, see long description
  • Long description

    Murre and Turr hunting zones in Newfoundland and Labrador, there are 4 hunting zones, zone 1 on top, zone 2 in the middle, zone 3 on the lower left and zone 4 on the lower right.

For more information

The information presented here is a summary of the law. If there is a discrepancy between the law and this summary, the law prevails.

Please consult:

You can also address your questions to:

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
6 Bruce Street
Mount Pearl NL A1N 4T3

Tel.: 1-800-668-6767
ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca

Report migratory bird bands

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

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