Ontario’s Hunting Heritage
Hunting has been part of life in Ontario for thousands of years. For countless families, it’s an activity and a set of skills passed down from one generation to the next. Today, more than 400,000 Ontarians are hunters.
All across Ontario, there are hunting opportunities as diverse as our landscape, from wild turkey and waterfowl to deer, moose and bear.
Wild Turkey Hunting
Many first-time hunters begin by hunting wild turkeys. Learn about this bird.
When is hunting season?
New to hunting? Find out what you need to do to get a hunting licence (PDF, 0.5 MB). Ontario was the first place in Canada to formalize hunter education - we’ve been training hunters since the 1950s. Find out more about our mandatory hunter education course (PDF, 0.5 MB).
Conserving our Wilderness
Hunters know the value of wild spaces and the importance of protecting habitat for wildlife. Many hunters contribute their time, money and effort to wildlife management. The Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program is one opportunity to participate in hands-on projects.