Hunting Laws and Regulations
Basic wildlife regulations for hunting in Manitoba can be found in the Hunting Guide available where you purchase your hunting license. Regulation changes occur every year, so it is important that you read and understand the information provided every year.
• The Manitoba Hunting Guide and the Spring Supplement Hunting Guide can be found on our regulations page.
Hunter Education is necessary for all licensed hunters in Manitoba.
To qualify for a hunting licence, any person born after January 1, 1951 and any first-time hunter wanting to purchase a hunting license must be a graduate of the provincial Manitoba Hunter Course or a similar hunter education course from another province or state. The federal Canadian Firearms Safety Course does not meet this requirement.
- Minimum age to purchase a hunting licence is 12.
- Hunters under the age of 18 must present their Hunter Education card when purchasing a licence and carry the card while hunting.
- Starting January 1, 2012 all hunters will be required to produce a Hunter Education Certificate or card when purchasing any type of hunting licence.
Please note: A person must be 12 years of age to purchase a hunting license, however can take the Hunter Education class under the age of 12 (in-class only).
Sustainable Development has amended the Hunter Education Regulation to provide youth under the age of 12 to receive an Apprentice Hunter Education Certificate (AHEC).
Previously, under Sec 4(3) of the regulation, a youth under 12 years of age could take the course and write the exam. If they were successful, the youth would receive their Hunter Education Certificate when they reached 12 years of age. The new regulation amendment provides youth under the age of 12 who successfully pass the course (not on-line) to receive an AHEC.
Section 27 of the General Hunting Regulation has been amended to allow for resident youth age 10 and 11 to hunt game birds and wild turkeys under a shared bag provision;
A resident of Manitoba who is 10 years of age or older and under 18 years of age does not require a licence to hunt game birds or wild turkey, but can hunt under a shared bag provision provided;
- The youth carries and can produce proof of age and a valid hunter education certificate or apprentice hunter education certificate or an equivalent certificate from another province, territory or country.
- The youth is accompanied by a person who is 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid licence for the species being hunted, and at all times when hunting, be in the immediate physical vicinity of the youth.
- The adult must include any game taken by the youth as part of his or her bag limit and possession limit.
Note: if the youth wishes to hunt Migratory Game Birds they must purchase a Canadian Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.
Replacement Hunter Ed Card
Lost your Hunter Education card? No problem! Manitoba Wildlife Federation will be pleased to issue you a replacement Hunter Education Card. To order a replacement Hunter Education Card, call (204) 633-4868 or toll free (877) 633-4868 (Manitoba only). Please have the following information ready when you call:
• Last Name (ladies may need their maiden name)
• First Name
• Middle Inital
• Birth Date
• Approx. year course was taken and where you were living at the time you took the course
The fee for a replacement Hunter Ed card is:
• $15 per card for MWF members
• $30 per card for non-MWF members
Payment can be made on the phone by Visa or MasterCard, or can be paid in person by cash or debit at the MWF office (4-999 King Edward Street, Winnipeg).
If you are planning to obtain a Possession and Acquisition License (previously called a FAC) for non-restricted firearms, you may use your pre-1994 Manitoba Hunter Education Course certificate to fulfill the Safety Training Certification requirement.
The Manitoba Wildlife Federation was instrumental in “grandfathering” Manitoba Hunter Education course graduates for the training course requirements for obtaining Possession and Acquisition Licenses.
If you did not take the Manitoba Hunter Education Course prior to 1994, you are required to take the Canadian Firearm Safety Course or challenge the CFSC (written and practical tests) when applying for a Possession & Acquisition License (FAC).