Welcome to the 2018 Fall Pheasant Hunts. We want everyone to have a positive hunting experience and advise you to read this information carefully.
Please note the information supplementary and does not replace or contain all of the information in the Hunting Regulation Summary issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. You can visit the MNRF website for a detailed explanation of the Provincial hunting regulations.
Remember when firing your gun; please take that extra second to ensure that a person, dog, vehicle or building is not in your line of fire.
All hunters must have a Province of Ontario Small Game Hunting Licence and Outdoors Card which is available for sale (CASH ONLY) on the island and many other locations throughout the province of Ontario. You can also inquire about purchasing an Outdoors Card and Small Game Hunting Licence online. Click here to see how. THERE WILL BE A “NO SALE PERIOD” FOR PROVINCIAL LICENCES FROM NOVEMBER 19-25, 2018. PLAN AHEAD AND PURCHASE YOUR PROVINCIAL LICENCES NOW. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HUNT WITHOUT PROPER LICENCES.
Non-Residents of Ontario must present an original one of the following to obtain a Non-Resident Small Games Licence and Outdoors Card to hunt in Ontario:
- A current Non-Resident Outdoors Card issued by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources;
- An Ontario Non-Resident’s hunting licence issued to you after January 1, 1968;
- A hunting licence issued to you by a competent authority in any jurisdiction as a resident of that jurisdiction after January 1, 1968;
Without this proof, you will NOT BE ABLE to purchase the Non-Resident Outdoors Card and Small Games Licence and therefore will not be allowed to hunt. It is your responsibility to verify that you are properly licenced to hunt & to carry these documents with you at all times. If unsure of what proof to bring please call: 1-800-387-7011.
Note: A non-resident who wishes to hunt in Ontario must be 16 years of age or older.
Hunting of pheasants with a rifle is prohibited;
There are several “NO Hunting” areas on the island:
– Fish Point Nature Reserve
-Lighthouse Nature Reserve
-Pelee Island Pheasant Farm
-Pelee Island International Airport
-School Zone, marked with signs
Private property marked with “No Hunting” or “No Trespassing” signs
All guns are to be plugged for three shells and it is suggested to use no stronger than 12 gauge 2 ¾ number 5 shot. No air rifles or bows are allowed;
It is illegal to have a loaded gun in or on a vehicle, this includes leaning a loaded gun against a vehicle; guns and shells must be kept separate;
Birds must be shot on the fly and not on the ground;
There is no discharging of firearms at any time during the three weeks of the hunts except on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 5pm.
The Sportsman’s Club will not be operating in the 2018 season. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Random checks for licences, permits and number of birds will be made by Ontario Provincial Police and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Conservation Officers both in the field and/or either dock.
Please help us keep our children safe from harm…and obey the “No Hunting, School Zone” signs posted around the Pelee Island Public School.
WATCH FOR WORKERS IN THE FIELDS AND VINEYARDS
Hunting is not permitted in fields of standing crops without the permission of the landowner. Hunting is permitted along hedgerows if the landowner has not posted “No Hunting” or “No Trespassing” signs. If a bird drops in standing crops, it is recommended that the hunter retrieve the bird rather than a dog to minimize damage to crops.
Vehicles are not allowed in fields, vineyards, or on private property and must be kept on municipal roadways. If found blocking access roads to fields vehicles may be removed at the owner’s expense or ticketed. Please be respectful of other hunters and DO NOT park vehicles on the roadways over night to claim hunting areas. This can be a safety hazard as well as providing unfair advantages for some hunters.
Off-road vehicles are permitted on Pelee Island roadways. Off-road vehicles are not permitted to be operated over or upon any municipally owned or municipally maintained land used as parks, playground or for utility purposes. For more information regarding the use of off-road vehicles on Pelee please read By-Law 2015-25, which regulates the use of off-road vehicles on Pelee Island.
Bring an Apprentice Hunter!
We want to encourage and support future hunters! If you mentor an apprentice hunter we will provide a 10% discount to the cost of the mentor’s licence.
For more information about Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program visit www.ohep.net . Anyone qualifying under this program must provide proof of MNR certification and proof of age to obtain a special municipal licence (no charge).
For information regarding the Hunter Education Program, visit www.ontario.ca/page/hunter-education.
Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and owners should be prepared to produce a certificate attesting to the dog’s health;
It is very important that your dog has proper contact information on their collar. Every year dogs are found with no way of contacting the owner;
If you lose or find a hunting dog, contact the Municipal Office at 1045 West Shore Road, as soon as possible.
Crossing Into Canada
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your entry into Canada please call Canada Border Services Agency at 519-724-2933 or visit www.cbsa.gc.ca. Please check to avoid disappointment.
Canada’s Gun Regulations
Canada’s firearms laws will help make Canada safer for both residents and visitors.
You have to declare all firearms and weapons to Canada Border Service Officers when you cross the border into Canada. A fee is required to complete this procedure. If you do not declare all firearms or weapons, they will be seized and you could face criminal charges.
If you need more information about Canada’s firearms laws, a specific firearm, weapon or device, or any fees that may apply, contact the Canadian Firearms Centre at 1-800-731-4000 ext 7503.
You may also want to speak to a Chief Firearms Officer of the province you are planning to visit. They can also be reached through the Canadian Firearms Centre at 1-800-731-4000 ext 7503 or contact Canada Border Services Agency as listed below.
Canada Border Services Agency:
1058 West Shore Road,
Pelee Island, ON
Automated Canadian Border Services Agency Information Service: (204) 983-3500 or (506) 636-5064
Please note there are options to having to register your guns each time you cross the borders. One is to take the PAL (Possession and Acquisition Licence) Challenge Exam. For further information contact one of the numbers above.
Fines for Shooting Wild Turkeys
A summons to appear in court will be issued and the courts will decide the fines and penalties for the infraction. Therefore it is the recommendation of the Township of Pelee that all hunters and hunting party leaders educate themselves to the fact that large populations of wild turkeys do exist on Pelee Island, and the shooting or hunting of this species out of season will not be tolerated.
Pelee Island is a safe community and is patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police. We welcome you as our guest and ask that you help to make this a safe and enjoyable hunt.