Hunting regulations summary for migratory birds: Saskatchewan, August 2019 to July 2020

Summary

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

  • a 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.

The 2019 federal permit is also valid for the 2020 spring special conservation harvest for Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese.

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.

Saskatchewan Hunting zone, see long description
Game Bird Hunting Zones
  • Long description

    District No.1 (North) Provincial Wildlife Management Zones 43 and 47 to 76 inclusive District No. 2 (South) Provincial Wildlife Management Zones 1 to 42, 44 to 46, Saskatoon and Regina-Moose Jaw

If you need more information to determine in which zone you are located, please contact the Ministry of Environment of the province.

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 Days

Waterfowler Heritage Days are intended for young hunters under 18 years of age. These days provide opportunities for young people, 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 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

Note
In Saskatchewan, during Waterfowler Heritage Days, and following the rules of these days, young hunters and mentors may participate in the falconry season.

Shot

  • Non-toxic shot must be used to hunt migratory game birds
  • Within National Wildlife Areas, the possession of lead shot is prohibited for all hunting including the hunting of migratory birds and upland birds
  • Hunters should consult provincial or territorial regulations for additional restrictions

Cranes

Where the Regional Director of the Prairie Region of the Canadian Wildlife Service or the Chief Provincial Game Officer of Saskatchewan is of the opinion that Whooping Cranes may be in the Saskatchewan Sandhill Crane Management Area during the open season for Sandhill Cranes in that area, such officer may prohibit the hunting of Sandhill Cranes in that area, and thereafter no person shall hunt or kill Sandhill Cranes in that area in that year.

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 days in Saskatchewan

Open seasons and Waterfowler heritage days in Saskatchewan
District Waterfowler Heritage Days Open seasons in Saskatchewan
N/A Ducks, geese, coots, snipe and Sandhill Cranes Ducks, geese, coots, snipe and Sandhill Cranes
No. 1 (North)
and No. 2 (South)
Sept. 1 to Sept. 2, and Oct. 12 to Oct. 14 (b), (c) Sept. 1 to Dec. 16 (a), (b), (c)

(a) Falconry season is open from September 1 to December 16, inclusive.

(b) Recorded Snow Goose and Ross’s Goose calls may be used when hunting Snow Geese or Ross’s Geese; any species of migratory bird for which it is open season may be taken while hunting Snow Geese or Ross’s Geese with those calls.

(c) The Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area is closed to all Sandhill Crane hunting.

Note
The open season for Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese in District No. 2 (South), and the portion of District No. 1 (North) consisting of Provincial Wildlife Management Zones 43, 47 to 59 and 67 to 69, from the opening date up to and including October 14, inclusive, includes only that part of each day from one half-hour before sunrise until noon, local time, and, after that period, from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset. The open season for Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese province-wide includes only that part of each day from one half-hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.

Bag and possession limits in Saskatchewan

Bag and possession limits in Saskatchewan
Limits Ducks Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese Sandhill Cranes Coots Snipe
Daily bag 8 (a) 20 8 (c) 5 10 10
Possession 24 (b) No limit 24 (d) 15 30 30

(a) Not more than 4 may be Northern Pintails.

(b) Not more than 12 may be Northern Pintails.

(c) Not more than 5 may be White-fronted Geese.

(d) Not more than 15 may be White-fronted Geese.

Overabundant species

The Migratory Birds Regulations also provide for special conservation harvest periods when hunters may take overabundant species. See the table below for details.

Measures in Saskatchewan concerning overabundant species

Measures in Saskatchewan concerning overabundant species
District Period during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
No. 1 (North) and 2 (South) March 15 to Jun. 15 Recorded bird calls (a)

(a) “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

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 may also direct your questions to:

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon SK S7N 0X4

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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