Beginning of the hunting season - A call to caution in all areas

Gatineau, le 24 septembre 2019 ‐ In the next few days, there will be more and more hunters that will begin to practice their favorite activity in isolated areas. That is why the Sûreté du Québec wants to remind hunters of a few safety tips in order to assure them of a hunting season without undesired incidents.

Every year, the officers of the Sûreté du Québec are asked to intervene because people get lost in the woods. Whether you are hunter by bow, crossbow, black powder or rifle, you must act in the most responsible, safe and courteous manner.

Think about it before you leave

Certain forested areas where hunting takes place may be hard to access if an accident happens. First responders may be needed. In this case, it is important for you to be sufficiently equipped to assure your survival until they get there. That is why it is strongly recommended to take the following precautions before you leave to go hunting:

  • Consult the weather forecast;
  • Notify a friend or family member exactly where your hunting spot is with GPS coordinates;
  • Give them the details of where you will be traveling, when you plan to leave and the date you plan to be back;
  • Bring a communication tool;
  • Wear clothing suitable for the weather in case you have to spend the night in the forest;
  • Have a map and compass or a GPS device;
  • Try to avoid going in isolated areas or areas that you are not familiar with;
  • Carry a survival kit with you.

Your survival kit should have basic tools: flares, first aid kit, a knife, water proof matches, flashlight, a whistle, and a light aluminium treated blanket. You should also bring with you calorie rich and dried food. Remember that your survival will depend on what you are carrying with you.

Also, refresh your techniques of map reading, using a compass and a GPS before you leave. If you have a satellite phone, have the emergency number with you.

Everyone walking in the woods, hunters and non-hunters, should wear a high-visibility vest.

The respect of others in the interest of all

The right to hunt on Crown land comes with the obligation to share the territory. On private land, a written permission from the landowner is required and must be carried with you at all times.

Everyone has the right to hunt in a peaceful way. Good manners and respect are essential to avoid conflicts that could result with a reprehensible act. If a situation arises that could start a conflict, it is everyone's duty to try to find a peaceful solution to eliminate the tensions.

The officers of the Sûreté du Québec will be, between September 20th to November 17th, in the territories of the 17 municipalities that are in the zone of surveillance concerning the chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Outaouais and Laurentians area. Special patrols and road blocks will be conducted by officers from both the Sûreté du Québec and from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) in order to assure that the hunting season is safe and that rules and regulations are respected. 

For information regarding the details of this hunting season's specific guidelines and legal obligations, you can visit the following website:

Responsible. Safe. FOR LIFE!

The Bureau du contrôle des armes à feu et des explosifs (BCAFE) provides the public with a confidential line to report firearm concerns. This line is intended primarily for the entourage of people who own a firearm or who intend to acquire one. If you have concerns about someone around you, a neighbor, a co-worker, or anyone else who may be a risk for their own safety or the safety of others, we encourage you to contact the concern line at 1 800 731-4000 (options 1-2). By signaling your concerns, you are helping to preserve public safety.




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