Regulation - LGIC

Proposal to simplify and align provincial white-tailed deer hunting seasons

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 665/98 (Hunting)
Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons)
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
Summary of Decision:
We have made a decision to amend the Open Seasons regulation under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to streamline deer season types and duration across the province to support the continued delivery of a modern and efficient provincial deer harvest management system.

No significant impacts to deer harvest levels, hunter safety or deer population stability are anticipated because of these changes.

Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no new administrative costs to businesses associated with this proposal.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The anticipated environmental and social consequences of the proposal are neutral. The proposed changes do not impact the overall regulatory framework of deer harvest management in Ontario. The proposed changes are intended to reduce regulatory burden while maintaining protections for public health, safety, and the environment.

The anticipated economic consequences of the proposal are neutral to positive as the proposed changes are intended to provide streamlined regulations and additional hunting opportunities as appropriate. There are no annual administrative costs to business anticipated from these proposed changes.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
November 19, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
We are proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 665/98 (Hunting) and Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to simplify and align deer seasons across the province in order to deliver a modern, efficient and sustainable provincial deer harvest management system.

There are no anticipated significant environmental implications that would impact deer harvest levels, hunter safety, or deer population stability as a result of these proposed changes. The proposed changes would apply to both resident seasons and non-resident seasons (where applicable).
Contact Address:
NDMNRF - FWPB - Wildlife Section
300 Water Street
5th Floor, North Tower
Peterborough, ON K9J 3C7
Effective Date:
March 15, 2022