Fall hunting seasons arrive

For immediate release – Aug. 29, 2016


WINNIPEG – It’s opening day for many of Manitoba’s traditional fall hunting seasons, which signals the arrival of autumn in our province. While that may be a bummer to some, it’s welcome news for the thousands of people who will begin taking to Manitoba’s forests and fields today.

For the past several years, and once again this year, the last Monday in August has been opening day for Manitoba’s provincially licensed seasons for black bear, barren-ground caribou, wolf, and coyote, as well as archery season for elk, and for whitetail deer and moose in certain areas. (Note: see table below for complete list).


Later this week, the resident waterfowl season will open in southern Manitoba for ducks, crane and geese on Sept. 1, while the upland bird season opens that same day in northern Manitoba for species like grouse and ptarmigan.


“We would like to wish good luck to all the hunters – residents and visitors alike – who are taking to the field today, and we remind them all to hunt legally, ethically and responsibly,” said Paul Turenne, executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association. “From our perspective, all hunters from all walks of life are valued members of our community or welcome visitors in our province, whatever the case may be, so long as they are passionate about the outdoors, care about the sustainability of our wildlife populations, and hunt legally and respectfully.”


The MLOA condemns poaching and all other wildlife violations, and urges any hunter who spots a violation in the field to contact the province’s Turn In Poachers hotline at 1-800-782-0076.


Every year, tens of thousands of people, both provincially licensed hunters and indigenous rights-holding hunters, head afield to enjoy Manitoba’s breath-taking outdoors, and if they’re fortunate, to harvest geese, ducks, whitetail deer, moose, or whatever other game they are pursuing. Hunting in Manitoba provides a critical source of healthy, organic meat, to thousands of people; assists our provincial biologists with wildlife management, has a tremendously positive impact on our rural and northern economies, and raises government revenue through license sales and taxes, which is reinvested into the management of our fish and wildlife resources.


For more information contact:


Paul Turenne

Executive Director, Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association

204-291-9652 or [email protected]


Season Opening day 2016 Notes
Whitetail deer – archery Aug. 29 Deer management zones only (GHAs 17A, 26, 34A, 34B, 36, 38)
Whitetail deer – archery Sept. 5 Rest of Manitoba
Elk – archery Aug. 29 Resident only
Barren-ground caribou Aug. 29  
Black bear Aug. 29  
Wolf/coyote Aug. 29  
Moose Aug. 29 (north) Sept. 19 (south)  
Moose – archery Aug. 29 Only available in certain areas
Duck/goose/crane Sept. 1 Resident only until Sept. 24 (Sept. 17 for white geese)
Upland game bird Sept. 1 (north) Sept. 8 (south)  
White goose Aug. 15 (far north only) Only season open prior to Aug. 29


Source: Province of Manitoba hunting guide. Please see guide for more fulsome details.