Outdoors Cards, Licences, and Draws

Ontario's Big Game Draws for Deer, Moose and Elk

2014 Big Game Draw
Application Periods

 

 Antlerless Deer - March 1 to June 30

 Moose - April 22 to June 2

 Elk - May 1 to June 10

 Controlled Deer - August 1 to
 September 2

 

A big game draw is a tool used to randomly distribute hunting opportunities in the form of validation tags (or in the case of the elk draw, game seals). The number of validation tags available is calculated by wildlife biologists based on the population goal for the herd and the number of animals that can be sustainably harvested. If the population is high, the number of validation tags can be increased to manage the growth of the herd; if the population is low the number of validation tags can be lowered to allow the herd to increase in size.  In Ontario, draws are held for moose, elk and deer (an antlerless deer draw and a controlled hunt draw) validation tags.

 

In most cases, only Ontario residents with a valid hunting version Outdoors Card may apply to a big game draw. There are several ways to apply to big game draws:

  

The dates during which applications to the big game draws are accepted for the 2014 draws are:

 

Draw

Draw Application Period

When to Purchase Your Licence Tag


ANTLERLESS DEER
Validation Tag Draw
March 1 - June 30, 2014 Before applying to the draw
MOOSE
Validation Tag Draw
April 22 - June 2, 2014 Before applying to the draw
ELK
Game Seal Draw
May 1 - June 10, 2014 Once you are successful in the draw
CONTROLLED DEER
Validation Tag Draw
August 1 - September 2, 2014 Once you are successful in the draw