This guide summarizes information dealing with licenses and hunting laws. The guide is neither a legal document nor a complete collection of the current regulations. It is meant to be a convenient reference only. For detailed information, please see:
- The Wildlife Act, and the regulations made under this Act; and
- The Endangered Species Act and the regulations made under this Act.
These Acts can be viewed through the Statutory Publications website at www.gov.mb.ca/chc/statpub/intro.html
For laws related to hunting migratory birds in Canada, please see the Migratory Birds Convention Act – Canada and the Migratory Birds Regulations, which can be viewed at: www.canada.justice.gc.ca/en
Each wildlife species or group of species has a section in this summary. Each section deals with basic regulations on hunting that species, including the season tables (showing the dates and areas where you can hunt that species). You can obtain specific details on the regulations (including more accurate descriptions of GHAs) from the appropriate Manitoba Conservation offices.
The Wildlife Act defines “hunting” as chasing, driving, flushing, attracting, pursuing, worrying, following after or on the trail of, searching for, shooting at, stalking or lying in wait for wildlife, whether or not the wildlife is then or subsequently captured, killed, taken or wounded, but does not include trapping or such activity by an unarmed person solely for the purpose of watching or photographing wildlife.
You need a hunting license to perform any of these things, except where The Wildlife Act states otherwise.