MFFP - Sport Hunting - Main rules 2018-2020 - Hunting with dogs
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Hunting with dogs

Training, field trials and hunting

The use of a dog to hunt small game is permitted. Training or field trials of hunting dogs (retrievers, pointers and flushers and trackers) using an animal other than a moose, black bear, white-tailed deer or muskox are permitted from July 1 to April 1 provided that the person practising those activities is not in possession of a weapon.

The hunter must be present during a hunting activity with hunting dogs. In addition, the hunter must verify his dog and make sure it wears a collar at all times, bearing the owner’s name and telephone number.

Training and field trials of hunting dogs of the Beagle breed, dogs that specialize in hare and rabbit hunting, are permitted during the entire year on a wooded lot other than land in the domain of the State, with the permission of the owner and where the person practising those activities is not in possession of a weapon. Training and field trials of hunting dogs carried out using quail, northern bobwhites, pheasants, black francolins, rock partridges, chukar partridges, red-legged partridges, rock doves and guinea fowl are permitted year-round. Hunting is permitted during such activities, provided that the latter take place on private land and outside a winter concentration area of big game. Furthermore, the person who is hunting must hold a small game hunting licence.

During any training or field trials of hunting dogs, other than retrievers or pointers and flushers, the owner or custodian of a dog must be present. He must watch the dog and ensure that the dog wears at all times a collar displaying the owner's name and telephone number.

The use of a sound communication system between the hunter and his or her dog, or a GPS emitter carried by the dog, is permitted during hunting activities.

It is prohibited to:

Hunting raccoons at night

Raccoons may be hunted at night in Areas 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, provided the hunter uses a .22 calibre lateral-fire rifle and is accompanied by a hound-type dog that wears a collar at all times bearing the name and telephone number of its owner.

The hunter must also indicate before 4 p.m. to the Direction de la protection de la faune responsible for the region in question the date and place where he intends to hunt, the name of the individuals accompanying him and the person responsible for the group, and the number of his hunter's certificate. Moreover, during this activity, the use is permitted of a flashlight or a headlamp whose power source is a direct current of not more than 6 V.

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Sport hunting in Québec 2018-2020 - Main rules
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