Ontario Changing Moose Hunting Season
Province Taking Steps to Sustain Moose Populations in Northern Ontario
Ontario is changing how moose are hunted to respond to concerns about the moose population in certain parts of the province.
In 2015, Ontario is reducing moose tags for resident hunters by 15 per cent across the province and shortening the hunting season for moose calves in northern Ontario. In 2016, Ontario will also delay the start of the moose season by one week across much of northern Ontario. These actions are designed to help sustain and grow Ontario's moose populations.
The changes to the moose hunting season are the first phase of the Moose Project, a multi-year initiative that explores potential actions that the province can take to reduce pressures on moose populations.
The second phase of the Moose Project, expected to launch later in 2015, Ontario will identify:
- Additional actions that could be taken to address the broader range of factors affecting moose, such as how to mitigate the effects of climate change on moose, which is changing the interplay of elements within ecological systems including weather, habitat, the role of predators and the prevalence of disease
- How moose population numbers are determined in Ontario's hunting areas (wildlife management units)
- Other ways the public can be involved in helping moose populations stabilize and grow
Protecting Ontario's moose population and biodiversity supports the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Recent aerial survey results suggest that moose numbers have decreased in parts of the province. Significant declines have also been observed in nearby areas, like Minnesota and Manitoba.
- Ontario’s moose draw opens on April 21, 2015. A total of 11,428 tags will be made available through the draw.
- For more information about the moose tags available in your area and changes to the hunting season, see the Hunting Notices and Updates at ontario.ca/hunting.
“As we move toward the second phase of the Moose Project we will continue to work with stakeholders, hunters, the Aboriginal community and the public to find ways to ensure the sustainability of Ontario’s moose herd and move our conversation forward.”