Canada is a great place to hunt, and there are plenty of species to pursue throughout the year. Whether you live in Canada or not, there is something for everyone here and there’s a good chance there is something that interests you. We have compiled a list of some of the most popular species to hunt across the country, and when you can hunt them!
Spring: Turkey and Bear Hunting Hotspots
Turkeys and bears are the two most popular species to hunt during the spring. Turkey season will generally start in the months of March or April and run until May or June. Bear seasons run around the same time period and it is a great time to catch a bear with a full, beautiful coat.
Turkeys can be found in many providences in Canada, including Quebec, British Colombia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. Black bears can be found throughout the entire country, while grizzlies are found in the biggest numbers in British Colombia.
There is not much hunting to do in Canada during the summer, although you can catch the tail end of black bear season in June, and the very beginning of dall sheep season in July. Besides that, most hunters take this offseason as a chance to prepare for the busy fall season that starts come August!
Fall and Winter Seasons
Starting in August, many big game species are open to hunting. Canada is home to caribou, dall, stone, and rocky mountain bighorn sheep, moose, bear, deer, elk, and wolf. August and September are the most popular times for hunters from all around the world to travel to remote parts of the country in search of trophy game such as sheep, moose, and caribou, as these species live in very cold regions and these two months offer the best time of year to kill them.
Dall sheep in Canada are found in the Northwest Territories and British Colombia, while stone sheep are found in the same regions. Rocky Mountain bighorn are found in Alberta and British Colombia. Moose can be found in every region in Canada, from the Alaskan border to the very eastern tip of Newfoundland.
Elk and deer are found in good numbers in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. Seasons vary among them, but September continues to be the most popular for elk and deer hunting usually lasts for a couple of months depending on what weapon is in season (archery, rifle, or muzzleloader). Heading west, you can find some amazing elk hunting in western Alberta, and British Colombia. Both of these species are very popular and offer some great opportunities for hunters. The most popular and widespread animal in Canada, the black bear, can be found in every region of the country and also has a fall season before they hibernate for the long winter.
Canada is a hunter’s paradise and has a large variety of game animals to hunt and at almost all times of the year. No matter what time of year it is, there is probably something interesting for you to hunt!
And don’t forget to check for the regulations and licenses needed. As it varies for different provinces worth doing your research to be compliant.