Licences and certificate
The "introduction to hunting" program, known as an “introductory licence”, allows you, once in your life, to obtain every type of hunting licence without having a hunter’s certificate. To do this, you must first obtain an authorization number from the Department. Any authorization number is valid from January 1 to December 31 of the current year.
You must satisfy all the following conditions:
- You must have resided in Québec for more than 183 days.
- You must be 12 years of age or older.
- You must never have registered for the introduction to hunting program in the past.
- You must never have obtained a hunter’s certificate.
When hunting, you enjoy the same privileges and are subject to the same obligations as a regular hunter. You must carry the appropriate licence with you, and you must be accompanied by a resident who is at least 25 years of age and holds a certificate for the weapon being used. This person can accompany only one non-certified hunter at once. If you borrow this person’s weapon, you must use it under his or her direct supervision and must comply with the same legal obligations.
How to take advantage of the introductory program
Once you have your authorization number, you can purchase your hunting licence at any of our licence sales outlets.
When the ministère de l'Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs issues the authorization number, it will check to see if you have already taken advantage of the introductory program in the past.
Requesting an authorization number
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: from 8.30 a.m. to midday and from 1.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 10.00 a.m. to midday and from 1.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Introduction to wild turkey hunting
If you have an introductory licence and wish to hunt wild turkey, you do not need the certificate attesting that you have successfully completed the wild turkey hunting course. However, the person who accompanies you must have a certificate.
Last update: December 16, 2022
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 theRegulation respecting hunting in Québec , the Regulation respecting hunting activities or the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife , which are all available on LégisQuébec.