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Moose Hunting Changes

MOOSE PROJECT UPDATE:  The MNRF has released three new EBR postings asking for comments relating to the final phase of the Moose Project.  One proposal notice touches on potential changes to wolf and coyote hunting in northern Ontario, while another will look at population objectives to guide moose management through 2030.  The third EBR posting is a proposal that would see the moose hunting season in southern Ontario extended by one day, from six to seven – a direct result of the OFAH’s efforts to establish Sunday Gun Hunting opportunities across communities in southern Ontario.

You have until Jan. 18, 2016 to review and comment on the EBR.

Where we Stand

Here’s where the OFAH stands on the moose hunting changes:

  • The proposed 2-week calf season is overly restrictive and could result in crowding and poor hunt quality while making it difficult for hunters to accommodate fluctuations in weather, work schedules and hunting preferences. The OFAH recommended a 4-week calf season to spread out hunters while providing some level of protection for calves.
  • We do not support the proposed adult season reduction in 2016 because the existing moose tag allocation system is sufficient to control the harvest of adult moose.
  • A phased-in approach should be used to ensure hunting opportunities are not unnecessarily restricted and allow the MNRF to assess the effectiveness of any management changes.

The OFAH recommends solutions that will generate the greatest benefit to the moose resource while minimizing unnecessary impacts on hunters. We need your support to spread the message. You can help the cause by joining the OFAH, renewing your membership or by making a donation. Check this page often for updated information on the proposed moose hunting changes.