Some wildlife management units (WMUs) in Northern Ontario may be getting a spring wild turkey hunt, beginning this April.
A proposal on the Environmental Registry for creating additional spring wild turkey seasons closed on March 24. The areas included in the proposed expansion are: WMU 42 in Sudbury District, WMU 47 in North Bay and Parry Sound Districts, WMU 49 in Parry Sound District, and WMU 50 in Parry Sound.
Patrick Hubert, avian biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources, said a formal decision is pending, and the MNR anticipates that everything will be in place this spring. “The majority [of people commenting on the registry] were in favour.”
The decision might not be made in time to make it into the 2014 Hunting Regulations but Hubert said if the hunt is a go, it will be communicated to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, local MNR branches and other clubs.
A fall hunt in WMU 59 in Pembroke District was also included in the proposal.