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Bag limits

White-tailed deer

antlerless deer under an antlerless deer hunting licence (1st killing, random draw) in the part of an area indicated on the licence may subsequently kill a second white-tailed deer under a regular licence by complying with the rules in force in the period during which he is hunting.

An antlerless deer hunting licence (1st killing) may only be used if the holder also possesses a valid regular white-tailed deer hunting licence.

In Area 20 (Île d'Anticosti), there is no bag limit. In wildlife reserves and outfitting operations with exclusive rights, specific provisions apply (see the sections entitled "Sharing an antlerless deer hunting licence" and "Hunting white-tailed deer in a group" in the appendix).


In a given year, one moose for two hunters may be killed in all areas where moose hunting is permitted. In the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Bras-Coupé-Désert, Casault, Chapais, des Nymphes, Lesueur, Mitchinamecus, Petawaga, Pontiac, Rivière-Blanche and Saint-Patrice ZECs, the bag limit is one moose for three hunters. In all the other ZECs, the bag limit is the same as the area limit, i.e. one moose for two hunters.

During hunting subject to quotas in a wildlife reserve (hunting rights usually awarded by random draw), the limit is usually one moose per single group (composed of two, three or four hunters participating in the same hunting expedition), or two moose per double group (composed of four, five, six, seven or eight hunters participating in the same hunting expedition). A young person between 12 and 17 years of age or a student between 18 and 24 years of age who holds a moose hunting licence or complies with the rules stipulated in the section entitled "Notion of family, age required to hunt and initiation licence", may be part of a single group as a fifth hunter. A member of the group who kills a moose must immediately attach his or her transportation coupon to the animal and ensure that another person from the same group also attaches a transportation coupon on the same day. These two people must cease to hunt as soon as their transportation coupons have been attached to the animal killed. The other people participating in the same hunting expedition may continue to hunt, provided the group’s bag limit has not been reached.

Once the group’s limit has been reached, all members of the group must cease hunting, even if they still have transportation coupons on their licences. The expedition members who have not used their coupons may use their licences for another hunt in the area shown on the licence, in a wildlife reserve, in the territory of an outfitter with exclusive rights, or in a ZEC where such hunting is limited. At the present time, access is limited only in the Baillargeon ZEC.

Black bear

A hunter may kill two black bears per year. However, the second bear must necessarily be killed in Area 10 in the fall.

Wild turkey

A hunter may kill two bearded wild turkeys per year. However, the second turkey must necessarily be killed in one of the following areas: 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10. The hunter may kill both turkeys during the same half-day of hunting.

Small game

Certain small game species are subject to bag and possession limits. Accordingly, for all grouse and gray partridge, the bag limit is a maximum of five per day and the total possession limit is 15. For all ptarmigan, the bag limit is a maximum of 10 per day and the total possession limit is 30.

In Area 8, for all species of Eastern cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare, the bag limit is a maximum of five per day and, on Île du Havre Aubert (Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Area 21), a limit of two snowshoe hares per day applies.

Snaring Eastern cottontail rabbits and hares is prohibited in Area 21, on Île d'Orléans (Area 27) and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine (Area 21).

To determine the bag and possession limits on migratory birds depending on the species, please consult Environment and Climate Change Canada Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations or call 1 800 668-6767. Except on Waterfowler Heritage Day, a migratory bird hunting licence holder may reach the daily catch limit on migratory birds even if he is hunting under the provincial small game hunting licence of another person.

For the other species of small game, there is no bag limit.

See also

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