MFFP - Sport Hunting - Main rules 2018-2020 - Notion of family, age required to hun and initiation licence
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Notion of family, age required to hunt and initiation licence

Definitions

The following definitions apply only to this section.

Basic rules

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Sport hunting in Québec 2018-2020 - Main rules

Important: A hunter who accompanies the holder of an authorization for a person with a disability may not take advantage of the authorization and must abide by the rules in force for the period during which he is hunting.

May two spouses hunt under the same licence?

A small game hunting licence, a licence to hunt with a bird of prey, a frog hunting licence and a hare snaring licence authorize the holder and the latter's spouse to hunt under the licence. This does not apply to the federal migratory bird hunting licence or to provincial hunting licences that include one or several transportation coupons.

At what age and under what conditions may a young person hunt?

May a young person hunt under an adult's licence?

A young person may hunt all game under an adult's licence according to either situation indicated below:

A young resident who hunts under the licence of an adult must either carry with him the hunter's certificate appropriate to the arm used, or his initiation licence, regardless of the kind, and abide by the attendant conditions. A young person hunting under the licence of an adult must comply with the annual bag limit for the species. If the transportation coupon is used by the young person, the adult cannot purchase a new licence. To hunt migratory birds, a young person must always hold the federal migratory bird hunting licence, except during Waterfowler Heritage Day.

Young people and big game hunting

Provided that he abides by the aforementioned rules, a young person may hunt big game under the licence of an adult, i.e. an adult who accompanies him, a parent or the latter's spouse, as indicated below, insofar as the adult's regular hunting licence is still valid:

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Hunting wild turkeys and young people

A young person who has in his possession his attestation of completion of the course on wild turkey hunting may hunt wild turkey under an adult's wild turkey hunting licence, i.e. an adult who accompanies him, a parent or the latter's spouse. The attestation is not required for non residents. If he kills a turkey, he must attach to it the transportation coupon of the adult's licence.

May a child under 12 years of age hunt under an adult's licence?

Except for the antler restriction hunting licence (see "Basic rules"), a child under 12 years of age may hunt with a bird of prey, snare hares or hunt certain frogs under the licence of a person 18 years of age or over according to either situation indicated below:

Note: A young person may also engage in these activities according to both formulas.

Waterfowler Heritage Day - Migratory birds

On Waterfowler Heritage Day, a young person between 12 and 17 years of age who has in his possession the appropriate hunter's certificate may hunt migratory birds without a licence. The young person must be accompanied by an individual 18 years of age or over who holds a small game hunting licence and a migratory bird hunting licence. During the day, the individual 18 years of age or over may neither have in his possession nor use a firearm when he is accompanying the young person, nor may he accompany more than two young people at one and the same time. Students between 18 and 24 years of age may not hunt on Waterfowler Heritage Day. To obtain additional information on Waterfowler Heritage Day, please contact the Environment and Climate Change Canada at
1 800 668-6767.

Initiation licence - initiation to hunting among non-certified individuals

A resident at least 12 years of age who has never held a hunter's certificate may, in a given year and once in his lifetime, obtain all classes of hunting licences. When the individual hunts, he benefits from the same privileges and is subject to the same obligations as a regular hunter but must be accompanied by a resident at least 25 years of age who holds a certificate appropriate to the arm used. The holder of a hunter's certificate may only accompany one uncertified person at one and the same time. To obtain the licence, please call 1 866 4CHASSE (1 866 424-2773) or for Québec City and vicinity, 418-521-3905. In the case of wild turkey hunting, the holder of an initiation licence is not obliged to possess the attestation of completion of the course on wild turkey hunting, contrary to the accompanying person.

Important: A hunter who accompanies the holder of an authorization for a person with a disability may not take advantage of the authorization and must abide by the rules in force for the period during which he is hunting.

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