During the introductory weekend, novice hunters may hunt white-tailed deer with a mentor, under certain conditions and in compliance with the rules. The purpose of the event is to encourage hunting and foster transfers of knowledge from seasoned hunters.

This year, the introductory weekend for novice hunters will take place on October 30 and 31, 2021. These dates have been added to the normal schedule and are reserved exclusively for novice hunters and their mentors.

The registration period will begin on September 6.

Eligibility requirements for novices

To take part in the introductory weekend, you must be a resident of Québec and must apply for an educational licence (below).

You must also match one of the following profiles:

  • Young hunter: You must be between 12 and 17 years of age when you complete the form. You must also have the appropriate hunter’s certificate for the weapon you intend to use.
  • Introductory licence holder: Regardless of your age, you must have an authorization number to obtain an introductory white-tailed deer hunting licence. If you have never requested an authorization number, you may do so quickly through the MFFP.
  • Newly certified hunter: Regardless of your age, you became a newly certified hunter in 2020. In other words, you successfully completed the training course to obtain your hunter’s certificate (with an “A”, “B” or “F” code) between January 1 and December 31, 2020.

While hunting, you must carry your educational licence and your regular or additional white-tailed deer hunting licence for the hunting zone in which you are hunting.

If you are between 12 and 24 years of age and have a valid student card, you may hunt under an adult’s white-tailed deer hunting licence.

Applying for an educational licence

An educational licence is mandatory if you wish to take part in the introductory weekend. It is issued free of charge to participants before the beginning of the hunting season.

The form will be available from September 6 to October 22, 2021. You need a valid email address to be able to submit your request.

If you have questions about the introductory weekend for novice hunters, please write to: services.clientele@mffp.gouv.qc.ca.

Rules applicable to mentors

To be a mentor, you must be a resident of Québec and be 18 years of age or older. You must also hold a valid hunter’s certificate for the firearm that will be used by the novice hunter under your supervision.

During the introductory weekend, you cannot carry or use a weapon yourself.

During the activity, you may accompany up to two people at once. However, if the person you intend to accompany is a novice hunter with an introductory licence, you may accompany only that one person.

Rules applicable to novice hunters

If you are a novice hunter and hold an educational licence issued for the weekend, you must comply with the following rules.

To hunt with a bow or crossbow

If you are between 12 and 15 years of age and hold a hunter’s certificate authorizing you to hunt with these weapons, you must be accompanied by a mentor.

To hunt with a firearm

If you are between 12 and 17 years of age and hold a hunter’s certificate authorizing you to hunt with a firearm, you must be accompanied by a mentor, and must also comply with certain other obligations under the federal Firearms Act.

For introductory licence holders

If you are an introductory licence holder, you must be accompanied by a resident of Québec who is at least 25 years of age and holds a valid hunter’s certificate for the weapon you intend to use. You must also comply with the rules set out on your introductory licence concerning the regulations in force. During the day, your adult mentor may accompany only one introductory licence holder at once. 

For hunters who were newly certified in 2020

You do not need to be accompanied to hunt with a bow or crossbow if you are at least 16 years old, or to hunt with a firearm if you are at least 18 years old. However, for the introductory weekend, the presence of a mentor is recommended, so that you can benefit from the expertise of a seasoned hunter.

Hunting rules during the introductory weekend

White-tailed deer hunting rules during the introductory weekend for novice hunters are set out by zone. In addition, hunters must comply with the game hunting regulations.

Zones where hunting is permittedAge and gender of deerAuthorized weapons
1 North, 1 South, 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 3 West, 4, 5 East, 5 West, 6 NorthLire le contenu de la note numéro 3, 6 SouthLire le contenu de la note numéro 3, 7 North, 7 South, 8 East, 8 North, 8 South, 9 East, 9 West, 10 East, 10 West, 11 East, 11 Eest, 12, 13 SouthEastLire le contenu de la note numéro 1, 15 WestAntlered deerLire le contenu de la note numéro 2 and Lire le contenu de la note numéro 4 
(7 cm or more)
Firearms, crossbow and bow
15 East, 26 East, 26 West, 27 East, 27 West, 28Antlered deerLire le contenu de la note numéro 2 and Lire le contenu de la note numéro 4 
(7 cm or more)
Crossbow and bow
All the islands in the St. Lawrence River, downstream from Pont PierreLaporte, located in zones 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 27 East and 27 WestLire le contenu de la note numéro 5Antlered or antlerless deerCrossbow and bow
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: Zone 13 SouthWest is the portion of zone 13 located south of the following boundary: Route 101, le chemin Kipawa and forest road R0819. It does not include the Dumoine, Maganasipi and Restigo ZECs.

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: During an antlered deer hunting season, a resident who holds an antlerless deer hunting licence obtained in a random draw may hunt antlerless deer in the hunting zone indicated on his or her licence. When antlerless deer hunting licences are issued in random draws for a wildlife reserve or ZEC, licences for the zone in which the wildlife reserve or ZEC is located are not valid on those territories, Conversely, licences issued for those territories cannot be used in the zone in which they are located (see the frequently-asked questions This hyperlink will open in a new window. for different scenarios).

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: An antlered deer (7 cm or more) that meets the antler restriction pilot project (ARPP) standard is a deer whose antlers have at least three points of 2.5 cm or more on at least one side.

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: Does not include St. Lawrence River islands located in the zone downstream from Pont PierreLaporte.

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: Zone 2 East: Île du Bic, Île Saint-Barnabé; Zone 2 West: Île aux Lièvres, Île Verte; Zone 3 East: Grosse-Île, Île aux Grues, Île aux Oies, Île Patience, Île de la Sottise, Île Brothers, Île Longue, Île du Cheval, Île Ronde, Île au Canot, Île à Deux Têtes, Île Sainte-Marguerite, Battures aux Loups Marins; Zone 27 East: Île aux Coudres; Zone 27 West: Île d’Orléans, Île au Ruau, Île Madame.

Other modalities

The Sépaq wildlife reserves This hyperlink will open in a new window. will not offer the introductory weekend on their territory, but they do offer several options for hunters to stimulate the next generation throughout the season.

As for outfitters, see with the ones you are interested in to find out if they offer deer hunting packages during the introductory weekend This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Finally, it is possible to go hunting on the territory of a ZEC offering a daily right to hunt white-tailed deer during the introductory weekend. Check with the ZEC This hyperlink will open in a new window. you plan to visit to find out how it works before travelling.

Annual random draw of special antlerless deer hunting licences

A number of antlerless deer hunting licences were issued in a random draw in June 2021. These licences may be used during the introductory weekend for novice hunters. A percentage of these licences were set aside for Québec residents who became newly certified hunters in 2020.

A random draw licence allows the holder to kill one antlerless deer (female or fawn) in the hunting zone, ZEC or wildlife reserve specified on the licence. In addition, it is possible to use an antlerless deer hunting licence belonging to an immediate family member.