Ask a CO: Is it legal to shoot grouse with rimfire .22 birdshot?

by Editorial Staff | September 26, 2019
upland - grouse

Q: Is it legal to shoot grouse or other birds with rimfire .22 birdshot, and, if not, what is the .22 rimfire birdshot used for?

-Bob LeClair, London

A: Yes, this ammunition may be used to hunt grouse and other small game species, with the exception of pheasants, wild turkey, and migratory birds.

David Critchlow (Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF)

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Originally published in the Fall 2018 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is a regular feature in the print edition.

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  1. Sheldon Friesen wrote: I fish on a private lake stocked with rainbow and speckled trout. Do the closed season dates apply to me and if not, what documentation am I required to carry to show where I caught the trout? I assume the possession limit of S 5 still applies.