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Restrictions on shooting from a public road

Depending on the area in which you hunt, you may not be permitted to shoot from a public road.

A road that is maintained by a municipality, a government or one of its agencies and that offers one or more driving surfaces open to public road vehicle traffic is generally considered a public road.

Map of areas in which shooting from a public road is prohibited

First prohibition – Zone 22, sectors A and B

In these sectors, it is forbidden at all times to shoot an animal on any road that is open to vehicular traffic, or to shoot towards or across such a road.

In addition, on the stretch of road connecting the Cree community of Chisasibi with the James Bay road, it is forbidden:

  • to shoot from the road, and within 22.86 metres of either side of the road, measured from the centre, on the stretch of road located between the Cree community of Chisasibi and marker 62;
  • to shoot from the road, or from any area located within two kilometres of either side of the shoulder, on the stretch of road located between marker 62 and marker 88.

Prohibition II – Zones 3 to 11, 26E and parts of zones 1, 2E, 27, 28 *

*See detailed description of the parts of zones 1, 2E, 27 and 28 below on this page.

In these zones and parts of zones, it is forbidden to shoot an animal from a public road, including from a 10-metre strip beyond the shoulder on either side of the road, or to shoot toward or across such a road.

Prohibition III – Small game, only in zones 3, 4, 7, 9 to 11, 26E and parts of zones 1, 2E, 27 and 28*

*See detailed description of the parts of zones 1, 2E, 27 and 28 below on this page.

Neither the hunter nor the small game animal must be less than 100 metres from a building intended to house people, shelter animals or store items.

The ban on shooting animals from a public road, including from a 10-metre beyond the shoulder on either side of the road, and the ban on shooting toward or across such a road in the zones or parts of zones mentioned above, does not apply if you are hunting small game using:

  • a shotgun with cartridges having pellets less than 5.6 mm in diameter;
  • a muzzle-loading shotgun or a muzzle-loading or breech-loading rifle, without a casing, with pellets less than 5.6 mm in diameter for shotguns and bullets 9.14 mm (.36) for rifles;
  • a bow or crossbow.

Parts of zones 1, 2E, 27, 28

  • Zones 1 and 2 east: municipalities in the Avignon and Bonaventure RCMs.
  • Zone 27: white-tailed deer sector (part of zone 27, white-tailed deer sector, the plan for which can be found in Schedule CLXXXVIII of theRegulation respecting hunting This hyperlink will open in a new window.).
  • Zone 28 : A portion of the Route de Vauvert located between Pont de la Peinture and the bridge erected at the junction of lots 11 and 12 of Rang 6 of the Township of Racine, in the municipality of Dolbeau-Mistassini, and on the part of Chemin de la Pointe-Taillon located between the intersection of Route 169 and Rang 3 west.

Exceptions in some areas

The ban on shooting an animal from a public road, including from a 10-metre strip beyond the shoulder on either side of the road, and the ban on shooting toward or across such a road, does not apply if you are hunting in

  • a ZEC;
  • wildlife reserve;
  • outfitting operation with exclusive rights;
  • the Seigneurie du Lac-Mitis (zone 2);
  • a portion of the Seigneurie Nicolas-Rioux (zone 2);
  • the Société en commandite Kenauk Nature X S.E.C. (zone 10).

Illustration showing the strips beyond the road shoulder

The prohibition on shooting from a public road also applies in an area of 10 m from the outside of the road shoulder, on the left and on the right. This 10 m portion of the prohibition zone must be calculated from the outer side of the shoulder, regardless of landform (e.g., flat land, escarpment, or the presence of a ditch).

Country roads, standard roads or highways: all of these types of roads are subject to this prohibition.

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: September 29, 2021

Notice

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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