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Restricted Deer Hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park

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Restricted Deer Hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park

Ontario Government Honours Treaty Rights of Local Aboriginal Communities

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Short Hills Provincial Park will be closed to the public Nov. 14 and 15, Nov. 19 and 20 and Nov. 28 and 29 for a traditional Aboriginal deer harvest. The harvest will begin one half-hour before sunrise and end one half-hour after sunset.

Aboriginal hunters will be using archery equipment for the harvest. All hunters will be following a mandatory safety protocol.

The harvest will take place in the southern portion of the park. This area has the least development and fewest trails. Park staff will be monitoring access points to make the public aware that the park is closed for public safety.

For more information about the hunt, call Melanie Milczynski, Ontario Parks Southwest Zone Manager, at 519-873-4616.

Quick Facts

  • Short Hills Provincial Park is located about four kilometres southwest of St. Catharines, along the Niagara Escarpment.
  • Hunting is one of the traditional activities of Aboriginal peoples, which is recognized through their Aboriginal and treaty rights. This annual deer hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park gives local Aboriginal hunters the opportunity to safely harvest deer for food.

Media Contacts

  • Media calls only: Emily Kirk

    Minister’s Office


  • Media calls only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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