Capture of Bullfrogs and Snapping Turtles


Snapping Turtles

Holders of a valid recreational fishing licence may catch and retain snapping turtles during open seasons. No commercial harvest of snapping turtles is permitted. For details on harvest areas, season dates and catch and possession limits, see the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary under Small Game or contact your local MNR office.


Snapping turtles may only be captured by hand or by means of a box or funnel trap that does not injure or kill the turtle. The upper shell of a snapping turtle may not be removed from the carcass until immediately before it is prepared for consumption.

NEW REGULATION IN EFFECT JULY 1, 2012 -- Snapping turtle harvest reporting is now required to help support the management of snapping turtles in Ontario.

Report your snapping turtle harvest. Download the mandatory questionnaire (PDF, 88 kb)



Holders of a valid recreational fishing licence may catch and retain bullfrogs for personal use from July 21 - Oct. 15; the possession limit is 10. No firearm other than a longbow or crossbow may be used to take bullfrogs. A person may hunt bullfrogs at night without a firearm and may shine a light for that purpose.


Bullfrogs may not be taken in the City of Ottawa, the Counties of Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Leeds and Grenville, Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Prince Edward, Northumberland, Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, or in the townships in the County of Hastings south of, and including, the townships of Marmora and Lake, Tudor and Cashel, Elzevir and Grimsthorpe.


Please note it is illegal to take bullfrogs, northern leopard frogs, green frogs or snapping turtles from provincial parks.