Ontario has a wide variety of small game that may be hunted by the holder of a hunting version Outdoors Card and a small game licence tag.
Small game licence holders may hunt rabbits and hares, grouse (ruffed, spruce and sharp-tailed), squirrels (gray and fox), Hungarian partridge, pheasant and ptarmigan. To hunt wild turkey a wild turkey licence is required in addition to the small game licence.
Some furbearing mammals may be hunted under the authority of a small game licence. Holders of resident small game licences may hunt raccoons, foxes (red and arctic), wolves, coyotes, skunks, weasels and opossums. A non-resident small game licence holder may hunt raccoon, red fox, coyote and wolf. NOTE: To hunt wolves and coyotes in certain Wildlife Management Units a wolf/coyote game seal is required in addition to the small game licence. Refer to the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary for more information.
To hunt migratory game birds such as geese, ducks and American woodcock, you must have a federal migratory game bird hunting permit validated by a habitat conservation stamp in addition to your Ontario small game licence.
Refer to the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary for information on opens seasons for most small game species. Federal regulations for hunting migratory birds can be found on the website of Environment Canada.
If you will be hunting small game this fall, remember to check the expiry date on your Outdoors Card. Outdoors Cards expire on December 31 of their third year.
If your Outdoors Card has expired, renew it today with a credit card using one of these fast and easy renewal methods:
- online at ontario.ca/outdoorscard
- toll free at 1-800-288-1155
Renewals can also be performed in person at a ServiceOntario office that provides MNR services, or at a private issuer