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The weapons allowed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment to hunt whitetail deer vary depending on the hunting period and the place of residence of the hunters. If you want to use a rifle, we recommend a minimum caliber of 270.

Here are the applicable rules for deer hunting weapons:

For Canadian residents

  • From September 1st to October 31st: bow, crossbow and muzzleloader

  • From November 1st to 30th: rifle

For non-residents

  • From September 1st to October 31st: bow, crossbow and muzzleloader

  • From October 1st to December 7th: rifle

Hunting in Western Canada is usually popular among archers, but on the dates proposed by SWO, hunters can also use a rifle or black powder rifle (muzzle loader).

 To meet the standards of the Firearms Act, visitors/non-residents of Canada must fill out a declaration to import weapons into Canada.

You must declare your weapons in writing, in triplicate, via the Non-Resident Firearms Declaration form, available on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website (form CAFC909).

To have your request processed as quickly as possible at the point of entry, make sure to fill out the declaration form in advance; however, wait to be at the entry point to sign it as your signature must be attested by a customs officer. Once a Canada Border Services Agency officer attests your declaration, the latter serves as a temporary permit and registration certificate for all firearms brought into Canada. The declaration is valid for 60 days.

The attested declaration will cost you $25, regardless of the number of firearms you bring. The declaration is valid for the signatory only, and only for the weapons registered on it.

If you have any questions regarding your firearms:

Consult the RCMP:

Telephone: 1-800-731-4000


Fax: 613-825-0297

Note that non-residents who want to avoid customs formalities for firearm entry into Canada can book a package allowing them to use the weapons and ammunition available at the outfitters. By choosing this option, they have no form to fill out.

Firearms: Tour Packages
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