Tourism Saskatchewan

Hunting in Canada

Important information about hunting in Saskatchewan, Canada 

1. What big game species can non-residents of Canada hunt?

With the services of a guide/outfitter, non-residents of Canada may hunt Moose, White-Tailed Deer, and Black Bear. Canadian residents residing outside of Saskatchewan can also hunt these species, however a guide/outfitter is only required for Moose hunting. Source: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.

2. What upland game birds and waterfowl can non-residents of Canada hunt?

Upland game birds - Hungarian partridge, ptarmigan, sharp-tailed, ruffed and spruce grouse.
Waterfowl – All geese, sandhill cranes, and all duck species.

3. What are the season dates for hunting big game species in Saskatchewan and what are licence costs?

The season dates shown below are an approximate guideline only and vary within certain areas of the province. For exact dates, please view the latest Hunters' and Trappers' Guide from the Ministry of Environment.

White-tailed deer – September to December
Moose – October to December
Black bear – April to June and September to October

Licence and certificate fees are listed here.

4. What are the season dates for hunting upland game birds and waterfowl in Saskatchewan and what are the licence costs?

The season dates shown below are a guideline only and vary within certain areas of the province. For exact dates, please view the latest Hunters' and Trappers' Guide from the Ministry of Envronment.

Upland game – September to December
Waterfowl – September to December

Licence and certificate fees are listed here.

5. How do I choose the best outfitters to hunt with? 

Services of a Saskatchewan Outfitter Association (SOA) accredited outfitter are encouraged. These outfitting operations are licensed by the provincial licensing body and adhere to an industry Code of Ethics.

6. What type of documentation do I need to enter Canada?

When you enter Canada from abroad, a passport and a valid visa may be required. For more information, visit the Customs Information section of our website.

7. What are Saskatchewan’s big game records?

The largest trophy whitetail deer in the world live in Saskatchewan thanks to the minerals in the province’s fertile soil, abundant habitat, superior genetics and our northern climate. The province, which has produced more huge bucks than any other jurisdiction, is considered a mecca for white-tailed deer hunting and is in the dreams of most serious big game hunters. The significant number of black bear in northern Saskatchewan and fantastic moose hunting also provide for hunts of a lifetime.

White-tailed deer (typical) – 214 4/8
White-tailed deer (non-typical) – 265 3/8
Black bear – 22 11/16
Moose – 233 6/8

8. What is required to bring my hunting dog into Canada?

Dogs may enter Canada if accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued, in either English or French, by a licensed veterinarian, which clearly identifies the dogs and shows that they are currently vaccinated against rabies. This certificate should identify the animal, as in breed, colour, weight, etc., plus indicate the name of the licensed rabies vaccine used (trade name), serial number and duration of validity (up to 3 years). Please note that if a validity date does not appear on the certificate, then it will be considered a one year vaccine. There is no waiting period imposed between the time the animal is vaccinated for rabies and the time the animal is imported into Canada.

Note: Rabies vaccination or certification is not required if the dogs are less than three (3) months of age.

A licensed veterinarian is a veterinarian who is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the country of origin.

Source: Canada Food Inspection Agency

9. What is the weather like?

Saskatchewan's weather is the topic of many a conversation. From winter Chinooks, to autumn Indian summers, to summer thunderstorms, our climate is four-season and variable. Spring, summer, fall and winter are distinct, and temperatures can fluctuate - sometimes dramatically.

Seasonal Averages
Saskatchewan summers are usually warm and dry. High temperatures range from 15 C (60 F) in May to the mid-30s C (90-95 F) in July and August. We average as much sunshine as any Canadian province. Nights tend to be cool. Winter normally begins in November and temperatures generally remain below the freezing point. Mild spring weather usually begins by April.

10. What will I be required to bring – licences, maps, etc.?

Ask your outfitter what essentials are required – licences should be available through your outfitter, in addition to current maps of the area you will be fishing.

Topographic maps, aerial photographs and bathometric maps (depicting lake depths) can be purchased from: Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, Map and Photo Distribution Centre, 10 Research Drive, Regina, SK, S4P 3V7, phone: 1.306.787.2799.


11. What are some important websites to access for further reference?

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment 
Canadian Wildlife Service
Saskatchewan Outfitters Association
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
Canadian Firearms Centre
Information Services Corporation (maps)

 

 

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