Press release from the SQ

In the coming weeks, more and more hunters will be travelling through mostly remote areas. That’s why the Sûreté du Québec reminds hunters of these safety tips for a safe season.

Every year, police officers from the Sûreté du Québec intervene due to disappearances in the forest. Whether you practice bow, crossbow, black powder or rifle hunting, you must be sure to act in the most responsible, safe and courteous manner possible.

Think about it, before you leave…

Some woods where hunting is practiced may be difficult to access if an incident occurs. Emergency department intervention may be required. If necessary, it is important to be sufficiently equipped to ensure survival until their arrival. That is why it is strongly recommended to take the following precautions before leaving:

  • consult the weather;
  • notify a loved one of the exact locations of your caches with GPS coordinates;
  • provide the planned itinerary for your loved ones and the date and time of your return;
  • provide a means of communication;
  • wear well-adapted clothes if you have to spend a night in the forest;
  • have a map and compass and / or GPS;
  • avoid venturing into an area that is too isolated or unfamiliar;
  • bring a survival kit.

Your survival kit should contain a set of basic tools, spark plugs, first aid items, a knife, water-proof matches, a flashlight, a whistle and a light aluminum blanket. Also carry high calorie foods and dehydrated food packs. Remember that your survival will depend on what you will have with you if there is a problem.

Let’s remember that it is also important to recall how to read maps, compasses and GPS before your departure. If you have a satellite phone, you must also know the emergency phone number of the area where you are.

Responsible. Safe. FOR LIFE!

The J’ai un doute, j’appelle! hotline (1 800 731-4000 option 1-2) is made available to citizens who have concerns about a member of their family, a neighbor, a co-worker or any other person who may present a risk to their safety or that of others. This confidential line is intended primarily for the relatives of persons possessing or planning to acquire a firearm. Each report received will be analyzed.

Have a good hunting season!


Service des communications
Sûreté du Québec    
Région de la Capitale-Nationale–Chaudière-Appalaches
418 623-6452