While out on a hunt there are a few obvious signs to look for when chasing that perfect trophy buck. Below, you’ll find information on the two most popular sub species of deer you will find in Canada. With this knowledge, you’ll be well prepared for a successful hunting season.

Defining Characteristics

Rut Season: Nov. 8–Dec. 2
Some experts believe that the white-tailed deer rut coincides with the 2nd full moon following the autumnal equinox (the rut moon).

Defining Characteristics

SEASONS BY PROVINCE

Prov.SpeciesDatesCostGuide Ref.
B.C. Whitetail Sept. 1–Dec. 20 $15.00 pg. 27–87
Blacktail Sept. 1–Nov. 30 $15.00 pg. 27–87
AB Whitetail Sept. 17–Dec. 1 $39.95 pg. 45–54
Blacktail Sept. 1–Dec. 20 $39.95 pg. 45–54
SK Whitetail Oct. 1–Dec. 7 $32.38 pg. 25–28
Blacktail Sept. 15–Dec. 2 $37.29 pg. 23–24, 29
MB Whitetail Sept. 16–Dec. 22 $41.25 pg. 26
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
ON Whitetail Sept. 14–Dec. 15 $43.86 pg. 38
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
QC Whitetail Sept. 1–Dec. 24 $72.17 N/A
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
Prov.SpeciesDatesCostGuide Ref.
NB Whitetail Oct. 28–Nov. 23 $34.00 pg. 15
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
NFLD Whitetail N/A N/A N/A
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
NS Whitetail Oct. 25–Dec. 7 $27.87 pg. 13
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
NWT Whitetail N/A N/A N/A
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
YK Whitetail Aug. 1–Nov. 30 $10.00 pg. 65–74
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A
NVT Whitetail N/A N/A N/A
Blacktail N/A N/A N/A

The information presented above is meant as a quick reference and does not represent all areas of residence, species and other regulatory requirements. Dates are subject to change based on management zone, animal class and hunter specifications. Please refer to the dates posted on each province’s/territory’s website, available by clicking on the province/territory name and referring to the 'Guide ref.' page numbers column.

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An apex predator of the Canadian wild, black bears can weigh up to 600 pounds and boast impressive speed, agility and sense of smell. Take extra care when hunting these majestic, yet potentially dangerous creatures. Those who succeed are rewarded with a beautiful fur pelt, and a good story or two.


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