With vast lands and rich wilderness, it’s no wonder why Canadian landscapes are a mecca of hunting activity. And a mecca they are indeed; in 1996, approximately one in 20 Canadian citizens pursued game in Canadian forests. In 2004, approximately 400,000 of those were in Quebec alone.
Although hunting is seemingly straightforward, there’s a lot you need to know. Even seasoned hunters find themselves continually learning and perfecting their ‘game’. If you’re considering hunting, here are a few things you need to know:
1. Getting certified and licensed.
All Quebec residents, regardless of weapon choice, must receive a hunting license to legally engage in the sport. To obtain a license to hunt with a firearm or bow, you must hold the hunter’s certificate corresponding to the hunting implement used. Additionally, any hunters who wish to use firearms are required to pass the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. For more detailed information about hunting licenses and species involved, visit the government of Quebec website or gather information from a nearby hunting store in Ottawa and Gatineau. Obtaining all required certificates and licenses is the responsibility of every hunter, veteran or beginner.
2. The rules.
Regulations are an important part of keeping hunting fun and safe. With that said, every beginner hunter should know there are a ton of regulations that go along with the activity; from bag limits, to zone designations, to hunting gear specifications and everything in between. Many of these guidelines will be covered as you obtain your license and certifications. For further information you may look to information hubs, like the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, your local hunting store in Ottawa – Gatineau or a nearby gun club. Guided hunts are another way to learn the basics and get some pointers from the pros.
3. Getting the right hunting gear.
You’ll likely get conflicting advice about the “perfect” hunting gear. What you should know is that “perfect” is subjective and finding the right hunting gear is often based on personal preference. It’s good to start out by visiting a nearby hunting store in Ottawa – Gatineau, where you’ll be able to check out a variety of brands and models. As a beginner, your hunting gear arsenal doesn’t need to be too complicated. Start out with the basics – waterproof hunting clothing, warm boots, a sharp knife, either a bow or a firearm and your safety necessities. As you become more seasoned, you’ll gradually acquire more gear.
As a beginner, don’t be afraid to ask for pointers and gather as much information as you can from your local hunting store in Ottawa – Gatineau. With the proper knowledge and the necessary certifications, you’ll be well on your way to discovering all the beauty and game our Canadian land has to offer!