Regulation Information

NEW non-resident outdoors cards will be required to purchase Ontario fishing or  hunting  licences (except for 1 day licences) (Pg #1 in regs.).

ALL Firearms (bows, rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzle loaders, etc) must be unloaded and securely cased from ½ hour after sunset to ½ half hour before sunrise if you are in an area usually inhabited by wildlife. (Pg. 21)

NO discharge of firearms from or across the travelled portion of a right of way. (This does not apply to an unmaintained right of way). (Pg. 21)

IN an area where there is an open season for deer, bear or moose – if you are the holder of a small game licence – you may not possess or use a rifle of greater caliber or projectile power than a .22 calibre rimfire, or shot shells loaded with ball or shot larger than #2, unless you also possess a valid licence to hunt deer, bear or moose. (Pg. 22, bottom)  This means that wolf hunters can use a high power (centerfire) rifle only after the close of the deer and moose season – Dec. 15th. 

ALL  shotguns can have no more than 3 shells total  (plug magazine if required).

PARTY  hunting for deer, bear and moose is permitted – each party member must have a valid licence for the species being hunted, and must be hunting within 5 km. of the hunter that has the unused seal for that species. (Pg. 23)

ALL  licenced hunters, including bow hunters who are hunting during the open gun season for moose or deer, are required to wear hunter orange. 

BEAR  hunters, hunting during the bear season, are required to wear hunter orange except when in a tree stand. Waterfowl hunters and bow hunters hunting during the bow only season where there is no concurrent (same time) deer or moose gun season are exempt from hunter orange. (Pg. 23)

HUNTER  orange garment (jacket, vest, shirt) must cover a minimum of 400 square inches above the waist, and not be camouflaged or open meshed in that 400 square inches. A hunter orange head cover may have: open mesh;  a peak or brim colour other than orange;  a crest or a logo which does not completely cover the hunter orange on the side to which it is affixed. (Pg. 23)

LICENCED  dogs may be used to hunt deer, moose or bear. There is no limit on the number of dogs you may licence, but the hunter must carry the licences with him while hunting, and the dogs may not run at large in an area inhabited by deer, moose or bear during the closed season. (Pg.24)

YOU  may not hunt deer, moose or bear while they are swimming. (Pg. 24)