The VOICE of Anglers and Hunters since 1928


The OFAH employs a team of professional staff to review policy proposals, changes to regulations and legislation and any other initiatives or programs to advocate for Ontario’s natural resources and the rights and traditions of anglers and hunters.  Your Federation responds to proposed changes that could affect fish and wildlife conservation and angling and hunting opportunities.  The Federation represents small game hunters through the OFAH Sporting Dogs/Small Game/Migratory Birds/Wetlands Advisory Committee.

Listed below are examples of your OFAH hard at work on small game management.

Official Submissions

Jun 26, 2023  Letter to Mayor & Members of the Pelee Island Hunting and Fishing Committee about Proposed Expansion of Pelee Island Upland Bird Hunt

Apr 19, 2022  OFAH supports the re-instatement of the pheasant hunt at the Grand River Conservation Authority

Dec 20, 2021  ERO 019-4567 OFAH supports proposal to establish new fall wild turkey hunting seasons in WMUs 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86

Jun 7, 2021  ERO 019-3468 Ontario’s strategy to address the threat of Invasive Wild Pigs

Oct 5, 2020  ERO 019-1806 Proposal to expand the live capture of wild raptors by licensed falconers

Jul 21, 2020  ERO 019-1407 Proposal to reduce regulatory burden within the wildlife management program

Jun 24, 2020  ERO 019-1749 Developing government response statements for nine species at risk under the Endangered Species Act, 2007

Nov 28, 2019  Bill 136 – An Act to enact the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019

Aug 16, 2019  OFAH comments on the Draft Recovery Strategy for Northern Bobwhite in Ontario

Apr 5, 2019  OFAH partners with the Ontario Hawking Club to review falconry in ON and make recommendations for improvement

read the OFAH/Ontario Hawking Club review

Nov 2, 2018  OFAH advocates for province-wide extension of the snowshoe hare season

Feb 20, 2018  OFAH comments on the proposed Recovery Strategy for Northern Bobwhite Quail in Canada

Jan 27, 2017  OFAH comments on the Small Game & Furbearer Management Framework for Ontario

May 27, 2016  OFAH responds to Management Plan for Snapping Turtles in Canada

May 9, 2012  Mandatory reporting of snapping turtle harvest activities EBR# 011-6043

May 25, 2011  Proposal to create a youth trapping/license fur manager mentor program EBR# 011-3177

Apr 11, 2011  Proposed agriculture-wildlife conflict strategy EBR# 011-2677

Oct, 2009  OFAH requests a complete review of the small game regulations

Where we Stand

  • Small game decisions must be made using the best available science
  • small game should be managed and harvested according to specific population objectives set by the province with input from resource users
  • small game hunting regulations and policies should reflect current populations
  • the OFAH supports efforts to maintain or enhance sustainable populations of naturalized small game species (ex: European Hare, Ring-necked Pheasant, Hungarian Partridge)
  • MNRF should consider streamlining and simplifying small game hunting seasons (ex: is it feasible to have 12 different seasons for Ring-necked Pheasants?)
  • the OFAH supports applied wildlife research for small game species
  • the OFAH recognizes the value of community knowledge relating to small game
  • Licensed small game hunting should be better-promoted in Ontario

Committee Involvement

OFAH Sporting Dogs/Small Game/Migratory Birds/Wetlands Advisory Committee

Provincial Falconry Advisory Committee


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