COVID-19 and wildlife activities – Reminder of current government prohibitions having an impact on the hunting and fishing seasons

Québec City, April 3, 2020 – Although the hunting and fishing seasons will start on the scheduled dates, the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Dufour, reminds hunters and fishers of the government prohibitions that still apply. Hunters and fishers must comply at all times with the instructions and recommendations of the Direction nationale de la santé publique designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. The following rules, in particular, apply:

  • Travel from one region to another must be avoided, except in cases of necessity. Trips for recreational purposes are not considered to be “necessary”.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited.
  • A distance of 2 metres between individuals must be maintained at all times.
  • Camping in controlled zones (ZECs) is prohibited.

The Premier of Québec has asked all Quebecers to limit unnecessary travel between now and April 13, and Minister Dufour calls on hunters and fishers to cooperate to ensure that they comply with this instruction.

The hunting and fishing regulations continue to apply. Québec’s wildlife protection services are maintained, with assistance from the managers of wildlife areas and wildlife protection assistants.

The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) is relying on the cooperation of everyone involved in wildlife-related activities and reminds them that they must hold a hunting, fishing or trapping licence (except in fishing zone no. 21, where fishing in the St. Lawrence River is authorized without a licence). Licences are available from selling agents whose other activities count as essential services.

For the turkey hunt which begins shortly, sales began on March 24. For the mandatory registration for the big game and wild turkey hunt, the MFFP will post the relevant measures on its website.

Depending on how the situation develops, the Minister reserves the right to review decisions about hunting, fishing and trapping in order to comply with the government directives on COVID-19. All relevant information will be made public without delay.

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“Because of the current situation, we need to constantly remind users of the recommendations made by the Direction nationale de la santé publique to limit the spread of COVID-19. I am counting on the cooperation of hunters, fishers and trappers to follow all the rules that apply.”

Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions

Highlights

  • Hunting, fishing and trapping licences are not available online. However, they remain on sale at around half of the 1,100 selling agents where they can generally be obtained, which are often businesses providing essential services (grocery stores, convenience stores, service stations and other businesses).
  • Because of the current COVID-19 situation, the courses for hunters and trappers provided by MFFP mandataries have been suspended. For more information about the suspension, contact the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs or the Fédération québécoise des trappeurs gestionnaires du Québec .

During the pandemic

  • The MFFP will maintain its operations while actively monitoring the evolution of the pandemic.
  • The mission of the MFFP is to preserve and develop Québec’s forests, wildlife and parks on a sustainable development basis in order to contribute to prosperity and quality of life for all Quebecers.
  • For more information about COVID-19, the MFFP encourages users to consult the website Québec.ca/coronavirus or to call 1 877 644-4545.

Links

  • For more information about the current situation and the decisions made concerning hunting, fishing and trapping that may change to reflect government directives, see the website mffp.gouv.qc.ca and the following social media sites:

Facebook MFFP https://www.facebook.com/ForetsFauneParcs
Twitter MFFP https://twitter.com/MFFP_Quebec