Regulation - Minister

Proposal to establish new fall wild turkey hunting seasons in Wildlife Management Units 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 670/98
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Summary of Decision:
Amendments have been made to Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons - Wildlife) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to create a fall wild turkey hunting season in Wildlife Management Units 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86.

Analysis of Regulatory impact:
The proposal does not impose any costs on business.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no annual administrative costs to business anticipated from these proposed changes.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
November 5, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
Hunting for wild turkeys in Ontario was initiated in two Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in 1987. Since then, the hunts have expanded to include new WMUs as wild turkey populations have increased their range and numbers.

The Wild Turkey Management Plan for Ontario (2007) takes an ecological and landscape-based approach to wild turkey management with population management goals based on the broader landscape in which wild turkeys are found.

Based on criteria outlined in Ontario's Wild Turkey Management Plan and resulting from improved data from mandatory hunter reporting, wild turkey populations in WMUs 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86 are robust and can support a fall wild turkey hunting season.

We are proposing to open fall seasons in these WMUs beginning in October 2022. These open seasons include bow hunting from October 1-31, and a shotgun and muzzle-loading shotgun season from the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Monday to the second following Sunday.
Contact Address:
Effective Date:
February 23, 2022