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Hunting

Trails, conservation areas, and other properties, including tracts where hunting is permitted (with a Hunting Permit from ABCA), owned and/or managed by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have been reopened to limited use. Remaining closed, until further notice, are conservation area buildings and museums. 

For current property status and updates please visit this web page:

Hunting on designated ABCA lands

Hunting is permitted on certain designated conservation lands, owned by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), but only when hunters have obtained the proper Hunting Permit from ABCA.

The application form for a Hunting Permit is on this web page.

Hunting is not permitted on some lands.

A map, showing where hunting is and is not permitted, is available from the ABCA office and on this website at this link: 

For more detailed property boundaries, please visit this link: 

For the Permitted and Prohibited Uses on ABCA Conservation lands visit the Uses page:

Hunting Permit Application Form

Please ensure you have the most current Hunting Permit Application form.

The application form for 2022 is below:

The 2022 Hunting Permit fees are:

  • Individual permit for one specific tract is $30.
  • Family permit for one specific tract is $50.
  • Super Permit for individuals, with access to all tracts where hunting is permitted, is $50.
  • Family Super Permit, for access to all tracts where hunting is permitted, is $65.

For a copy of the Trapping Permit Application Form please contact us.

More Hunting Information

Hunting seasons happen throughout the year and hunting activity is particularly active in autumn.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is sharing the following public resources for the information of the public:

Hunting in Ontario

1) General Links  Link to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry hunting information:

Hunting Tips and Essentials from Tourism Ontario: Tips and Essentials - Hunting

Hunting on some Ausable Bayfield conservation lands by hunters with appropriate Hunting Permits:

2) Hunters must pre-purchase Hunting Permit from the ABCA in order to hunt on permitted lands.

Map of areas where hunting is permitted on some ABCA conservation lands, and where it is prohibited, is available by calling Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610 or by visiting abca.ca or the office at 71108 Morrison Line, two (2) kilometres east of Exeter.

Here is some information from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (November 2011 – subject to change). For updated information please go directly to the MNRF links listed above:

Safety in the Woods

Be Aware and Prepared if You're Heading into the Forest

People planning to hike, jog, ride or bird-watch in forested areas should take steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Public lands in Ontario are used for a variety of activities.  All those in the forest and surrounding areas need to be aware others may be nearby, and ensure they are visible.

Hunting is allowed on most Crown lands, on private property with the permission of the property owner, and on some municipal lands.  Anyone using public, municipal or county lands should check with the appropriate municipality for specific information.

JOGGERS, HIKERS AND BIRDWATCHERS

  • Be aware of hunting seasons in the area.
  • It is safest to wear bright orange, and bells or other items that make a noise while walking or jogging.
  • Bright colours that could not be mistaken for wildlife are important, but one caution: red and green can appear brown at dawn or dusk and a white hat or mitts can resemble a deer's tail through the woods
  • Dogs and other pets should wear a brightly coloured marker.

HORSEBACK RIDERS

  • Try to avoid known hunting areas, especially at dawn or dusk.
  • It is safest to wear a hunter orange vest or jacket, and a brightly coloured helmet cover.
  • Buy or make a brightly coloured rump sheet for your horse.

HUNTERS

  • Be aware that you may be sharing public lands with other hunters, as well as hikers, riders or birdwatchers.
  • All licensed hunters, including archery hunters, hunting during gun season for deer and moose, must wear solid hunter orange clothing (a minimum of 2,580 square centimetres (400 square inches) above the waist and visible from all sides) and a hunter orange headcover.
  • Please consult the Hunting Regulations Summary for exceptions.
  • Hunters must never shoot unless they are absolutely sure of their target and what is beyond and around it.

For information about hunting seasons and regulations, please consult the Hunting Regulations Summary which is available from licence issuers, ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, and on the Ministry's website at ontario.ca/hunting

The content provided here, in the More Hunting Resources section, is intended for local educational and information purposes only. Subject to change.