Introduction to hunting with bows or crossbows (IHBC)
It is the responsibility of every shooter to know the federal, provincial and municipal laws, which apply when practicing this activity. Ignorance of existing laws is not an acceptable defence in a court of law. When people decide to shoot, they are expected to know the laws governing this activity and must obey them.
There are many hunting enthusiasts in Quebec. In recent years, close to 550,000 licences have been purchased annually by hunters. The relative complexity of sport hunting, the problems associated with this activity, the need to know wildlife, the regulations that protect wildlife as well as the hunting methods, and the adoption of a responsible behaviour have led to the creation of a general education program for hunters (PESCOF).
This module has two goals:
- of the hunter’s certificate with a bow (code A) or a crossbow (code B)
- to train safe, responsible and competent bow or crossbow hunters
The objective of this “Introduction to hunting with bows or crossbows” module is not to teach you how to use a bow. Rather, it is intended to provide those who wish to exercise their right to hunt with a bow an under- standing of their duties and obligations towards wildlife, the natural habitat and their fellow citizens. The importance of knowing how to use a bow before going hunting with such a weapon cannot be said enough. There are many associations and clubs that offer this type of instruction. It should be followed by regular practice to remain proficient and demonstrate responsibility towards wildlife.