Parc du Massif du Sud is partly made of public lands. Thus, during the fall season, especially during the deer and moose hunting seasons, some areas and trails of the park may be visited by hunters.

It is important to remember that public lands are shared between users, hunters and hikers alike.  Following this, at Parc du Massif du Sud, we decided to keep most of our trails open to hikers during the different hunting seasons. Keeping in mind that the land is shared, we ask for everyone’s collaboration.

Hunting seasons at Parc du Massif du Sud – 2023 season : 

Small-game hunting

  • Bow / Crossbow, Firearms, Pressurized Air Gun :
    September 16 to November 15, 2023

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White-tailed deer

  • Bow / Crossbow: September 30th to October 13, 2023
  • Firearms / Bow / Crossbow:  November 11 to 26, 2023

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  • Bow / Crossbow: September 30th to October 4, 2023
  • Firearms / Bow / Crossbow: October 14 to October 22, 2023

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Security measures and best practices

To ensure your safety during these hunting season, we recommend that you follow these safety guidelines :

  • Avoid hiking early in the morning (before 9 am) and late in the afternoon (after 4 pm).
  • Wear bright colors
  • Ask for a security vest that are available for rental at the Visitor Center

Down below is the trail map with a color code system to indicate the prevalence of hunting in the different areas of Parc du Massif du Sud :

Green: Historically, no hunting has been observed on these sections of the trails;

Yellow: Areas where hunting occurs. Wear bright colors and avoid hiking early in the morning or late in the afternoon;

Red: Areas to avoid for hikers during the hunting season, notably from September 16 to October 22nd and November 11 to November 26, 2023, during hunting periods with firearms.