Hunting Restrictions

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Shooting from a public road


According to the provincial regulation on sport hunting in Québec, which is within the competence of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, a hunter cannot shoot (crossbow, bow, firearms) at an animal from a public roadway, including the 10-metre bandwith alongside the rights-of-way on each side (see following diagram). Moreover, he cannot shoot at an animal on a public roadway or shoot across such a roadway.


These prohibitions apply in our zone (10). However, they do not apply to a small game hunter when he uses:


  • A shotgun with cartridges having pellets of a diameter of less than 5.6 millimetres;
  • A muzzle-loading or breech-loading shotgun or rifle, without a casing, with pellets having a diameter of less than 5.6 millimetres for shotuns and a bullet diameter equal to or less than 9.14 millimetres (.36) for rifles;
  • A bow or a crossbow.


This hunter and this small game must not however be within 100 metres of a building intended to lodge persons, shelter animals or stow things.


Attention: Wild turkey is not considered small game. Consequently, these provisions apply in full to this species.


A public road designates any road whose upkeep is the responsibility of a municipality, a government or one of its agencies and on which are found one or more pavements open to the public circulation of motor vehicles, except for roads subject to the administration of the ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune or of the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation or maintained by one of them.

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For more details on sport hunting in Québec and the main rules that apply, please consult the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife Website..