Moose

This may be one of the most challenging and rewarding species to hunt in Ontario. Tactics range from calling and lying in wait in the cutovers, new burns, marsh meadows and lake narrows to tracking along game trails.

In Ontario, moose populations are controlled through strict selective harvest programs that limit the taking of animals with high reproductive potential. The result: a large population of moose in hunt-able areas – with additional populations in remote and protected areas.

No matter what your preference, there are myriad opportunities to experience the rush of the chase. Operators in Ontario offer a wide-range of options, from drive-to camps with all the amenities to fly-in outposts miles from the nearest road.

It is recommended that you make this a group adventure, both for fun and the heavy lifting. Considering that an adult cow can weigh as much as 800 pounds (363 kg) and an Ontario bull in his prime can tip the scales at 1,400 lbs (636 kg), you’ll need all the stealth and help you can get.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Hunters orange must be worn during open gun seasons.
  • Non-resident moose hunting areas offer gun seasons (rifle, shotgun, and muzzleloader) and bows-only seasons from September to mid-November.
  • Non-resident hunters who wish to hunt moose in Ontario must have valid hunting accreditation from another state or province and be a registered guest and accommodated at an outfitter authorized to issue non-resident moose validations tags.
  • Get more information about Moose and hunting opportunities for this species in Ontario.

Hunter calling moose with horn.

ONTARIO HUNTING REGULATIONS SUMMARY

Download the most recent edition for information dealing with hunting licenses, seasons and laws in Ontario.

Moose standing in a field.

REPORT POACHING

Please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (1-877-847-7667) and report hunting or fishing out of season, or any other abuse of our natural resources.

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