Ontario hunting provides a wide
Ontario Hunting game animals:
array of game animals to choose from
There is a wide variety of Ontario game animals with open season at various times of the year. Ontario is a internationally acclaimed hunting destination that includes both large and small game animals.
Black Bear hunting in Ontario with the assistance of an outfitter or guide is immensely popular as the chance of landing a Bear is very good. The Ontario Back Bear population is extremely healthy especially in the far north where the sparsely distributed human population and the thickly forested wilderness result in the perfect habitat for Black Bears.
Ontario hunting season for Black Bear varies depending on the location but generally runs from the middle of August into October in northern Ontario and from September to November as you move farther south. All black bear hunters must wear orange during the black bear season except when in tree stand
While residents of Ontario can go Black Bear hunting without the use of a guide or outfitter this is mandatory for all other hunters. Guides/Outfitters are recommended in any case as these animals can grow very large with males 250 – 600 lbs (114-272 kg) and females 100-400 lbs (45.4-182 kg) being common. Black Bears while not naturally inclined to attack humans are extremely dangerous and care should always be taken when they are in the vicinity.
Hunting this large canine has always been popular due to its superior intelligence and illusiveness. In Ontario there are 2 species of wolf to be found: the Grey wolf (sometimes called the timber wolf) and eastern Canadian wolf with the Grey being the most common.
Wolves have made a remarkable comeback in Ontario and can now be found throughout the province. It is northern Ontario however that the wolf population has exploded and there are now so many wolves that ontario hunting season is open all year round. In other areas wolf hunting season usually occurs from September 15 – March 31.
The coyote migrated to Ontario over 100 years ago and can now be found throughout the province. The species found in Ontario is larger than others as it is a cross between the western coyote and the eastern wolf. As with the wolf in some areas where they are prevalent it is open season on coyote all year long but for other areas the ontario hunting season usually falls from September 15 – March 31.
This small predator is found throughout Ontario but its stealthy characteristics make it a hard prey to bag. Ontario hunting season is usually from the middle of September - end of February.
This imposing beast is the royalty of the wilderness in Ontario and a national symbol of Canada. The largest member of the deer family the moose is absolutely huge with adult cows up to 800 lbs (363 kg) and bulls of 1400 lbs (636 kg) being the norm.
Moose are found mainly in northern Ontario but they are found in the far south and are very commonly seen in Algonquin Park. Care should be taken not to approach these animals as they will attack if provoked and are as powerful and fast as they are large.
Ontario hunting season occurs from September until December and all hunters must wear orange during Ontario moose hunting season. The use of a qualified guide or outfitter is recommended as moose are mainly to be found in remoter, hard to get to areas.
For the first time ever there will be an elk hunt in Ontario in 2011. This huge animal was re-introduced into certain areas of the province a few years ago and its numbers have increased to the point that there will be a limited hunt open for one week in a select area. The hunt will occur on the 3rd Monday of September to the following Sunday. In 2011 this will be Monday September 19th to Sunday September 25th.
Applications for a special license to hunt elk in Ontario must be obtained in advance as these are extremely limited and in high demand. The Ontario elk is similar to a deer but on a much larger scale, adult bulls can grow to over 1000 lbs (454 Kg) and their antlers are prized trophies. All hunters must wear hunter orange while elk hunting in Ontario.
Ontario has some of the best deer hunting in the world. It is immensely popular and hunters are saying that it is the best deer hunting there has been in over 100 years. The animals are plentiful and very big as due to the cold weather Ontario deer can easily top 300 lbs (136 kg).
Deer are found throughout the province and Ontario hunting season runs from October to November. Check with the Ministry of Natural Resources at www.mnr.gov.on.ca
for official dates in an intended hunting area. All hunters must wear orange during deer season.
As in other areas of the world hunting and eating these prevalent little creatures has been a human characteristic since time immemorial. Throughout Ontario you will see 3 species of rabbits: European Hare (known to locals as a “jackrabbit”), Snowshoe Hare (also called the Varying Hare) and the Eastern Cottontail.
Ontario rabbit hunting season varies depending on the location but it is quite common from the middle of October until the end of to February. The animals are quite abundant and readily found.
Duck & Geese
Ontario duck and geese hunting is world class and hunters usually don’t have to travel very far to find abundant waterfowl. Ducks and Geese are plentiful with species hunted being Mallards, Teal, Wood, Bluebill, Ring-necked, Black, Bufflehead, Northern and Goldeneye along with the Snow Goose and the Canada Goose, (this has a limited hunting season different from other waterfowl).
The season opens and closes earlier in the far north and is generally open later in the extreme south. Open from Sept 1 – Dec 16 in the Hudson – James Bay district and Sept. 25 – Jan. 9 in Ontario south. As always, go to the Ministry of Natural Resources site at www.mnr.gov.on.ca
for more information as required.
There various forms of duck and geese hunting can be done right across Ontario and there are many Ontario hunting outfitters that can cater to your every need. If you are a non-resident I would recommend that you hire the services of a guide or outfitter as they will make sure you are following all the rules and regulations and are hunting in areas in which you are allowed to hunt. Most resident hunters have the necessary documents and permissions to hunt where they are.
At one time the Wild Turkey was non-existent in Ontario but after its re-introduction it has made a strong enough comeback and there are two hunting seasons in Southern Ontario. The spring season lasts from April 25 – May 31 and the fall season lasts from Oct 11 to Oct 23. Every year over 9000 turkeys are taken with the bulk taken in spring.
This small game bird is a favorite among Ontario Canada hunters as it is an eating delicacy known for its plump and juicy white breast meat. Grouse is found throughout the province and there are 3 species found in Ontario: ruffled, spruce and sharp-tail with ruffled grouse being the most common. Grouse hunting season usually falls from the middle of September until the end of the year.
Another common small game bird, in fact most grouse are wrongly called partridges. This bird is actually a member of the pheasant family and the species commonly found in Ontario is the “Gray” or “Hungarian” partridge. Good eating hunting season usually runs from the Middle of September until the end of November.
Another highly sought but scarcer Ontario game bird is the pheasant. The species found in Ontario is usually the ring-necked pheasant. Great eating their short open Ontario hunting season usually occurs from the middle of October until the middle of December.
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