Fines issued for failing to report

by Barney Moorhouse | March 9, 2022
NDMNRF building

Starting this year, hunters who do not comply with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry’s (NDMNRF) mandatory hunter reporting requirements for elk, deer, bear, moose, wolf/coyote, or wild turkey will face a $25 surcharge, which will be applied to their next draw application, licence or tag purchase for that species, generally in the following year.

The fine will be applied for each report the hunter fails to submit. Also, if a hunter fails to submit on two consecutive occasions for the same species, they will be prevented from purchasing relevant products, such as a draw application, licence, or tag in the following year.

Hunters who fail to report or provide false or misleading information may also be subject to fines under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997. The graduated penalty approach means the first penalties will be in place for purchases in 2023.

Data provides scope

Mandatory hunter reporting is a valuable source of data used by the NDMNRF to support sustainable wildlife management and inform decisions regarding hunting opportunities. According to a NDMNRF media release, reporting rates have increased significantly since mandatory hunter reporting was implemented in 2019, and as a result the quality and quantity of data used is increasing.

Hunters are required to complete a hunter report even if they did not hunt or harvest an animal.

For reporting deadlines and to report, visit: www.ontario.ca/hunterreporting

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Comments

  1. Earl Coulas wrote: I did not hunt in 2021
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Earl, From: https://www.ontario.ca/page/hunter-reporting You must complete a hunter report form if you: purchased or are issued a tag to hunt elk, deer, bear, wild turkey or wolf/coyote (in Wildlife Management Units where a tag is required) were issued a licence to hunt moose Note: You are required to complete a hunter report even if you did not participate in the hunt or harvest an animal.
  2. Brian McKenelley wrote: OK I am confused. If I did not buy a tag for any of the species required for the reporting however I do hold an out of doors card and did not hunt. Am I still required to report. Or is it only should I buy a tag and did not hunt I am still required to report. Thank You Brian
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Brain, From: https://www.ontario.ca/page/hunter-reporting You must complete a hunter report form if you: purchased or are issued a tag to hunt elk, deer, bear, wild turkey or wolf/coyote (in Wildlife Management Units where a tag is required) were issued a licence to hunt moose Note: You are required to complete a hunter report even if you did not participate in the hunt or harvest an animal.
  3. Wayne wrote: Once again, our government chooses to turn law abiding citizens into criminals, purely because they are the low hanging fruit to be able to chase after and punish, by milking them of as much "easy money" as possible. At the stroke of a pen turned many legal gun-owners into prisonable criminals; now treating hunters the same way; as if they are unlicensed poachers and hunters. Are they actually trying to stop hunting and fishing by attrition? If so; then where are they going to be able to gouge money from then? It's just too much work to put into chasing the real bad guys 'eh boys?
  4. Ralph reeves wrote: April 11 2022. Wayne. I must agree with you that the MNR does not have it right on some things including the new moose draw. But if all you have to complain about is failing to not take 5 min. to fill out the hunting report you must surely have a lot of problems