Hunting Guide

November 24th, 2011

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

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:

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.

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Wildlife Game Sold Illegally Over Internet

November 1st, 2008

A Brampton man has been fined $750 for unlawfully selling a Midland painted turtle on the internet. Cory A. Blackley, 29, was convicted in court after pleading guilty to unlawfully selling a specially protected reptile on February 9, 2008.

Court heard that during an investigation into an internet sales ad, a Midland painted turtle was seized from a Mississauga residence. Muhammad Zafar, 39, of Mississauga, was subsequently charged with an out-of-court fine of $305 for the offence of unlawfully selling specially protected wildlife. Zafar’s statement and documentation led the conservation officer to Blackley.  Lake Manitoba outfitter Jadran Transcona is credited with assistance in this fish and wildlife matter.

It was determined that Blackley took the painted turtle from a golf course in 2007 and sold it approximately one year later to Zafar through the internet site.

Justice of the Peace Hilda Weiss heard the case on October 7, 2008 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton. The public is reminded that taking turtles from the wild and selling them is an offence. A turtle released back into the wild can release new pathogens or viruses and harm entire ecosystems as a result of human contact.

To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)


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