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Whether you hunt for duck or goose, from boat or shore, Ontario offers a wide range of waterfowling experiences.

Goose hunters will find an abundance of Canada and Brant geese searching for food across the tidal flats, or preparing for the long migration south along James Bay and Hudson Bay. Further south, hunters mostly seek out two subspecies: the maximas, or resident Canada geese, who reach 15 lbs (6.8 kg), and the interiors, the migrant Canada geese, that weigh up to 12 lbs (5.4 kg).

Duck hunters will find goldeneye and pintail in the north. Heading south, you’ll find green-winged teal, ringneck, mallards and black duck. In the southernmost corridor, experience thriving populations of redheads, widgeon and canvasbacks.


  • Waterfowl hunters require a federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp (available at most post offices) as well as an Ontario small game licence.
  • Non-toxic shot is required for all waterfowl hunting in Canada.
  • Most field hunting for Canada geese in Southern Ontario occurs on private land; hunters require the permission of the landowner, or may want to look into trips through outfitters who have pre-granted access.
  • Get more information about waterfowl and the opportunities to hunt this species in Ontario.


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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.