COVID-19 – Implementation of new measures to register wildlife remotely

Québec, April 20, 2020 – As the opening of the hunting season for wild turkey and black bear is approaching, the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) announces the implementation of measures to register wildlife remotely that will allow citizens to engage in these activities while also complying with the rules set by the Direction générale de la santé publique to combat the spread of COVID-19.

It is mandatory for hunters and anglers to purchase a licence to hunt, fish or trap. They must comply at all times with the following measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Travel between regions and cities should be avoided, unless it is essential. Travel linked to recreational activities is not perceived as “essential”. Hunters and trappers must engage in their activities near their main residence, in compliance with the laws and regulations in force.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings are forbidden.
  • A 2-metre distance between people living at different addresses should be kept at all times.
  • Camping on controlled harvesting zones (ZECs) is forbidden.

Measures regarding remote registration

The proposed registration measures will allow for people who do not have access to a wildlife registration station legally open during this pandemic period to register their game without travelling. These measures thus comply with the travelling and social distancing directives from the Direction générale de la santé publique. 

Starting on April 24, just in time for the beginning of wild turkey hunting season, hunters and trappers will be able to register their game online, free of charge, using a form available on the MFFP website.

Hunters and trappers who do not have access to a mobile device or an Internet service will be able to contact the MFFP customer service at 1 877 346-6763 during business hours to register their game free of charge.

Information to provide for online registration

It should be known that it is mandatory to register big game and wild turkeys under the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife, and its related regulations. Hunters who have killed a black bear or a wild turkey must register their animal themselves within 48 hours after their departure from the hunting grounds, or within 15 days of the trapping of a black bear.

Hunters and trappers have to gather the following information before doing an online registration or calling customer service:

  • the hunter’s certificate number;
  • the licence number;
  • the type of game;
  • the time and place where the animal was killed (the municipality, the hunting zone or the furbearer management unit).

In closing, please note that wildlife protection officers still ensure a presence across Québec’s territory to make sure that hunting and fishing activities are done in compliance with the law.

During the pandemic

  • The MFFP continues its operations while actively monitoring the evolution of the pandemic.
  • The MFFP wishes to remind everyone that laws and regulations on hunting, fishing and trapping activities are valid under any and all circumstances.
  • The MFFP’s mission is to ensure, from a sustainable development perspective, the conservation and development of forestry, wildlife and national parks that contribute to the prosperity and quality of life of all residents of Québec.
  • For additional information on COVID-19, the MFFP invites you to visit Quebec.ca/en/coronavirus  or call 1 877 644-4545.

Related links

To get more information on the evolution of the situation and on the decisions regarding hunting, fishing and trapping that could be revised according to the government directives, visit the MFFP’s website and its social media feeds: 

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