Tentative dates for 2015 moose seasons

by Guest Author | January 6, 2015

a bull mooseIt’s a new year and with that comes planning for the upcoming big game seasons. Be it scouting, getting gear, applying for tags or booking time off work there is always something that can be done to prep.

Although the 2015 hunting regulations won’t be out until the spring, here are the tentative start dates for the Ontario moose seasons.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry advises hunters to check its website regularly for changes as these are only tentative dates and notes “moose seasons are being reviewed as part of Ontario’s Moose Project – an initiative to review the pressures facing Ontario’s moose population.”

Season WMU(s) 2015 Start
Moose Rifles, Shotguns, Bows and Muzzle-loaders Seasons 1A, 1C, 1D, 16A, 16B, 16C, 17, 25, 26 Sept. 19
Moose Bows and Muzzle- loaders Only Seasons 7A Oct. 10
Moose Bows and Muzzle- loaders Only Seasons 18B Sept. 19
Moose Bows-Only Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7B, 8, 9A, 9B, 11A, 11B, 12A, 12B, 13, 14, 15A, 15B, 18A, 19, 21A, 21B, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 Sept. 19
Moose Rifles, Shotguns, Bows and Muzzle-loaders Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7B, 8, 9A, 9B, 11A, 11B, 12A, 12B, 13, 14, 15A, 15B, 18A, 18B, 19, 21A, 21B, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 Oct. 10
Moose Hunt for Mobility Impaired Hunters 11B Sept. 19
Moose Rifles, Shotguns, Bows and Muzzle-loaders Seasons 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55A, 55B, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 Oct. 19
Moose Bows-Only Seasons 48, 55A, 55B, 57 Oct. 5
Moose Hunt for Mobility Impaired Hunters 65 Oct. 5
Moose Bows-Only Season – Controlled 65 Oct. 8

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  1. Fred John Price wrote: I do not know who does the survey's for the Moose Counts in the WWU, but I think its time it was done again & properly. The cut back of Tags is disgraceful & should be redone. Example wwu 28. I would like to also see at least one Tag go to the bigger groups & if not two, a Bull & Cow Tag. Most Groups I know would be even happy with one Tag. I know for a fact for years we applied and didn't get any Tags so we applied as singles and ended up with Four Bull Tags. As a Group of Six we would of been happy with One Bull & One Cow or just even One Tag. And the best part is we couldn't turn them back in if we wanted to, So if U want to make some Moose Hunters happier, make some changes.
    • DadlovesMom wrote: Why not do what they have been doing for years in WMU 48, 55A, 55B, 57 where the calf is a monopoly draw as well as the adult and it is one week only. Carry that for 8-10 years and let some population regain. I have hunted those WMU's as well as the 28 and 29 and population has made a difference. We must sacrifice some if things are going to change. Have equal tag ratios for all not giving special quotas to Outfitters or First Nations.
  2. tbear wrote: Or just ban calf hunting or party hunt for calfs. Put a minimum of 2 people per calf and minimum of 5 people per adult tag and increase adult tags.This should decrease people shooting twin calves. cows and twin calves. Most people are just too greedy and waste the meat or give it all away to non hunters. They kill just for the sport
    • Al wrote: " Most people are just too greedy and waste the meat or give it all away to non hunters. They kill just for the sport " What a foolish (stupid) comment !
      • tbear wrote: When you start seeing people throw out moose meat because it went freezer burned and never had time to eat it because 300 lbs of calf meat is not edible by one or two people in a year.. you might understand
    • brandon L wrote: in my area its a minimum of 11 people for a bull tag and minimum of 13 for a cow tag
    • DadlovesMom wrote: I am not quite sure what "giving away to non hunters" has to do with it. Most families share food one way or another. Deer, Bear, Moose, Elk whatever. That by the way is not wasting the meat! Illegal hunting is a concern most definitely.
  3. Rick ST L wrote: I hunt I a party of 5 to 7 depending on the year 16 years ago we got 2 tags, have not received a tag since, 15 years without a tag with a minimum of 5 hunters its a shame.
    • dan wrote: years ago I suggested that once you were drawn you could,nt apply for 5 more years The minister in charge told me they could not afford that system,so with the amount of moose hunters down ,way down this year you might get luckily.
  4. AJ wrote: Certain parties have been overindulging on the moose population for years. They are not thinking about their future generations. They need to close off moose season for two years, with no exceptions.
  5. E wrote: effective moose management requires meaningful limits to the completely unregulated First Nations harvest, a full implementation of the spring bear hunt and an end to wolf tags.
    • dan wrote: It seems every time oodmag is writing a article on moose counts these people that have rights not privileges don't, have numbers too help the survey
  6. ken b wrote: some people kill more than one this is number one problem.
  7. Hydroguy8 wrote: All big game harvest needs mandatory reporting!!
  8. Keven Fischer wrote: Moose hunting for 2015, Has to change WMG 28 should be divided into 4 sections .As it is the largest Hunting area., Not sure why we are penalized, for our contribution's to wildlife,Not sure why last year the Outfitter down the road had 7 adult tags., When we had 2 application's of 11 hunters each for Moose. And NO TAGS. If we have to cut back, should apply to everyone.
  9. wayne wrote: The moose population is in trouble yet we still give out caw tags for areas where the population is so low that calf tags must be applied for, why must we take any cows? The calf with no mother will not have much of a chance of living through the winter, so you have most likely killed 2 moose 3 if she had twins . Stop shooting cows and your population will grow, shoot her and it will take at least 2 years to replace her. No farmer kills of his breed stock if he is trying to build his heard.
    • jh brampton wrote: When you shoot a cow you are killing two or mabe three moose, control preditors and poachers, shoot bulls and calfs and leave cows alone for three years in a lowe count manament area and see what hapens. Wayne nos what he is talking about. JACK
  10. brandon L wrote: did you ever hear about quebecs systeme... one year the cow is protected and the next year the bull is protected... why not take that in to consideration
    • dan wrote: Your wrong brandon i year any sex next year only bulls and calves.
  11. brandon L wrote: we should also be able to have a predator hunting season that they give more then just shooting one coyote or wolf!!
  12. Gelyn wrote: A few days ago the older hunting community in my area asked if I could look into why these changes are being presented and what can be done to preserve their thanksgiving hunt. I have read your comments on what is happening to our current system and the quebec medoth has been considered, but will it solve the current issues of population and have any studies been done to show the population improvement in the areas where reform has been inplicated? and.. as 'taboo' as it is, I noticed the drop in licences ten to fifteen years ago were in areas where natives do not need a licence, has their increase to shoot many and sell the meat to the public, ungroverened by anyone (including the health unit,, shame on them) impacted how tags are distributed? I appreciate your opinions.
  13. Keven Fischer wrote: Once the cancelled the spring bear hunt ,there has been lots of bears, Bears eat Moose calves ???????
  14. rick wrote: we as moose hunters spend the most money of any hunt that goes on and we get the short end of the stick. Natives spend very little if any and there is no regulations for them what's the deal with that. If we have to abide by regulations which I have no problem with to conserve our moose then so should they. I've seen some horrific results after there hunt and I'm sure others have to.
  15. Keven Fischer wrote: It's going to be interesting this year. What price Moose tags are, if it's only partical Hunt?? And why did the MNR take survey on with the Outfitters. ??? I think us moose hunter put alot more money into conservation ??
  16. Keven Fischer wrote: It's going to be interesting this year. What price Moose tags are, if it's only partical Hunt?? And why did the MNR take survey on with the Outfitters. ??? I think us moose hunter put alot more money into conservation ??
  17. backwoods wrote: The question should not be yes no or time off work but if your group gets a license, Also if the dates aren't set soon it will be if I can change my holidays if they they alter the dates as most people have already booked camps or holidays. Just another liberal boondogle
  18. roy wrote: the newly released tag quotas are absurd. If the gov't would reopen the spring bear hunt there would be plenty of moose to hunt. My opinion is the bear is killing the vast majority of calves and thus dwindling the moose population. 15 years ago there were plenty of moose.the reports are not equaling the drop in population. the increase in bear is making a lot more sense. enough of my bitching
  19. Truthsayer42 wrote: Shut down the moose hunt for 15 years and you may as well shut it down forever. With a closed season for 15 years, at the end of 15 years, no one would go back to hunting moose. Todays hunters bring their families into hunting, many will be too old to have any interest in getting back out, they won't bring in the new generation of hunters, and we will loose a part of out heritage. Get rid of the COs, and the only ones hunting will be the poachers. From what I see, it's just a part of the LIEbral plan to eliminate hunting, and as there will be no hunting, there is no need for firearms, so they can go ahead and ban the private ownership of firearms. Just a thought, is it because the LIEbrals can't collect taxes on each pound of meat we harvest? Or is it that Robert Schad and Liz decided that they like moose as well? Perhaps it is they that are behind the cuts to the moose tags. Just like they used their money to influence the decision on the spring bear hunt. LIEbrals are easily bought, it wouldn't cost much to buy a Wynn.
  20. pat wrote: 2 yrs. ago, phone survey was done, asking for solutions to moose population problems. Go back to 2 tags per moose, reopen spring bear hunt, open predator hunt, [wolves and coyotes]. Lots of them around, see them everywhere . Animal activists claim that spring bear hunt leaves cubs orphaned, BULL!, Bear hunters know the difference between a sow and a boar, and if they don't, then get out of the woods. Sorry if I stepped on your toes, but that's my take of it
  21. keven wrote: what is the closest town you hunt,