Regulation - Minister

Amendment to moose hunting regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to enhance and streamline the moose hunting season in southern Ontario.

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made on March 30, 2016 to proceed with the regulatory amendments as described below. The changes will take effect for the fall 2017 moose hunting season.

Amendment to O. Reg. 670/98 under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA) were made through O. Reg. 90/16, to implement the following changes:

The firearm moose hunting season in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55A, 55B, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63 has been extended by one day (i.e., from six to seven days) and the start of the season shifted to begin on the Saturday closest to October 22 in any year.

The regulations were filed by the Registrar of Regulations on April 4, 2016 and will be published in the Ontario Gazette on April 23, 2016.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
December 17, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
Moose play an important role in Ontario's ecosystems and are an integral component of the province's rich biodiversity. Moose contribute economic and ecological benefits to the people of Ontario, and are highly valued by Aboriginal peoples. While recent population surveys showed declines in moose populations in many parts of northern Ontario, populations in the southern portion of the range in Ontario have done relatively well overall.

The Moose Project is further implementing Ontario's moose management policies that were approved in 2009, including developing new moose population objectives and exploring potential management actions to address concerns about moose populations.
Contact Address:
Effective Date:
January 1, 2017