Proposal to open fall wild turkey hunting seasons in Wildlife Management Units 72 and 95 beginning in 2020

ERO number
019-1985
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
June 24, 2020 - August 10, 2020 (47 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
June 24, 2020
to August 10, 2020

Decision summary

Amendments have been made to Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to create a fall wild turkey hunting season in Wildlife Management Unit 72.

Decision details

On September 17, 2020, a regulatory amendment was made to create a fall wild turkey hunting season in Wildlife Management Unit 72 beginning in 2020.

The season will be open from October 1 to October 31 for bow, and a shotgun and muzzle-loading shotgun season will be open from the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Monday to the second following Sunday.

Comments received

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24

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3

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Effects of consultation

The vast majority of comments supported the proposed changes.

During consultation, the Township of Pelee Island withdrew their request for a fall hunting season in WMU 95 and the ministry is not proceeding with that aspect of the proposal.

A few comments from members of the public expressed concerns about potential for conflicts between fall turkey hunting and other outdoor recreational activities in WMU 72. Experience in Ontario and many other jurisdictions has shown that fall turkey hunting is compatible with other fall outdoor recreational activities.

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MNRF Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch – Wildlife Section
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300 Water Street
5th Floor, North Tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
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Original proposal

ERO number
019-1985
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Proposal posted

Comment period

June 24, 2020 - August 10, 2020 (47 days)

Proposal details

Ontario’s wild turkey population is healthy and abundant.

Beginning with efforts in the mid-1980s, Ontario has created a very successful wild turkey management program that has resulted in a rapid expansion of the number and range of the birds.

Hunting for wild turkeys in Ontario was initiated in two Wildlife Management Units (WMU's) in 1987. Since then, the hunts have expanded to include new WMU's as turkey populations have increased their range and numbers.

The goal of the Wild Turkey Management Plan for Ontario (2007) is to ensure sustainable management of turkeys as important components of the biodiversity of southern Ontario, and for the continued social, cultural and economic benefit of the people of Ontario.

Based on criteria outlined in Ontario’s Wild Turkey Management Plan, turkey populations in WMU's 72 (Northumberland County) and 95 (Pelee Island) are robust and can support a fall turkey season. We are proposing to open annual fall wild turkey hunting in WMU's 72 and 95 beginning in 2020. These open seasons include bow hunting from October 1-31, and a shotgun and muzzle-loading shotgun season from the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Monday to the second following Sunday.

Regulatory impact statement

The anticipated environmental consequences of this proposal are neutral. Ontario’s turkey population is healthy and fluctuating naturally. The population continues to expand its range in some areas. Conservative fall turkey seasons in areas with robust turkey populations pose little threat to sustainability and will be monitored closely and closed or otherwise modified in areas as necessary. Fall turkey seasons may also help to mitigate some specific concerns regarding conflict situations.

The anticipated social consequences are positive. The opening of fall turkey seasons in new WMU's will provide additional sustainable turkey hunting opportunities.

The anticipated economic consequences of this proposal are positive. The opening of new WMU's to fall turkey hunting provides additional opportunities for hunters and offers some potential to mitigate some specific local human-turkey conflicts.

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

MNRF Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch – Wildlife Section
Address

300 Water Street
5th Floor, North Tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

Office phone number

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from June 24, 2020
to August 10, 2020

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Office
MNRF Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch – Wildlife Section
Address

300 Water Street
5th Floor, North Tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7
Canada

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