Moose hunting season starts this weekend and there are plenty of rules and regulations you should know if you are planning to go hunting.  

It's important to know what zones are opening up, for the Kenora/Vermilion Bay/Dryden/Sioux Lookout area, there are various Wildlife Management Units (WMU). Moose hunting seasons vary based on WMU for both Rifle and Archery Seasons. 

It’s up to hunters to know the rules and regulations, refer to the 2021-2022 Hunting Regulations Summary for open seasons of big game for this fall.  

For hunting season, there are many things you must do to make sure you are following the law. 

  • You need to make sure your outdoors card, licence summary, any required tags or validation certificates for the species you are hunting and proof of firearms accreditation if you are hunting with a gun.  
  • It's smart to let someone know where you will be hunting and when you plan on returning, be prepared for all types of weather conditions and plan with navigation aids to make sure you do not get lost.  

There are many rules surrounding hunting near roads or having a loaded firearm in your vehicle.  

In an interview with Conservation Officer Steve Harkof with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (MNDMNRF), Harkof said “It is illegal to shoot from, down or across a public road while hunting, no exceptions. In many parts of Ontario, it is illegal to even have a loaded firearm in the road right of way – check what rules apply in the part of the province where you are hunting.” 

“Carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Generally, in Ontario, you must transport your gun unloaded while it is in a vehicle, motorboat or aircraft. Vehicles include all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles,” continued Conservation Officer Harkof. 

It is also very important to make sure you have permission to hunt on privately owned lands.  

Conservation officers continue to patrol and protect our natural resources during the current COVID-19 pandemic and would like to remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy. 

To report a natural resource violation or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll-free at 1-877-847-7667. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.