Waterfowlers can now comment on the first comprehensive set of proposed changes to the Migratory Bird Act since their inception in 1917. The regulatory impact analysis statement is now posted on the Canada Gazette and describes proposed changes such as:
• Broadening the definition of bait
• Clarifying the definition of hunt
• Allowing hunters to leave the head on unpreserved carcasses of ducks rather than the fully feathered wing for identification purposes
• Revised wording regarding retrieval requirements, including clearly expressing that hunters must have adequate means of retrieval at their disposal
• Including found birds in a daily bag limit
• Prohibition of abandonment of harvested migratory birds or allowing meat to spoil
• Permitting the use of crossbows for hunting migratory birds
• Updating the definition of non-toxic shot
• Prohibiting drones for the use of waterfowl hunting
• A new concept of possession limit, which states that once birds are preserved (frozen, cooked, dried, canned, smoked) they no longer apply to a hunter’s possession limit
For complete information on the proposed changes and how to provide comment, click here.
The comment period ends Sept. 30, 2019.