Changes will improve sustainability and fairness
Elgin-Middlesex-London, February 25, 2020 - Ontario is taking action to improve
the system for moose harvest management and ensure a sustainable moose population.
"We're taking a smarter approach to moose harvest management to deliver on our commitment
to make moose hunting fairer and more accessible while ensuring the sustainability
of our moose population," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and
Forestry. "Our government recognizes the importance of moose hunting to Ontario
families and communities, and we want to ensure Ontarians have opportunities to
get outdoors and enjoy our natural resources today and long into the future."
The changes were informed through consultation with the Big Game and Management Advisory
Committee (BGMAC) and include:
- further restrictions on calf hunting so more calves have a better chance of reaching
- moving from a draw to a points-based system that will give preference to applicants
who have been unsuccessful in getting a tag for the greatest number of years
- fee restructuring for licences and tags
Ontario will continue to conduct moose aerial inventory surveys in specific areas
each winter, which will help estimate moose population status and trends to ensure
continued sustainability of moose in the province.
"We know a healthy and sustainable moose population is critical to support continued
hunting opportunities for generations to come," said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London.
"Decisions on moose hunting are based on what we know of the current population
numbers to ensure sustainability across the province."
"We are pleased to see the government moving forward with changes to Ontario's moose
management program," said John Kaplanis, Chair of BGMAC. "We feel the changes will
strengthen moose harvest management in Ontario and provide latitude to adapt to
the variety of challenges that are inherent in moose management. We look forward
to continuing our work with the government and providing valuable advice to the
Minister on the management of big game in Ontario."
- Hunting contributes more than $560 million to Ontario's economy annually and creates
jobs in many rural and northern communities; moose hunting accounts for more than
$205 million of that total.
- BGMAC hosted seven listening sessions and heard from more than 600 interested hunters,
members of Indigenous communities, the public, and organizations. In addition, over
2,000 individuals provided comments through a survey on hunting habits and options
to address their concerns.