Hunt with a Crossbow

To hunt with a crossbow, you must obtain your Hunter's Certificate coded A. This certificate is obtained upon successful completion of the course:

Introduction to hunting with bow or crossbow (IHBC) Available online. 

No practical test is required to hunt with a crossbow, same as for the bow since July 2020. 

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  • Duration: 6 hours 
  • Cost: $ 56,06 (Including taxes) 
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Please note

To register for these courses, you must be at least 12 years old (the day of the course), residing in Québec and have lived here at least 183 days during the last year.  A photo ID will be required during the classroom course.

The special case of people that have obtained their "B" code on their Hunter's certificate between 2003 and 2006 following an IHF course: these people hold a hunter's certificate coded "B", allowing the use of the crossbow for hunting, and, since July 2020, also the use of the bow.

Sécurité nature reminds you to allow a period of 3 to 4 weeks following your course before receiving your certification.



It is not possible to take the IHBC course during the cancellation period of a hunter's certificate.

If you take this course during this period, it will not be recognized and you will not be reimbursed. You will have to take the course, pass it again and pay the corresponding fees at the end of the cancellation or prohibition order period.

Learn more about the Hunter's certificate

Student manual

The digital manual is available to you at all times for reference.

Initiation à la chasse avec arc ou arbalète Initiation to hunting with bow or crossbow

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