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2024-2025 hunting seasons for white-tailed deer

General notice

Notice

Hunting rules for 2024 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 sex2024 hunting season2025 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 5 to October 18October 4 to October 17
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 these zones), 28White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 9 to November 14November 8 to November 13
3 West (except all islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in this zone), 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 5 to October 18October 4 to October 17
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard) or without antlersOctober 5 to October 18October 4 to October 17
All islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in zones 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 3 West, 27 West, 27 WestWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersNovember 9 to November 14November 8 to November 13
Territory of the montagne de Rigaud in zone 8 NorthWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersOctober 19 to October 23October 18 to October 22
Territory of the montagne de Rigaud in zone 8 NorthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 9 to November 24November 8 to November 23

Shotgun, muzzle loading firearm, crossbow and bow hunting seasons

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2024 hunting season2025hunting season
3 West (except all islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in this zone), 4, 5 East, 7 North, 7 South, 10 East, 10 WestWhite-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)October 19 to October 23October 18 to October 22
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 this zone), 28White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 15 to November 17November 14 to November 16
8 East, 8 North excluding the territory of the montagne de RigaudWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersOctober 19 to October 23October 18 to October 22
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard) or without antlersOctober 19 to October 23October 18 to October 22
All islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in zones 2 East, 2 West, 3 East, 3 West, 27 East, 27 WestWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersNovember 15 to November 17November 14 to November 16
5 West, 8 SouthAntlerless white-tailed deer or with antlers of 7 cm or lessOctober 19 to October 23October 18 to October 22

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

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2024 hunting season2025 hunting season
1 North, 1 South, 2 East (except the townships of Macpès and Duquesne and all islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in this zone)White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 9 to November 17November 8 to November 16
2 West, 3 East, 3 West (except all islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of pont Pierre-Laporte included in this zone), 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 9 to November 24November 8 to November 23
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard)November 9 to November 24November 8 to November 23
20 (except western part of zone 20)White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)August 1 to August 31August 1 to August 31
20 (except western part of zone 20)White-tailed deer with or without antlersSeptember 1 to December 24September 1 to December 24

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 sex2024 hunting season2025 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, 3 West, 27 East, 27 WestWhite-tailed deer with or without antlersNovember 2 to November 3November 1 to November 2
Territory of the montagne de Rigaud in zone 8 North, 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 these zones), 28White-tailed deer with antlers (7 cm or more)November 2 to November 3November 1 to November 2

Gear: Firearms, crossbow and bow

Zone where hunting is permittedAge and sex2024 hunting season2025 hunting season
1 North, 1 South, 2 East (except the townships of Macpès and Duquesne), 2 West, 3 East, 3 West (except all islands and islets of the St. Lawrence River downstream of the pont Pierre-Laporte included in these areas), 4, 5 East, 5 West, 7 North, 7 South, 8 East, 8 North excluding 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 2 to November 3November 1 to November 2
6 North, 6 SouthWhite-tailed deer with antlers (antler restriction standard)November 2 to November 3November 1 to November 2

Regulatory Information

Last update: December 15, 2023

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