April 19, 2019 - The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) wants to wish
all of Ontario's wild turkey hunters a safe, enjoyable, and successful hunt. The
2019 spring wild turkey season in most of Ontario opens on April 25th and is a result
of the reintroduction of wild turkeys to Ontario in the late 1980's. The subsequent
growth of turkey populations allowed for a limited hunt that has expanded over the
years as the number of birds continues to grow.
"Wild turkey season gives hunters a chance to get back out into the outdoors and
enjoy nature in the spring", says Sean Cronsberry, OCOA President and active turkey
hunter. "Wild turkey hunters can expect to encounter our officers in the field as
we conduct hunter inspections to ensure everyone is following the rules and to ensure
that the sport of turkey hunting continues to be a safe sport."
Hunters are reminded that the hunting and fishing licensing system in Ontario has
seen some recent changes, this includes changes to the tagging requirement of certain
harvested animals. Hunters are encouraged to review the new regulations in the 2019
Hunting Regulations Summary which is available online at
https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summary. If hunters
still have questions about the new regulations they are encouraged to contact their
local Conservation Officer for more information.
"Hunters should also be aware that many of the set fines for offences under the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act changed this year," adds Cronsberry, "Safety
related offences such as having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and shooting from
a road way now have a set fine of $500 plus surcharge." A complete list of set fines
for offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 can be found at
Anyone with information about a natural resources or public safety related violation
is encouraged to call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry violation reporting
line at 1-877-847-7667, contact their local CO directly, or call Crime Stoppers
at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).
For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement, please
visit the OCOA website at
http://www.ocoa.ca, or contact your local Conservation Officer.