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Migratory Birds Regulations

Version of section 5 from 2013-06-07 to 2016-06-12:

  •  (1) No person shall hunt a migratory bird except under authority of a permit therefor.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (8), no person shall hunt murres unless the person is a resident of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, holds a migratory game bird hunting permit and is hunting murres for human consumption.

  • (3) No person shall hunt a migratory game bird unless he is the holder of a migratory game bird hunting permit.

  • (4) Subject to section 23.1, no person shall in any area described in Schedule I hunt a species of migratory bird except during an open season specified in that Schedule for that area and that species.

  • (5) [Repealed, SOR/79-544, s. 2]

  • (6) Notwithstanding subsection (3),

    • (a) an Indian or Inuk may, in any area in Canada, and

    • (b) a resident of the Northwest Territories who is a holder of a general hunting licence issued under the Wildlife Act of the Northwest Territories may, within the Northwest Territories,

    hunt migratory game birds without a migratory game bird hunting permit.

  • (6.1) [Repealed, SOR/80-577, s. 3]

  • (7) Subsection (4) does not apply to the holder of a permit issued pursuant to section 19.

  • (8) Notwithstanding subsection (4) but subject to subsection (9), an Indian or Inuk may at any time, without a permit, take auks, auklets, guillemots, murres, puffins and scoters and their eggs for human food and clothing.

  • (9) No person shall hunt in a migratory bird sanctuary except

  • (10) Subsections 5(1) and (3) do not apply to an Indian or Inuk.

  • (11) Despite subsections (1) and (3), a minor may hunt the migratory birds referred to in column 2 or column II, as the case may be, of Table I of any Part of Schedule I without a permit only during the days that are set out in that column, referred to in Table I as “Waterfowler Heritage Days”, if the person

    • (a) is lawfully able to hunt in the province or territory where the hunting will occur; and

    • (b) is accompanied by a migratory game bird hunting permit holder who is not a minor.

  • (12) The permit holder referred to in paragraph (11)(b) must not, during the days referred to in subsection (11),

    • (a) have in their possession or use a firearm while accompanying the minor; and

    • (b) accompany more than two minors at one time.

  • SOR/78-490, s. 2
  • SOR/79-544, s. 2
  • SOR/80-577, s. 3
  • SOR/81-641, s. 1(F)
  • SOR/82-703, s. 3
  • SOR/94-684, s. 5
  • SOR/99-147, s. 2
  • SOR/2000-331, s. 1
  • SOR/2000-347, s. 2
  • SOR/2001-234, s. 1
  • SOR/2005-186, s. 3(E)
  • SOR/2009-190, s. 1
  • SOR/2013-126, s. 1
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