There are many things to take into account when setting up a hunt anywhere in the world. The enthusiastic and experienced hunter understands that their success relies heavily on a variety of factors, from what’s currently in season to the use of a top rifle scope by way of ensuring that their first shot hits its mark. Hunting in northern Ontario is no different than hunting anywhere else in this regard. What is different about Ontario are the rich and varied offering of scenic environments and game animals which are to be found here. This is precisely what draws in thousands of hunters each year from all over the world.
If you are planning a hunt in northern Ontario for the near future, here are a few basic reminders to bear in mind (no pun intended).
Ontario Offers an Abundance of Game
Northern Ontario features an abundance of wildlife. The government recently expanded their Spring Bear Hunt project through the year 2020. This features an expanded bear hunting season as a result of a bear population that is capable of supporting such. Other big game animals, such as moose, are similarly viable as big game during their own seasons.
Associated with this ready availability of big game animals is the imposition of sensible restrictions. Limits are sensibly defined based upon detailed population surveys; they should always be adhered to. As generous as they are, it isn’t worth the risk of losing hunting privileges or facing legal penalties to take a little bit extra. Consider making a second trip instead; many people return to northern Ontario year after year for its idyllic hunting opportunities.
Know Where to Find Your Preferred Game Animals
Rondeau Bay is an excellent location for hunting waterfowl. When they’re in season, you’re likely to run into other hunters who are there with the same general idea in mind. Whitetail deer hunters are warmly welcome in the greater Dryden area, which advertises itself explicitly as “the home of the Dryden buck.” The Geraldton area is host to multiple organizations offering guided bear hunts during the fall, with recent years featuring an advertised success rate of 96% or higher.
By conducting a little detailed research ahead of time, you can pin down when and where to find the specific game animal you’re looking for. Recent years have seen an explosion in online media relating to the subject of hunting, making the task of conducting research easier than it’s ever been. Many publications offer specific seasonal tips for hunting various types of game: whether your target of choice is grouse, moose, or anything in between, you’ve got ample advice at your fingertips. If you have a smartphone or other modern mobile device, you can even stay up to speed out in the field.
Have a Good Time
The most important thing to remember about planning a hunt in northern Ontario is to have fun. Enjoy the environment, the feel of the great outdoors, and the challenge of tracking a wary and cunning game animal. Whether your choice of sport involves traditional whitetail deer hunting to fill your freezer, late autumn black bear hunting, or archery hunting for moose, hunting in Ontario is a revitalizing and invigorating opportunity to draw closer to nature. There is something primal about it, something reaffirming.
Good luck, and happy hunting!