It is often assumed that each province or territory has the same or similar hunting laws, but this could be a troublesome or costly assumption. Before taking part in any hunting activities, you need to be certain of the laws in that area; after all, it is your responsibility.
in Manitoba are prohibited from operating or possessing a drone while
hunting or while accompanying another person who is hunting. This
applies to hunting of all wildlife.
A drone is defined as an unmanned airborne vehicle that is guided remotely.
law was added to the hunting regulations in 2014, shortly after drones
became more popular and available to the public. The use of vehicles,
including aircraft, has always been regulated when it comes to hunting
because to use vehicles to pursue, spot, or
harass game is considered unethical hunting and unfair chase in the harvest of wildlife by licensed hunters.
Gerry Rosset, Conservation Officer,
UAVs, or unmanned aircraft (referred to by various names) cannot be
used for any purpose connected to hunting in Saskatchewan. In line with
the fair chase principle, in August 2014 an amendment was made to
Section 47(1) of Saskatchewan’s
Wildlife Regulations: “No person
shall operate an aircraft, including an unmanned aircraft … in
Saskatchewan for the purpose of hunting wildlife.” Violators can face a
fine of up to $100,000 and loss of hunting rights.
Ken B. Ness,
Wildlife Act Hunting Regulation Division 7 - Hunting Methods Offence - Drones
17.1 (1) In this section, “drone” means an aerial vehicle that
(a) is not occupied or operated by a person within the vehicle,
(b) is operated by
(i) remote control,
(ii) pre-programmed software,
(iii) onboard computer autonomy or artificial intelligence, or
(iv) any combination of sub-paragraphs (i) to (iii), and
is capable of attracting, searching for, chasing, pursuing, following
after or on the trail of, stalking, spotting or monitoring wildlife.
(2) A person commits an offence if, while on a hunting or trapping expedition, the person
(a) operates a drone,
(b) has a drone in his or her possession, charge or control, or
(c) uses information that a drone obtains during, or less than 6 hours before the start of, the expedition.
An offence referred to in subsection (2) of this section is prescribed
for the purposes of section 84 (1) (b) (ii) of the Act.Prescribed Fines
S. 17.1 (2)(a) - Operate drone while on a hunting or trapping
S. 17.1 (2)(b) - Have a drone in possession, charge or control while on a hunting or trapping expedition $345
17.1 (2)(c) - While on a hunting or trapping expedition, use
information obtained by drone during, or less than 6 hours before,
start of expedition $345
definition of aircraft does not include drones. Currently, we have no
restrictions regarding the use of drones to assist with
hunting but we are exploring possible future restrictions under new regulations in our Wildlife Act.
note however, that our initial analysis is that any future restrictions
would likely only apply to RES, NR, and NRA harvesters as we cannot
infringe on an Aboriginal right to harvest by any means necessary.
Environment and Natural Resources,
there is no law in place in Yukon that prevents a person from using a
drone to assist with lawful hunting. There is however, a regulation
proposal in the works that will make it unlawful for any person to use
a drone to assist in any way with hunting.
After consultation with First Nations, public interest groups, and the public, the new regulation was recommended to the Yukon
Minister of Environment by the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board in 2016.
The Minister accepted the recommendation, and Department officials are now working with Yukon Department of Justice to finalize
the wording of the regulation before it is finalized and becomes law.
Drones are unmanned aircrafts that can be controlled using a remote control or autonomously by software with preprogrammed
The term aircraft is defined in the federal Aeronautics Act under Sec (3) (1) as anymachine capable of deriving support in the
atmosphere from reactions of the air, and includes a rocket.
In Canada, drones are referenced as Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) in legislation.
The Canadian Aviation Regulations Sec 101.01(1) states that unmanned air vehicle means a power-driven aircraft, other than a
model aircraft, that is designed to fly without a human operator on board.
the Wildlife Act, Section 33 provides that it is an offence to hunt
wildlife with an aircraft, and to use an aircraft with intent to
harass, injure, or kill wildlife. Section 125 of the Wildlife
Regulation also provides that it is an offence to communicate the
whereabouts or signs of wildlife witnessed during the flight of an
aircraft to assist anyone who is hunting.
From the Wildlife Act:
Interpretation of “hunt”
Sec 1 (o) “hunt” means, subject to subsection (6), with reference to a subject animal,
(i) shoot at, harass or worry,
(ii) chase, pursue, follow after or on the trail of, search for, flush, stalk or lie in wait for,
(iii) capture or wilfully injure or kill,
(iv) .attempt to capture, injure or kill, or
(v) assist another person to hunt in a manner specified in sub clause
(i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) while that other person is so hunting;
Sec 1(2) A person shall not be regarded as having hunted a subject animal
(a) .for the purposes of subsection (1)(o)(ii), if
(i) the person was not carrying a weapon, and
(ii) the purpose of the person’s activity was restricted to watching,
photographing, drawing or painting a picture of the animal,
Use of vehicles, boats and aircraft
Sec 33(1) A person shall not
(a) .hunt wildlife from or with an aircraft,
Hunting following aircraft flight
43(1) A person shall not hunt big game within 6 hours after having
disembarked anywhere, whether in Alberta or not, from an aircraft other
than a fixed wing aircraft propelled by jet or turbo propeller driven
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to hunting that is
specifically authorized by or under a licence authorizing the control
depredation or the collection of wildlife.
a drone to photograph wildlife is not illegal, however, once the drone
is used for hunting purposes or the wildlife are being
offences under the Wildlife Act have been committed. If you have
further questions or concerns regarding drones, contact your local fish
and wildlife officer.
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch,