Is this the year you want to learn to hunt?

The end of the winter season is often a perfect time to get ready for the hunt! At this time of year, between two seasons, when the weather can be so unpredictable, why not add this weekend of classes to your agenda? Then you’ll have in your pocket what it takes to plan your outings and /or to seize the opportunities that are sure to arise during hunting season.

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The first step is simple: complete the required training program

Mandatory for hunting in Québec, the Hunter's Certificate (in French only) is obtained by completing two courses from the Security, Education and Wildlife Conservation Program (in French only) (PESCOF). Offered in a classroom setting, the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Firearms Training Course (known by the French acronym ICAF) are usually given consecutively over the course of a weekend.

The Québec Hunting and Fishing Federation (FEDCEP) is mandated by the MFFP to provide these training sessions. The schedule of courses by region is available online (in French only). In winter, a number of course dates are available in all regions of Québec. Don’t wait until the last minute, as fewer courses are offered during the summer and none at all during hunting season.

Réserve faunique des Laurentides
Réserve faunique des Laurentides Émile David | © Sépaq
Réserve faunique de Rimouski
Réserve faunique de Rimouski Steve Deschênes | © Sépaq

Do you prefer to "try before you buy"

If you’re not yet sure you want to go all in for hunting, but you have the opportunity to head out with an experienced hunter to learn the ropes, you can take advantage of the hunting initiation licence (in French only). This special permit is intended for all residents of Québec who are at least 12 years old and have never held a hunter's certificate. Initiation licence holders can purchase, for a single year in their lives, all hunting licences at the regular rate. No classes are required!

Live the adventure from up close; another way to initiate a new generation of hunters

During a moose hunting stay at Sépaq, it's now free of charge for non-hunter companions. So you can invite friends and relatives, who can take advantage of the facilities at their disposal and enjoy a privileged contact with the activity of hunting. A great way to initiate the next generation of hunters!

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