Restricted Deer Hunt in Rondeau Provincial Park
Deer Herd Reduction by the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown
Rondeau Provincial Park will be closed to the public on the afternoons of November 10, 12, 17 and 19 and the mornings from December 8-10, 2015, for a deer herd reduction. In November the deer herd reduction will begin from noon to one half-hour after sunset. In December, the deer herd reduction will begin one half-hour before sunrise and end at 1:00 p.m.
A high deer population is a major pressure on the park's ecological integrity. Recent deer population surveys conducted in 2015 indicate a deer herd reduction at Rondeau is warranted. Deer herd reductions are allowed under the park's current management plan.
Ontario Parks and the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown have reached an agreement to conduct the deer herd reduction at Rondeau Provincial Park. Members of the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown will only be using rifles and will be informed of the safety protocol and harvesting techniques before the deer herd reduction begins.
Deer herd reductions have taken place in the past at Rondeau Provincial Park with the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown. The park will be closed during the herd reduction and Park staff will be monitoring access points to the park during the deer herd reduction.
- Rondeau Provincial Park is located southeast of Blenheim.
- A deer herd reduction program has been in place at Rondeau since 1998 in partnership with the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown. The last deer herd reduction at Rondeau was completed in 2014.