Manitoba Hunting Season Underway

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Hunting season is underway for several species in many areas of the province and will continue through the fall and winter.

Rifle hunters who were successful in the 2006 big game draw for elk around Riding Mountain National Park in game hunting areas (GHA) 23 and 23A also have the opportunity to hunt moose if they choose to purchase conservation moose licences, valid during the season dates indicated on the elk licence.

Changes for 2006 include the prohibition of vehicles from March 1 to Nov. 30 in the Portage Sandhills Wildlife Management Area in GHA 32. For hunters using the Canadian Forces Base Shilo, safety briefing sessions begin on Nov. 1 and are offered three times a day until the end of the season.

The hunting seasons for grouse and grey (Hungarian) partridge are underway and run until Dec. 17. The ptarmigan hunting season runs until Jan. 31.

The migratory game bird hunting season is also underway for resident and non-resident hunters.

For residents only, the wild turkey hunting season closed Oct. 15.

The big game hunting season includes:

  • White-tailed deer – Archery and muzzleloader seasons are currently underway in all zones. The rifle season opens Nov. 13.
  • Moose – In specific GHAs the winter moose season in draw and non-draw areas opens on Dec. 4 for resident hunters.
  • Elk – Winter elk seasons open on Dec. 18. Elk seasons around Riding Mountain National Park will open on Dec. 4, Jan. 1 and Jan. 15.
  • Black bear – The fall portion of the black bear season is now closed.
  • Caribou – The winter season in GHA 1 opens on Nov. 1 and runs until the end of February. In GHAs 2 and 3, seasons close on Jan. 31. The season in GHA 2 opens on Nov. 27.
  • The winter portion of the shotgun or muzzleloader season for white-tailed deer in GHA 33 only will resume on Dec. 4 for residents only.

Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Youth are encouraged to join a licensed adult hunter using one of the special low-cost licences that are available for youth hunters.

Youth hunters between the ages of 12 and 17 who have successfully completed the Manitoba Hunter Education Course or a similar course from another province are eligible to participate using any of the following options:

  • shared bag limits,
  • separate bag limits,
  • special youth hunting licences, or
  • mentored hunting.

Over 147,000 students have graduated from the Manitoba Hunter Education program since its mandatory inception in 1969. By taking this program, the chance of becoming involved in some form of hunting incident has been reduced to less than one half of one per cent. The program is now operated by the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.

Hunters are reminded to follow all rules. Recent violations have resulted in enforcement action and some of the most significant fines on record in Manitoba for violations of the Wildlife Act and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act clearly show support for the protection of wildlife within Manitoba.

Further information on season dates and bag limits is available from the 2006 Manitoba Hunting Guide, licence vendors, Manitoba Conservation offices and the website at: www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/hunting.