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Manitoba Hunting Guide

2012 Manitoba Hunting Guide

Game Bird Hunting

Migratory Game Birds

Licensing Requirements

A Canada Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp is required by all migratory game bird hunters. Hunters (excluding residents 65 years of age or older) hunting migratory game birds must also possess a provincial Game Bird Licence or Deer and Game Bird Licence (Youth). The federal permit and stamp are available at most Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship offices and regular vendor outlets, in addition to most Canada Post offices. This federal permit and associated conservation stamp are used by the Canadian Wildlife Service to select hunters for national migratory game bird surveys to determine hunter activity and species harvest. Revenue from permit sales is used across Canada for wildlife conservation projects.

Licenses

Note: All fees listed below include the federal goods and services tax (GST).

Deer and Game Bird Licence (Youth) Resident $10.00
Resident Game Bird $22.00
Non-resident Game Bird $83.00
Foreign resident Game Bird $155.00
Canada Migratory Game Bird Permit
and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp
$17.00 (plus GST)

Landowners

When hunting migratory game birds, a landowner or occupier must have a provincial Game Bird Licence and the Canada Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.

Non-resident and Foreign Resident

Non-residents and foreign residents, hunting migratory game birds, do not require the services of an outfitter or guide.

Managed Hunting Areas (MHAs) for Waterfowl

Printed information on the Oak Hammock and Grant's Lake MHAs, outlining regulations and procedures, is available at 200 Saulteaux Crescent in Winnipeg (204-945-6784 or 1-800- 214-6497).

The following regulation changes have been made in Managed Hunting Areas:

Oak Hammock Managed Hunting Area (OHMHA)
- The restriction on the maximum number of days individuals can hunt in the OHMHA has been removed.
- A maximum of 6 hunters are now permitted per ¼ section of land.
- A maximum of 4 hunters are now permitted on land less than a ¼ section in size.

Grants Lake Managed Hunting Area (GLMHA)
- The number of Crown land posts has been reduced to 20.
- A maximum of 6 hunters are now permitted per ¼ section of land.
- A maximum of 4 hunters are now permitted on land less than a ¼ section in size.

CITES

  • The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) export permits are required before transporting sandhill cranes out of Canada.
  • A CITES export permit is not required if the hunter is transporting sandhill cranes (or any part) into the United States. The sandhill crane (or any part) must be in the hunter's possession and must be fresh, frozen or salted.
  • For information regarding CITES, call 1-800-668-6767 or visit www.ec.gc.ca/cites/.

Woodcock Season

Woodcock are migratory birds that are slightly larger than snipe. They are a mottled brown colour, with a long bill, large eyes, and rounded wings. Woodcock prefer moist, young forests and thickets where they forage on earthworms and a variety of insects. Like ruffed grouse, they are also found along edges of mature woodlands. Woodcock are particularly abundant in south-eastern Manitoba and parts of the Interlake.

Spring 2014 Conservation
Snow Goose Season

Hunters should note the Conservation Snow Goose Season in GBHZ 2, 3 and 4, will open March 15, 2014. The opening date in GBHZ 1 will continue to be April 1. To participate in this season, hunters require the 2013 Canada Migratory Game Bird Permit and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and a no charge Spring Conservation Snow Goose Licence. These licences will be available in Spring 2014 at select Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship district offices and from the cashier, 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg.