Moose Hunting Changes
The OFAH has been involved in moose management for decades, listening to hunters and ensuring the protection and conservation of our moose. Since 2014 we have been asking for province-wide public consultation on proposed moose management tools (among many other recommendations). The MNRF recently announced a series of public information sessions that are happening in May.
May 21st – St. Thomas
May 22nd – Peterborough
May 23rd – North Bay
May 28th – Sault Ste Marie
May 29th – Thunder Bay
May 30th – Dryden
In response to a reduction in adult validation tags in WMU’s 41, 42, and 47, the OFAH surveyed moose hunters to gauge the level of support or opposition for the use of calf validation tags as a tool to reduce calf
harvest. Over 1,300 hunters responded to the survey and provided valuable input on moose management and how they are personally affected by moose regulation changes. Read the full report here
Jan/Feb 2017 OFAH responds to the ECO Report in Angler and Hunter HOTLINE column Missed Opportunities: a reply to the ECO report
Feb 2017 OFAH debates on whether Ontario should ban the hunt on moose calves (CBC Radio The Current)
May 2015 OFAH article in the Chronicle Journal Outdoors Guide called Dark Days for Moose Country
Where we Stand
- 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.
- Aug 13, 2015 OFAH response to Phase 2 – review of factors potentially affecting moose EBR# 012-4587
- July 29, 2015 OFAH email to members/supporters: Phase II of the moose project – have your say
- Apr 14, 2015 MNRF decision notice to moose hunting changes for northern Ontario EBR #012-3413
- March 9, 2015 OFAH response to proposed moose hunting changes for northern Ontario EBR#012-3413 (PDF) Open in new window
- Feb 9, 2015 – OFAH Media Release
- June 25, 2014 – OFAH Letter to MNRF – Recommendations covering the spectrum of moose management tools available (PDF)
- Moose management in Ontario
- Between Feb 6, 2015 and March 9, 2015 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry invited the public to comment on the proposed moose hunting changes for 2015 and 2016.
Environmental Registry (EBR) http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca posting # 012-3413
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.
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.