Hunting Activity, Harvest Reporting and Harvest Results


The information hunters provide is important!

 

Hunters provide information on hunter activity and harvest in several different ways depending on the species of wildlife and type of hunt.

 

black bearAll information hunters provide is important and is used to help:

  • monitor and sustain wildlife populations,
  • set harvest quotas and determine availability of additional game seals
  • develop regulation proposals such as changes to seasons and bag limits, and
  • inform management policies.

Hunters understand that it is in their best interest to accurately report their hunting activities and harvest because the information helps determine future hunting opportunities.

 

For some species or hunting seasons reporting or registration (e.g, check stations) is voluntary and for others it is required by law. The specific reporting programs and requirements are described below, along with the harvest results where available.

 

The ongoing contributions of hunters to wildlife management is appreciated and we are working to improve the collection and availability of harvest results.

 

Requirements

 

 

 

Species and hunts for which hunter or harvest reporting is mandatory
under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
 

Species Description Mandatory Reporting Timeline Form or Worksheet
Black Bear Residents – Mandatory reporting of hunting activities and harvest by black bear licence holders. By December 15 in the year of the hunt Questionnaire mailed to hunters and can be returned by mail or completed online.

 

Non-residents – Mandatory reporting of hunting activities and harvest. Mandatory report on the pink copy of the Non-Resident Black Bear Hunting Licence Validation Certificate. By November 30 in the year of the hunt Available from issuer of the Certificate (operator licenced to provide bear hunting services or MNR office).
Deer (Controlled Hunt) Mandatory reporting by permit or validation tag holders. Following receipt of questionnaire Questionnaire mailed to hunters and can be returned by mail or completed online.
Elk Mandatory reporting of hunting activities and harvest by elk seal holders. Within 14 days following the last day of the hunt Questionnaire mailed to hunters. (PDF, 100 kb)  This questionnaire can be returned by mail or completed online.
Moose
(in controlled calf harvest WMUs 48, 55A, 55B and 57)
Mandatory registration (i.e. at a check station) of harvested moose by validation tag holders, and mandatory reporting by validation tag holders. Registration (check in) – within 48 hours of the end of the last day of the hunt

Reporting – within 14 days following the last day of the hunt

Questionnaire mailed to hunters and can be returned by mail or completed online.
Moose
(WMU 65)
 
Mandatory reporting by WMU 65 validation tag holders. Within 14 days following the last day of the hunt Questionnaire mailed to hunters.
Snapping Turtle

 
Mandatory reporting by any individual who harvests a snapping turtle. Within 14 days of the end of the calendar year in which the snapping turtle was killed or captured. Mandatory Questionnaire for Snapping Turtle Harvest (PDF, 88 kb)
Complete questionnaire and return by mail or complete online.
Wild Turkey Mandatory reporting of harvested turkeys by successful turkey hunters. Report online or call toll-free 1-800-288-1155. No later than 12:00 noon the day after the bird was harvested

Wild Turkey Harvest Report Worksheet (worksheet also found in Hunting Regulations Summary).

Review worksheet and then report online or call toll-free 1-800-288-1155.

Wolf/Coyote Mandatory reporting by wolf/coyote game seal holders. On or before January 15 of the year following the issue of the seal Questionnaire mailed to hunters and can be returned by mail or completed online.
 

 

Species and hunts for which hunter and/or harvest reporting is voluntary
 

Species Description Reporting Timeline Form or Worksheet
Deer Voluntary postcard survey mailed to a random sample of deer licence holders. Only hunters that receive a questionnaire in the mail are asked to participate. Postcard questionnaire mailed beginning in November and survey ends in April Questionnaire mailed to hunters and can be returned by mail or completed online.
Moose Voluntary postcard survey mailed to a random sample of moose licence holders. Only hunters that receive a questionnaire in the mail are asked to participate. Postcard questionnaire mailed beginning in November and survey ends in April Questionnaire mailed to hunters and can be returned by mail or completed online.

 

Results

 

Taken over time harvest results can provide an index of game wildlife populations. Hunter and harvest surveys are one of the more cost effective methods for tracking game wildlife population trends and can be used to gather information on other species such as non-game wildlife. However, there are certain assumptions and potential biases for hunter and harvest surveys depending on the methods used, response rate and other factors. The harvest results presented below are estimates and therefore have an associated error that isn't shown here.

 

Wild Turkey

 

Moose

 

Deer


Elk


Black Bear