The VOICE of Anglers and Hunters since 1928

Wild Turkey

Since the reintroduction of the eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) in the 1980’s, OFAH has remained a keystone partner in one of the most successful wildlife recovery stories in Ontario. Wild turkeys were extirpated (locally extinct) from Ontario for nearly a century due to habitat loss and unregulated market hunting. Thanks to hunters and other conservationists who pressed for their return, efforts to restore wild turkeys to most of their former range in Ontario have been extremely successful. As a result, an important part of Ontario’s biodiversity has been restored while still providing regulated hunting opportunities over the years. The first regulated spring hunt began in 1987 in only two wildlife management units (WMU). Since then, wild turkey populations have been stabilizing, allowing fall hunting opportunities and additional WMU’s being opened to spring hunting. The OFAH delivers the Wild Turkey Hunter Education Program on behalf of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Hunters are required to complete and pass this course before going turkey hunting. Since 1987, over 140,000 people have completed the course where they are taught the importance of harvest reporting, turkey biology and hunting tactics for wild turkey.

Each spring we offer Wild Turkey Hunter Education Courses across the province. Visit here for details.

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