Amendments to Ontario Regulation 665/98 (Hunting) and Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons) made under Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to enhance and modernize Ontario's wild turkey hunting program.
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to proceed with the proposed regulatory changes as follows.
Amendments to O. Reg. 670/98 under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA) were made through O. Reg. 443/16, to implement the following changes:
A spring wild turkey hunting season will now been opened in WMU 36
A fall wild turkey hunting season will be opened in WMU 94.
A fall bows-only hunting season for wild turkey will be open in fall 2017 from October 1-31 in all Wildlife Management Units that have a fall firearm wild turkey hunting season.
The opening date of the spring wild turkey hunting season will be April 25th every year.
In addition, O. Reg. 665/98 under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA) was amended through O. Reg. 442/16, to implement the following changes:
The wild turkey hunter education course requirement has been eliminated and key components will be combined with the broader Ontario hunter education course.
Shot size number 7 can now be used for wild turkey hunting in addition to shot sizes 4, 5 and 6.
The minimum bow requirements for hunting wild turkey have been clarified in the regulations to match the requirements for white-tailed deer (e.g. minimum draw weight and length).
The regulations were filed by the Registrar of Regulations on December 8, 2016 and will take effect January 1, 2017.
September 19, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
To seek input on proposed regulatory amendments under Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to enhance and modernize aspects of Ontario's wild turkey hunting program.
PUBLIC INPUT COORDINATOR
Ministry of Natural Resources
Species Conservation Policy Branch
300 Water Street
Phone: (705) 755-1940
Fax: (705) 755-2901
January 1, 2017