Proposal to establish new fall wild turkey hunting seasons in Wildlife Management Units 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86

ERO number
019-4567
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Posted by
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
November 5, 2021 - December 20, 2021 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
November 5, 2021
to December 20, 2021

Decision summary

Amendments have been made to Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons - Wildlife) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to create fall wild turkey hunting seasons in Wildlife Management Units 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86.

Decision details

On February 23, 2022, a regulatory amendment was made to create a fall wild turkey hunting season in Wildlife Management Units 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86 beginning in 2022.

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.

Analysis of Regulatory Impacts

The approved proposal does not impose any costs to Ontario businesses.

Comments received

Through the registry

41

By email

0

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0
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Effects of consultation

The majority of comments supported the proposed changes.

The only comment opposing the proposal expressed the concern that the fall season had limited benefits and only to turkey hunters.

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NDMNRF - FWPB - 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
019-4567
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
Posted by
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Proposal posted

Comment period

November 5, 2021 - December 20, 2021 (45 days)

Proposal details

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

The Wild Turkey Management Plan for Ontario (2007) takes an ecological and landscape-based approach to wild turkey management with population management goals based on the broader landscape in which wild turkeys are found.

Based on criteria outlined in Ontario’s Wild Turkey Management Plan and resulting from improved data from mandatory hunter reporting, wild turkey populations in WMUs 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86 are robust and can support a fall wild turkey hunting season.

We are proposing to open fall seasons in these WMUs beginning in October 2022. 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 wild turkey population is healthy and fluctuating naturally. The population continues to expand its range in some areas. Conservative fall wild turkey seasons in areas with robust wild turkey populations pose little threat to sustainability and will be monitored closely and closed or otherwise modified in areas as necessary. Fall wild turkey seasons may also help to mitigate concerns regarding conflict situations in some local areas.

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

The anticipated economic consequences of this proposal are positive. The opening of new WMUs to fall wild turkey hunting provides additional opportunities for hunters and some local economic benefits.

There are no annual administrative costs to business anticipated from these proposed changes.

Supporting materials

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Some supporting materials may not be available online. If this is the case, you can request to view the materials in person.

Get in touch with the office listed below to find out if materials are available.

NDMNRF - FWPB - Wildlife Section
Address

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

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from November 5, 2021
to December 20, 2021

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Public Input Coordinator

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NDMNRF - FWPB - Wildlife Section
Address

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