Letter to the editor 2, Oct. 10, 2019

Hunting by-laws

Dear Editor,

The article ‘Reminders for a safe hunting season’ (The Journal, October 3) contained a trove of useful information that any new hunter should have learned and the seasoned might have forgotten.

What was missing was mention that sometimes a ‘known’ area has changed over the previous summer. Sometimes new construction has sprung up in what used to be ‘in the middle of nowhere.’ Sometimes municipal regulations change or new ones affecting hunting are created. In Les Cèdres, for example, there are restrictions since 2018 on the use of arms in general near buildings (not just houses). The use of rim-fire weapons or smooth bore arms is prohibited within 300 metres. For centre-fire rifles the distance is 500 metres. Many other municipalities have similar regulations.

I live near the St. Laurence River. We had been plagued with hunters on the nearby riverbanks starting way before the legal half-hour before sunrise, and often well after the half-hour after sunset. The new restrictions were to cure that. I called the Town Hall. They told me to call the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). When I did the agent who answered told me that it was a matter for the Quebec ‘game warden,’ Protection de la Faune. When I informed the SQ agent of the municipal regulations he was surprised. He looked it up and confirmed that yes indeed it was up to them to take action. They did. We retired folk get to sleep until 6 a.m. again (when the dogs want breakfast).

Others in similar situations should inform themselves of their local by-laws and perhaps gain some peace in the fall.

Alfred Epstein

Les Cèdres

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