Hunters asked to give feedback on proposed changes to migratory bird baiting regs

Tristan Garrah

Bait debate

Government looking for input on proposed regulation changes

If you hunt migratory birds, the Environment and Climate Change Canada ministry wants to hear from you about a proposal to change regulations surrounding the use of bait. Bait includes corn, wheat, oats or other grain, pulse or any other feed that may attract migratory birds to a specific area.

Currently, it’s prohibited to hunt within 400 metres of bait or deposit bait within 14 days of and during an open hunting season for migratory birds.

The proposed changes would discontinue the issuance of bait authorizations that are sometimes issued to agricultural operations in Canada. Currently, the Canadian Wildlife Service issues bait authorizations to landowners/land managers to allow them to deposit bait within 14 days of and during an open hunting season.

As well, the regulation change would prohibit the deliberate modification of an agricultural crop (modification that is not required as part of normal recognized agricultural practices) for the purpose of attracting migratory birds for hunting.

To learn more about the regulation changes, you can go here, then give feedback no later than February 17th, 2017 via the following methods.

By email to:; or by mail to: Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada K1A 0H3.

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.