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a whitetail buck retreating into a snowy wood


Ontario whitetails test positive for COVID

by Steve Galea | January 20, 2022

The virus that causes COVID-19 was found in five white-tailed deer samples collected in southwestern Ontario last November.

a man is ice fishing for crappie

Ice Fishing

Making crappie ice fishing happen on Lake of the Woods

by Tom Armstrong | January 19, 2022

Baby in tow, my wife and I, along with my dad, headed 4.5 hours west to Sunset Cove Resort to finally make crappie ice fishing happen.

wee wild hoglet standing in leaves


Hunting wild pigs prohibited

by Steve Galea | January 18, 2022

It became illegal to hunt wild pigs in Ontario as of Jan. 1, 2022 after a regulatory amendment under the Invasive Species Act of 2015.

grass carp looming under lily pads


Lake Erie grass carp cause concern

by Jeff Helsdon | January 17, 2022

Used in some states for algae control in ponds, grass carp, a supposedly sterile species, have been in Lake Erie for more than 30 years.

an overpass above a highway for animals to safely cross

Big Game

How highway animal crossings prevent collisions

by Bruce Ranta | January 14, 2022

Until relatively recently, only minimal attention has been paid to the well-being of other species lost on roadways in Ontario.


New fall turkey season proposed in some WMUs

by Editorial Staff | January 14, 2022

Mandatory hunter reporting aided in the Environmental Registry of Ontario's proposal to open a fall wild turkey season in select WMUs.

a green ice hut on a lake

Ask a CO

Ask A CO: Do hut operators have any legal claim to areas on the ice?

by Editorial Staff | January 13, 2022

Ask a CO takes Ontario OUT of DOORS readers’ questions and utilizes the knowledge of Conservation Officers to find the answers.

close-up maw of the invasive sea lamprey


100 years of sea lamprey

by Jeff Helsdon | January 12, 2022

Nov. 8, 2021 was an ominous anniversary for the Great Lakes — it marked 100 years since the first capture of invasive sea lamprey

an icy walleye in the hand of a guy

Ice Fishing

Top picks for walleye

by Tim Allard | January 11, 2022

Discover Walleye columnist Tim Allard's top gear picks for icing 'eyes on the hardwater scene, from bait to rods, lines to electronics.