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The perfect wilderness hunting adventure depends on conservation. Ontario has built a solid reputation for conserving and encouraging its game populations, while also increasing hunting opportunities.
Systems of selective harvesting and tagging have established sustainable populations of species ranging from grouse and waterfowl to large game such as black bear, white-tailed deer and moose. Careful reintroduction of wild turkey has established thriving numbers of gobblers.
Mid-September generally marks the open season for small game and waterfowl hunting, as well as moose and deer. The season lasts to mid-December. Bear hunting is in the fall season. Start dates vary depending on location, so check with the Ministry of Natural Resources or the operator you are purchasing your trip from.
Hunter education programs have also been successful in instilling a sense of respect for the environment, the quarry, other hunters and non-hunters, and how to hunt safely.
Learn about some of Ontario’s hunt-able species, the challenges are limitless.
Black bears hold a special position in the ecosystem of Ontario, and their populations are carefully guarded through measures of adaptive management and selective harvesting. Current populations are healthy and hunt-able, one of the largest populations in North America.
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.
White-tailed deer in Ontario are larger than most of their counterparts in the US in order to weather the chilly climate, so antler size is comparably vast. While most white-tailed bucks average 140 to 250 pounds (63 to 114 k), Ontario bucks can top 300 pounds (136 kg).
From the popular ruffed grouse to the spruce grouse, various types of this species can be found across Ontario. The ruffed grouse exists in greatest abundance, roosting clear across the province to the tip of James Bay.
Hunting this species can be the most exciting and challenging fowl hunting available. Beginning in the spring, when male birds attempt to attract their mates with proud displays of strutting and calling, the challenge is the greatest.
Whether you hunt for duck or goose, from boat or shore, Ontario offers a wide range of waterfowling experiences.