A Government of Ontario web page that explains how to navigate through the new points-based moose tag allocation process went online in mid-October.
The changes described take effect in 2021.
Among other things, the page provides a comprehensive overview of how the new system works, what hunters need to be aware of, costs, as well as a time-table for hunters to follow so they can meet all the deadlines in the tag allocation process.
The site also explains the rationale for the changes and suggests strategies for groups to follow to make the most of the new system. It tells hunters how to find their draw history as well as the number of points they have accumulated, which will be made available in early 2021. (Hunters will be awarded one point for every year they applied for the moose draw since last receiving an adult tag. Points will be awarded dating as far back as 1993.)
Highest points awarded
This is important since, under the new rules, tags in any given Wildlife Management Unit are awarded to the individual hunters with the highest points who apply. Any hunter who has not drawn a tag can buy a licence and party hunt with a hunter who has a tag, however. Once a hunter has been awarded a tag, his or her point total reverts back to zero.
Other issues covered include new regulations regarding tag transfers and hunting moose with a tourist outfitter.
OFAH provides platform
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is monitoring the changes.
“We want to hear from hunters as they are interacting with this new system,” said OFAH Wildlife Biologist Dr. Keith Munro. “We are committed to taking that feedback to the MNRF so they fully understand how these changes are being received. Our goal is to make sure that Ontario has a moose hunting system that works for our members and the broader moose hunting community.”