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Stay Safe this National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day

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Stay Safe this National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day

Province Promoting Hunter Safety in Advance of Heritage Day Weekend

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

This year, National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day falls on Saturday, September 17, and Ontario is reminding hunters out enjoying the weekend to keep safety as their first priority.

There are several ways hunters can keep themselves, and those around them, safe while enjoying the great outdoors. These include:

  • Handling firearms with care and attention at all times
  • Never shooting unless you're sure of your target and what lies beyond
  • Never drinking alcohol while hunting
  • Wearing hunter orange
  • If you hunt from a tree stand, always wearing a safety harness and using a rope to raise and lower your firearm
  • Telling someone where you will be hunting and when you will be returning
  • Carrying a survival kit and a small first aid kit with you at all times

The Ontario government, in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police, is encouraging all hunters to become familiar with all safety rules and resources that are available to them to ensure a safe hunting season.

Quick Facts

  • National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day recognizes the important contributions of these three activities to the Canadian economy, identity and culture.
  • Hunters buy approximately 600,000 licences to hunt in Ontario each year, generating approximately $26 million in revenue.
  • To report unlawful night hunting or any other illegal and unsafe hunting activity, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Background Information

Additional Resources


“Safety should be the first priority when hunting. I urge anyone going hunting this weekend to be aware and follow the rules to keep themselves and others safe while enjoying National Heritage Day.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“Knowing and respecting the rules when hunting will ensure a safe and enjoyable hunting season for all involved.”

Bryan Martin

Chief Firearms Officer, Chief Firearms Office of Ontario

“Stay safe, stay in control, follow the rules and enjoy your hunt while celebrating National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day.”

Angelo Lombardo

Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Media Contacts

  • Media calls only: Emily Kirk

    Minister's Office


  • Media calls only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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