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2022-2023 hunting seasons for white-tailed deer

General notice

Hunting rules for 2023 are subject to change.

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.

Specifications on white-tailed deer hunting zones

In wildlife reserves, in some outfitters with exclusive rights and in some ZECs, the hunting rules for white-tailed deer may differ from those of the hunting zone in which they are located. Consult the specific rules for these territories and contact your outfitter for the current terms and conditions in the territory.

If you hunt in zones 6 North and 6 South, you must comply with the antler restriction (AR) standard for deer with antlers (7 cm or more).

Zone 13 Southwest is defined as the portion of zone 13 located south of the following boundary: route 101, chemin Kipawa and the R0819 forest road. The harvesting rules for white-tailed deer in zone 13 Southwest apply to the Dumoine, Maganasipi and Restigo ZECs.  

For hunting white-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more), hunting zones do not include islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in these zones.

Hunting of deer with or without antlers is permitted on the islands in the following zones:

  • Zone 2 East: île du Bic, île SaintBarnabé;
  • Zone 2 West: île aux Lièvres, île Verte;
  • Zone 3 East: GrosseÎle, île aux Grues, île aux Oies, île Patience, île de la Sottise, île Brothers, île Longue, île du Cheval, île Ronde, île au Canot, île à Deux Têtes, île Sainte-Marguerite, battures aux Loups Marins;
  • Zone 27 East: île aux Coudres;
  • Zone 27 West: île d’Orléans, île au Ruau, île Madame.

To find out what to do before, during and after hunting white-tailed deer, refer to the rules for this species.

Crossbow and bow hunting seasons

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2022 hunting season2023 hunting season
1 North, 1 South, 2 East, 2 West, 3 East except all islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in theses zones, 9 East, 9 West, 10 East, 11 East, 11 West, 15 WestWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)October 1 to October 14, 2022September 30 to October 13, 2023
15 East, 26 East, 26 West, 27 East, 27 West except all islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in theses zones, 28White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 5 to November 10, 2022November 11 to November 16, 2023
3 West, 4, 5 East, 5 West, 7 North, 7 South, 8 East, 8 North, 8 South, 10 West, 12, 13 SouthwestWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersOctober 1 to October 14, 2022September 30 to October 1,3 2023
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard) or without antlersOctober 1 to October 14, 2022September 30 to October 13, 2023
All islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in zones 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 27 WestWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersNovember 5 to November 10, 2022November 11 to November 16, 2023
Territory of the montagne de Rigaud in zone 8 NorthWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersOctober 1 to October 19, 2022September 30 to October 18, 2023
Territory of the montagne de Rigaud in zone 8 NorthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 5 to November 20, 2022November 11 to November 26, 2023

Shotgun, muzzle loading firearm, crossbow and bow hunting seasons

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2022 hunting season2023 hunting season
3 West, 4, 5 East, 7 North, 7 South, 10 East, 10 WestWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)October 15 to October 19, 2022October 14 to October 18, 2023
15 East, 26 East, 26 West, 27 East, 27 West, 28White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 11 to November 13, 2022November 17 to November 19, 2023
8 East, 8 North excluding the territory of the montagne de RigaudWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersOctober 15 to October 19, 2022October 14 to October 18, 2023
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard) or without antlersOctober 15 to October 19, 2022October 14 to October 18, 2023
All islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in zones 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 27 WestWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersNovember 11 to November 13, 2022November 17 to November 19, 2023
5 West, 8 SouthAntlerless white-tailed deerOctober 15 to October 19, 2022October 14 to October 18, 2023

Firearms (rifle, shotgun, muzzle loading firearm), crossbow and bow hunting seasons

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2022 hunting season2023 hunting season
1 North, 1 South, 2 East except all islands and islets of fleuve Saint-Laurent downstream of pont Pierre-Laporte included in this areaWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 5 to November 13, 2022November 11 to November 19, 2023
2 West, 3 East, 3 West except all islands and islets of fleuve Saint-Laurent downstream of pont Pierre-Laporte included in this area, 4, 5 East, 5 West, 7 North, 7 South, 8 East, 8 North excluding the territory of the montagne de Rigaud, 8 South, 9 East, 9 West, 10 East, 10 West, 11 East, 11 West, 12, 13 Southwest, 15 WestWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 5 to November 20, 2022November 11 to November 26, 2023
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard)November 5 to November 20, 2022November 11 to November 26, 2023
20 (except western part of zone 20)White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)August 1 to August 31, 2022August 1 to August 31, 2023
20 (except western part of zone 20)White-tailed deer with or without antlersSeptember 1 to December 24, 2022September 1 to December 24, 2023

Hunting periods for novice hunters only

These dates are for participants to the deer hunting initiation weekend.

Gear: Crossbow and bow

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2022 hunting season2023 hunting season
All islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in zones 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 27 East, 27 WestWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersOctober 29 to October 30, 2022November 4 to November 5, 2023
Territory of the montagne de Rigaud in zone 8 North, 15 East, 26 East, 26 West, 27 East, 27 West, 28White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)October 29 to October 30, 2022November 4 to November 5, 2023

Gear: Firearms, crossbow and bow

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2022 hunting season2023 hunting season
1 North, 1 South, 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 3 West except all islands and islets of fleuve Saint-Laurent downstream of pont Pierre-Laporte included in this area, 4, 5 East, 5 West, 7 North, 7 South, 8 East, 8 North excluding the territory of the montagne de Rigaud, 8 South, 9 East, 9 West, 10 East, 10 West, 11 East, 11 West, 12, 13 Southwest, 15 WestWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)October 29 to October 30, 2022November 4 to November 5, 2023
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard)October 29 to October 30, 2022November 4 to November 5, 2023

Regulatory Information

Last update: November 23, 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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