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Sale, purchase and possession of game and fur

Sale, exchange and purchase

It is forbidden to sell, purchase or exchange:

  • bear gallbladders and bile;
  • the flesh of white-tailed deer (except from a game ranch), moose, ruffed grouse, rock ptarmigan, willow ptarmigan, grey partridge, spruce goose and sharp-tailed grouse;
  • migratory birds or parts of them. 

However, the sale and purchase of the flesh of any other legally killed animal is permitted from the third day after the opening of the hunting season for that animal until the 15th day after the end of the hunting season. This rule does not apply to the sale and purchase of the flesh of leopard frogs, green frogs and American bullfrogs, which are permitted year-round.

Sale of fur

Resident hunters do not need a dealer’s licence or a tanner’s licence to sell or tan furs that are the product of their own hunting activities.

Feathers

Possession, sale, purchase, trade and transportation of feathers from migratory birds considered to be game are permitted in order to make artificial flies, bedding items and clothing, or for other similar uses, provided the feathers were obtained under a valid migratory bird hunting licence.

Other animal parts

Possession, purchase, sale, trade and transportation of all other animal parts (e.g. antlers, skin, bones, etc.) are permitted. 

Possession of game without a licence

You do not need a licence to possess game, except for migratory birds. This means that you can share your game with people who do not have hunting licences. However, you must comply with the daily or annual bag limit, and the person to whom you give the game must comply with the authorized possession limit.

Possession of migratory birds

A licence is required to transport a migratory bird from its harvest site until it is prepared for immediate cooking or taken to its owner’s residence for conservation purposes.

If the bird is not being transported by the licence holder, the carcass must be tagged clearly with the following:

  • the name and address of the owner of the bird;
  • the owner’s signature;
  • the migratory game bird hunting permit number;
  • the date on which the bird was taken. 

Only the licence holder can transport the bird to the United States.

Possession of animals or fur

Possession of bear gallbladders removed from the carcass is prohibited. 

Any person who transports an animal (or part of an animal) or raw fur, or has any of these items in his or her possession, must identify himself or herself and indicate the source of the animal or fur if asked to do so by a wildlife protection officer or wildlife protection assistant.

It is forbidden to possess whole carcasses or any part of the brain, spine, eyes, retropharyngeal lymph nodes, tonsils, testicles and other internal organs of cervids, except for caribou, killed outside Québec.  

This rule does not apply to the following anatomical parts:

  • Deboned meat
  • Skinned large pieces with no pieces of spine or head attached
  • Hide with fat removed or tanned
  • Antlers without velvet
  • Disinfected calvaria with no skin, meat or tissue attached
  • Teeth with no meat or tissue attached
  • Any part mounted by a taxidermist

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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