Wildfowl and small game
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A significant number of snow geese "refuel" along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, primarily between Cap-Tourmente, Montmagny and Lac Saint-Pierre. The Canada goose, a favourite among hunters, can also be seen in this area. These birds are hunted from concealed enclosures, in the fall during periods established in compliance with regulations governing the hunting of migratory birds. A spring snow goose hunt is also permitted, under certain conditions.
A wide variety of dabbling and diving ducks, including the mallard and the teal, also inhabit Québec's lakes and rivers before embarking on their fall migration. Duck hunting is practised on firm ground along lakes and rivers, from a hide or in a standing position.
In forests, hunters will encounter different species of grouse, partridge and spruce grouse—all known for their exquisite meat. They thrive near lakes or streams, as does the hare, an animal whose coat whitens shortly before the first snows fall. The hare is at its most visible during this period, when the trees are bare. In certain zones, snares are permitted for hunting hare. In Northern Québec hunters can indulge in ptarmigan hunting as well.
The woodcock, a long-billed wading bird, is fond of clay soil and vegetation near rivers. Usually located by hunting dogs, the woodcock is always hunted in flight. Familiarity with the area and the dog's sense of smell are key to successfully flushing several birds in a day. Waterfowl hunters can obtain advice from a guide, as well as any services they need, from a number of outfitters.