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LEGAL HUNTING METHODS in BC

LEGAL HUNTING METHODS in BC

LEGAL HUNTING METHODS in BC

Check regional sections for open seasons, additional restrictions and regional bag limits.

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Firearms

  • » It is unlawful to hunt with a firearm that has an electronically controlled firing mechanism.
  • » It is unlawful to use a firearm that is designed, altered or intended to be aimed and fired by the action of one hand OR that has a barrel less than 305 mm in length.
  • » It is unlawful to hunt or trap with a rifle using a full metal jacketed nonexpanding bullet, or a tracer, incendiary, or explosive bullet.
  • » It is unlawful to hunt or trap with a shotgun using a tracer or incendiary shot shell.
  • » It is unlawful to hunt or trap with a set gun or with a pump, repeating or auto loading shotgun unless the magazine contains a plug that is incapable of holding more than 2 cartridges. Where the use of a shotgun is allowed for hunting or trapping big game, an unplugged shotgun holding more than 2 cartridges and firing single projectiles only (slugs) may be used.
  • »A muzzle loader containing powder and shot in the barrel but unprimed (i.e., no powder in the pan of a flint lock or no cap in the nipple of a percussion lock) is not considered a loaded firearm under the Criminal Code (Canada). Retrieval
  • »No person shall kill, cripple or wound game without making all reasonable effort to locate, dispatch, retrieve and include it in their bag limit. » It is lawful for a person to retrieve a dead or injured game animal with the assistance of a power boat provided no person in the power boat is in possession of a loaded firearm.
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Falconry

  • » Falconers, with a valid possession permit, may hunt small game with the use or aid of raptors throughout the Province during the regular open season or during bow only seasons subject to the applicable bag limits as indicated in the regional schedules, as long as they have acquired the necessary hunting licence(s).

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Dogs

  • » The use of dogs is permitted in the hunting of all game, but dogs must be on a leash when used to hunt deer, elk, moose, mountain sheep, mountain goat and caribou. Unleashed dogs may be used to hunt small game, lynx, bobcat, black bear, or cougar. Any person may train dogs by allowing them, under supervision, to pursue game birds from Aug 1- Apr 30.
  • » It is unlawful to cause or allow dogs to pursue furbearers under the authority of a trapping licence.

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