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Hunting in PEI

View a list of outfitters on Prince Edward Island.

Whether your quarry is the ever-popular Canada Goose and other waterfowl or you'd like to try your luck at some excellent small game hunting, Prince Edward Island offers a satisfying experience for hunters.

Autumn brings many changes to the landscape of Canada's smallest province. Most of the farmers here have cultivated the year's harvest and the majority of the lobster and other fishing boats have been pulled from their moorings and stored safely away for the winter. And, as the leaves start to take on the many hues of fall, hundreds of thousands of migrating ducks and geese begin arriving in late September in flocks of anywhere from 10 to 5,000 and more, and the province's outfitters prepare to show their clients the experience of a lifetime.

Bird Hunting Season

The migratory bird hunting season begins on Prince Edward Island on the first Monday of October and runs through the second Saturday of December -- with the exception of the Woodcock season, which begins the last Monday in September and ends the second Saturday of December. You may want to try your luck at partridge and other game. The Ruffed Grouse season runs from the last Monday in September to the end of December while the Hungarian or Grey Partridge have only a three-week season spanning late October and early November, and some restrictions apply.

Other Hunts

The Snowshoe Hare and Coyote seasons both run from the first Monday in October until the end of February. Prince Edward Island was once world renowned for its Silver Fox ranches, but what many hunters may not be aware of is the abundance of wild fox that roam our fields and woodlands. The season for fox is between the first of November and the end of January.

Hunting Safely

Hunters are reminded to treat every firearm as if it were loaded and to respect all "No Trespassing" and "No Hunting" signs wherever they may be posted. As well, the regulations noted here on our home page are simply summaries of those listed in the Fish and Game Protection Act. For a complete list of the rules and regulations governing hunting on Prince Edward Island, contact Forests, Fish and Wildlife.

In the meantime, have a safe, rewarding and enjoyable hunt. Oh, and bring your dogs. They'll love it too. Bonne Chance!