Hunting with birds of prey is permitted in Québec, except in Areas 17, 22, 23 and 24.
To practice this type of hunting, you must hold a licence to hunt small game with a bird of prey and a specific license to keep birds of prey. Birds involved in this type of hunting are those which can be legally kept in captivity by the holder of a license specific to the care of birds of prey, such as: goshawks, hawks, buzzards or falcons. Covered by shedule 2 Regulation respecting licences to keep animals in captivity C-61.1, r. 20.1.1.
Furthermore, anyone who holds a licence to hunt small game with a bird of prey may engage in this type of hunting if the individual is accompanied by the holder of a specific licence to keep birds of prey.
The hunter or the owner of the specific licence to keep birds of prey who accompanies him must, when engaging in hunting activities, remain at all times in contact with the bird of prey and, to this end, he must equip it with a transmitter and possess a receiver that enables him to locate the bird of prey.
The following species may be hunted with birds of prey: all birds that are deemed to be small game, hares, Eastern cottontail rabbits and woodchucks. The hunting period is the same as the hunting period with firearms for each species. However, hunting with birds of prey is permitted year-round to hunt quail, northern bobwhite, pheasant, black francolin, rock partridge, chukar partridge, red-legged partridge, rock dove and guinea fowl.
To obtain a licence to hunt small game with a bird of prey, you must contact a regional operations branch of the Department Direction de la gestion de la faune.
An individual who hunts migratory birds deemed to be game with a bird of prey must hold a licence to hunt certain small game with a bird of prey and the federal migratory bird hunting licence and must carry both licences when hunting.