White-tailed deer hunting

New rules are now applicable to white-tailed deer hunting. See the “Main New Measures” section for details.

What to do before, during and after hunting

Before hunting

During hunting

Comply with the rules respecting:

After the kill

  • If necessary, follow the rules for locating an injured game animal.
  • In the event that an animal is illegally killed (by accident or by mistake), follow the applicable rules.
  • When you have found the animal, attach the required transportation coupons. If the animal is an antlerless white-tailed deer authorized by a licence obtained in a random draw, punch the licence in the circle provided. The coupon must be punched before midnight on the day of harvest.
  • Transport your weapon in accordance with the rules (empty, in a closed case, etc.).
  • When removing the animal from the kill site, make sure you comply with cutting instructions, where applicable.
  • Take the necessary steps (evisceration, storage and transportation) to ensure that the animal’s flesh is not abandoned or wasted.
  • Gather and eliminate your garbage properly (empty cartridges, waste materials from meals, etc.).
  • Register your game within 48 hours of leaving the hunting site.
  • If the animal was killed in an enhanced surveillance area (ESA) for CWD, you must comply with the restrictions on the transportation of certain anatomical parts of the animal and submit to mandatory sampling.
  • Leave the transportation coupon on the carcass until it is cut up or placed in storage.

White-tailed deer baiting periods

The use of bait for hunting is permitted from September 1 to November 30 only. There is an exception to this rule for saline substances (e.g. salt licks), which are still permitted year-round.

Regulatory Information

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free phone line: 1 844 523‑6738 

Last update: November 25, 2021


The information published on this website has been simplified and provides a summary of the main regulatory provisions. It does not replace in any way the official texts of laws and regulations. For more detailed information on a specific rule, refer to the Regulation respecting hunting in Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window., the Regulation respecting hunting activities This hyperlink will open in a new window. or the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife This hyperlink will open in a new window., which are all available on LégisQuébec.


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