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Wood Buffalo National Park Game Regulations (SOR/78-830)

Regulations are current to 2023-01-11 and last amended on 2022-07-30. Previous Versions

PART IIIGeneral Hunting Permits, Trapping Permits and Certificates of Registration (continued)

Prohibitions (continued)

 No person shall, within a trapping area, hunt fur bearing animals, set traps, skin or prepare or assist in the skinning or preparation of pelts unless

  • (a) he holds a trapping permit and is named in a certificate of registration for that area or is the spouse, or child under 18 years of age, of the holder of a trapping permit for that area;

  • (b) he is an assistant, under an agreement entered into pursuant to section 11, of a person who holds a trapping permit and is named in a certificate of registration for that area; or

  • (c) he is authorized to take or kill fur bearing animals for scientific purposes pursuant to paragraph 56(1)(a) and has notified the holder of the certificate of registration for that area.

Application

 An application for a general hunting permit, trapping permit or certificate of registration shall

  • (a) be made on a form supplied by the superintendent; and

  • (b) contain the information required by the form and any additional information requested by the superintendent.

  • SOR/81-357, s. 1
  • SOR/91-420, s. 8

Signature

 No general hunting permit, trapping permit or certificate of registration is valid unless

  • (a) it is signed by the person to whom it is issued; and

  • (b) in the case of a person signing by a mark, the mark is witnessed and the signature of the witness is endorsed thereon.

Expiry Date

  •  (1) A general hunting permit or trapping permit expires on the expiry date mentioned in the permit, or if no expiry date is mentioned, on the 30th day of June next following its date of issue.

  • (2) A certificate of registration expires at the end of the fifth permit year following the date of its issue.

Renewal

 [Repealed, SOR/91-420, s. 3]

  •  (1) The superintendent may refuse to renew a trapping permit and may, notwithstanding section 15, remove the name of the holder of the trapping permit from a certificate of registration if

    • (a) the holder did not, without reasonable excuse, engage in hunting and trapping fur bearing animals in any year in which the certificate of registration was in effect; and

    • (b) the superintendent has obtained the written agreement of the group leader or a majority of the group members of that trapping area in respect of which the certificate of registration was issued, as the case may be, for the refusal and removal.

  • (2) Where a person whose name is removed from a certificate of registration pursuant to subsection (1) was the holder of the certificate, the superintendent shall, if the certificate is issued on behalf of two or more persons, designate one of the other persons named in the certificate to be the holder thereof.

  • SOR/87-657, s. 6
  • SOR/91-420, s. 8
  •  (1) Where a certificate of registration has expired, the holder of the certificate shall be given priority over other applicants for the renewal of the certificate if he applies for renewal within 60 days following the date of expiry.

  • (2) Where a certificate of registration has expired and has not been renewed, trapping permits shall not be issued for that trapping area.

Returns and Information

 The holder of a certificate of registration shall furnish to the superintendent such returns and information respecting game and trapping and hunting operations of any person named in the certificate as the superintendent may reasonably require.

  • SOR/87-657, s. 7
  • SOR/91-420, s. 8

 The holder of a general hunting permit, trapping permit or certificate of registration shall, when requested to do so by a Park Warden, forthwith submit the permit or certificate to the Park Warden for inspection.

 Any person having possession of game shall, when requested to do so by the superintendent or a Park Warden, forthwith disclose the time and place of the capture, taking or killing of the game.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8

Suspension and Cancellation

  •  (1) Where the superintendent has reasonable grounds to believe that the holder of a general hunting permit, trapping permit or certificate of registration has violated these Regulations, he may suspend and take possession of the permit or certificate.

  • (2) A permit or certificate suspended pursuant to subsection (1) shall be reinstated and returned to the holder if

    • (a) the holder is acquitted of any charge laid as a result of the suspension; or

    • (b) no charges are brought within 30 days of the date of the suspension.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8
  •  (1) Where the holder of a general hunting permit is convicted of a hunting offence, his permit shall be cancelled.

  • (2) Where the holder of a trapping permit is convicted of a trapping offence, his permit shall be cancelled.

  • (3) Where a permit is cancelled pursuant to subsection (1) or (2), the holder shall, immediately on conviction, deliver the permit to the superintendent.

  • (4) Where a trapping permit is cancelled, the name of the holder thereof shall be removed from the certificate of registration and, where he was the holder of a certificate of registration issued on behalf of two or more persons, the superintendent shall designate one of the other persons named in the certificate to be the holder thereof.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8

 A person whose permit is cancelled under subsection 30(1) or (2) shall not, for a period of 12 months following the date of conviction, obtain or be in possession of

  • (a) where the offence was a hunting offence, a general hunting permit; or

  • (b) where the offence was a trapping offence, a trapping permit.

  • SOR/2018-250, s. 10

 For the purposes of sections 30 and 31,

trapping offence

trapping offence means

  • (a) any violation of paragraph 5(a), section 7 or 10, subsection 19(2), paragraph 37(1)(a) or (c), subsection 39(1), subsection 41(1), section 42 or 43, paragraph 45(b) or subsection 46(2) that involves a fur bearing animal, or

  • (b) any violation of paragraph 6(a), section 11, paragraph 37(1)(b) or subsection 50(3); (infraction ayant trait au piégeage)

hunting offence

hunting offence means any violation of these Regulations that is not a trapping offence. (infraction ayant trait à la chasse)

General

 No person shall sell, transfer or assign a general hunting permit, trapping permit or certificate of registration.

  •  (1) No person shall knowingly allow his general hunting permit, trapping permit or certificate of registration to be used by any other person.

  • (2) No person shall use the general hunting permit, trapping permit or certificate of registration of another person.

PART IVGeneral Rules of the Park

Dogs

  •  (1) No owner of a dog shall

    • (a) permit the dog to run at large or to chase or molest game; or

    • (b) use the dog for the purpose of hunting game.

  • (2) Where a dog is running at large or chasing or molesting game, a Park Warden may impound the dog or destroy the dog, if he cannot seize it.

  • (3) Where a Park Warden impounds or destroys a dog pursuant to subsection (2) he shall, if the name of the owner can readily be ascertained, forthwith notify the owner of the dog.

  • (4) An impounded dog shall not be released until the person claiming the dog has paid an impounding fee of $10 and a boarding fee of $5 for each day or part thereof that the dog has been impounded.

  • (5) Where the owner of an impounded dog is unknown or where the owner of an impounded dog does not claim the dog within five days from the date of notification pursuant to subsection (3), the dog may be disposed of in a manner satisfactory to the superintendent.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8

Firearms

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall be in possession of a firearm unless the firearm is unloaded and

    • (a) if the firearm is of a kind or model capable of being dismantled by taking apart and separating the barrel and stock, it is carried in a dismantled condition; or

    • (b) if the firearm is not of a kind or model capable of being dismantled, it is carried in a closed case or wrapped and tied securely in such manner as not to expose any part of the firearm.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to

    • (a) the holder of a general hunting permit; or

    • (b) a person authorized to take or kill game for scientific purposes pursuant to paragraph 56(1)(a).

  • (3) No person shall

    • (a) have a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle; or

    • (b) discharge a firearm from a motor vehicle.

  • (4) No person shall discharge a firearm or cause a shot, bullet or other missile to pass within two hundred metres of any building unless he is the owner or occupier of that building.

  • (5) No person shall discharge a firearm or cause a shot, bullet or other missile to pass along, across or within one hundred metres of the center line of any highway.

  •  (1) No person shall,

    • (a) use a firearm of less than .23 calibre for the purpose of hunting big game;

    • (b) be in possession of ammunition that contains non-expanding or steel jacketed bullets; or

    • (c) use an automatic loading or recoil loading rifle of more than .22 calibre that has a capacity of more than five cartridges in the magazine.

  • (2) No person shall, for purposes of hunting or trapping, be in possession of

    • (a) a firearm capable of firing more than one bullet during one pressure of the trigger;

    • (b) a firearm that can be altered to operate as an automatic firearm; or

    • (c) a shotgun that is capable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined unless the magazine has been permanently plugged or altered so as to reduce the capacity of the firearm to not more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

  • (3) Subject to subsection 56(1), no person shall shoot fur bearing animals with a shotgun except a shotgun loaded with a single ball or bullet.

  • SOR/2018-250, s. 11

Hunting Lights

 No person shall, for purposes of hunting, use a search light, spot-light, flash light, jack light, night light, motor vehicle light or any other type of light.

Traps

  •  (1) No person shall set a trap for an animal set out in Column I of Schedule II except during the open season set out in Column II opposite that animal.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/91-420, s. 4]

  • SOR/91-420, s. 4

 Where a trap has been set during an open season, the person whose identification mark appears on the trap shall remove or spring the trap on or before the last day of the open season.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall remove, damage, spring or in any way interfere with a trap set by another person.

  • (2) The holder of a trapping permit may, if he discovers traps, snares or other trapping equipment within his trapping area that do not belong to him or to any other person lawfully authorized to trap within that area, remove them and shall forthwith deliver them to a Park Warden.

 No person shall leave a trap unattended for a period of time that is unreasonable and that allows the pelt or meat of a trapped animal to be wasted or spoiled.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall

    • (a) set out, use or employ a snare for trapping game, other than fur bearing animals; or

    • (b) set out, use or employ a snare without a locking device approved by the superintendent when trapping for fur bearing animals other than squirrel.

  • (2) The holder of a general hunting permit may trap hares with the use of a snare if the wire used for the snare is not heavier than No. 22 gauge.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8

Aircraft

 No person shall

  • (a) hunt by use or aid of an aircraft;

  • (b) take off in an aircraft or land an aircraft in the Park except as provided for in the National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations; or

  • (c) hunt big game in the Park within twenty-four hours of having flown over the Park.

  • SOR/87-657, s. 8
  • SOR/2018-250, s. 12

Meat of Game

 Subject to sections 51 and 52, no person shall

  • (a) offer for sale, sell, trade or barter any game;

  • (b) use as bait, in hunting or trapping operations, meat of game other than meat of fur bearing animals; or

  • (c) feed to dogs or other domestic animals meat of game, other than meat of fur bearing animals.

  •  (1) No person who has killed or is in possession of any game in the Park shall allow the edible flesh thereof to be wasted, destroyed or spoiled.

  • (2) No person who has killed or is in possession of any fur bearing animal in the Park shall allow the skin or pelt thereof to be wasted, destroyed or spoiled.

Poison

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall use poison for the purpose of taking or killing game or have in his possession any poison that may be used for that purpose.

  • (2) The Minister may authorize the use of poison for the taking or killing of game for scientific purposes pursuant to paragraph 56(1)(a).

Oversnow Vehicles

 No person shall operate an oversnow vehicle in the Park unless it is registered, insured and equipped as required by the laws of the Province or Territory in which it is operated and

  • (a) it is used while engaged in trapping activities by a holder of a trapping permit or by the spouse or child under 18 years of age of a holder of a trapping permit; or

  • (b) its use is approved in writing by the superintendent and it is operated in accordance with such conditions and in such areas as the superintendent may specify.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8
 
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