2022-2024 hunting seasons for small game

Hunting dates are established based on the zone where hunting is permitted, the type of weapon used, the sex of the animal and its maturity.

Changes to the authorized periods and segments may be made at any time as required. It is your responsibility to abide by the terms and conditions in effect before you practice your activity.

In some zones, hunting may be prohibited in some specific territories, including wildlife reserves. You must contact your outfitter to find out the rules.

To find out what to do before, during and after hunting small game, refer to the rules for this species.

Eastern cottontail, Arctic hare and snowshoe hare

In zone 17, the use of snares to catch hare is permitted only in and around non-Indigenous institutions. In the Îles-de-la-Madeleine (zone 21), hunting for hares is prohibited. However, on île Havre Tobert, a short hunting season takes place from November 19 to December 11, 2022 and to November 18 to December 10, 2023. For more information, please contact the regional office.

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 27, 28

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zone 17.
September 17, 2022 to March 31, 2023September 16, 2023 to March 31, 2024
5, 8, 9, 11, 15, 26Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bowSeptember 10, 2022 to March 31, 2023September 9, 2023 to March 31, 2024
19 South, 29Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bowSeptember 10, 2022 to April 30, 2023September 9, 2023 to April 30, 2024
22Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow
 
 The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zone 22.
September 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023September 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024
23, 24

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 23 and 24.
August 25, 2022 to April 30, 2023August 25, 2023 to April 30, 2024
1, 2, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 27 (except île d’Orléans), 28

Snare

In zone 17, the use of snares to catch hare is permitted only in and around non-Indigenous institutions
September 17, 2022 to March 31, 2023September 16, 2023 to March 31, 2024
11, 15SnareOctober 25, 2022 to March 31, 2023October 25, 2023 to March 31, 2024
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 21 (except Îles-de-la-Madeleine)SnareDecember 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023December 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024
19 South, 29SnareSeptember 10, 2022 to April 30, 2023September 9, 2023 to April 30, 2024
26SnareSeptember 10, 2022 to March 31, 2023September 9, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Coyote and wolf

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 21, 28Firearms, crossbow and bowOctober 18, 2022 to March 31, 2023October 18, 2021, to March 31, 2022
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 26, 27Firearms, crossbow and bowOctober 25, 2022 to March 31, 2023October 25, 2023 to March 31, 2024
8Firearms, crossbow and bowNovember 8, 2022 to March 31, 2023November 8, 2023 to March 31, 2024
19 South, 29Firearms, crossbow and bowOctober 11, 2022 to April 15, 2023October 11, 2023 to April 15, 2024

Woodchuck

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19 sud, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29Firearms, crossbow and bowAll yearAll year

Raccoon

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Firearms, crossbow and bowOctober 25, 2022 to March 1, 2023October 25, 2023 to March 1, 2024
4, 5, 6, 7, 8.22 rifle with rimfire cartridges, at night, with dogsOctober 25, 2022 to December 15, 2022October 25, 2023 to December 15, 2023

Red foxes, silver foxes, cross foxes

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
3, 4, 5, 6, 7Firearms, crossbow and bowOctober 25, 2022 to March 1, 2023October 25, 2023 to March 1, 2024
8Firearms, crossbow and bowNovember 8, 2022 to March 1, 2023November 8, 2023 to March 1, 2024

Ruffed grouse, spruce grouse and sharp-tailed grouse

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2 (except île Verte), 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 27, 28Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zone 17.September 17, 2022 to January 15, 2023September 16, 2023 to January 15, 2024
5, 8, 9, 11, 15, 19 sud, 26, 29Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow September 10, 2022 to January 15, 2023September 9, 2023 to January 15, 2024
22Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow
The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zone 22.
September 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023September 1, 2023 to January 15, 2024
23, 24

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 23 and 24.
August 25, 2022 to January 15, 2023August 25, 2023 to January 15, 2024

Grey partridge

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 South, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 17, 22, 23 and 24.
September 17, 2022 to November 15, 2022September 16, 2023 to November 15, 2023
5, 9, 11, 15, 26Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bowSeptember 10, 2022 to November 15, 2022September 9, 2023 to November 15, 2023

Rock ptarmigan and willow ptarmigan

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 27, 28

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zone 17.

September 17, 2022 to April 30, 2023September 16, 2023 to April 30, 2024
5, 8, 9, 11, 15, 19 South 26, 29Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bowSeptember 10, 2022 to April 30, 2023September 9, 2023 to April 30, 2024
22

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zone 22.

September 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023September 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024
23, 24

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 23 et 24.

August 25, 2022 to April 30, 2023August 25, 2023 to April 30, 2024

Red-winged blackbird, American crow, European starling, house sparrow, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18,19 South, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 17, 22, 23 and 24.

July 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023July 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024

Quail, northern bobwhite, pheasant, francolin, rock partridge, chukar partridge, red-legged partridge and guinea fowl

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 South, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 17, 22, 23 and 24.

August 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022August 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023

Training and competition activities for hunting dogs, using quail, northern bobwhite, pheasant, francolin, rock partridge, chukar partridge, red-legged partridge, rock dove and guinea fowl

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 South, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 17, 22, 23 and 24.

All yearAll year

Rock dove

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022-2023 hunting season2023-2024 hunting season
1, 2 (except île Verte), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 South, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 

Firearms, air rifles, crossbow and bow

The use of a crossbow is prohibited in zones 17, 22, 23 and 24.
All yearAll year

Migratory birds

Zone where hunting is permittedGear2022‑2024 hunting season
In zones, ZECs and wildlife reservesFirearms, crossbow and bowRefer to the Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations This hyperlink will open in a new window. brochure from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Regulatory Information

Last update: December 16, 2022

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 theRegulation 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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