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.

Course topics

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • be aware of the social and ethical responsibilities that must guide the behaviour of hunters
  • know the regulations relative to the conservation and development of wildlife and its natural habitats in order to comply with them
  • have a basic understanding of some of the characteristics of Québec’s main species of wild game: reproduction, distribution and density, habitats, limiting factors, population development
  • have obtained an overview of wildlife management and development tools
  • know how to safely and responsibly use hunting equipment, namely hunting weapons
  • have learned basic safety regulations and will understand the need to routinely apply them
  • be familiar with hunting methods and techniques, recovering a wounded big game animal, and handling of freshly killed game
  • have reviewed some of the ways to prevent risks related to hunting: boat safety, first aid, forest survival, etc.
  • have gained awareness of the social and economic importance of hunting in Québec, as well as, hunting accidents and the issue of the next generation of hunters.
Who is this training for?

Every person aged 12 and older (as of the date of the course) who wants to exercise their right to hunt with a bow or crossbow is required to take this course. The course teaches safety as well as the responsibilities and obligations of hunters with regard to wildlife, habitats, and other people. To obtain a “crossbow only” hunter’s certificate, individuals are required to take the complete course and pass the theory exam.