Hunters should be aware that cattle may still be on pasture during the fall hunting season.
As a precaution, hunters are advised to avoid contact with any wild animal that appears to be sick. As well, it is recommended that hunters:
Cooking food harvested through hunting should also be done at appropriate high temperatures to ensure game meat is safe to eat (until juices run clear).
Should a hunter encounter obvious signs of disease while processing their game, they should report it to the nearest Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office. Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship staff may want to collect samples for analysis.
In addition to regular field checks conducted on public and private lands, Natural Resource Officers will be checking for compliance with regulations at periodic roadside check stations during the hunting seasons. Wildlife decoys will also be used to assist in enforcement efforts.
Hunters should be aware that there is always a risk of becoming disoriented or lost, even in a familiar area. It is advisable to inform someone where you are going and when you are expected back. Always carry basic survival gear including a dependable compass or GPS unit and means to start a fire.
It is important that Manitobans continue to remember our veterans and the sacrifices of those who risked or gave their lives for our freedom. Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship encourages all hunters to refrain from hunting from 10:30 a.m. until noon on November 11.
Hunting and the discharge of any firearm is permitted only from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Refer to the sunrise/sunset information for specifics.
It is illegal to buy, sell, trade, barter or offer to buy, sell, trade or barter the meat or internal organs of a wild animal.
A permit is required by anyone who wishes to possess or serve the meat of a wild animal in any place where meals are served for money or any other form of remuneration. This includes events such as (but not limited to) fairs, fundraising dinners, sportsman dinners and other social gatherings if the meat of the wild animal is going to be served, prepared or possessed in a location described above. The meat can only be obtained from a legal source such as donated by a hunter who lawfully harvested the animal under the authority of a licence.
For further information regarding this or to obtain an application for a permit to serve the meat of a wild animal please contact your local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship district office.
It is illegal to possess any wildlife, or parts of any wildlife, including antlers attached to the skull plate, not taken under the authority of a hunting licence, unless they have a permit to do so. Any person finding wildlife, or parts of wildlife, and wanting to retain these, must apply for a possession permit at a Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office. A permit is not required for a resident to collect (pick) and possess shed antlers from deer, moose or elk. Non-residents and foreign residents cannot collect (pick) shed antlers. Caribou shed antlers cannot be collected (picked) or possessed by anyone other than treaty or aboriginal rights holders.