WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — Hunters in Quebec will have a new opportunity this fall, in large part because of a strong push by Delta Waterfowl and the organization’s members.
The Canadian Wildlife Service has approved dove hunting in Quebec, setting a 106-day season to open Sept. 17 in District F, a zone in the southern part of the province. Hunters can take eight doves daily, with a possession limit of 24. Non-toxic shot is required.
“We’re excited that the federal government has shown the leadership to provide hunters with a dove hunt in Quebec,” said Jim Fisher, director of conservation policy for Delta Waterfowl. “We’re looking to expand dove hunting to more provinces.”
Quebec is the third province to establish a dove season. British Columbia has had a dove season since 1960, and Ontario’s season was reinstated in 2013. Importantly, the new season increases hunting opportunity for Quebec residents.
Mourning doves are the most abundant game bird in North America, revered by hunters for offering a challenging hunt and excellent table fare. Dove hunting is a very popular tradition in the United States, where 40 of the 50 states have seasons.
According to Fisher, approval for a dove season came as the direct result of grassroots support by migratory bird hunters.
“Delta Waterfowl was instrumental in both encouraging the government for a season, as well as rallying our Canadian members to express their desire to hunt doves,” he said.
Across Canada, a number of migratory bird regulations changes will take effect this season. Here’s a summary of the new regs:
• Doves and woodcock can now be legally hunted in Ontario during Waterfowler Heritage Days.
• Hunting season for eiders in coastal zones of Newfoundland and Labrador will be 12 days longer.
• The daily bag limit for eiders decreases to four in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Possession limit reduced to eight.
• The daily bag limit on snow geese increases to 30 in the Hudson-James Bay District of Ontario.
• The daily bag limit on snow geese increases to 50 in the Yukon. Also, a 28-day spring season for snow geese has been established for 2017.
• Non-residents of Canada can hunt white-fronted geese, Canada geese and cackling geese in southern Saskatchewan starting Sept. 1.
Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America.