Proposal hopes to simplify, align deer seasons

by Editorial Staff | November 30, 2021
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An Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) proposal, if passed, would amend regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to increase consistency in Ontario’s deer hunting season.

Generally, it addresses durations and types of seasons and hopes to simplify and align deer hunting seasons in some parts of the province.

Affected Wildlife Management Units (WMU) are 7A, 8, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 53B, 69A2, 70, 76A-E, 77A-C, 78A-B, 79C-D, 80, 81A-B, 82A, 82B, 82C, 83A, 83B, 83C and 84,  85A-C, 86A-B, 87B-E, 89A-B, 90A-B, 93A-93B, 93C, and 94B.

The proposal suggests 11 changes that affect some or all of those WMUs which predominantly brings their seasons in line with those of surrounding WMUs.

ERO 019-4637 was posted on the ERO on Nov. 19 and will be open for comments until Jan 4, 2022.

To learn more about the proposed changes and to comment visit

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) believes the proposal has the potential to increase deer hunting opportunities and have a net benefit to hunters. To read the OFAH’s submission, click here

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