Proposals to the Migratory Bird Regulations

February 21, 2018

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Backgrounder

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is responsible for the conservation of migratory birds in Canada and the management of the sustainable hunting of these birds. The hunting regulations for migratory game birds are reviewed and amended biennially by ECCC, with input from provinces and territories, as well as from various other stakeholders. The population status of migratory game birds is assessed on an annual basis to ensure that the regulations are appropriate, and amendments can be made between review periods, if necessary, for conservation reasons.


Proposed Changes in Ontario

American Black Duck International Harvest Strategy’s recommendation
It is proposed to continue to implement the American Black Duck International Harvest Strategy in Ontario. A liberal regime would be in effect for the 2018-2019 hunting season: 4 American Black Ducks in the daily bag in the Hudson-James Bay District (an increase from 2 birds per day), Northern District (an increase from 2 birds per day) and Central District (an increase from 1 bird per day) and 2 American Black Ducks in the daily bag for the Southern District (an increase from 1 bird per day). In addition, the number of hunting days for the Southern District would be extended to 107 days (from the current 90 days). The liberal regulatory package would also be implemented for the 2019-2020 hunting season in Ontario.

Increase the season length for Mourning Dove in the Central and Southern Districts
It is proposed to increase the season length for Mourning Dove in the Central and Southern Districts (only districts where hunting of doves is allowed) to 91 days. The current season in the Central District opens on September 5 and closes on November 13, and September 7 to November 15 in the Southern District (70 days). It is also proposed to implement a fixed opening date of September 1 and a fixed closing date of November 30 in both districts. This change is similar to the prescribed standard regulatory package for the Eastern Management Unit from the Mourning Dove Harvest Strategy.

Increase harvest of temperate-breeding population Canada Geese
– Shift season dates for Canada Goose hunting in the Central District

It is proposed to shift the season dates in the Central District from the current opening date of the first Tuesday after Labour Day to September 1; closing date would also be fixed to December 16 (maintaining 107 day season). This proposal aims to increase the harvest of temperate breeding Canada Geese in this area to address the increase in human-goose conflicts. In addition, this proposal would standardize Canada Goose hunting season dates among the Hudson-James Bay, Northern and Central Districts thereby simplifying the regulations for hunters and enforcement.

– Increase the daily bag limit for Canada Geese and Cackling Geese during the early goose season in select Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in the Northern District.

It is proposed to increase the daily bag limit for Canada Geese and Cackling Geese from 5 to 10 geese during the early Canada Goose season (September 1 to 9) in WMUs 8, 10, 13, 37, 39 and 41 in the Northern District. Local temperate breeding Canada Goose populations are growing in these areas and resulting in local human-goose conflicts. This proposal aims to mitigate these issues.

Synchronize American Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse open season dates in all hunting Districts
It is proposed to align the opening season dates for American Woodcock with Ruffed Grouse in all hunting districts in the province. For the Hudson-James Bay, Northern and Central Districts, this date will be fixed to September 15th while the opening date for the Southern District will be either September 15th or September 25th depending on the Wildlife Management Unit. This proposal was adopted to simplify the hunting regulations for both of these species, which are often hunted at the same time, across the province for hunters and enforcement.

Clarify aggregate daily bag limits and possession limits for Woodcock, Coot, snipe, Ross’s Goose, and other geese
It is proposed to clarify the bag and possession limits for aggregated marsh game birds and “other geese”. Currently, the daily bag and possession limits for coot are aggregated with woodcock. This proposal clarifies that coot should be aggregated with other marsh game birds, including gallinule, and snipe should be removed from this grouping. Furthermore, Ross’s Goose should be aggregated with the Snow Goose daily bag and possession limits as well as Table I.2 – Measures in Ontario Concerning Overabundant Species. Lastly, White-fronted Goose and Brant would be changed to “other Geese” to be consistent with bag and possession limits in other provinces (e.g., Quebec, New Brunswick).

Read more on the Government’s Recommendations here: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/migratory-game-bird-hunting/consultation-process-regulations/report-series/proposals-amend-document-2017.html

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In August 2014, Environment and Climate Change Canada launched a new online e-permitting ordering system to improve hunters’ access to Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) permits. Hunters can purchase their MGBH permit and CWHC stamp online, receive electronic copies of the stamp and permit by email, and print these documents from the comfort of their own home. The e-permitting system is accessible to hunters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Permits can be purchased online at Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.

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