MFFP - Sport Hunting - Main rules 2018-2020 - Wild turkey
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Wild turkey

Wild turkey hunting is permitted in the spring in areas 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 26 and 27 of Québec. However, it is prohibited in the fall.

To obtain a wild turkey hunting licence, a hunter must, in addition to possessing a hunter's certificate, hold an attestation that confirms that he took a course on wild turkey hunting. The attestation requirement does not apply to non-residents.

To obtain information on this course, please contact the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs at 418 878 8999 or at 1 888 523-2863.

Wild turkey hunting is permitted from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. To hunt wild turkey, a hunter must possess a wild turkey hunting licence and the attestation of completion of the course on wild turkey hunting. The attestation does not apply to the non residents.

The hunting implements authorized are 10, 12, 16 or 20-gauge shotguns using shells loaded with shot ranging from 2.60 to 3.40 mm in diameter; muzzle-loading or breech-loading shotguns or rifles, without a casing, used with shot ranging from 2.60 to 3.40 mm in diameter are also permitted. No. 4, 5 or 6 cartridges are authorized. Crossbows and bows and bolts and arrows with a cutting diameter of at least 22 mm (7/8 in.) are also permitted.

Only bearded wild turkey may be hunted and the bag limit is two turkeys per year. A hunter may kill the turkeys during the same half-day of hunting, provided that the second turkey comes necessarily from Area 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 10.

A young person may hunt wild turkey under the wild turkey hunting licence of an adult (an adult accompanying him, a parent or the latter's spouse). He must carry with him the certificate appropriate to the arm used and his wild turkey hunting attestation and, as the case may be, his valid student card (the attestation does not apply to the non residents). If he kills a turkey, he must then attach to it the transportation coupon from the adult's licence and comply with subsequent obligations such as the registration of the game in his own name.

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Sport hunting in Québec 2018-2020 - Main rules

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.

A hunter who kills a wild turkey must immediately remove the transportation coupon that is part of his licence and attach it to the turkey. Within 48 hours of leaving a hunting site, he must present in person his licence and register the animal with a person, a corporation or an association authorized by the MFFP. He must declare at that time the calibre of the firearm and the licence plate number of the vehicle used to transport the game. Following the registration, the hunter must ensure that the transportation coupon remains attached to the animal until it is cut up or stored.

Any wild turkey that is killed must be transported and shown whole, whether eviscerated or not, at a registration station.

A hunter who has killed a wild turkey must, upon request of a wildlife protection officer, have the officer register it immediately.

During the hunting period, wild turkey may be registered at wildlife registration stations authorized by the MFFP.

It is not necessary to wear a fluorescent orange garment to hunt wild turkey.

Since wild turkey is not defined as small game, provisions governing shooting from public roads fully apply to it.

The use of a dog to hunt wild turkey is prohibited.

It is prohibited to bait a wild turkey to hunt it.

© Gouvernement du Québec, 2018