Hunting licence (non-residents of Ontario) (2023)

You are a non-resident of Ontario if either of the following applies:

  • your primary residence is not in Ontario
  • you have not lived in Ontario for at least six consecutive months of the immediately preceding 12 months

To hunt in Ontario as a non-resident, you must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have successfully completed Ontario's hunter education course and examination, or have Ontario-recognized hunting credentials from your home jurisdiction filed with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service.
  • follow all federal firearm regulations around declaring and transporting non-restricted firearms and carry appropriate documentation with you if you are hunting with a gun
  • have a valid Outdoors Card
  • have the required hunting licences and tags for the game you wish to hunt

Rules for hunting

You must follow all rules related to hunting in Ontario — including where and when you hunt, the type of firearm that can be used and the clothing you are required to wear when hunting.

Hunter accreditation for non-residents

You must file your hunter accreditation with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service before you can purchase any non-resident hunting products.

Before you file

Before you file your hunter accreditation, you must:

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  1. Create an online account
  2. Buy an Outdoors Card

Get help creating an online account at Tips to Get Started.

File your accreditation

Submit an original or certified copy of your hunter accreditation through one of the following:

By email to NRISC@ontario.ca. We will process your accreditation within 15 business days. This method allows you to buy hunting products online before you go hunting.

In person at a participating ServiceOntario or licence issuer location. This method allows you to buy hunting products in person and hunt immediately. Your hunter accreditation will be forwarded to the ministry for processing.

If your hunter accreditation is not in English or French, you must get it translated.

After you file

Once your hunter accreditation in on file, you can purchase products:

  • online
  • through our automated phone line at 1-800-288-1155
  • at a licence issuer
  • at a participating ServiceOntario location

Acceptable hunter accreditation

Non-residents must provide proof of hunter accreditation from a recognized jurisdiction.

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Examples of acceptable proof of hunter accreditation include:

  • a hunting licence issued to you after January 1, 1968, by a competent authority that allows you to hunt in that jurisdiction as a resident
  • a hunter education certificate issued to you after January 1, 1968, by a competent authority which indicates that you were, or are, authorized to purchase a hunting licence in that jurisdiction

Recognized jurisdictions

For the purposes of hunter accreditation requirements, a “recognized jurisdiction” is a jurisdiction that:

  • regulates wildlife hunting
  • has hunter education and evaluation requirements that are equivalent to Ontario

Ontario recognizes the following jurisdictions for the purposes of hunter accreditation requirements. Specific documentation requirements are noted with footnotes.

Canada
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territoriesfootnote 1[1]
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavutfootnote 1[1]
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon
United States
  • Alabamafootnote 2[2]
  • Alaska
  • Arizonafootnote 1[1]
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Floridafootnote 2[2]
  • Georgiafootnote 2[2]
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentuckyfootnote 2[2]
  • Louisianafootnote 2[2]
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusettsfootnote 2[2]
  • Michiganfootnote 2[2]
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraskafootnote 2[2]
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jerseyfootnote 2[2]
  • New Mexicofootnote 1[1]
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakotafootnote 2[2]
  • Ohiofootnote 2[2]
  • Oklahomafootnote 1[1]
  • Oregonfootnote 1[1]
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakotafootnote 1[1]
  • Tennessee
  • Texasfootnote 1[1]
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginiafootnote 2[2]
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyomingfootnote 2[2]
International
  • Great Britain
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Lebanon
  • Norway

Hunting licences

A hunting licence is required to hunt in Ontario. All licences are specific to the game you wish to hunt and will be listed on your licence summary. Licences expire on December 31 each year, unless otherwise stated. Requirements depend on the hunting activity you are undertaking.

It is your responsibility to know the type of season and open season dates for the species you wish to hunt along with any other hunting rules that may apply.

Small game hunting

You are required to carry:

  • a valid Outdoors Card
  • a licence summary listing your valid small game hunting licence (unless your small game licence is printed on the back of your Outdoors Card)
    • your licence summary can be carried in a paper or digital format (for example, smartphone)
  • federal firearms accreditation documentation (such as your non-resident firearms declaration form, Temporary Firearms Borrowing Licence, Possession and Acquisition Licence) if you are hunting with a gun
  • any associated tags, if applicable (such as wild turkey or wolf/coyote tags)

Small game species:

  • cottontail (rabbit) and hares
  • grouse (ruffed, sharp-tailed, spruce)
  • squirrel (gray and fox)
  • gray (Hungarian) partridge
  • ring-necked pheasant
  • ptarmigan
  • raccoon
  • fox (red and Arctic)
  • skunk
  • weasel
  • opossum
  • American crow
  • groundhog
  • porcupine
  • wild turkey (a tag is required in addition to your small game licence)
  • wolf/coyote (a tag is required in addition to your small game licence in certain Wildlife Management Units)
  • selected migratory game birds (a federal migratory game bird hunting permit is required in addition to your Ontario small game licence)

Big game hunting

You are required to carry:

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  • a valid Outdoors Card
  • a licence summary listing the licence for the species you are hunting
    • your licence summary can be carried in a paper or digital format (for example, smartphone)
  • federal firearms accreditation documentation (for example, your non-resident firearms declaration form, Temporary Firearms Borrowing Licence, Possession and Acquisition Licence) if you are hunting with a gun
  • any associated tags (note: all big game species have tag requirements)
  • non-residents hunting black bear must obtain and carry a validation certificate. You can obtain a validation certificate from a licensed black bear operator

Big game species:

  • black bear
  • moose
  • white-tailed deer

Tags

A tag is a component of a hunting licence. The tag authorizes the hunter to hunt the game species (such as wild turkey) indicated on the tag, subject to conditions listed on the tag (such as season, animal type or firearm). A tag can be purchased online, at a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario location. Tags can be printed at home, or at a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario. Review a list of printing dates in the Important Dates for Hunters section of the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary. Any replacements will be tracked through the licensing service and must be obtained at a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario.

As a non-resident, tags are required to hunt:

  • moose
  • deer
  • wolf/coyote (only in certain Wildlife Management Units)
  • wild turkey
  • black bear

It is the hunter’s responsibility to know the tagging requirements for the species being hunted. Tags must be protected, intact and legible at all times.

General tagging instructions are available in the Tags section of the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary. Specific tagging instructions will be provided with your tag.

Mandatory hunter reports

Non-residents must complete a mandatory hunter report if they either:

  • purchase or are issued a tag to hunt deer, black bear, wild turkey, or wolf/coyote (in Wildlife Management Units where a tag is required)
  • are issued a licence to hunt moose

Even if you did not hunt or harvest an animal, you are required to complete a hunter report.

Non-resident black bear hunter reports are attached to the validation certificates and must be completed and returned to the operator.

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Non-resident moose hunters hunting with a tourist outfitter must complete a non-resident moose hunter report for tourist outfitter and return it to the outfitter.

Non-resident moose hunters hunting with an immediate relative must complete a mandatory moose hunter report.

Hunt black bear with a licensed bear operator

All non-residents wishing to hunt black bear must contract the services of an operator licensed to provide bear hunting services.

If you purchase black bear hunting services from a licensed black bear operator, you will be issued a validation certificate. The certificate validates your bear tag to hunt with the specific operator for a specific period of time and in a specific area. Your validation certificate must be carried with you while you hunt.

Learn more about hunting black bear with a licensed black bear operator.

Hunt moose with a tourist outfitter

All non-residents that want to hunt moose must contract the services of a moose tourist outfitter, with one exception:

  • a non-resident who is an immediate relative of an Ontario resident who holds a valid moose tag may purchase a non-resident moose hunting licence to party hunt with their relative during an open-resident season

Outfitters will provide instruction to prospective clients on the steps you need to take to purchase a moose licence and separate tag before you arrive at the outfitter. The outfitter can only provide the tag once a client has paid for the tag and has shown the outfitter that they have purchased their moose licence and paid for the tag. The moose tag fees below apply to both residents and non-residents.

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A hunter must be a registered guest of the outfitter and carry documentation provided by the outfitter to verify this if they:

  • receive a moose tag from an outfitter
  • hunt in a party with another hunter who receives a moose tag from an outfitter

Learn more about hunting moose with a tourist outfitter.

Hunting fees for non-residents of Ontario

All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to 13% HST.

Non-resident products2022 fee
Outdoors Card$8.57
One-year small game licence$121.52
Three-year small game licence$364.56
Moose licence$479.86
Moose calf tag$30.00
Moose cow/calf tag$150.00
Moose bull tag$200.00
Deer licence and tag$240.81
Additional deer tag$240.81
Black bear licence and tag (to hunt through an outfitter)$240.81
Wolf/coyote tag (only required for select Wildlife Management Units)$255.57
Wild turkey tag – Spring$30.33
Wild turkey tag – Fall$30.33
Dog licence$15.21
Export permit (moose, deer and black bear)$35.00

FAQs

How much is a non-resident deer tag in Ontario? ›

The cost of a non-resident deer license and game seal is $241.61 (tax included).

Can non residents hunt in Canada? ›

If you are a non-resident, you are not required to have a hunter's certificate in order to obtain a hunting licence or an attestation to hunt wild turkey. You may hunt game species with a firearm, crossbow or bow. However, in doing so you must use the weapons and gear authorized for each species in each hunting season.

How much is a non-resident hunting license in Canada? ›

Hunting License and Tag Information for 2022-2025 Seasons.

The cost of a hunting license for a non-resident, Non- Canadian, is 150.00 Canadian funds and 75.00 for a Canadian resident.

Can you hunt without a license in Ontario? ›

A hunting licence is required to hunt in Ontario. All licences are specific to the game you wish to hunt and will be listed on your licence summary. Licences expire on December 31 each year, unless otherwise stated.

Can you hunt in Ontario without a pal? ›

You can hunt without a PAL. What you can't do is buy or possess a firearm without a PAL.

Can seniors hunt for free in Ontario? ›

Over 65 years old: You don't need an Outdoors Card or a fishing licence, but you may purchase them. Your fees will go towards managing fish and wildlife populations in Ontario. You must always carry Government-issued ID that lists your name and date of birth with you while fishing.

Can you hunt in Canada as a tourist? ›

Visiting hunters must declare firearms in writing to a customs officer at the point of entry to Canada, using the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration (form RCMP 5589). The declaration form should be filled out prior to arrival at the point of entry, in order to save time.

Can you hunt in Canada without a pal? ›

Any person who does not hold a federal Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) or federal Minors' Permit must be under the supervision of someone who holds a PAL; and. A youth hunter 16 years of age or older can hunt without supervision if that individual possesses a federal Minors' Permit.

Can you travel to Canada to hunt? ›

As Canada-United States (U.S.) border restrictions are reduced and travel to Canada resumes, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reminds those wishing to enter Canada for hunting season that travellers must declare all of their firearms and cannot import prohibited firearms, prohibited devices or prohibited ...

How much does it cost to hunt in Ontario? ›

Deer licence and tag: $49.56. Farmer's deer licence and tag: $28.41. Moose or deer draw applications: No fee. Additional tag for deer (only for select Wildlife Management Units): $49.56.

What do you need to hunt in Ontario? ›

A valid Outdoors Card is required for all resident and non-resident hunters who wish to purchase hunting licences. As of January 1, 2019, Ontario has moved to a single version Outdoors Card for all hunters and anglers.

Can natives hunt anywhere in Ontario? ›

Aboriginal rights only apply within the traditional territory of your Aboriginal community. If you want to hunt, trap, or fish on another First Nation's territory, contact that Nation. They may give you permission to hunt or fish in their territory.

What is the fine for hunting without a license in Ontario? ›

Schedule 17.5 – Last Updated: January 21, 2022
ItemOffenceSet Fine
23.Resident‑hunt bird without licence$200.00
24.Resident‑hunt wildlife without licence$200.00
25.Resident – trap big game without licence$300.00
26.Resident‑trap game mammal without licence$200.00
135 more rows
21 Jan 2022

Can I still get a deer tag in Ontario? ›

You must purchase your 2022 deer licence before applying for an additional deer tag. If you don't have your deer licence already purchased or in your online shopping cart you will not be able to apply for an additional deer tag.

Can I bring a friend hunting Ontario? ›

Everyone needs a hunting licence to hunt. Your buddy is not exempt from this rule. He can accompany you but is in no way allowed to assist in the hunt.

Can you carry two guns while hunting in Ontario? ›

Is it legal to carry more than one gun at a time? Generally, yes, as long as each gun being carried is of a type allowed for hunting moose or deer, as the case may be, during the season in which you are carrying the guns. For example, during a shotgun season for deer, you may carry two (or more) shotguns.

Can I carry a shotgun in my car in Canada? ›

Transporting firearms

Canadian law states that you have to transport all firearms, including antique firearms, unloaded. If you are transporting them in a vehicle, they must be kept out of sight in a part of a vehicle that is kept locked (the trunk, if there is one), unless the vehicle is supervised by an adult.

Can you shoot a gun without a license in Canada? ›

Yes. You can shoot a gun without a firearms license as long as you are under the direct supervision of an adult 18 years or older who has a firearms license for the category of the firearms you wish to shoot.

Do I need a fishing license in Ontario if I am over 65? ›

If you are under 18 years old or 65 and older

You do not need to purchase an Outdoors Card or licence to fish. You will need to carry your government-issued identification with you, that includes your name and date of birth, at all times while fishing.

Can I borrow a gun to hunt in Ontario? ›

Borrowing firearms in Canada

You will need a sponsor associated with the intended activity, for example, an outfitter or a Canadian resident licensed to hunt in the province where you will be hunting. The sponsor can apply on your behalf. The licence is valid for 60 days and costs $30 Canadian.

Can you hunt on any Crown land in Ontario? ›

Hunting is possible on much of Ontario's Crown Land, some Conservation Authorities, a few County Forests and a select number of Provincial Parks. Our Backroad Mapbooks, and Backroad GPS Maps are a great resource for identifying Crown Land in Ontario, as well as other areas where hunting is permitted.

What do I need to go hunting in Canada? ›

To purchase a hunting license you will need to complete a provincial or territorial hunter safety and education course. And passing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course is required to purchase or use a firearm, and to purchase ammunition. Sometimes these courses are bundled together.

Can I drive through Canada with ammo? ›

Importation, Exportation and Transportation In-Transit of Ammunition. Any individual can import up to 5,000 rounds of small arms cartridges into Canada without an import permit if they are for personal use (i.e., not for resale).

Can you hunt in Canadian national parks? ›

Please leave these natural items for others to enjoy. Firearms and hunting are not permitted in national parks.

Can you carry a pistol while hunting in Canada? ›

Handguns are considered restricted firearms in Canada. A restricted firearm may be brought into Canada, but an Authorization to Transport permit must be obtained in advance. Non-restricted firearms include most ordinary hunting rifles and shotguns.

Do you need a PAL to hunt with a crossbow in Ontario? ›

Re: Do you need a p.a.l. To hunt with a crossbow? NO! A crossbow is NOT a Firearm under our Laws.

Can you buy a gun in Canada for hunting? ›

Hunting rifles and shotguns are neither restricted nor prohibited, but it is illegal to possess them without a firearms acquisitions certificate. People who have committed certain serious crimes are not eligible for an acquisition certificate to possess any firearm.

Can you cross the Canadian border with a rifle? ›

Crossing the Canadian Border with a Gun

Weapons are very strictly controlled in Canada, and all visitors bringing guns into the country must declare them in writing at the border via a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form.

Can you carry a rifle in Canada? ›

Non-restricted: regular shotguns and rifles, and some military-style rifles and shotguns. Prohibited: most handguns that either have a short (less than 105 milimeters) barrel or are 32 or 25 caliber, full automatic weapons, guns with sawed-off barrels, and certain military rifles like the AK-47.

How much does a Canadian deer hunt cost? ›

Whitetail Deer hunts are $5500 US plus tax and licenses or $6500 CAN plus tax and licenses (License is $445 CAN). Cost includes meals, lodging, alcohol, winter package, trophy prep, pickup and drop off in Saskatoon.

How much does it cost to hunt deer in Ontario? ›

Deer licence and tag: $49.56. Farmer's deer licence and tag: $28.41. Moose or deer draw applications: No fee. Additional tag for deer (only for select Wildlife Management Units): $49.56.

Can I still buy a deer tag in Ontario? ›

Any Ontario resident, over 15 years old, with hunter accreditation on file, a valid Outdoors Card, and a Deer Licence may apply to the antlerless deer draw online, by phone or in person. You can apply from March 1 to June 30, 2022. Results are available August 1.

Can I use someone else's deer tag in Ontario? ›

Transfer of licences or tags

It is also illegal to use or possess an Outdoors Card, licence, tag, or any component of a licence that was issued to someone else. Only the person who was issued the tag may possess the tag unless it has been invalidated (notched) and affixed to an animal.

Can I get 2 deer tags in Ontario? ›

An additional deer tag is only available for purchase after you have purchased a 2022 deer licence. The cost of each additional deer tag for a resident hunter is $43.86 + HST . Payment by Visa, Mastercard, Visa Debit and Debit Mastercard are accepted for additional deer tag purchases by telephone and online.

How much is a full deer worth? ›

Depending on who you want to believe, one deer has a dollar value somewhere between $1,250 and $2,500.

Can natives hunt anywhere in Ontario? ›

Aboriginal rights only apply within the traditional territory of your Aboriginal community. If you want to hunt, trap, or fish on another First Nation's territory, contact that Nation. They may give you permission to hunt or fish in their territory.

Where is the best deer hunting in Ontario? ›

WHITE-TAILED DEER HUNTING IN ONTARIO

Debatably the best deer-hunting destination in Canada, Dryden is the place to go for white-tailed deer in Ontario. With the highest concentration of this species in the province, Indian Point Camp is located right in the middle of Dryden and Ignace, aka the Whitetail Triangle.

Can you hunt from the road in Ontario? ›

It is illegal to shoot from, down or across a public road while hunting, no exceptions. Do not carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle. In Ontario, you must store your gun unloaded and in a locked container while it's in a vehicle.

What is required to hunt deer Ontario? ›

In general, you can hunt moose, deer, or black bear in a party of two or more people who each hold a licence to hunt that species, even if the person has already invalidated their tag for that species. At least one member of the party must hold a tag that has not yet been invalidated.

Can I shoot a buck with a doe tag Ontario? ›

If you apply and get a doe tag for a given WMU, you can still harvest a buck with that tag in any WMU. An antlerless deer is defined as having antlers less that 7.5 cm. Anything over that is a buck...

Can I bring a friend hunting Ontario? ›

Everyone needs a hunting licence to hunt. Your buddy is not exempt from this rule. He can accompany you but is in no way allowed to assist in the hunt.

Can you hunt over bait for deer in Ontario? ›

There are no regulations at all in the province of Ontario against deer baiting,” said Mr.

How far do you have to be from a dwelling to shoot in Ontario? ›

Local bylaws can affect hunting

Clair, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 (FWCA) does not regulate how far you have to be from any object or place to discharge a firearm; municipalities have the authority to create by-laws that prescribe setbacks from residences and other buildings.

How many guns can you carry while hunting in Ontario? ›

Is it legal to carry more than one gun at a time? Generally, yes, as long as each gun being carried is of a type allowed for hunting moose or deer, as the case may be, during the season in which you are carrying the guns. For example, during a shotgun season for deer, you may carry two (or more) shotguns.

How many rounds can you hunt with in Ontario? ›

Round capacity is also restricted for the purposes of hunting in Canada (e.g., hunters are not permitted to use a firearm capable of holding more than three shells in the chamber and magazine combined while hunting migratory birds in Canada; Ontario has the same three-shell restriction for all hunting with shotguns).

Is it illegal to sell antlers in Ontario? ›

You don't need approval to buy or sell these hides or antlers, but in some instances you must keep a record of the sale or purchase.

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