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Small Game Regulations

In addition to the Regulations For All Hunters, these regulations apply to Small Game Hunters.

Age Limit

You must be 16 years of age to hunt small game with firearms. Persons under 16 years of age may obtain a licence to take small game (except migratory birds) by snaring only.

Firearms, Ammunition

It is unlawful:

  • to hunt small game using a shotgun that can hold more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined, or using a shotgun loaded with a single bullet. NOTE: Small game may be harvested using a .22 rimfire rifle.

Bows and Arrows

It is unlawful:

  • to hunt small game with a long bow unless it has at least 10 kilograms pull at full draw.
  • to hunt small game with a compound bow unless it has at least 10 kilograms pull at peak draw.
  • to hunt small game with a long bow or compound bow unless the arrow is tipped with a blunt small game tip designed to kill by shock.

Bag Limit

Daily bag limits and possession limits have been outlined in the annual Hunting and Trapping Guide PDF (6.3 MB).

Snares

It is unlawful:

  • to set snares for small game until the first day of the open season. Snares must be removed on or before the last day of the open season.
  • for any person to set snares to take or kill wild birds, except the holder of a small game licence for ptarmigan and grouse for an area open to this activity.
  • to use a net of any kind to take or kill any small game.
  • to use a fish hook, or snare equipped with a fish hook, to take or kill any small game.
  • on the island, to set snares for small game using snare wire other than .22 gauge brass or six-strand picture cord that is attached to a firm anchor.

Dogs

It is unlawful, while hunting small game with a dog, to allow the dog to harass any big game animal.

Sale of Small Game

Hares and grouse legally taken under licence may be sold to anyone during the open season and within seven days thereafter.

Ptarmigan may only be sold if you have a selling permit and the buyer has a Wild Meat Service licence. Selling permits are available free from the Wildlife Division.

The sale of migratory birds is prohibited.

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