Hunting Requirements

Firearms Requirements

  • Centrefire rifles must be at least 270 calibers with magnum rifles of the 30 caliber range recommended,such as
  • 300 Magnum
  • 338 Magnum
  • 7MM Magnum
  • Bullet Weights in the 180 grain range.
  • Hand Guns ARE NOT PERMITTED in Canada.

Bow Requirements

  • Compounds, Long Bows, Recurves and Crossbows are all acceptable forms of archery equipment that can be used to hunt in Ontario.
  • Compounds, Long Bows and Recurves must have a draw weight of a minimum of 50 pounds, with arrow length of at least 23.6 inches.
  • Crossbows must have a draw length of at least 11.8 inches and a draw weight of a minimum of 150 pounds.
  • Broad head of at least 0.87 inches at the widest point, along with a minimum of at least two cutting edges of straight, sharp, non-serrated barb-less steel are required for use with all archery equipment.

Clothing Requirements

  • During the rifle season hunts, a minimum of 400 square inches of uninterrupted hunter orange must be worn at all times (except for bear hunters while in a tree stand).
  • Camouflage or open mesh orange does not meet these requirements. An orange jacket or vest, as well as an orange hat do meet these requirements.
  • Scent control clothing and preventative sprays are recommended for both archery and gun hunters.

Recommended Equipment

Hunters are advised to have

  • A compass and hand held G.P.S.
  • A good set of binoculars
  • Rangefinder
  • Thermos
  • Flashlight
  • Lighter, warm clothing
  • Good quality rain gear
  • 2 pairs of waterproof insulated boots
  • Gloves/mittens and long underwear
  • 2 pairs of waterproof insulated boots
  • Two-way portable radios
  • Disposable and/ or digital cameras to capture your trophy photos
  • Fall hunting weather can be warm and dry to cold and snowy within a few hours, so it is best to come prepared for all of the variables.

Hunting Seasons

Spring Bear Hunt: May 1 – June 15, 2018,

Fall Bear Hunt: Aug. 15 -Oct. 31, 2018,

Resident and Non-resident Archery Moose Hunt: Sept. 22nd,

Resident Rifle Moose Hunt: Oct. 13, 2018 Start Date,

Non-resident Rifle Moose Hunt: Oct. 15, 2018 Start Date

Ontario Hunting Licenses

  • Resident hunters must have a valid and current Hunters Outdoors Card.
  • Non-Resident hunters must have a current or previous hunting license or valid Hunters Safety Course, they must have certification with them to purchase an Ontario Bear, Moose or Small Game license.
  • Non-Resident hunters must register all firearms with the exception of archery equipment, when crossing the Border.

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Non Resident Moose hunting license $472.18

Non Resident Black Bear $235.96

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