We are happy to announce that the Annual Pelee Island Pheasant Hunt is returning for the 2023 season!
Sales for the 2023 season will commence on December 21, 2022. Main hunt sales will remain open until April 1st, 2023. Clean up sales will remain open until November 24, 2023.
Most commonly by ferry from Kingsville, Ontario during the pheasant hunts, however air service from Griffing Flying Services, Windsor Flying Club, by private aircraft, or personal watercraft are other available options.
Visit Getting Here for more details on travel options to Pelee Island.
Fall weather on Pelee Island can range from around 5-16 degrees Celsius, or 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared for anything from warm sunny days to the chance of cold, windy and rainy weather.
Pelee offers a number of other hunting and fishing opportunities like turkey hunting in the spring, duck hunting in the fall, and access to Lake Erie fishing off the shores of Pelee to name just a few!
This year, main hunt licences cost $316.40, cleanup hunts are $158.20. Licences are one sale from December 21, 2022 to April 1, 2023 for main hunts. Clean up hunt licences will be on sale December 20, 2021 to November 24, 2023.
To hunt pheasants on Pelee Island you must have a municipal pheasant licence, your Ontario Small Games Licence as well as an Ontario Outdoors Card – along with carrying proof of your firearms accreditation under the Firearms Act (Canada).
As the hunts occur outside of the island’s main tourist season, some businesses are already closed when the Pheasant Hunts occur. However, there are still a number of places open to visit! These often include places like the Legion, Westview Tavern, The Dog and Goat, Co-op (gas & groceries), as well as many accommodations options.
Though a hunting dog is not required for this hunt, many hunters choose to utilize hunting dogs on Pelee Island, as they may enrich the hunting experience and allow for birds to be easily flushed compared to hunting without a helpful companion.