Welcome to the 2017 Fall Pheasant Hunts. We want everyone to have a positive hunting experience and advise you to read these regulations carefully.
Please note the information below is to serve as a reminder and does not replace or contain all of the information in the hunting regulation summary issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources. You can visit the MNR 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.
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;
~Hunting is prohibited in the two nature reserves on the island and on the Pheasant Farm and the airport;
~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 also means 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;
~Trespassing – a hunting licence does not give hunters the right to enter private property if posted;
~There is no discharging of firearms at any time during the three weeks of the hunts except on the Thursday and Friday of the hunt or at the Sportsmen’s Club during their regular hours;
Random checks for licences, permits and number of birds will be made by Ontario Provincial Police and Ministry of Natural Resources Conservation Officers both in the field and on either dock. For this reason, “party hunting” is strongly discouraged. Every hunter must be able to account for their 10 birds.
Please help us keep our children safe from harm…and do not shoot around the Public School.
WATCH FOR SIGNS! (Safe distances will be posted.)
WATCH FOR WORKERS IN THE FIELDS AND VINEYARDS
Hunting is not permitted in fields of standing crops without the permission of the landowner.
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 they 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.
Bring an Apprentice Hunter!
This year we are giving an incentive to any hunter who brings an apprentice hunter with them to any of the main hunts. You will receive 10% off the cost of your licence to help encourage a younger generation of hunters!
~A resident of Ontario who is under 16 but over 12 may qualify under the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program. Information on this program can be found in the Ontario Hunting Regulations or call the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-667-1840. 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 on the Hunter Education Program, contact the O.F.A.H at (705) 748-5785 or www.ohep.net.
~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 several dogs have been found and we have 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 Service Agency at 1-800-461-9999 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. These new laws will result in changes to the procedures residents and visitors have to follow.
You have to declare all firearms and weapons at Customs when you enter 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.
You may need documents to prove that you are entitled to possess a firearm in Canada and you will have to transport it safely.
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.
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 or contact the Regional Customs Office as listed below.
Regional Customs Office:
780 Huron Church Road,
Automated Customs 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.
Wild Turkeys on Pelee Island
With the co-operation of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Wild Turkey Release Program, the Township of Pelee and the Pelee Island Sportsmen’s Club, a pilot project to re-introduce the Wild Turkey to Pelee has begun. Approximately 25 breeding turkeys were released at various points on the island in 2002 which have now expanded to a substantial flock.
It is our hope that the entire community of Pelee will take pride in the fact that we as a community have worked hard to get this project off the ground and will assist in every way possible to protect and maintain this project.
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 Pelee Island Policing Committee and the Ontario Provincial Police. We welcome you as our guest and ask that you help to make this a safe and enjoyable hunt.